Freedom of speech and self censoring

Wal-Mart recently announced they will not be stocking shelves with Green Day?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s new album, ?¢‚Ǩ?ì21st Century Breakdown?¢‚Ǩ¬ù because of language and what they refer to as ?¢‚Ǩ?ìadult content?¢‚Ǩ¬ù (except you can get it in Canada).?Ǭ†In fact, Wal-Mart told Green Day that if the band provides an edited version, they?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ll stock it.

I?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢m fine with any store deciding what they will and will not sell on their own shelves, but I think it is?Ǭ†presumptuous for the store to expect bands to edit their works. In this case, I think it is?Ǭ†hypocritical?Ǭ†for Wal-Mart to offer censored products. I mean, if they want to take a moral stance, why not refuse to stock the products at all, edited or otherwise, if they don’t agree with some of the content?

I strongly support all artists having the freedom to produce whatever material they want. I believe consumers should be able to decide what art is?Ǭ†appropriate?Ǭ†for their purchase, and that businesses shouldn’t be making that choice for them.

Virtue

The Church recently released a video on YouTube regarding the relatively new Young Women value of virtue.

What you may notice in the video is that young women in the Church are equating virtue with sexual purity.

While chastity is technically a definition of virtue, I think the Church does a disservice to its youth by perpetuating this definition.

Other?Ǭ†definitions?Ǭ†of virtue are more encompassing:?Ǭ†moral excellence and righteousness; goodness;?Ǭ†quality or state of being morally sound.

So why is it that when we have the opportunity to raise youth with integrity, we focus on?Ǭ†chastity?

And this isn’t an old problem. The long-standing?Ǭ†practice?Ǭ†of equating immorality with sexual impurity is just as bad.

Can we stop with the fascination with sex and go back to being generally good people? Please?