An Appeal to Anti Lady Gaga Concert Protesters in Manila
Certain religious groups have decided to protest against the Lady Gaga concert in Manila. Several of our politicians also expressed the same sentiment. (source)
Anti-Lady Gaga Concert Protest
These people, of course, are exercising their freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, and, to a certain extent, their freedom to practice the religion of their choice. My concern is that they are protesting against extending these freedoms to others. Keep in mind, our liberty ends where the liberties of others begin. As that famous quote goes: I may not agree with what you are saying but I defend to the death your right to say it. They can peacefully protest all they want in the proper venues but they can never ask the government to take away the same freedoms they are exercising from others.
I'm personally not a fan at all of Lady Gaga but I definitely wouldn't want those who enjoy her music to be deprived of the right to watch her live. This is all voluntary after all. No one is pointing a gun at anyone and forcing them to go to the concert. If the protesters really deem this concert as immoral then they don't have to go. For minors, it's surely a parenting issue and not a State issue. These protesters have every right to be a restrictive parent, perhaps heavily regulate their kids' internet and other media usage or something to prevent them from being influenced by Gaga but they have no right to impose this kind of parenting on others.
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