WATCH THEM SQUIRM
Catalyst June Issue 2000
As a condition of employment, anyone who works with Oprah Winfrey must agree never to say anything about her for the rest of his life. The TV personality makes her millions by exercising her freedom of speech rights everyday, but nonetheless insists on muzzling the free speech of all those who work with her. In doing so, she is not altogether different from actor Tom Cruise: he demands that those who interview him must first agree to give up their free speech rights by pledging never to say anything critical about him.
Wouldn’t it be great if some bishop were to hold a press conference saying he agrees with those who criticize the Church for not getting with the times, and then announce that he’s going to follow the lead of Winfrey and Cruise by mandating gag orders on everyone who works with him, as well as those who seek to interview him? And then watch them squirm.