Responding to the decision by certain ABC affiliates to not air Saving Private Ryan, since they have no way of knowing if the FCC will slap fines on them (and the FCC won't tell them, because they say to make a prior decision would be censorship. What??
), here is the final paragraph from a column by Chris Matthew Sciabarra at the Liberty and Power blog
But you can't force anybody to be moral. Genuinely moral choices are moral because they are choices, not decisions forced on people at the point of a gun. The precondition of any moral revolution is a simple maxim, one that must serve as a basic minimum for any rational discussion of values: "Leave your guns outside." As Ayn Rand said in For the New Intellectual, even people who disagree over the nature, function, and purpose of moral values must stop equating "the power of physical compulsion with the power of persuasion." That's not likely to happen, however, as long as groups, of whatever value orientation—be they right-wing religious fundamentalists or left-wing "secular" do-gooders—choose to ram their agendas down our throats.