Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sorry Billie, But You're Not a Minority

Minority is a song by the punk rock band Green Day.  (Video here)  It begins with frontman Billie Armstrong singing these lines:

I want to be the minority
I don't need your authority
Down with the moral majority
'Cause I want to be the minority

The song is catchy but dumb.  When he mentions the "moral majority," Armstrong is not just referring to the defunct social conservative group active in the 1980s, but to the American population as a whole.  He really ought to have looked at some polling data, because on moral issues, the majority of Americans are more closely aligned with the pseudo-anarchist pinkos of Green Day than with Billy Graham.  Although Minority was released a decade ago, public opinion on social issues has remained fairly constant.  Both in the year 2000 and today, the "moral majority" believes that the following things are morally acceptable:
  • Maintaining legal access to abortion
  • Taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood
  • Contraception
  • Homosexual relationships
  • Embryonic stem cell research
  • Pre-marital sex
Sources: Gallup and Polling Report

If the members of Green Day and their fans really want to be a rebellious minority, they ought to become social conservatives.  However, I don't think that is a very likely occurrence.  After all, it's easy to be in the majority.

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