Chuck Colson: Pro-Marriage People Must Break the "Spiral of Silence"


He writes at the Christian Post, explaining what the "spiral of silence" is:

It works something like this: The mass media portray a given issue in a certain way with an eye to actually shaping public opinion. Once individuals see the issue as “decided,” they clam up, even if they disagree. That’s because most people don’t like to go against the grain; they don’t want to be socially isolated, they don’t want to seem to be cranks, or be labeled as bigots.

So how do you control America today? You control it by shaping the ideas of the people and silencing the opposition. And we’re letting a small, unelected elite shape those ideas and define what is and what is not permissible to say.

Shame on us. Because we should be shaping ideas, proclaiming truth from our pulpits and from every platform we have - from the neighborhood cookout to the school board meeting.


  1. Roberto
    Posted September 25, 2011 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    It sure doesn't seem like the homophobes have been particularly quiet on this issue to me!

  2. Bill
    Posted September 25, 2011 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    The opposition is silenced? Since when?

    If certain Americans fail to understand how to treat others fairly then they will be judged harshly and rightfully so.... there will be no protection.

  3. flanoggin
    Posted September 25, 2011 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Yup---great way to change attitudes---let's see how that works Chuck---please go and openly proclaim what you believe in public forums---and watch peoples responses to your views.....can't wait

  4. Ms. Broker
    Posted September 25, 2011 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    He is absolutely correct. I know a lot of people who don't want gay marriage but they won't speak out. Now they are trying to push a homosexual agenda in the schools. Generations of children will be indoctrinated into thinking being gay is fine. Oh wait, there won't be any generations of children because two men can't make a baby.

  5. Randy E King
    Posted September 25, 2011 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    This time around the decadent elites are not backing down in the face of popular opposition to their assault on our 1st Amendment; they are doubling down.

    There was a time when populace opposition carried with it the threat of retribution, but the system that used to engage has been infiltrated by our opressors by design.

    This assault on our right of conscience and free exercise thereof is organized, well thought out, dileberate, and confident in its application that its structure affords our tormentors the luxury of withdrawl sans threat of retaliation in the form of sanctions designed to insulate future generations from future assaults.

    Our fore fathers drafted one of the true wonders of the civilized world; our tormentors are attempting to destroy this wonder through the misapplication of language.

    Not on our watch!

  6. M. Jones
    Posted September 25, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    I wouldn't want to be one the side going against our saviors time tested truth about man-woman marriage. A losing proposition to fight the lords will.

  7. Jim
    Posted September 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Chuck is right.

  8. catholicdad
    Posted September 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    The spiral of silence of pro-marriage advocates on this blog is the direct result of the administrator.

    Let's deal with *that* spiral of silence first, shall we?

    A dozen marriage corruption posts have appeared.

    Six of mine have been censored.

    There's a very mystifying spiral of silence for you, Mr. Administrator.

  9. Barb
    Posted September 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Yep, Chuck is correct. The marriage corruption movement believes free speech is OK for them, not for anyone who disagrees with them. They'll sue, harass, vandalize, even physically attack those of us with sane beliefs about traditional marriage. They'd do well in a dictatorship, so long as they're the dictator, yet whine like children if they don't get their way.

  10. Daughter of Eve
    Posted September 25, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Since we don't give marriage licenses to opposite-sexed siblings, is that also "homophobia?" Calling those "homophobic" who don't want to neuter marriage is myopic, and a willful denial of the actual points of debate in the redefinition of marriage.

  11. Little man
    Posted September 25, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Keep dreaming - that the Internet communication is defenseless against the news media prejudiced content. Keep dreaming that very few people read this blog. How would you know? Oh, yes, i forgot about your superior intellectual skills... Well, there's another way to shape society - by boycott of businesses that support in any way the redefinition of marriage as a civil institution. Ultimately, what we say here are just ideas. It is when ideas turn into actions that they have an impact. NOM is like a news media of selected news media - an advocacy effort with solid arguments for the defense of natural marriage as a civic institution. It will affect elections, as it has already done; and that's just the beginning, as people see through the emotional same-sex marriage arguments. Get real.

  12. TC Matthews
    Posted September 25, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    No worries CDad. Things just get stuck sometimes. I've noticed it too, especially on the weekends. They always come through eventually though.

  13. Mike Brooks
    Posted September 26, 2011 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Do you know where the "spiral of silence" is broken? IN the VOTING BOOTH, baby; the only place where people can truly express an opinion without fear of negative ramifications.

  14. TC Matthews
    Posted September 26, 2011 at 11:04 am | Permalink


  15. tom
    Posted September 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    it seems to me catholic dad that dozens of your posts get through. virtually none of mine do.

  16. Louis E.
    Posted September 26, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    I've had a bunch of comments eaten by moderation today.

  17. Posted September 27, 2011 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    This issue is not about what adults want. This is a children's rights issue. Kids have been proven again and again to be better of with a dad and mom. SS marriage will mean adoption and eliminate the possibility for some kids.

  18. Claude
    Posted September 27, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    Why should we give any credence to anything a convicted Watergate felon has to say?

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