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In todays society music censorship is an issue that plagues not only the music industry but television radio stations department store chains and the average American Music censorship is the term used to describe the act of editing altering or preventing the listener from hearing the music as the artist created it in order to deny certain information or to act as a moral gatekeeper of potentially harmful material The argument for music censorship is not so much an argument against censoring the actual music it is a battle over the themes lyrics and imagery that are being presented by the artist It is a fight to keep moral standards and decency alive and to fight against obscenity and indecency When music is censored more often than not only the words that are deemed as dirty by our society are taken out That should not be the case All lyrics promoting sexual immorality degradation of women drug use racial content violent behavior and all that justify as well as promote immorality should be censored The Bible provides help when look ing at the issue of music censorship The Bible does not come right out and say that music should be censored but a few verses can be related to music censorship Ephesians 429 says Let no evil talk come from your mouths but only what is useful for building up as there is a need so that your words may give grace to those who hear This verse is clearly saying that no one should speak or in this case sing obscene words or of obscene things such as adultery or murder Another verse that relates to music censorship is Psalm 984 Make a joyful noise to the Lord all the earth break forth into joyous song and sing praises Page 2 This verse is saying that music is a wondrous thing as long as long as it is sung in praise to the
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