The Point: Et Tu, U2?

Et tu, U2?

Irish rock band U2 tweeted their support last week for the “Repeal the 8th” campaign to legalize abortion in Ireland. Abortion has long been outlawed in the heavily Catholic Irish nation, but at the end of this month, a referendum will decide whether that remains the case.

Since U2’s glory days in the 1980s, fans have picked up on religious themes in songs from lead singer Bono. For the group to come out now as pro-abortion feels like a betrayal to many, who say they’ll stop buying the albums.

This shows how powerful pop culture is, and how closely guarded it is. Pro-life celebrities are rarer than four-leaf covers. After all, the pro-life movement in this country is huge, but has gained traction with virtually no star power.

Now whether you keep listening to U2 or not, at least decide to base your deeply held convictions on something other than the opinions of celebrities and icons of pop culture.

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