Does U2 still take a stand?

Browsing for the latest U2 news and mentions, we came across this article; a concert review of a Crosby Stills Nash & Young gig at the Verizon Amphitheatre in Irvine. The article deeply goes into the political stand the band is taking throughout the concert and generally seems very commendable. One particular quote in the article stands out though:

“It is rather bizarre that considering the state of the planet right now, there is very little protest in music. Unlike the 60s and 70s, only a handful of artists have the guts to speak up. U2 won’t do it anymore, it would interfere with Bono’s political standing. The Stones sort of whisper it, but you can’t shout too loud with a ‘Sir’ in the band.”

This got us thinking and wondering whether there might be some truth in it or maybe the author is just making a hollow statement.

So we ask you the same question: “Does U2 still have the balls to take a stand?”