Phil Robertson, star and patriarch of A&E reality show, Duck Dynasty, has been put on “indefinite suspension” by the Network. Why? For sharing his personal views about homosexual behavior in an interview.
Among other comments, Robertson said, “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong… Sin becomes fine. … Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”
Robertson than quoted the scripture that says, “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.” (I Corinthians 6:9-10)
Robertson went on to say, “I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”
The Network responded saying, “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty,”
GLAAD rep Wilson Cruz responded to Robertson’s comments with the following statement:
“Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe. He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans — and Americans — who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. ”Phil’s decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.”
This kind of inflammatory reaction actually encourages intolerance because it distorts what Robertson said and reads evil motives into his heart. It also demands that people take their view of Christianity as the true view – even though Robertson quoted from the Bible itself.
This radical intolerance and violation of free speech has to stop.
Robertson didn’t say anything with malice or hate. Why isn’t he free to share his personal views? His direct and pointed style is a big part of what people like about him.
We cannot remain silent in the face of such radical intolerance toward anyone who dares to disagree with the sexual choices of homosexuals.
Enough is enough!
There is no safe zone for people to take a different view on homosexual sex. You are now required by the radical members of the gay community to take their view of sexuality. Evidently, you’re also required to accept their truncated view of Christianity.
How long will reasonable citizens allow this kind of intolerance and policing of speech from a small vocal group of radical gays? They don’t even represent the majority approach from the gay community.
We are being manipulated and coerced under fear of punishment for holding a different view of homosexual behavior. And people have been deceived into thinking that the kind of sex one prefers is equal to the ethnicity one is born with. This is an irrational and false comparison. When will the people say, “Enough is enough!”? When will we stand firmly against false accusations of hate and bigotry simply for disagreeing?
The people who are no longer free are those who choose to believe what most people throughout human history and what a majority of Americans still believe, that marriage is a relationship meant for male and female. Yet to openly say that you believe this is asking to be vilified and subject to verbal assault.
Who are we kidding? This non-sense has to stop!
If we required treating all people with respect no matter their sexual preference, I would fully agree. And Robertson was unequivocally clear about his agreement with this. But this is not the what radical gays are demanding from all Americans.
The morality currently being imposed says that if you choose a different viewpoint on homosexual behavior, you’ll be treated as a social outcast and made the object of condescending ridicule or angry intolerance — you might even get fired from your job!
This is a strategy of social coercion to force everyone to approve the sexual preferences of a small number of people who want to engage same-sex behavior. We’re not being asked to tolerate but being forced to approve and celebrate homosexual preferences. In many places, you’re simply not permitted to have a different viewpoint.
This irrational insanity must end.
Is this the kind of tolerance we want for our Country? Why can’t we have mutual respect without coercion and control?
One of the greatest needs of this nation is promotion and modeling of the virtues of respect, honor and neighbor love. These qualities support the true virtue of tolerance. They’re also the qualities Robertson and his family teach and model.