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There is always someone willing to share a controversial opinion. When you’re famous and you use a public forum to express an opinion, there will likely be heated discussion and possible consequences.
GQ’s upcoming January edition features an interview with “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson. Therein he misquotes the Bible to support his less than kind opinions about homosexuals (he isn’t unique in this regard).
“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.” ~ Phil Robertson to GQ
Robertson went on to paraphrased Corinthians,
** “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.”
His educational rant continued on to the vagina and the anus and the logic of it all.
“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.” Phil Robertson to GQ
Since the story broke, Robertson has been suspended from the hit A&E show for his comments, which are not in line with the stations beliefs about the gay community. Robertson has since come forward with an attempt to soften his opinion,
“I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, 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.” ~ Phil Robertson
This latest statement is essentially what is wrong with allot of “Christians.” While preaching love and harmony, they are making divisive, holier than thou, statements. There is nothing inclusive about comparing gays to those practicing bestiality, drunkards, prostitutes, thieves, and adulterers. Throw in that “locked out of heaven,” business and I’m not sensing any brotherly love… I am sensing: disrespect.
In fine form, with her unending ability to sniff out a spotlight, Sarah Palin, has come forward with her own brand of outrage for the censorship of Robertson. (Palin has a new TV show starting soon. All press is good press.)
“Free speech is an endangered species. Those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.” ~ Sarah Palin
This whole ordeal has become an issue about squelching Robertson’s freedom of speech. However, nobody has stifled his speech. He had his opinions and he shared them. I don’t recall anyone saying, “you can’t speak.” I know of people who have gone on twitter and Facebook rants about their ass-hole bosses and they have lost their jobs. This is not censorship. They had their say, and they were held accountable for it. Robertson had his say. He represents a brand. The network that promotes that brand was not happy with his statements; he got a slap for it.
In North America we are fortunate to be able to speak our minds without being shot or jailed. We have to bear in mind that we own our words and all of the responses they might inspire. The bottom line: The laws for freedom of speech protect our right to speak, not our right to retain employment.
Robertson may be a great guy. I don’t know one way or the other. (I’ve never seen the show, and I certainly won’t be tuning in now.) His statements about the LBGT community are toxic. If he said these things about Jews, Blacks, the Disabled, or any other minority, it would be considered hate-speech. But it’s about queers… so it’s just an opinion.
I suppose Robertson, Palin, and the plethora of outraged people, on both sides of this issue, could inspire outrage in me. However, I’m choosing NOT to take on the toxins of others. I’m simply rolling my eyes at the ongoing ignorance of some people and continue to pray for humanity as a whole.
So, to reiterate: if you’re going to express an opinion, be ready for the response that opinion brings.
** The Actual Corinthians Biblical Quote:
“9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” ~ 1 Corinthians Chapter 6, King James Bible