Phil Robertson of the reality program “Duck Dynasty” which airs on A&E was punished for exercising his first amendment right of free speech.
Robertson is a devout Protestant Christian who made some comments some are calling “homophobic” and hateful. For an interview conducted by GQ Magazine, Robertson was asked about personal views on sin to which he replies:
“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… 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.”
He also paraphrases 1 Cor. 6:9-11 where St. Paul speaks strongly against Homosexuality and other vices.
A&E immediately took action and suspended Robertson from the popular show. According to what I’ve read, Robertson is on the show for his in-your-face Christian views and opinionated character. He is apparently the most popular of the cast. Thousands are writing to and calling A&E as well as GLAAD to voice their anger that he was suspended. Death threats were even made. Viewers are tired of religious censorship.
The program “Duck Dynasty” is about a family that has made it big with the hunting industry. I have never watched the program and learned of it now after this scandal. However, I am bothered that religious speech is being censored. While Robertson’s tone may have been harsh, he was simply repeating what the Scriptures say – minus the bestiality part.
We need to realize what is going on here. Christian views, in particular the Bible are being catergorized as “vile and hateful” speech. This is serious indeed! We cannot let a minority subculture silence the majority Christian population.
Hopefully this will wake Christians up. I myself am being censored online by some social networks for promoting Catholicism. The battle is coming into the light.
***UPDATE December 28, 2013***
After receiving heat from Christians and overall Americans who value Free Speech and Religious Rights, A&E surrendered and reinstated Phil Robertson. This is testament to the power of Christians. If we protest and vote properly, we can rid the United States of Anti-Christian values and immorality such as abortion, euthanasia and “same-sex” marriage.
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