Here’s How Progtards React to Christians Expressing Personal Views:
The patriarch of the Robertson family was suspended indefinitely after saying homosexuality is illogical in an interview with GQ magazine.
“It seems like, to me, a vagina – as a man – would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me,” Robertson stated. “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.”
A&E released a statement 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.’ His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGneBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
And here is how the right reacts to gay people expressing themselves:
One reason why I chose to come out publicly is that I’m a gay guy in a gun world. Hunters, sport shooting enthusiasts, and collectors are too often stereotyped as part of efforts to politicize guns as we witnessed last week on the anniversary of the horrific Newtown tragedy. Take it from someone who in a single package is not only gay, but Chinese, Japanese, California-born, a college graduate, a tech geek who worked on cool Google projects, a gun enthusiast and a passionate 2nd Amendment advocate. Our community is as diverse as anyone’s.
A special thanks to the National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, who are supportive of my decision as they recognize the diverse perspective I bring to the conversation about the safe and responsible use of firearms. (via Tim Starr – thanks!)
So, to keep score:
A&E, Progards, etc. – “Fire the Christian!”
NRA NSSF, etc. – “Welcome the gay guy!”
Mark Levin and other conservative talkers are at the moment having a bonfire of the strawmen. Apparently an employee who fires somebody for expressing himself in a way the employer deems may be damaging to its brand is violating the guy’s constitutionally guaranteed right of free speech.
But the real problem is not whether A&E violated Phil Robertson’s free speech rights (maybe the did, but they have every right to do so), but whether they should have done so. A&E knowingly purchased and ran this show, and makes a great deal of money from so doing. If you offer, and profit from, a show featuring strong Christians, isn’t it hypocritical to fire one of them because he spoke as millions of Christians would speak?
Especially since they will even profit off the publicity engendered by the firing?
Don’t get me wrong. I strongly disagree with Robertson’s statements and opinions, but the answer to that is not to silence him, but to publicly address his arguments and defeat them, at least among those who can still be open to the arguments.
By the way, I don’t really think that some sort of heavyweight gay cabal engineered Robertson’s suspension. I think A&E suspended him on their own, because they feared progtard censure, and thought that they would lose Ruling Class status by permitting him to go unpunished.
In other words, they were afraid some of their friends might think they’d become one of them. By which I mean “troglodyte social conservatives,” not “gay advocates.”
Anyway, I’ve blogged this several times now, and I’m pretty much done with it. Compared to some of the other issues currently on hand, it’s pretty small potatoes.
[EDIT: post title changed due to overwhelming outcry from the peanut gallery]