If anyone hasn’t heard yet, Phil Robertson, the man behind the Duck Dynasty family has been suspended from the upcoming shows. If you haven’t hear you can Read the story here.
Briefly, Mr. Robertson was giving an interview with GQ magazine. He gave his opinion on being gay. Mr. Robertson is a heavily religious man, and doesn’t agree nor understand being gay.
He later, while talking about what he considers sin, clumps homosexuality, promiscuity, infidelity, and of all things bestiality, together in one lump sum.
Right or wrong, whether you agree or disagree, Mr. Robertson is the latest celebrity VICTIM of an insane ‘politically correct’ society. Yes I said it. Phil Robertson is the victim in this case.
He expressed his opinion. EVERYONE on this planet is entitled to their opinions. He did not attack anyone. He didn’t cause harm to anyone. He didn’t infringe on anyone’s rights. He committed no crime.
Yet because we find ourselves living in a country where freedom of speech is being replaced by political correctness; a country where being part of a majority (either through race or especially religious beliefs) automatically makes you bad. We find that voicing an opinion contrary to what is now deemed ‘socially acceptable’ means that we lose out on our free speech.
Historically, celebrities who voice their opinions are forced to undergo psychological counseling to cure them of their bigotry.
But isn’t having an opinion human? Don’t we all see things differently? Isn’t that what makes us…us? Isn’t it scary that celebrities and even non-celebrities are being forced to think a certain way? That our children are being indoctrinated into believing that having differing opinions is bad?
Don’t get me wrong. Hate is bad. But disagreeing with something because of a personal moral and religious code doesn’t equal hate. It equals personality. Had Mr. Robertson went on a rant that the gays should be executed or tortured, then that would be a different story. He didn’t. He expressed an opinion. See the difference?
And for the record, there are recorded spots in history where beastiality was accepted. Especially in certain pagan religions. So things that are acceptable and not acceptable change with time.
We live in a supposedly free society but yet we punish those with unpopular beliefs. Doesn’t make sense to me.
This is a great quote from the Supreme Court case Terminiello vs. Chicago (1949)
[F]reedom of speech…,” Justice William O. Douglas wrote for the 5-4 majority, is “protected against censorship or punishment, unless shown likely to roduce a clear and present danger of a serious substantive evil that rises far above public inconvenience, annoyance, or unrest … There is no room under our Constitution for a more restrictive view.”
As the youtuber Montagraph says at the end of every one of his videos, “If you can’t speak freely you are simply not free.”