Phil Robertson has the right to express his views on homosexuality without losing his job! We live in a country where speech is protected. No matter how offensive someone’s opinion is, it must be allowed to be shared without fear of retaliation, or we turn into a fascist society, and that is exactly what the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is communicating in their 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,” said GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz. “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.”
How can GLAAD publicly campaign for Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would protect the LGBT community from being fired from their jobs because of their sexual identity, but encourage A&E to “reexamine” their relationship with Phil Robertson because of his Christian identity? In other words, GLAAD demands that Christian employers be tolerant of one’s sexual identity, regardless of whether it conflicts with their values and belief system, but A&E is completely justified in their suspension of Phil Robertson for his religious values.
Can someone say HYPOCRISY?
Phil Robertson went on to say that his family “really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and let’s get on with it, and everything will turn around . . . we never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”
We get it GLAAD. Some of Phil Robertson’s comments were rather distasteful. Some might say HE is distasteful. But you can’t have it both ways. Tolerance is for everyone, not just for some.
In the words of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU):
“The First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects speech no matter how offensive its content . . . how much we value the right of free speech is put to its severest test when the speaker is someone we disagree with most. Speech that deeply offends our morality or is hostile to our way of life warrants the same constitutional protection as other speech because the right of free speech is indivisible: When one of us is denied this right, all of us are denied.”
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