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Op-Ed: Phil Robertson, GLAAD, and the First Amendment

By W. Mark Dendy     Dec 20, 2013 in Entertainment
This is the time of the year when hope, joy, and love should fill the air, but for some reason, that just doesn't seem to be the case.
Phil Robertson, a man who espouses Christianity and Christian values, is under attack by a group called GLAAD. A charge has been led by liberals against the patriarch of the popular series Duck Dynasty over an interview in which he states his views as a Christian.
On Wednesday, Bernard Whitman, a homosexual Jew, vilified Robertson on national TV saying that Robertson used religion to attack homosexuals and lesbians.
This seems to be the case of "Do two wrongs make a right?" Of course not!
Then the question becomes "Was Phil Robertson right or wrong?"
His statements have set off a firestorm in which he and Christians in general are being blasted by those who don't share the same views.
It is my opinion that Robertson upholds the same beliefs of many, the majority.
Christianity teaches us that you are to love the sinner, but hate the sin.
I believe he was right.
Could Phil Robertson have expressed his views in a different way? Of course! And Bernard Whitman could have chosen less toxic words as well. But are not both Robertson and Whitman protected by the First Amendment?
You see, the biggest problem that I have, personally, with defenders of homosexuality, is those same people who want to demonize Robertson for simply speaking of what he believes, say that his speech is hurtful, yet they choose to sling statements like “ the uneducated they are trying to distort their bigotry into a softer theme - free speech!” The UNEDUCATED?
Or “This Duck Dynasty idiot is not threatened by any law.” This Duck Dynasty IDIOT? The last I heard, he was a self-made millionaire. (That is not the point I intended to make but thought it shouldn't go unmentioned.)
My point is those who are outraged by Phil Robertson's speaking out about his beliefs (not spewing hate) are guilty of hate speech by calling those who do not agree with them “uneducated” and “idiots.”
Personally, I would like to see Phil Robertson, the Robertson Clan, and the whole Duck Dynasty crew pack up and leave A & E altogether. Otherwise, they are just sell-outs!
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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