Phil Robertson stands firm for a few select things: duck season, his family and his faith. The latter has garnered criticism after his remarks concerning homosexuality being an out-and-out sin.
The 67-year-old, who is the patriarch of the billionaire family made rich from selling duck calls, told GQ Magazine that homosexuality is a sin, the first step in a downward spiral of atrocity toward promiscuity and bestiality.
“Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God,” Robertson said. “Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
A&E, the network on which “Duck Dynasty” airs, suspended Robertson indefinitely from the show after his remarks went public.
Opinions have been firing from both sides, and strong ones at that (which is usually the case when the question of homosexuality and gays enters the arena). There’s one group screaming Robertson is a homophobe, while another shouts back about his freedom of speech. Following his suspension, fans are outraged, ready to drag cameramen back to Louisiana, while some critics are singing A&E’s praises.
It’s not my job to say on which side I agree or if I even have a side on the issue. It’s not my job to condemn or support the Duck Commander in what he does or doesn’t say.
What I will say, though, is this: He has a right to say it.
If Robertson wants to call homosexuality the outright work of Satan himself, he can do that. If he wants to say on national television that he has been gay his whole life and his wife and sons are cover-ups for the love he shares with Terry Bradshaw from their time at Louisiana Tech, so be it.
He has every right to go right ahead and say anything he wants, but A&E also has the right to suspend him from its show.
I love the First Amendment. It’s one of the first things on my list of things for which I’m thankful on Thanksgiving. It allows me to say whatever I want in print or in person without getting arrested for it.
Every other person in America has a right to voice his or her opinion, too.
You can’t rate one person’s opinion as more correct or less correct than someone else’s (Unless, of course, that opinion is that two and two is five or Brad Pitt is not the most beautiful man to walk the earth. In which case, you’re wrong and I hate you). It’s an opinion. Everyone is allowed to have one. That’s why we’re us and North Korea’s North Korea — you can say things here and not be hunted down by the government to be censured (No offense to North Korea. All offense to Jimmy Kimmel).
Every person in this country has a right to free speech. Just because you don’t like what someone has to say, doesn’t mean they have to stop saying it.