Free Speech Isn’t Free
Hattip to Dale Price at Dyspeptic Mutterings. I have never watched Duck Dynasty on A&E, and before this week only had the vaguest idea that it is about a family that manufactures duck calls, is rich, rural and devout, with the men looking like a road crew for ZZ Top. It became a mega hit, and this week the patriarch of the family was fired because of comments he made about homosexuality in a magazine interview. Go here to read the interview in GQ. The family has put out this statement:
We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E’s decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Phil would never incite or encourage hate.We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right.We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty. Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.
So far so predictable. We live in a country which lauds freedom of speech in theory, but in practice if you deviate in your public sentiments a fraction of an inch from the PC cant of the day, the forces of love and tolerance will attempt to gut punch you if they can. No more formidable practitioners of that art exists than the gay lobby, the “love” that dare not speak its name now being the “love” that wants to ensure that its critics dare not speak at all.
I am unsurprised that it is feminist lesbian Camille Paglia who on the Laura Ingraham show had the best commentary on this latest eruption of the gay thought police. Paglia, who is an old time liberal who actually cherishes freedom for herself and also for those who disagree with her, has been outraging leftist pieties for decades. Go here to listen to her appearance with Ingraham.
Robertson has been suspended from Duck Dynasty due to comments he made to GQ that have been deemed “anti-gay.” According to Paglia, the culture has become too politically correct.
“To express yourself in a magazine in an interview — this is the level of punitive PC, utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist, OK, that my liberal colleagues in the Democratic Party and on college campuses have supported and promoted over the last several decades,” Paglia said. “This is the whole legacy of free speech 1960’s that have been lost by my own party.”
Paglia went on to point out that while she is an atheist she respects religion and has been frustrated by the intolerance of gay activists.
“I think that this intolerance by gay activists toward the full spectrum of human beliefs is a sign of immaturity, juvenility,” Paglia said. “This is not the mark of a true intellectual life. This is why there is no cultural life now in the U.S. Why nothing is of interest coming from the major media in terms of cultural criticism. Why the graduates of the Ivy League with their A, A, A+ grades are complete cultural illiterates, etc. is because they are not being educated in any way to give respect to opposing view points.”
“There is a dialogue going on human civilization, for heaven sakes. It’s not just this monologue coming from fanatics who have displaced the religious beliefs of their parents into a political movement,” she added. “And that is what happened to feminism, and that is what happened to gay activism, a fanaticism.”
Go here to read the rest at The Daily Caller. God did not send us into this Vale of Tears so that we would spend our days with our hands over our mouths, but rather to boldly speak His Truth no matter the cost.