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'What the duck?' indeed

'What the duck?' indeed

 

Not that you need another weigh-in on Phil Robertson being suspended from A&E Networks for comments he made in a recent GQ Magazine interview, but if we need to get discussion going I am in that industry. 

If you've missed the last 24 hours, Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, the one with the beard, was suspended from the network because of his voicing personal views on people who are gay. 

There's a lot you can do with cliff notes or indirect quotes to make your case stronger, so be sure you get the quotes from the article. Actually, be sure you actually read the article!

Much confusion can be squashed when people read past a headline. 

Robertson said in answering the interviewer's question about what he believe is a sin, that the word covers 'homosexual behavior and just morph out from there.'

From there, he added bestiality and sleeping around with men and women.

He also went on about vaginas as compared to a man's rear end. 

That part's a matter of personal preference he was expressing, but as is often the case, homosexuality was being discussed in the context of Christianity. 

A lot of Christians cannot stop talking about homosexuality. They just can't. It's a hot topic. 

So is Duck Dynasty, and combining the two will throw the white south off its axis. 

Here's my thought. 

This Robertson guy opens up to an interviewer, which provides for some great reading. I think the softened bricks of butter and the insight that the guys had just come in from squirrel hunting gives us the proper atmosphere to introduce exactly what came next, a rather unmodern, unworldly and untouched view of human behavior. 

Is this the setting for progressive thought? Or is it a Louisiana hunter's kitchen? 

Not as much of the south is these days as the writer describes here, but I'm glad there are still a few people living in the woods, hunting, growing beards and reading their Bibles. 

The world is a big and interesting place. 

Every time someone spouts off an ignorant opinion, does an angel lose its wings? 

I hope there was no element of surprise for anyone here, as you'll find many, many men with the same fashion sense as Robertson share similar views on the subject. 

Robertson has his beliefs, and as it turns out, so does A&E. 

Seems they're both expressing them in accordance to their freedoms. 

As people protected by the First Amendment we should all tolerate falsehood and dissenting systems of belief, because it is a precious right to do so. 

John Milton - Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.

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riceboy
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riceboy 12/19/13 - 01:36 pm
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Agree/Right

I may not agree with everything you say in this article, but you have the right to say it. So does Phil Robertson. I would have chosen a view different words than him. I think that GQ set him for this fall, full well knowing what would happen. A/E sells DD as a whole Christian show, yet when one of them voices their opion offscreen, watch out.

It's a sad day in America when a small vocal minority runs rough shot over the rest of the country. It's like 1930's Germany all over again. A few controlling the many. Persecution for their beliefs. The Jews in Germany, now the Chistians here. We have just not got to the concentration camps yet.

What next? GLAAD members goose stepping in jack boots and wearing brown shirts?

Still Happy Happy Happy about Duck Dynasty. God bless the Robertson family.

Merry Christmas to everyone. Riceboy.

ARVoiceofLogic
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ARVoiceofLogic 12/19/13 - 01:47 pm
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Hyperbole

Much?

Courtney Spradlin
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Courtney Spradlin 12/19/13 - 05:01 pm
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Well that escalated quickly.

Well that escalated quickly.

fdsjfsdjfsda543543543
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fdsjfsdjfsda543543543 12/20/13 - 07:50 pm
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Open hostility towards gay

Open hostility towards gay people is no longer considered just expressing your opinion. It is viewed as bigotry, and rightly so.

Would you defend him if he was talking about how much he hates ni*****? That argument would have had a large sympathetic audience 50 years ago, today it would get you fired, demoted, ostracized, etc.

The point is, talking about how awful gay people are is going to be tolerated less and less as time goes on. It's bigotry, and it should stop. Keep your awful opinions to yourself.

MarkVaught
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MarkVaught 12/20/13 - 08:38 pm
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Except...

He didn't say he hated gays. Or black people. Or anyone, for that matter.

I'm sorry to come out of hiatus and comment on this, but I've had about as much of this nonsense as I can stand.

Calling someone's opinion "awful" (and elsewhere where you said religion "sucks Azz" [sic] and that it created evil in society) is no more (and no less) of hate speech than calling someone else's behavior a sin. And calling someone's behavior a sin is no more hostile than the open hostility you demonstrate with your statements about religion and those who freely espouse its well-known views.

I never ceased to be amazed at how intolerant the "tolerant" crowd really is.

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DanCDaves 12/21/13 - 11:56 am
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Check your hypocrisies

I think the issue that liberals are missing in their defense of homosexuals, and trying to avoid bringing up to not look like hypocrites, is that a private enterprise fired someone for disagreeing with their beliefs or perhaps hedging on the idea that viewers would be offended. If the owners of the station were more conservative-leaning like other businesses and didn't mind his stance, they would be outraged he wasn't fired. But, if he was supportive of homosexuality and was fired for it, you'd feel different and oppose that private enterprise. It shows the hypocrisy of the Left as much as it shows the constitutional ignorance of the Right.

While I don't agree with what he said as I pay no mind to it, leftists choose to stand against religious beliefs if they go against any human rights, but in this instance, I'd make the argument that leftists have more or less the feeling of being vindicated for not watching a program they figured harbored bigoted feelings towards demographics they support, which is why they even bother posing like they care about this situation in the first place. Think about it: backwoods culture, duck hunters that wear camouflage everyday, prayer at the end of the show, wealthy - all of those go against the image the Left has of their ideal society - urban gentrification, wearing skinny jeans, driving Prii, eating gluten-free soy salads, biking the thirty mile commute to work at the full employment building roads job, burning dollars for heat, listening to Interpol, etc.

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Courtney Spradlin 12/21/13 - 12:37 pm
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That

was awesome.

faulknerwatchdog
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faulknerwatchdog 12/21/13 - 04:16 pm
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What the what?

fdsjfsdjfsda543543543, you can call gun owners "veritable scum of the earth," and "potential terrorists," and that's ok, but if somebody quotes the Apostle Paul (a.k.a. The Holy Bible) on sin, then that's bigotry and "awful." You really never do cease to amaze me.

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alipage72 12/19/13 - 01:45 pm
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eh...

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that it really isn't quite "like 1930's Germany all over again"...but that's just me...

ARVoiceofLogic
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ARVoiceofLogic 12/19/13 - 01:44 pm
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You absolutely have the right to free speech, BUT

It turns out you don't have the, "Right to a TV show on A&E".

Seriously though, it really is all about the revenue. I believe that DD's chief advertiser is Walmart. This is the same Walmart who pulled Paula Deen products from its shelves. A&E is a corporation. A&E is not going to risk losing Walmart.

Phil Robertson did not lose any rights to free speech. Phil Robertson lost a television contract. You can say whatever you want, but you have to deal with the fallout of your words.

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