Free Speech Does Not Mean the Freedom to Harm One’s Employer
Apparently conservatives felt a little levity was needed for the holiday season, so they got together to defend the right a of TV star of something called Duck Dynasty to mouth hatred and prejudice, and still keep his job on TV. Here’s a part of what the center of this controversy said, and yes we are embarrassed to even reproduce it.
A&E, which airs “Duck Dynasty,” put Robertson on indefinite suspension from the show on Wednesday because of a controversial interview with GQ, in which, he commented on his inability to comprehend homosexuality or societies “without Jesus.”
“That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical,” Robertson told Drew Magery in GQ.
When Magery asked him to define “sin,” Robertson responded, “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”
In another part of the interview, Robertson equated Shintoism and Islam with Nazism.
“All you have to do is look at any society where there is no Jesus. I’ll give you four: Nazis, no Jesus. Look at their record. Uh, Shintos? They started this thing in
Pearl Harbor. Any Jesus among them?
None. Communists? None. Islamists? Zero,” he said. “That’s eighty years of
ideologies that have popped up where no Jesus was allowed among those four
groups. Just look at the records as far as murder goes among those four
Jindal’s primary criticism centers on what he calls an infringement of free speech.
“I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed-up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended ,” Jindal said.
On Thursday, Faith Driven Consumer, a Christian organization, also came to Robertson’s defense by launching petition campaign and calling for Robertson’s full reinstatement to Duck Dynasty.
But the thing that really gets everyone laughing here is the plea for “tolerance” by some of the most intolerant men and women on the planet. Here is Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, as intolerant a person as can be found in public life.
“If you believe in free speech or religious liberty, you should be deeply dismayed over the treatment of Phil Robertson,” Cruz wrote on his . “Phil expressed his personal views and his own religious faith; for that, he was suspended from his job. In a free society, anyone is free to disagree with him—but the mainstream media should not behave as the thought police censoring the views with which they disagree.”