Phil Robertson can say what he wants but must accept consequences
The big Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty controversy has been stirring around my head since I heard about it yesterday. Hubby and I talked about it a bit last night at dinner too and Hubby, a huge fan of Duck Dynasty, has been posting about it on his Facebook page, a lot. While he and I agree on some of this topic, we disagree on others. It is a touchy subject for us.
I am truly of the opinion that Phil Robertson can say whatever he wants, this is America after all, but he must accept the consequences that follow as well. Freedom of speech does not include freedom of consequences.
Here is a bit of the Phil Robertson GQ article that all the hype is coming from…
“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong,” he says. “Sin becomes fine.”
What, in your mind, is sinful?
“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,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. 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. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”
I am not gay, but I find his remarks to be quite offensive. Does it mean he cannot say it? No, not at all. But there is backlash when you make such strong statements and him being put on hiatus from filming Duck Dynasty is one of them. Sadly though the bottom line is always about money and A&E and advertisers are going to continue with Duck Dynasty because it is tremendously popular. Whether they let Phil in the episodes or not. While Phil states that he is not judging, I disagree, his statements sound very judgmental to me.
Our country has made some great strides in equality of all kinds, but we have miles and miles to go. There actually will never be true equality because that is just not the way human brains think and frankly our world would demise if there were never any controversy. I like to think there is good in everyone. Even the worst criminals are not 100% of their foulest acts. What Phil Robertson has said is not his foulest act I’m sure, but it is very upsetting to a huge number of people – offensive, judgmental, disappointing, that does not mean I think Phil Robertson is a terrible person though. I believe that he truly believes in what he said along with the other faith based statements he makes that are more positive in nature. But I do think he owes the LGBT community an apology for the remarks he made.
I am happy to hear your comments on this topic but be respectful of others! No personal attacks please.