Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the Robertson Duck Dynasty family, did an interview for GQ magazine in which he expressed his feelings about homosexuality. Feelings based on his personal and religious beliefs.
Mr Robertson expressed his view that homosexuality was immoral, likening it to bestiality. Some of the remarks were made using off-color language. Of course this set off the expected outrage from a wide spectrum of our society. He was suspended from the show for his remarks. Lets get this clear; the suspension was a business decision that is meant to appease those who find offense with Mr Robertson's remarks.
While I wholeheartedly disagree with what he said I believe that he has the right, under our constitution, to express his beliefs.
In this country we seem to pick and choose our fights as we feel they will benefit our own agendas. Homosexuals find, as I do, these words offensive so they attack them.
Atheists find a cross memorial dedicated to our military offensive so they attack it.
Merry Christmas has become a dirty word so we replace it with Happy Holidays or Seasons Greetings.
Many Americans now use their right to free speech to stifle others right to free speech. This is an evil worse than Mr Robertson's words.
The A&E Networks are certainly in their right to suspend Mr Robertson. His words were despicable in my mind. But his right to say them is constitutionally rock solid.
The sad thing about the human condition is that we, as a species, will always find fault with some segment of our species. When race, sexual orientation, religion, gender and financial status are all put to rest by future generations we will still find someone in our society that we feel a need to look down upon. It's the nature of the beast kiddies.