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Camille Paglia: Duck Dynasty suspension 'utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist'

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On Thursday, we said that A&E's actions against Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson shows that liberalism is an ideology of intolerance and tyrannical oppression. Those sentiments were echoed Thursday by dissident feminist Camille Paglia, who told radio talk show host Laura Ingraham the move is "utterly fascist" and "utterly Stalinist," the Daily Caller reported.

“I speak with authority here, because I was openly gay before the ‘Stonewall rebellion,’ when it cost you something to be so. And I personally feel as a libertarian that people have the right to free thought and free speech,” she said.

“In a democratic country, people have the right to be homophobic as well as they have the right to support homosexuality — as I one hundred percent do. If people are basing their views against gays on the Bible, again they have a right of religious freedom there,” she added.

Robertson was suspended from Duck Dynasty after he expressed his Christian beliefs opposing homosexuality in an interview with GQ magazine.

Paglia, a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, explained that the country 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,” she said. “This is the whole legacy of free speech 1960s that have been lost by my own party.”

She also told Ingraham that while she's an atheist, she respects religion and has become frustrated by the intolerance shown by modern gay activists who seek to silence any opposition.

“I think that this intolerance by gay activists toward the full spectrum of human beliefs is a sign of immaturity, juvenility,” she 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.”

Paglia told Ingraham that feminism and the gay movement has been taken over by fanatics "who have displaced the religious beliefs of their parents into a political movement.”

A move to boycott A&E has exploded across the Internet since Robertson's suspension, with one Facebook page garnering well over a million likes in just 24 hours. Other Facebook pages supporting Robertson have also sprung up and a Twitter account has collected over 13,000 supporters.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin weighed in on her Facebook page.

"Free speech is an endangered species. Those 'intolerants' hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us," she wrote.

Charlie Daniels also weighed in, calling it a "sorry day in America," and predicted things could get much worse for A&E.

"A and E I think I think you trampled Phil Robertson's civil rights and ran off a significant bunch of viewers," he tweeted. "Only time will tell."



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