The news of Duck Commander Phil Robertson being suspended from his own show stirs up underlying emotions that run deep in the homeschooling community. Who has the right to dictate what we can or cannot believe or teach?
The Duck Dynasty star was asked a question, and he gave his opinion based on his beliefs, but that resulted in an all-out attack and deprecation by the political-correctness police. With so much news and social media chatter concerning Robertson's statement being front and center, this should send a chill up the backs of all homeschoolers as they witness the unfolding of this "free to speak" event in America.
The majority of homeschoolers I know choose to educate their children at home because they want to nurture and teach their children according to their own family values. Whether homeschoolers know it or not, they are following in the footsteps of the Mayflower pilgrims who risked all to come to a new world where they could be free to propagate and advance the gospel, in other words, to teach their own children their beliefs and values.
Today, without a new world to which to travel, many homeschooling parents have turned to their own homes as a refuge from the king's tyranny. But those tyrannical claws are twisting their way in through the news, TV, and other sources, trying to control what can or cannot be said. This will not stand with homeschoolers.
Regardless of which side of the Duck Dynasty debate a homeschooler stands, the real issue is that in America one should be free to express his beliefs and opinions--especially when asked--without fear of punishment or retribution. We can only watch and see how this Duck episode will play out, but homeschoolers need to keep a vigil on the way this freedom to speak issue is handled. Parents need to stay abreast of these types of outcomes. Keep informed through homeschooling newsletters, websites, and support groups such as HSLDA or WallBuilders because the right to be free to teach one's own values and beliefs is the driving force behind homeschooling.