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Trending these days is the hot topic of Phil Robertson of the series "Duck Dynasty".

Mr. Robertson made comments both in videotaped sermons and in an article in GQ which many citizens are interpreting as racist and homophobic.

Although we may or may not necessarily agree with anything this actor has said publicly, as a former Airman of the USAF, during active duty it would have been my intent to stand ready and die if necessary to defend Robertson's right to say it. A statement and a privilege of both I do not take lightly. Our basic freedoms must always be preserved.

I think we are losing sight of who he is and what his claim to "public" scrutiny is. Folks, he's an actor. An actor on a television show. He is NOT an elected official, nor a teacher in a public school.

He hunts.

Big deal, my cat hunts and she does not need any specialized equipment to do so successfully. Even if my eyes were rotting out of my skull from disuse I would not watch certain shows. Heck, I'd rather watch the TV test pattern, (yes, I am that old).

Now, a show about cats hunting? Possibly, but it certainly would depend on if a television network were interested in MY cat.

We are able to vote everyday, both in elections, and with the mighty dollar bill. That pesky Phil can say what he likes and we can respond commensurately. Why spend the time and energy trying to boycott or support the companies that sponsor the show?

Don't buy, don't watch, and more importantly take those dollars and donate both financially and with time to campaigns of those candidates that express your view. Money talks, but it does not necessarily 'quack'.

With Mr. Robertson's stated Christian stance it seems appropriate to reflect on what Jesus Himself said:

"Love thy neighbor as thyself" - Mark Ch: 12 vs 31 KJV, and again, "Let ye among you who is without sin, cast the first stone." - John Ch: 8 vs 7 KJV.

As a nation we should hear stones dropping and votes being cast; dollar bills being spent on what you as an individual believe is of value.

And finally, if you are having freshly hunted duck for dinner, please consider sending an invite. It sounds delicious.

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