For the month of December 2013, the biggest outrage latched onto by right wing politicians, right wing media, right wing religion and the right wing voting base, has been A&E’s suspension of Phil Robertson of the reality TV show “Duck Dynasty”. Robertson was suspended for making racist and bigoted comments against the LGBT community and African-Americans, in an interview for GQ magazine. He was not suspended because of his "religious beliefs", and his "Free Speech" was never violated.
It should be noted that after ten days of feigned outrage and ignorance from various right wing echo chambers, A&E has reinstated Phil Robertson. In a statement released this past Friday, A&E said that they had already taped the 2014 season of the show and the suspension would have only affected future tapings. A&E has put aside their morals in exchange for the almighty dollar.
The show “Duck Dynasty” brought in $80 million this past year from advertising and merchandising. “‘Duck Dynasty’ is A&E’s biggest revenue generator and major viewer franchise,” said Porter Bibb, managing partner at Mediatech Capital Partners, a New York-based merchant bank.
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Right wing talking Head Sean Hannity, said Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments were merely "Old fashion", so its OK, its folksy to display your Christian hate, it's tradition.
“Old fashioned traditional Christian sentiment and values”.
State Senator Jerry Fielding (R-AL), has proposed a Resolution in the Alabama State House declaring Phil Robertson a “Hero” for speaking of his values of racism and bigotry as a Christian.
Phil Robertson “should be celebrated as a hero for courageously revealing his self-truth and Christian ideals.”
Former V.P. candidate and Fox News contributor Sarah Palin talked about “Free speech" and that it was “endangered” in a post on her Facebook page. She hasn't a clue about our Constitutional laws of Free Speech.
“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.”
Palin posted her feigned outrage on Dec. 18, and on Dec. 23 she was feigning more outrage on Fox News about Phil Robertson, but she was forced to admit that she never even read the GQ interview.
Illinois Republican congressional candidate Ian Bayne sent an email to supporters in which he declared that embattled Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson is the “Rosa Parks of our generation.” Sometimes, the stupid just hurts.
“In December 1955, Rosa Parks took a stand against an unjust societal persecution of black people,” he wrote. “And in December 2013, Robertson took a stand against persecution of Christians.”
“What Parks did was courageous,” wrote Bayne. “What Mr. Robertson did was courageous too.”
Tea Party Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) also claimed that Phil Robertson’s “free speech or religious liberty” were attacked. Right wing politicians have no clue how the Constitution’s 1st Amendment with regards to free speech actually works. Amazing.
"If you believe in free speech or religious liberty, you should be deeply dismayed over the treatment of Phil Robertson," Cruz wrote on his Facebook page. "Phil expressed his personal views and his own religious faith; for that, he was suspended from his job. In a free society, anyone is free to disagree with him--but the mainstream media should not behave as the thought police censoring the views with which they disagree."
To paraphrase and make it understandable for the right wing impaired, the Constitutions “Free Speech” guarantees that you cannot be prosecuted or imprisoned for your opinions. It is not protection from public opinion or consequences such as a loss of your job or a ban on Facebook after running your mouth off.
Conservative radio host Mike Slater compared Phil Robertson to “Martin Luther King Jr.” on Fox News while telling a story about “a young boy" who "wrote a preacher a letter”. He had to go with MLK Jr., Rosa Parks was already taken.
“In 1958, a young boy wrote a preacher a letter, saying that he was struggling with homosexuality,” Slater said. “And this preacher wrote back, ‘Son, don’t worry, there’s a solution to your problem.’ That preacher was Martin Luther King Jr.”
“I guarantee you that Martin Luther King Jr. loves that boy just like Robertson family,” he added. “The point is the Robertson family loves everyone, that’s the point here.”
Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) said that just because some Christians are racists and bigots, people (those that are against racism and bigotry) should show “tolerance of religious views” in the work place despite the racism and bigotry, if it comes from a Christian.
I’m glad that A&E "came to their senses and recognized that tolerance of religious views is more important than political correctness."
Radio host Rush Limbaugh claimed Robertson was suspended because of his religious beliefs. Again, he was suspended for being a racist and a bigot just like Limbaugh is.
"Now, excuse me for just a second here, but who is being discriminated against here except Phil Robertson? Who just lost a job because of religious beliefs?" he asked. "Nothing happened to any gay people or homosexual people. Nothing happened to them."
Ralph Reed, the Chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, a right wing religious group, started a campaign to reinstate Robertson on his show, calling his suspension "anti-Christian bigotry." Again, Robertson was suspended because of hate, bigotry and racism, which right wing Christians apparently seem to think is OK to do, as long as it’s done in the name of their God.
“He foreswore any hatred or discrimination against any other person. And his comments were based on his faith in God, not animus directed at gays or others who might be different from him."
Glenn Beck, offered Phil Robertson and his entire extended family a job at his website “The Blaze”, saying “we’re not ashamed”, Beck has no shame, so that is true.
“And if you take a stand and they fire you, The Blaze will… be on the phone… We’d like you at The Blaze. We’re not ashamed. We won’t fold. We have people of diverse opinion here.”
Over the same time span of the Duck Dynasty outrage; Congress let the unemployment benefits for 1.3 million people expire this past Saturday by not authorizing an extension, both the House and Senate passed the Budget Act of 2013 which was signed by President Obama that reduces the Cost of Living Adjustments benefits for millions of retired Veterans, and over 1 million people signed up for health insurance in the month of December.
Happy New Year.
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