I don’t know what to make of the Duck Dynasty kerfuffle.
I’ve never seen the show; I support full gay rights (including marriage), and don’t see homosexuality as a sin.
But more than anything, I hate tyranny. And this is fascistic tyranny, no matter how liberal the fascism:
“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,” [Camilla] Paglia, a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, said on Laura Ingraham’s radio show Thursday.
“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.
“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,” Paglia said. “This is the whole legacy of free speech 1960’s that have been lost by my own party.”
Paglia went on to point out that while she is an atheist she respects religion and has been frustrated by the intolerance of gay activists.
“I think that this intolerance by gay activists toward the full spectrum of human beliefs is a sign of immaturity, juvenility,” Paglia 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.”
“There is a dialogue going on human civilization, for heaven sakes. It’s not just this monologue coming from fanatics who have displaced the religious beliefs of their parents into a political movement,” she added. “And that is what happened to feminism, and that is what happened to gay activism, a fanaticism.”
I don’t blame A&E—yet I do. They’re running a business, and they don’t need their spokesmen making trouble for them. Yet the network has done extremely well by the Dynasty dynasty. A little backbone, a little loyalty, is never a bad thing. They could have (and should have) condemned the remarks (if they found them condemnable), and dealt with the fallout like adults.
I don’t blame gay fanaticists—yet I do. Gay people have had it rough (stop laughing!), but their rights are lightyears beyond where they were even a decade ago. A man—a queer man (in the original sense of the word), quoting Corinthians, who also conceded that it was for God to judge the sinner—is allowed to hold and voice an anti-gay opinion without dragging homosexuals back into the closet. (An opinion expressed in a print interview, it must be noted, not on the show.) A&E’s premature capitulation is proof of who holds the power in the country. It ain’t the Bible-thumpers.
I don’t blame the Robertsons—yet I do. See above about freedom to hold and voice an opinion. But also see above about A&E being free to drop him. You make duck calls, you’re not a preacher. You’ve far exceeded your 15 minutes of fame, and you have a huge following. You are owed nothing more.
I guess the only people I blame unreservedly are the leftist cabal that called for duck scalp. I may share certain opinions, but you people disgust me.