As many of you already know, Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame was suspended from the hit A&E show this past week for his comments concerning homosexuality. Now what I am about to write may torque a few of you off, but bear with me.
A&E has the right to hire, fire, or suspend any of it’s employees or people under contract under the terms of that contract. Without knowing said terms, we can only speculate as to what the exact reason is other than what has been put in the press releases.
But what we do know is that the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) took great offense at Mr. Robertson’s comments concerning the homosexual lifestyle and sin, and proceeded to pressure A&E to punish Mr. Robertson.
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
Perhaps GLAAD takes offense with being lumped in with those perverts that want to have sex with animals. Or perhaps they don’t like being called sinners. Or maybe they are just plain intolerant of thoughts and words contrary to their belief system.
I’ve got the following news for the people of GLAAD:
- We all have sinned, and unrepented sin will keep us from God’s Kingdom.
- Up until recently, homosexual behavior has been deemed deviant behavior by society and the medical/psychological professions.
- Not everyone buys into accepting the homosexual lifestyle as “normal.” In fact, it is a minority, not a majority.
I find it very hypocritical for GLAAD and their supporters to be promoting the “normalcy” of their lifestyle & speeches pleading for tolerance of said lifestyle, and yet be very intolerant of any criticism or contradiction of what their opinions may be. And GLAAD is beginning to feel the heat. Such is the life of a group that espouses Political Correctness, and is found to be lacking in that holier than thou grail of tolerance.
So now we come down to the question of what Freedom of Speech vs. Political Correctness really entails. I personally think that Dr. Ben Carson summed it up very nicely in his National Prayer Breakfast speech:
“And one last thing about political correctness, which I think is a horrible thing, by the way. I’m very, very come — compassionate, and I’m not never out to offend anyone. But PC is dangerous. Because, you see, this country one of the founding principles was freedom of thought and freedom of expression. and it muffles people. It puts a muzzle on them. And at the same time, keeps people from discussing important issues while the fabric of this society is being changed. And we cannot fall for that trick. And what we need to do is start talking about things, talking about things that are important.”
Wikipedia (always an interesting source of information) states that –
Freedom of speech is being able to speak freely without censorship. The right to freedom of speech is recognized as human right in under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and recognized in international human rights law under Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The ICCPR recognizes the right to freedom of speech as “the right to hold opinions without interference. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression”. Furthermore freedom of speech is recognized in Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights which establishes human rights law on a regional level.
Political correctness (adjectivally, politically correct; both forms commonly abbreviated to PC) is a term used to describe language, ideas, policies, or behavior seen as seeking to minimize offense to gender, racial, cultural, disabled, aged or other identity groups.
What is interesting is that the freedom of speech implies “the right to hold opinions without interference” but exactly what does that cover? If tempered with political correctness, one begins to think that there isn’t anything that can be written or said expressing your opinion without some group taking offense.
Here’s the problem with political correctness – the standard of what is politically correct is subject to what someone finds objectionable to their race, religion, and/or belief system. In other words, there are no absolute standards or limits to what these people would find objectionable. Where this could eventually lead is a suppression of our ability to voice our opinions for fear of being publically attacked, and potentially charged with a hate crime. Freedom of speech now becomes a casualty of “political correctness” and “hate crime” laws.
This is where Mr. Robertson is now a casualty. Political correctness now rules, not freedom of speech and opinion. Mr. Robertson will not change his opinions or beliefs because he believes in a Higher Power, and I applaud him for it.
As for me –
While I know that I have written past posts that have challenged and pushed the limits of political correctness, and if someone really puts their mind to it, could state that I am writing hate-type articles. I would like to challenge those critics because much of what I have written is based on facts in the public domain. Perhaps my interpretation of these facts may not fit their world-view, but guess what – that goes both ways.
Maybe I’m an old fart living in a world of non-absolutes that cannot adapt to a world seemingly gone mad. Perhaps I’m fed up with being told what I can and cannot say & think by the PC police. But this old fart has opinions, and will be heard at least through this medium called a blog. And if you, the reader, don’t like what I write, you can exercise your right of choice and not visit here or leave a comment with your opinion.
After all, it’s all about choice, right?
What I will continue doing is calling a spade a spade. Political correctness can be damned because people need to face facts & not allow themselves to be deluded and fooled into complacency. Plain talk is best because it gets the point across, and yes, this can be exceedingly blunt & painful.
Reality, my friends, is far less pleasant than the fantasy world the politically correct happy people would like to have. And that will eventually come back and haunt them.
In closing, here’s some food for thought from Rick Warren:
Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.