Sarah Palin Defends Phil Robertson's Right to Free Speech & So Should We All

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Did you hear about the time when A&E screwed themselves over by suspending Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson? Let me catch you up. In the January issue of GQ magazine, outspoken, Jesus-following, Bible-thumping Christian Phil Robertson quoted some scripture and doesn't personally understand why some men like other men instead of women.

The shock! The horror! The patriarch that ends every episode of his reality show with a prayer over a family meal quoted the book in which his faith is rooted and shared a personal opinion that he doesn’t understand why some men prefer other men to women. Then Sarah Palin weighed in on the whole thing, and while I definitely don’t agree with her all the time, she’s right on this.

Sarah Palin said it best when she took to social media to express, "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."

A&E -- you are now taking on all of us.

Phil Robertson expressed an opinion. Don’t like it? Don’t watch the show. Go ahead and tell your friends what a bigot you think he is. Mock their frog-catching, squirrel brain-eating ways. Shout from the rooftops that you hate ducks. Whatever. It’s your right to do it.

For the most part, we Christians don’t really care when we think people are being idiots. Like Phil, we try to leave it for God to judge. That’s why you don’t hear insane outrage every time a Christian is publicly bashed. There’s no big boycott for Bill Maher to be taken off the air. Kathy Griffin is presumably still out there doing her thing.

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We don’t flood the Internets with horrified comments about people being small-minded or intolerant any time Christianity is bashed on prime time. Geez Louise, can you imagine? God, the Bible, Jesus, His followers ... all slammed on a regular basis.

Whatever. You guys believe what you want to believe. Something about free speech.

But you know what we don’t take too lightly? When one of our own is persecuted for quoting the Bible. Sarah Palin is right -- A&E is taking on all of us now.

All of us that love the show and have made it into A&E’s bread and butter. All of us that will follow Duck Dynasty to another network or watch reruns with a nod of solemnity should the Robertsons decide to prevent A&E cameras from entering their home and business.

Bring back Phil Robertson, A&E. Outside of the militant left, we crazy Americans are pretty gosh darn protective of our right to free speech -- even quoting the Bible.

Do you think A&E made a mistake in suspending Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty?


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Einyn Einyn

He's welcome to his free speech. Nobody threw him in jail. But just as a series production company would want to distance themself from someone who was saying racist and sexist stuff, so does A&E have the right to distance themself from someone negatively affected their ratings. It was their choice to hire them, they also get to choose to fire him if they feel his opinions in a magazine jeopardize ratings.

ZamEnt25 ZamEnt25

This I agree with! Free speech not just PC speech!

nonmember avatar Lucy

Free speech protects you from persecution from the government, not your employer. Employers have a right to say that someone's ignorant comments are unacceptable and they no longer wish to pay that person to represent them. Agree or disagree with what he said, he has a contract with an employer that is choosing to say they are unhappy with his behavior, that is their right, just as it is his to say his opinion publicly without having to worry about the government censoring or punishing him.

nonmember avatar Lucy

Free speech protects you from persecution from the government, not your employer. Employers have a right to say that someone's ignorant comments are unacceptable and they no longer wish to pay that person to represent them. Agree or disagree with what he said, he has a contract with an employer that is choosing to say they are unhappy with his behavior, that is their right, just as it is his to say his opinion publicly without having to worry about the government censoring or punishing him.

nonmember avatar Shawn

This article is ridiculous. No one is denying this man his right to free speech. He had his say and he will not be going to prison for it. His comments were ugly and intolerant. They exact opposite of what Christianity is supposed to stand for. And homosexuals were not the only targets. As far as this author's claim that Christians do not flood the internet with ugliness and hate - I can only point directly back to this actor's original comments. They define the idea of ugliness and hate. Blogs are filled with so-called Christians spewing their intolerance of others.

Tracys2 Tracys2

I'm not aware of the exact quotes here, but I know there have been many campaigns by Million Moms and such against shows they don't approve of, for one reason or another (including Ellen, for being gay). This guy said something that was going to get flak from some groups, and they made a business decision, that they'd rather do what they did than get that flak. The same business decision all television companies make in all of these cases. Free market. I don't always approve, but so it is, and it happens on both sides.

I'm a huge fan of the Bible and its message of love and help for all people, especially the poor and outcasts-- but quoting it in order to hurt people is not something I do. I don't say, "You endorse products made of multiple fibers, and Leviticus says..."... If I did say that, people would get angry, and they'd have that right.

chigi... chigirl1228

His free speech comes with consequences. As does all of ours. You're interperating the first admendment wrong. As usual.

Kattey Kattey

A big thumbs up to those who said this isn't a "free speech" issue. His freedom of speech was never infringed.

mrsda... mrsdangelo

Holy crap. An employer has EVERY right to suspend an employee or terminate a contract for anything at all. Free speech has absolutely nothing to do with employment. Sarah Palin, obviously, doesn't understand that. And neither do you. ALSO: Once again bringing religion into anything political is ridiculous. When are you going to realize that your divorce is just as much "against Christianity" as homosexuals? (For the record I don't believe either are wrong.) Christianity should be about loving others, not being racist, graphically complaining about the sex lives of others, and condemning other groups and religions.

nonmember avatar SickOfDumbCons

Does Miss Palin defend Martin Bashir's right to free speech? Does she even know what the first amendment says? I doubt it since she is stupid. Of course he low intelligence fan base will lap up her patriotic posturing.

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