Media goes beyond disagreement in push for chilling effect against free speech
December 19, 2013
Political pundits are now flooding the airwaves to not just disagree with Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson but to also declare that he is engaging in “hate speech” – setting a precedent for a future chilling effect on non-establishment viewpoints.
This morning, a panel group on CNN declared that Robertson’s recent comments in GQ magazine was “dangerous hate speech.”
“He has every right to say what he feels about homosexuality and calling it a sin, but to tie it to something like bestiality, which isn’t even true, may be harmful because there are a lot of kids who are gay who are bullied because of comments like this,” CNN anchor Carol Costello said. “Isn’t that dangerous?”
“This man has attacked an entire group of people with horrific defamation,” Huffington Post contributor Michelangelo Signorile said. “There should be ramifications. There should be outrage.”
Robertson, who is a devout Christian, gave his opinion on homosexuality in the January 2014 edition of GQ magazine .
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“It seems like, to me, a vagina – as a man – would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” he said. “That’s just me.”
“I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
Drew Magary of GQ also asked Robertson what he thought was sinful.
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there,” he responded. “Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”
“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.”
Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with Robertson’s opinion, it’s seems pretty extreme for CNN and others to label it “dangerous” and violence-inducing, especially considering that Robertson paraphrased the First Corinthians from the New Testament of the Bible .
Will CNN and other liberals also start blaming Christian churches for violent crimes as they do with gun manufacturers?
The point here isn’t about what Phil Robertson said or his Christian lifestyle; rather, it’s the mainstream response to his opinion that goes way beyond disagreeing with him.
They are using this to push an anti-free speech agenda designed to keep anyone from speaking out against viewpoints propagated by the establishment.