Here are some quotes from various articles on The Huffington Post about this Phil Robertson controversy that I’ve been reading the past week or so. The Post can be super sensationalist, but in this case the guy is making a complete fool of himself with no help whatsoever.
In his GQ interview, Robertson was asked his definition of sinful behavior. “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there,” such as bestiality, he said. “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.”
The suspension heard around the world. And the conservatards rushed to his defense, saying his First Amendment rights were being trampled and that he’s being “silenced for his beliefs.” But when you ask some of them (and I have!) if he’s been jailed for his comments, which is what would happen in a “less free” country, they have to admit that he hasn’t. Someone actually tried to make the point to me that he’s being “jailed in a way” via this suspension from the show. I burst out laughing. This asshole can still say whatever ignorant things he wants, and he still has a job.
On Friday, GOP congressional candidate Ian Bayne went all in, comparing Robertson to civil rights icon Rosa Parks. “In December 1955, Rosa Parks took a stand against an unjust societal persecution of black people, and in December 2013, Robertson took a stand against persecution of Christians,” Bayne said in an email to supporters. “What Parks did was courageous,” he added. “What Mr. Robertson did was courageous too.”
How noble of him, standing up for the worst traits of our society–which, of course, qualifies him as a true GOP hero. Go ignorance!
The victims in this scenario are suddenly the oppressors. And because religion has entered the picture, we’re no longer supposed to call Robertson exactly what he is: a homophobe. Well, I’m not falling for that bullshit. And neither should you.
An interesting take on how the real, up-front homophobes (like the Westboro Baptist jerkoffs) are so much easier to denounce than the ones who wrap their shitty beliefs in religion.
“Women with women, men with men, they committed indecent acts with one another, and they received in themselves the due penalty for their perversions,” Robertson continued. “They’re full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant, God-haters. They are heartless, they are faithless, they are senseless, they are ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil. That’s what you have 235 years, roughly, after your forefathers founded the country. So what are you gonna do Pennsylvania? Just run with them? You’re doing to die. Don’t forget that.”
In GQ, he uttered similar sentiments when he said homosexuality is a sin and likened it to bestiality. Still, he insists that as a Christian he does not judge. “We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell,” Robertson told the magazine. “That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”
Yes, we see what you’re saying: you cloak your racism and homophobia in religion and call it “down-home, all-American family values.” You’re a straight Christian white male who has never been part of any minority who has ever suffered for anything in this country (rednecks don’t count), but you’re going to condemn others with a flag in one hand and a Bible in the other. Yeah, we see that very clearly. And yet, you’re totally free to keep spouting whatever ignorant, inbred beliefs you want. Just know that there will continue to be a backlash from people who disagree with you as well as from your employer (who, by the way, has every legal right to suspend or fire anyone they want).