I have read and listened to a lot of news stories and opinions on the whole Phil Robertson from Duck Commander and the A&E Network conflict. I am finally going to weigh in on this. This my opinion only and all that I am going to say about it 🙂 I don’t agree with his opinions but he is entitled to them. Even though I don’t agree him, I do stand behind him because I support free speech. Whether or not I agree with him doesn’t matter. Whether or not A&E agrees with him doesn’t matter. He had every right to express his opinion without losing his “job”. Phil and many Christians around the world share the same opinion. However, it’s not only Christians that are standing up to support him. It’s also those people like me, who believe that all Americans have the right to freedom of speech. If you don’t like what Phil Robertson has to say, you don’t have to watch his show or buy his duck calls. That’s the beauty of freedom. You have choices and the right to make them.
Wayne Allyn Root, an author and contributing writer for TheBlaze.com ended one of his articles with the following thought: “A duck hunter may have just lit the spark that started a revolution. Phil Robertson just went from TV phenomenon to American hero. Americans are now unchained. We are free to speak our minds. Here’s what we have to say to control freak tyrants like Obama and the Hollywood elite thought police – ‘DUCK YOU!’.”
That’s a much nicer way of saying what I think Phil Robertson should have said to A&E. It’s not about money and fame. It’s about principles, beliefs, and personal freedoms. So, yeah. I stand behind Phil Robertson and his right to speak his mind. I don’t agree with what he had to say in his interview with GQ magazine but our Constitution protects his right to believe it and say it. When we allow television, government, and other vocal opponents within our society to dictate our morals, opinions, and beliefs then we will soon find ourselves in a position where the freedoms that our founding fathers thought important enough to include in the Constitution of the United States of America as the Bill of Rights to be irrelevant. I do not want to live in that place. I will fight (both literally and figuratively) for those rights and our freedom to exercise our choices as they relate to those rights and freedoms.