December 19, 2013

"Progressive" logic

Background: Phil Robertson, the star of the popular show "Duck Dynasty" on A&E network has been suspended for "anti-gay" comments he recently made in an interview. Here's some of what he said:

“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong… Sin becomes fine. 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.” Robertson then paraphrased Corinthians from the Bible: “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.”

And if that wasn’t explicit enough, the “Duck Commander” added: “It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. 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.”

Hey, make no mistake -- A&E has every right to do as it pleases regarding its employees. Censorship/First Amendment concerns aren't an issue as they apply to government. The issue, of course, is the cultural hypocrisy But Greg at RwR has an interesting take: The 1964 Civil Rights Act may have been violated:

It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer - to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin ...

Greg writes

A&E has made a public announcement to the effect that it has suspended Phil Robertson from his employment on the series Duck Dynasty for having expressed his religious beliefs outside of the workplace. This action certainly "otherwise discrimnate[s] against an individual with respect to his. . . terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of such individuals. . . religion".

Stay tuned for more in this yet another battle in the culture war.

UPDATE: Nate writes: I follow a lot of them on twitter. So far we have ... Nothing. Looks like most of the friends and family have been silent. The most I can find is: this and this. They might just say "we had a good run" and end up going their own way.

Shame, there were some good laughs. (I recommend you catch it once in a while Hube)

Posted by Hube at December 19, 2013 09:24 AM | TrackBack

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It'll be interesting to see the response of his Christian family. Will their talk of family above all outweigh their greed and avarice? The family all share the same beliefs so my thought would be that if you publicly fire one member of our Christian family for staying what we all believe then either fire us all or we all quit. If they continue with the show with their dad being canned then you'll know their Christian beliefs begin and end with dollar signs.

Posted by: Arthur at December 19, 2013 10:11 AM

Good point(s) there, Art. We will see. (Although I'll only find out via the news ... I don't watch the show.)

Posted by: Hube at December 19, 2013 10:19 AM

The hypocrisy here is overwhelming. It's okay for liberal celebrities to open their mouths but if conservatives do the same, the thought control police (in this case GLAAD) wants them to be fired and ostracized from the public scene forever.

And Rhymes' take is very interesting.

Posted by: Carl at December 19, 2013 02:39 PM

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