Let me start this off by saying that I don’t agree with Phil Robertson from “Duck Dynasty” when it comes to his beliefs about the LGBT community. However, I believe that this man, who has never tried to pretend to be anything other than what he is: an old-fashioned Southerner with strict Christian views, has the right to have those views. It is one of his freedoms as a United States citizen. He has made his views clear to viewers before. There is no denying his is a Christian with strong Christian views.
Now that I have that out of the way, I want to ask the LGBT community, the executives at A&E, and anyone else who thinks the decision to suspend Phil was the right think to do: Is it right to silence someone for their beliefs just because they aren’t your beliefs? Did Phil use a slur or trash anyone who is gay? No. He simply stated that he did not agree with the act of being gay or lesbian and that he thought being heterosexual was better.
Is it not Phil’s right to believe whatever he wants to believe? Isn’t it his right to speak freely without being unfairly silenced by some liberal nutcases at a television network? What is wrong with A&E letting the viewers decide how they feel about Phil’s remarks through that little thingy we call *ratings*? If the ratings drop because of what someone on the show says, then by all means, do what you gotta do. Taking away the opportunity for viewers to make their voices heard is wrong and, frankly, pretty douchey on their part.
So I think anyone who thinks that we should all have the right to believe what we want to believe, even if it isn’t popular, to stand with Phil Robertson for his right to speak freely and practice his religion without persecution.