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Surprise! Sarah Palin doesn’t understand Freedom of Speech!

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Every day in America, there are people who lose their jobs for saying the wrong thing in the wrong place at the wrong time.

It happened to me 45 years ago when I publicly said something disparaging about the company for which I worked. Did I have a right to say what I said without the government coming down on me? Of course I did. Did the company have a right to send me packing? Of course it did.

You see, Freedom of Speech is no guarantee against any and all kinds of backlash for saying something someone might find offensive. It’s simply a guarantee, in most cases, against the government punishing you for what you say.

This distinction seems lost on some people, as we see in the controversy over anti-gay remarks made by Phil Robertson, star of the reality-TV show “Duck Dynasty.” The A&E network has suspended Robertson from the show for an indefinite period — and right-wingers across the land are complaining that the spirit, if not the letter, of the First Amendment has somehow been violated.

HERE‘s what Sarah Palin said on Facebook:

Free speech is an endangered species. Those intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.

Palin would do well, it seems to me, to file suit for educational malpractice against the school that tried to teach her the basics of the First Amendment.

LZ Granderson of CNN has put the controversy in proper perspective with this:

You can say some stupid stuff — whether it’s Paula Deen dropping the N-word, Alec Baldwin dropping the F-word, Jesse Jackson using a derogatory word for Jewish people as he talks about New York City — or Bobby Knight infamously saying, “I think that if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it.” — and the First Amendment will keep you from going to jail. But it is not a get-out-of-jail-free card in the eyes of society.

And if you don’t believe me — try walking into your boss’ office and call him or her a big fat idiot with ugly children.

Then see if ‘freedom of speech helps you keep your job.

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  1. What I don’t understand is why is what this guy said considered to be so outrageous? His beliefs are firmly held by 10s of millions of people in this country and they are rooted in religion. I’ve never watched the reality show he was on, but I think he was being as real as you can get. I certainly don’t agree with him but at least the guy was being honest. He’s said nothing that people like him haven’t said for decades if not centuries.

    Did he have the right to say it? Yes. Did A & E have the right to fire or suspend him? Yes. Maybe a more real to life reality tv show would be him showing and expressing exactly what he believes and then see if its still as popular? That would be the test to see if what he believes has an audience to support his show and the advertisers willing to be associated with it. I say rehire him and lets get real real. Who knows, maybe the advertisers could put a statement up front saying they don’t support the views of this show but are willing to be affiliated as a way of bringing two opposing sides together for a conversation that needs to be made public. How else do you get past such differences if you can’t express yourself and how you came to believe what you do, right or wrongly?

    Personally, I’d rather know upfront who’s not friendly towards me than have them make glossed over statements and talk behind my back. At least I’d know where they’re coming from and I could avoid or confront them as I saw fit.

    Sometimes stereotyping gets you to the point quicker, so I’m going to do that. Look at him and look at what his show represents. Why would I think he doesn’t probably hold some strongly held beliefs that don’t favor the political correctness that often times masks a whole cross section of people and their beliefs? I’d say there’s more like him in that section of our country than there are like Honey Boo Boo’s family, who have shown themselves to be the opposite of this guy from Duck Dynasty prejudices.

    There’s a reason why you don’t see many people of color or from minorities in the rural areas. It’s because those areas are known to be hostile towards them either outwardly or through the more common means of expression, those subtle ways that biggots and prejudiced people show their contempt. The kinds of ways that aren’t blatant but you know its happening.

  2. I think this is the most mature response to dealing with the Duck Dynasty controversy.

    “The nation’s largest Republican organization for LGBT Americans has reached out to Phil Robertson and the “Duck Dynasty” family, suggesting that they all get together for a “Moonshine Summit” to work out their differences…Let’s put an end to all of the fussing and feuding and talk about this like adults.”

    As I stated in my first response, this is an opportunity to make reality TV be the real thing. Put the two sides together and let each express their positions. It doesn’t much more real than that.

    This is nothing new. All In The Family was a TV show from the late 60s/70s that did the same thing only used humor to broach the social controversies of that time ( which were pretty much the same as they are today). This time we can use just plain old conversation in the Real TV format to win over or keep the divisions alive and thriving and end up hopefully somewhere in between those two options. The younger generations will applaud the debate and older generations will feel they’re being heard.

    It’s time we act like adults and come to terms with our differences and let society guide what direction the new norms take on.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/21/log-cabin-republicans-duck-dynasty_n_4482077.html

  3. thehereandnow1

    There’s no need for a summit, there’s no need for a meeting. Not once in the GQ interview did Phil Robertson call for violence towards the LGBT community, not once did Phil Robertson use offensive words to characterize/describe the LGBT community, not once did Phil Robertson endorse or wish violent acts upon the LGBT community. He stated HIS opinion, his faith’s opinion. That was it. This has just gone to show that a group (the LGBT community) which feels it has the right to publicly express their opinions, even to the point of borderline violently in one’s face, doesn’t believe that anyone who disagrees with them should be allowed that same right. Not once did Phil Robertson say, “I hate gay people” (or anything to that effect). Yet a group too quick to jump on anything that isn’t 100% positive of them, and a liberal media that has taken political correctness and turned it into an overblown, one-sided affair, have made way more of this than should have been.

    So liberals can make jokes, say disparaging things about heterosexual Christians, making them out to be idiots, and they get applauded, praised, and are given TV shows (one need only watch episodes this last week of SNL, Colbert Report, & Daily Show). Yet a man expresses his view of sex and quotes from the most important book of his faith, and he is called vile names, painted to be stupid, and taken off a television show he appears in. You libs have shown two things: Political correctness is neither political nor correct; and equality is anything but equal.

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