The First Amendment gets flung around a lot as a defense for people’s often offensive statements, and now Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is using it to rise to the aid of “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson. The A&E reality star was suspended from his show after making some lewd and offensive anti-gay comments, but Jindal seems to be saying that Robertson’s comments were defensible.
“Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with,” Jindal says in a statement.
“I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV,” Jindal continues. “In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.”
First of all, it’s hard to say that Miley Cyrus got just a laugh for her over-the-top, sexually-charged year. In fact, she’s been the subject of detraction a whole heck of a lot over the past year for her actions. (It’s worth noting both she and Robertson made the list of Barbara Walters’ “Most Fascinating People.”)
But while Cyrus was shirking the need to conform and is spreading a message of love and acceptance for all with her wild antics, Robertson actually said that homosexuality is one of the greatest sins around.
“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 tells GQ of sin. “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.”
He also proceeds to group gays in with “drunks,” “terrorists,” “the greedy,” “the slanderers” and “the swindlers.” Sorry, but practicing hate speech should not be accepted from any person, especially those on a public platform as popular as “Duck Dynasty.” Plus, if someone had turned around and made the same sorts of comments about those who practice the Christian faith (which is what Robertson was talking about in the GQ interview) it doesn’t seem likely that Jindal would be singing the same “First Amendment” tune.
For the record, Robertson released his own statement that reads: “I myself am a product of the ’60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”