Thursday, December 19, 2013

Another Progressive Moral Panic

Does the left's most recent outrage, moral indignation and attack on freedom of expression and anything good and moral really surprise you in the age of Obama? Just read the first sentence of this  GQ article:
"How in the world did a family of squirrel-eating, Bible-thumping, catchphrase-spouting duck hunters become the biggest TV stars in America?"
It's almost as if you can tell their little elitist sphincters are eating a hole in the chair as they type. 

 Resembling a figure from the Old Testament, Phil Robertson paraphrased a verse from the New: 
“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.”
The PR wing of GLAAD eventually sprung from their king-size fainting couch and bitterly denounced Robertson’s orthodox views. Their virtual flash mob so intimidated A&E that the network suspended the show’s star indefinitely. Because he said something GLAAD didn’t agree with.

I think Jon Gabriel's take is quite good on the whole thing:
"When did we as a culture get so panicked about words? As a child I learned that sticks and stones may break your bones, but now I know that words will really hurt you. People in the media consistently insult my beliefs and lifestyle, yet I never demand they be censored or fired. I’m not afraid of different perspectives; the more the merrier. But in today’s hypersensitive environment, the first response isn’t “I disagree,” but “FIRE HIM!”
Unlike GLAAD and other closed-minded agitators, I celebrate diversity. My social and family gatherings are filled with liberals, conservatives, gays, straights, Christians, atheists & agnostics. We trade barbs, some which occasionally go too far, but we still get along famously. Our differences and our flaws is what keeps it interesting.
I can’t imagine living in a world where everyone agreed with me. How tedious. But that is apparently what progressives demand.
The Left started the culture war, won it resoundingly, and now they're roaming the country shooting the wounded survivors. Instead of allowing dissent, they conduct blasphemy trials demanding public recantations and penance. They accuse conservatives of being Puritans, but they’re the ones with the torches and buckled hats.
I don’t agree with everything said by Phil Robertson or Penn Jillette or Neil Patrick Harris or Patton Oswalt or anyone else. And I’m fine with that. I still would love to share a meal with any one of them.
So, lefties, give Phil Robertson a break. It's not like he said Santa was white."
* Just a side note: For those of you not from Louisiana, Phil Robertson was a star quarterback in high school and earned a scholarship to play at Louisiana Tech, but quit after one season because football interfered with duck-hunting season. The guy who took his roster spot at Tech was one young man from down the road a bit named Terry Bradshaw.