It isn’t just the Phil Robertson/Duck Dynasty controversy. It manifests itself in judgmental and hateful by the political correctness crowd. It frequently dominates the media and congressional rhetoric from the hallowed chambers of the Senate and House, and is too often included in official Presidential statements. It makes its way into laws to punish what is defined as ‘hate crimes’. It is sinister, pervasive, increasing, and, in my opinion, evil.
It is, for want of a better term to describe it, an intolerance of intolerance.
It is the syndrome of those who demand tolerance for their point of view whether it be their chosen lifestyle, their Atheist views, changing the traditional definition of marriage, who is entitled to the resources of others. . . .the list goes on and on. . ..
. . . .but who will not tolerate the point of view of opinions of many of those who disagree or think or believe differently–i.e. those described as “intolerant”. And such people, if they are on the ‘wrong’ side of the debate are deemed fair game to denigrate, insult, diminish, marginalize, boycott, and sometimes to destroy.
For example–and by no means is this the ONLY example–we demand tolerance for those who wish to marry someone of the same sex. We consider it intolerant to deny anybody the ability to express such beliefs. There us a huge outcry of injustice if anyone is ‘punished’ or ‘boycotted’ or ‘fired’ or whatever for expressing such beliefs.
Where is the demand for tolerance for the beliefs of a Phil Roberson who sees it differently? He is not an activist attempting to interfere nor is he attacking any individual or group. Is punishing him for expressing his belief not also intolerance?
Freedom of expression isn’t a one-way street. It’s about speech you don’t like, not the speech you do like.
The Duck guy told the truth, and that makes him a heretic in Satan’s church of TV.
Unfortunately, our culture is now polluted with those who are all too willing to see people destroyed because they dared to speak their minds. Perhaps if these people were more confident in their OWN opinions, they would be more willing to engage with people with whom they disagree, rather than punish them.
It’s sad to see.