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The Duck Dynasty Fiasco Says More About Our Bigotry Than Phil’s 1

The Duck Dynasty Fiasco Says More About Our Bigotry Than Phil’s

I regret to bring up pop culture, but this is a great challenge to the censorious establishment. A star of the most popular show on TV made offensive remarks about homosexuality and has been suspended from the show, and Brandon Ambrosino asks why we always have to make people go away.

Why is our go-to political strategy for beating our opponents to silence them? Why do we dismiss, rather than engage them? One of the biggest pop-culture icons of today just took center stage to “educate” us about sexuality. I see this as an opportunity to further the discussion, to challenge his limited understanding of human desire, to engage with him and his rather sizable audience — most of whom, by the way, probably share his views — and to rise above the endless sea of tweet-hate to help move our LGBT conversations to where they need to go.

G.K. Chesterton said that bigotry is “an incapacity to conceive seriously the alternative to a proposition.” If he is right — and he usually is — then I wonder if the Duck Dynasty fiasco says more about our bigotry than Phil’s.

One comment

  1. “…offensive remarks about homosexuality…”

    Firstly, what he stated is not “offensive”, but just a factual truth: the Bible is not exactly approving of homosexuality. That’s a fact. You can, of course, create whatever customized versión of Judaism/Islam/Christianity you want to, dismissing whatever you find unnecesary or wrong, but the texts are there. His is a religious opinion, not a “offensive remark”.

    But secondly, and more important. Conceding it’s “offensive”… So What? Are you going to repress him, Soviet-style, because you’re ofended? If you are entitled to bestow Hell on Earth upon someone because he said or did something you find “offensive”… Well, in that case, I cannot find groups more continuosly attacked, ridiculed and insulted that religious traditionalists, ethno-conscious euros, third positionists, social conservatives…

    You know, the officially-designated pariahs.

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