Phil Robertson and the woes of having an unpopular opinion:
I love when the media explodes on a topic that really just doesn’t matter. My Facebook and twitter accounts were a blaze with all kinds of Phil Roberson news. Some post supporting what he said, some against it, some just supporting him having an opinion and then all the other junk that falls in-between.
People in today’s society cannot express unpopular opinion without ridicule and judgment. I find this to be ridiculous and aggravating. Being in the media’s eye has to be hard. Someone is always looking to be offended. People need to realize the world should not have to live in a state of “political correctness”. Opinion and disagreement are part of life. If you cannot handle unpopular view, you probably need to be offended. This is not to say one just has to accept opinion they do not agree with. Of course not but one must interject in a calm rational manner. Rational and calm is not how the media is dealing with Phil Robertson’s opinion. Remember that calm and rational does not get attention and produce catchy headlines or good money. Phil thinks being gay is a sin. Big deal, many people I know believe the same. That doesn’t mean they are hostile toward gay people or rude. It is just they do not agree with it and I have to respect that opinion. The thing is that the bible backs him up on this. He is simple stating what he faith teaches him.
Me and Phil Disagree. I do not share the same religious ideology and do not find homosexuality to be a sin. However, I am 100 percent okay with his opinion and statement. His opinion was not one based off anger or hate. He was speaking casually of homosexuality in general terms based on his faith. Here is what Phil said, “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. Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong. Sin becomes fine. 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. 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.” I find no hostility or aggression in this statement. Yes, it is dripping with intolerance but we are all intolerant of something. He isn’t promoting hate and violence against homosexuals. He simple stated his opinion. Now granted in the world of business stating opinion like the above is probably not a good idea. He went on a bit of a religious rant and now he has to face the consequences of going against political correctness. A&E has to do what is best for their business plain and simple. I do not judge them either for their actions.
Like always it always goes back to, “you can agree with me or you can be wrong”. It is human nature to lash out against things we do not agree with, understand or that frighten us. The statement above has many rants and religious views on several subjects. Oddly, only one idea became an issue. I guess the public and media agree the other statements are true but the statements on homosexuality were wrong. The irony is his rant now has everyone ranting and being just as intolerant with him as his statement is on homosexuality was. People are not always going to agree on an idea and as long as that idea is not promoting aggression, hate or violence the masses need to stop getting bent out of shape.