Phil Robertson is now on “Indefinite Hiatus.” Hmmmmmmmm.
How do I feel about it? Well, that gets complicated.
My first reaction is anger. I’m going to try to get past that. After all, just because my opinion agrees with Phil’s on homosexuality doesn’t make it right. It makes it an opinion. An opinion that he, as well as I, am entitled to have. Just as everyone else is entitled to have theirs whether they agree or not. And a lot don’t.
My second reaction is outrage. This one I’m going to keep. He has a right to say what he wants. I have a right to say what I want. Again, opinions. But we have Freedom of Speech. We get to speak our minds. I’m not going to call names. That is childish, immature, and accomplishes nothing. I don’t agree with homosexuality. The LGBT (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Trangender) Group does. They have that right. And they, like me, are free to speak on those beliefs. That right was given us all whether we agree or not. In the interest of fairness, I will agree that EVERYONE is entitled to live how they wish. If I want to be heterosexual, I have that right. If you want to be homosexual, you have that right.
My third is fear. I don’t want to be misunderstood. I don’t want Phil to be misunderstood. Yes, we disagree with that lifestyle. However, we are NOT judging. He was asked his opinion and he gave it. He did not condemn. He did NOT say you’re going to Hell if you disagree with him. Read the interview.
My fourth is resignation. I know what’s coming. We’re going to be accused of Hate. Now, I can’t speak for Phil’s views. I won’t. Other that what he says publicly (and there is so much of that I can’t begin to remember specifics), I have no idea what the man thinks and believes. But I know what I think and believe.
On a last note, I want to be fair. Just because I don’t agree with the homosexual lifestyle does NOT mean I think I am better, or more deserving of anything. I don’t discriminate. People who are gay are just as entitled to jobs, apartments, LIFE as I am. I don’t think they should be denied anything because they are gay. Just as I don’t think I should be denied anything because I’m not. I try not to judge. Judging isn’t my job, and frankly, I’m not very good at it.
We ALL have the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” We each live differently. We each have different definitions of “liberty.” And we each pursue happiness differently. We are each entitled to those differences. No matter what they are.
In the end, God preaches Love. And we should all Love each other. Even if you don’t believe in God, you should believe in equality and freedom. We are all equal. We all have the freedom to be who we want to be.
And we all the right to speak about what we believe.