Are we -- the gay community and our supporters -- appearing weak by fighting every battle of words waged against us? Are we trying so hard to live in a politically correct society that we're creating an environment where no one is allowed to have their own beliefs, let alone speak them publicly?
This doesn't make me dislike One Direction, or Liam. It just makes me feel a little disappointed and a lot confused. Until this whole mess becomes a little clearer, I'll stand by my beliefs, and hope other fans can also stand by theirs.
As you might expect, after A&E suspended Phil Robertson for his words, the FOX News Hysteria Machine went into Uber-Hyper-Spasmodic Overdrive. Do they know that Robinson has also advocated for 20 year old guys to marry girls who are 15?
Across the media, commentators are discussing his conflation of homosexuality and bestiality, and contesting his comments about the black community during the pre-civil rights era. They're also talking about how the controversy isn't hurting advertising profits for the show.
Dear owner, By the time you read this, I will already be gone. I'm sorry you had to find me like this, lying in your full bathtub, electrocuted. My wires probably tangled in each other, my circuits burned to a crisp. But believe me, this is much better than the life I've led with you.
We are not helping bigots promote their cause by calling them out; we are helping defuse it. We are making it known that it's not morally acceptable to say these things. Look at every social justice movement throughout history. We haven't progressed by ignoring hate and staying silent.
Both claim to know truths. But one has acknowledged that he cannot judge others. Phil and his followers believe he has spoken truth and that they can judge anyone for their lifestyles, behaviors and implicitly race. Francis is into forgiving. Phil is into condemnation.
Phil Robertson, of course, does not stand alone in employing religious texts and tenets, as well as his personal experiences (read as "historical revisions") to justify and rationalize his opinions and "values."