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?
While these small battles over who says what will continue to rage on, the fact is that conservatives have lost the larger culture war on gay rights. So, they are left to rage on about things that feel rather petty as they invoke illogical and inconsistent arguments.
When A&E suspended Phil Robertson, it chose profits over Phil Robertson. When A&E reinstated Phil Robertson, it chose profits over gay people. The network never cared about gay people, and it never cared about Phil Robertson.
The focus tends to be on the plumbing, if you will, and the procreative outcome. The focus is all too often on the body parts that are involved instead of on what happens within a person when he or she is attracted to another person.
Robertson's comments equating homosexuality to bestiality or implying African Americans were better off under Jim Crow laws are shameful, no doubt. But, what is even more startling is the almost instantaneous defense of Robertson by several prominent elected officials.
Why is Duck Dynasty getting a "brand pass" this time around? This is a family that knows its brand, that's for sure. So is it Phil's apology? Well others have done that too, quite ceremoniously. Is it a profit motive, as many have suggested?
Too many people are dismissing the action of A&E at reinstating Phil Robertson so soon after suspending him from Duck Dynasty. It's just a TV show, they say, and we have all of these wins on marriage equality -- and look at Utah!
You owe the community you bashed more than an old fashioned "kumbaya" that your recent press release tried to sing. You owe me and everyone who has watched your program an apology. This is a chance to make lemons out of lemonade. This is an opportunity for you to do the right thing.
So let's clear this up: Phil Robertson was not deprived of his First Amendment rights. He was absolutely free to make the comments he made. He was not arrested or charged with any crime. In fact, the government stayed completely out of it.
A&E suspended (note: not fired) Phil Robertson for his controversial comments. Bravo. They have as much of a constitutionally protected right to do so as he had to make them in the first place, despite the inaccurate shrills of the religious right and the cable network that enables them.