Once upon a time, there was a man called Voltaire. He was a renowned atheist (the Dawkins of his day), and strident opponent of the church. As much as he despised Christianity, he never once (insofar as I know) tried to stifle Christianity. (He likely believed it would die out on its own. Not so much. Voltaire is dead, Nietszche is dead. God still lives. News at 11:00).
Voltaire, ardent liberal that he was, was a proponent of free speech.
He said, “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”
The folks at GLAAD (look it up–they’re the ones who pressured A&E to act) who issued the fatwa against duck commander, Phil Robertson, maybe have forgotten that. The much-vaunted tolerance is very one-sided. To put it bluntly, those that claim tolerance as a virtue are about as tolerant of their perceived opposition as that nutjob, Fred Phelps. (Point being there are extremists on both sides).
Where are those who, though they disagree with good ol’ Phil, understand that he’s entitled to his opinion? Where the Voltaires of our time who will “defend to the death your right to say it?”
Oh, that’s right; my bad. This is the age of the thought police. Where statements are tried and judged by the vocal minority, rather than upon their merits. Orwell was off by about 20 years, but it seems that 1984 is finally here.
I for one will no longer tolerate this state of affairs. It’s time to rise up, and peacefully push back against the anti-Christian bias of the thought police. Because, what has the United States come to when a man can’t share his convictions without fear of reprisal?
Who’s with me?
PS A&E, you need to grow a pair.