Duck Dynasty and the First Amendment

I posted some of the following on Facebook yesterday but I’m going to add a little bit here.

here’s my take on the Duck Dynasty guy’s comments:

1) are we really surprised that he’s a homophobe?

2) there have always been and will always be closed minded people out there who don’t like another group of people for whatever reason, whether it be for religious reasons or otherwise. they must carry the burden of being wrong for the rest of their lives. unfortunately, learning to ignore the bigoted musings of one man or woman is the burden the rest of us must carry.

But ultimately I’m not really sure why this is a controversy.  So some guy with a show on A&E thinks homosexuality is wrong… what’s the big deal?  Why is that so controversial?  It’s certainly not a new sentiment, people have been saying this for years.  Nor is the Duck Dynasty guy a true celebrity, or even worse, a political figure/force.  What concerns me more is the fact that the majority of Congressman probably agree with him, and they actually have some political power in this country and therefore the ability to do real damage.  Let’s not forget that it wasn’t that long ago that a President pushed DOMA through Congress and another President finally affirmed that same sex marriage should be legal.

In addition, to all those people out there claiming that the Duck Dynasty guy’s First Amendment rights are being violated – I suggest you read up on the First Amendment.  But if you’re too lazy to do that yourself, the text of the First Amendment is posted for you below.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

As you will see, the First Amendment clearly states that Congress shall make no law that curbs your freedom of speech.  Even though in common day we’ve come to understand the First Amendment as a free pass to say whatever we want, the First Amendment does not in fact provide us carte blanche to mouth off.  And I’m no constitutional lawyer, but the First Amendment also says nothing of private organizations, of which A&E is one.


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