To all of who are shocked and outraged by Phil Robertson's views on gays: Where have you been for the last 5 years? I mean seriously? I pretty much live under a rock and I had a pretty good idea how he felt. People are getting worked up over one man's beliefs that have no effect on them in any way.
I am really tired of the PC BS of claiming to be tolerant of other's views, then demanding a show you never watched be taken off the air because one man (who you never would have heard of if you didn't see a cardboard cutout of him at Walmart next to some t shirts) doesn't share the same beliefs as you. Do I agree with Phil Robertson 100% on this topic? Nope, and it doesn't matter. One's personal life and views are just that, one's personal life and views.
Now don't think for a second I am only calling people from the left end of the political / social spectrum hypocrites on their claims of tolerance and diversity. There is plenty of that from the other side too.
Now if Robertson was one of those A-holes protesting military funerals and high profile events holding signs like "God kills soldiers because of gays" or something like that; then you have a reason to be outraged. But Robertson was asked his views on the subject during an interview and he gives them straight up wit no chaser. You shouldn't be whining because you don't like it. They're his views, not yours.
Like I said, I don't entirely agree with what he said and how he said it. But I have to tell you, I really admire how he gave his honest opinion. I have a lot of respect for people who give an honest answer knowing many will disagree with them.
I posted most of the above on my Facebook page this morning. Many personal friends of mine from all different beliefs and view points gave it their "like" of approval. I'm sure many read it and shook their head in disagreement and moved on down their feed of status updates. I'm fine with all of that.
But one person sent me a PM calling me a homophobic. That I'm not fine with. At all. Change the subject from Phil Robertson's views on homosexuality to anyone else's view on another hot button topic and my rant would be pretty much the same. Calling me names because I say you really shouldn't give a shit of someone else doesn't approve of homosexuality doesn't change anything. It only shows me that you like to call people who disagree with you (or at least who you think disagree with you) names.
Bottom line: if you can't tolerate someone else's views, opinions or beliefs; then you can't tolerate diversity.
Side Note 1: I didn't bother arguing with the friend who sent me the PM. Just simply deleted the message. Not going to waste my time debating someone who starts off by calling me names. Why fight a battle that I couldn't care less if I won or loss against someone that bitter?
Side Note 2: ALL rights come with responsibilities and consequences for exercising those rights. Including Freedom of Speech. Robertson almost certainly signed a contract stating A&E can fired him if he says or does things that are against the policies of A&E. Pretty much anyone who represents any corporation or group must do that.
Nobody should be shocked or outraged that Robertson said what he said and nobody should be shocked or outraged A&E fired him. Personally I'm surprised the show has made it this long on A&E without something like this happening.