Minden Press-Herald

Sep 20th

Duck Dynasty and Free Speech

It's encouraging that A&E executives seem to have been converted from bigotry to tolerance after public objections to their suspension of "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson. Now that the network has reversed course, it is readying a charm offensive "promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people." The planned message "supports our core values" along with those "found in 'Duck Dynasty.'"

Whatever A&E's previous values were, they didn't include acceptance of the Christian view of homosexuality that Mr. Robertson expressed in an interview unrelated to the network's popular program. The network's retaliation demonstrated bias against a widespread Christian principle based on biblical interpretation. The action rejected understanding of a position contrary to A&E's own. It showed that the network refused to embrace freedom of speech and promoted division rather than unity.

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