Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and of course, the Westboro Baptist Church, all came out in support of Duck Dynasty Star Phil Robertson — voicing their outrage that his “freedom of speech” has been abridged for “telling the truth.”
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” Robertson said in the GQ interview. “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
After A&E announced that Robertson would be “indefinitely suspended” as a result of his comments, conservative voices rallied in his defense:
“Free speech is an endangered species. Those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us,” Sarah Palin wrote on her Facebook page.
She conveniently overlooks the fact that the First Amendment prevents the government from punishing you for what you say, not your employer. If you doubt that, try to get a court to reinstate you to your job after you are fired for cussing your boss out.
With all this hysterical rhetoric emanating from the right wing blogosphere about what Robertson said, it just goes to show how some people have chosen to consciously convolute and confuse the concepts of “freedom of speech” and “religious liberty.”
But even more interesting is how similar the right wing blogosphere’s rhetoric is to that of the despicable Westboro Baptist Church.
Westboro’s very own Fred Phelps chimed in on the hoopla in this tweet:
And not surprisingly, most conservative voices agree with him: