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Nomenklatura on Free Speech: Duck That!

Phil Robertson is only the latest target in the nomenklatura's battle for the culture.

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Susan L.M. Goldberg

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December 26, 2013 - 1:00 pm
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Unless you’re fortunate enough to prefer reading or still be avoiding the Facebook trend, you’ve been bombarded with arguments over Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson’s statements regarding homosexuality published in the most recent edition of GQ magazine.  For the record, here’s what the guy actually said after being prompted by the GQ reporter with the question, “What, in your mind, is sinful?”

“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,” he  says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “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.”

… “We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell.  That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about  Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out  later, you see what I’m saying?”

Bottom line: The nomenklatura outcry is over a man who quoted a Bible verse and backed it up with the philosophy that anyone is as free to live his life as he is to live his own and we should all love each other. The nomenklatura supports Obama, who prefers to negotiate nuclear war with Iran, a country that openly persecutes homosexuals as “diseased.” Yet, the nomenklatura denies a maker of duck calls the right to free speech. According to openly gay Camille Paglia, the culture war erupting here is a battle between freedom of speech and the return of the Soviet empire on American soil:

“I speak with authority here because I was openly gay before the ‘Stonewall Rebellion,’ when it cost you something to be so,” she said. “And I personally feel as a libertarian that people have the right to free thought and free speech. In a democratic country, people have the right to be homophobic as they have the right to support homosexuality — as I 100 percent do. If people are basing their views against gays on the Bible, again they have a right to religious freedom there … to express yourself in a magazine in an interview -– this is the level of punitive PC, utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist, OK, that my liberal colleagues in the Democratic party and on college campuses have supported and promoted over the last several decades. It’s the whole legacy of the free speech 1960′s that have been lost by my own party.”

In the ultimate example of framing, the American nomeklatura is using one man’s words as a weapon against him in the war over what is constitutionally permitted versus what is nomenklaturally popular. Interestingly, this battle in the culture war is illustrating what history has already proven true: The best weapon to defeat the Stalinist nomenklatura is the free market.

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"These folks want to be on the wrong side of history."
There is a minority of people in the U.S.A. that love power, and they believe that their ideas are more important than people. These same people believe that they are their own gods; that they alone can "make history" and forge a Utopia that the rest of us should appreciate. There is only One that makes history; and that is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and I for one, definitely want to be on the "wrong side of history" when it is being written by the nomenklatura, and supported by unthinking people that aspire to being in positions of cramming that "history" down everyone else's throat.
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I've read the GQ article in its entirety. I'm frustrated each time I read some pundit's take on the article, because it's clear so few have actually read the words.

You might choose to not believe what Phil said about working alongside blacks in the South decades ago, but nothing he said was racist or bigoted against blacks.

You can disagree whether or not homosexuality is sinful based on an interpretation of the Bible, but nothing he said was bigoted against homosexuals. You might be offended at his frank demeanor, but I don't understand where the offense comes from his actual words, even if you were actually a homosexual.
31 weeks ago
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What in the world are you talking about? Read your own incoherent rambling and please try again to form a cogent thought.

Do you believe the Catholic Church is behind any of what you just vomited into the comments section?

Can you define "...the wrong side of history..."? I've love to understand what that phrase even means.

Finally, please explain which portion of Phil Robertson's statement regarding homosexuals was bigoted?

From Dictionary.com: Bigot - a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.

So, by that definition DREGstudios is a bigot, but I fail to see how that definition describes Mr. Robertson. Feel free to enlighten me.
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If it is not the law, there is no need to follow it. If it is the law, but the law violates the Constitution, you also don't need to follow it. If you do not follow, your life will be hard but your integrity will be intact. Yes, you would actually have to care about integrity for any of this to matter.
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In Matthew 7:6, Jesus said, “Don’t give that which is holy to the dogs, neither throw your pearls before the pigs, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” When Jesus speaks of holiness he is speaking of two things: public assemblies and law or the law making powers of the legislature. When Jesus is speaking of dogs, he is referring to the Old Testament description of a homosexual or gay male prostitute who are called dogs in Hebrew. Jesus described sound government principles as pearls and treasure. Pigs can only be found outside of Israel in the heathen nations. In summery, Jesus is giving a warning. Don’t hand over sound principles of government (or the formation of government) to heathens because they will trample them under foot as they raise up a despotism, a tyranny. Don’t hand over the law making powers of the state to homosexuals because if you do they will use the law to tear you and society to pieces. Article VIII makes God’s law American law. visit: CHCAFE.WORDPRESS.com

Few Examples.
Portland bar owner fined $400,000 for excluding transsexual men who were using the women’s restroom

Wildflower Inn in Vermont pays settlement to lesbians and shuts down wedding reception business

California law allow boys in girls showers and restrooms
31 weeks ago
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The best way to cause any homosexual activist to swoon in the best style of a Victorian matron is do what Phil did and mention even obliquely the mechanics of a homosexual act.

In recent years we have been bombarded with sweet images of largely asexual homosexual characters on something like 40% of all TV shows. I say asexual because the very acts that make them homosexual remains the love that dares not speak its name by the express design of the activists themselves. It's not just the yuck factor. The health problems and the level of domestic violence in homosexual relationships are all off limits.

TV now presents to the world a sanitized image of homosexuality that bears about as much resemblance to reality as one of Doris Day's comedies did back in 1959 when the smart set relentlessly poked fun at them. Then there is that fallacy that straights somehow need the advice of queer stylists to understand how to look sexy and improve their relationships.

I am not a particularly religious person but two decades on the periphery of a large "Boys Town" opened my eyes to much of the tyrannical agenda being promoted in the name of civil rights.
31 weeks ago
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"In recent years we have been bombarded with sweet images of largely asexual homosexual characters on something like 40% of all TV shows."

40%? Really? I thought that the number of shows with homosexual characters was a lot closer to 100%. And they're invariably positive depictions; no one would dare show anything else for fear of being tarred with the homophobe brush.....
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I think the backlash over this latest salvo in the gay agenda has completely shocked the anti-culture warriors. They expected the patriach to apologize and the network to cancel the show just as has happened everytime they've gone after someone - just like in Alec Baldwin's case.

Gladd has stated it just shows how much MORE work they have to do - this as obama's judges are overruling the will of the people in Utah and Ohio regarding gay marriage and another judge rules a Christian baker MUST provide a cake to a gay marriage.

People are taking notice and rebelling in HUGE numbers. I think the time is coming for open rebellion.
31 weeks ago
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I would suggest to you that private enterprise; innovation; creativity and American exceptionalism; the resilience of the American people and the numbers of Christian people entering the marketplace has already overtaken the current administration. The "HUGE numbers" have declared, "enough is enough, fear is nothing"" and both Obama and Obamascare are on their way out. ALL the elites know that and they are literally writhing in complete shock from it all. Expect even stranger behavior from the left; kinda like spiders circling the drain-hole ... lying about Obamascare numbers is indicative of total desperation and now all the media can do is portray Obama as "weary" and "victimized" and "used" by the elite.
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Amen to both you and Miss Lolly.
31 weeks ago
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I agree with Camille. The USA is becoming more Stalinist by the hour. There is no part of your life that the government does not want to regulate and control.

Unless you're part of the ruling class/nomenklatura, in which case you have a pass to do whatever you want and commit any crime - provided you make the proper donations to the right politicians and repeat the party line.
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To me this isn't all so cut and dried, and in fact can be a rather delicate balancing act. Whether we like it or not television is an institution, and any cant and culture passed along it's framework risks being institutionalized, especially to young people.

People at once complain about TV that's too bland and controversial. If you go back to old school TV and film and look at the Beverly Hillbillies, Addams Family, Bonanza, Dr. Kildare, Pillow Talk and Dear Brigitte there is certainly ways to entertain people using good writing and staying away from questionable material.

On the other hand many people came to find that blandness itself a subversive hiding of the "truth" and so you have All In the Family, Bonnie and Clyde and the French Connection. I think it's safe to say questionable value systems have come to be institutionalized but the everlasting mystery is which came first, the chicken or the egg? Did America follow or lead?

It's pretty clear that when it comes to hate speech there is in fact a danger of an institution like the media taking a lead, since a minority can easily be out of touch with the majority, but have the persuasive means through media to normalize the once questionable and even freakish. You would've been arrested for showing Saw in a drive-in movie in the '50s. Is its presence today because we needed a Saw or because Saw was sold to us as okay?

I don't have the answer but I don't really need to hear about how Gomez Addams doesn't like gays or saying he has to examine his white privilege. Maybe bland is okay. If you need excitement, the truth and controversy, go outside and start a fight with a prostitute. I don't find the truth to be all that artistic nor art to need an infusion of truth or increasing levels of violence. Art itself is a delicate balancing act between the real and unreal.

In the early 60's we got tired of a cop shooting his weapon into a monster and then standing there to be choked. 10 years later we needed riot police to attack the monster with batons en masse. Keep upping your dose and eventually you OD through sheer ennui.
31 weeks ago
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I remember such shows as The Adams Family etc and at the time they were edgy and on the edge of controversy. Its just that today we are so jaded the producers have to keep upping the yuck factors to get attention and make money. This will not end well...
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There was nothing remotely edgy or controversial about the Addams Family TV show. It was considered a family show and marketed to both adults and children.
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I don't know... Gomez crazed kissing up Morticia's arm made a mighty strong impression on my young mind.
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What blandness? Many of the old drama series addressed serious issues in serious ways but they did it without an overt agenda and they didn't dumb down the message. Indeed the writing on many of the shows, particularly some of the anthology shows, is far superior to most of the writing today, though the production values are not.
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So, you're saying you actually believe in this fallacious and made-up concept of "hate speech"?

That puts you on the side of the totalitarians.

Anyone who suggests someone is capable of "hate speech" or "hate crime" can and should immediately replace the word "hate" with the word "thought". All speech is protected in America, regardless of the which specific emotion evoked the words, or regardless of which specific emotion is evoked in the listener to those words.

Freedom. You're free to be as dumb as you like, Fail Burton. You're free to TRY to strip people like Phil Robertson and me of our freedoms, by advocating such with your speech. Just as I'm free to call you out on it and try to stop you.

Free speech is what Phil Robertson was practicing. Not "hate speech".
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1. I never said Robertson was practicing hate speech.

2. Hate speech is not a fallacious concept, as anyone who's read about Nazis knows or has eyes in their heads to see the world around them. If a person regularly singles out human beings into racial or gender groups for their special attention and the portrait is unrelentingly unflattering, that is hate speech.

For Robertson to casually accept anti-homosexual views as part of his religion is one thing, for him to go out on the road and preach against homosexuality is a slightly different animal. No one's saying he can't do that, but they are questioning whether it's appropriate in a commercial enterprise. I cannot work in a fast food restaurant and tell all the customers another fast food restaurant is the one to go to - I would be fired. A&E is a phony commercial enterprise - what else did you expect them to do? Reality shows themselves are straight up concocted fantasies that frequently engage in outright distortion and lying.

There is no doubt so-called "progressives" practice hate speech: they do it in buckets. There is no question there is a double standard. That is because one side has been more successful in mainstreaming their freakery.

I am not trying to strip anyone of anything, so you're calling out precisely nothing but an inability to read. I'm not sure why you would do that and claim I made you.
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Edgy
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I've read the GQ article in its entirety. I'm frustrated each time I read some pundit's take on the article, because it's clear so few have actually read the words.

You might choose to not believe what Phil said about working alongside blacks in the South decades ago, but nothing he said was racist or bigoted against blacks.

You can disagree whether or not homosexuality is sinful based on an interpretation of the Bible, but nothing he said was bigoted against homosexuals. You might be offended at his frank demeanor, but I don't understand where the offense comes from his actual words, even if you were actually a homosexual.
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You as a white male (?) are not allowed to categorize any minority group, whether they are recognized as such or not. Verboten by the PC police.
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