Sad, Sad, Sad.
I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.
I tend to agree with Phil on this one: if God is great, and we are all made in God's image... why would we imagine there wouldn't be plenty of differences amongst us?
Praise the Workmanship,
and Pass the Respect...
Phil Robertson is not the enemy.
We can disagree as Americans what makes for sinful behavior just as we can choose the religious denominations that best match our doctrinal views, if we so choose.*
The problem comes, I think, when our civil laws favor this personal viewpoint overriding and ignoring the Constitution protections guaranteed all citizens, as in the case of DOMA -- the defense of marriage act -- that left an unconstitutional law on the books for decades because it was politically popular at the time to sacrifice minority rights for party agenda.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal -- an Indian-American elected in ... redneck country, if you want to pigeonhole and label things like that -- weighed in on Robertson's t.v. suspension today:
Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with.-------------------------
I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views.
In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.
* For example, Episcopalians v. Catholics. There is more than a single-issue difference in how the gospels are lived and practiced in one's lifestyle. I wonder if the Church magically changed some of their dogma tomorrow if some of those people complaining today, still would not find the Gospel message there a good fit...
Why would we want to narrow the pathways to God and elbow out others on the journey?
If the path we are on now is not to our liking, why not encourage ourselves and others to continue seeking elsewhere until they too can see the face of God?