What throws me for a loop is the constant gay bashing on the Right. I'm not exactly a fan of gay sex myself, but I also know that gay relationships go far beyond just sex. I guess I empathize with a person or group of them being offended by someone reducing their love for a partner to comparisons between a vagina and an asshole. It's crass, to say the least.
Now, that being said, I can understand why people feel gays are an affront to what is decent and healthy in our society. After all, an 800 lbs gorilla in the room is the Aids epidemic, which we all know was primarily spread--in the USA, at least--through gay sex. When religious people and others complain about the practices of gay men, arguing that such behaviors can take down our society/country/whatever, they should not be discounted out of hand; it's not like the risks there are negligible.
However---and, this is where I draw the line in the sand--every human being has a right to happiness. And, in a free society, that includes having sex and marrying any consenting adult they fancy. If someone is attrated to same sex partners, and they find one--we should not interfere with their happiness.
Freedom of speech is not freedom from criticism.
I am at a total loss and can not fathom how what Phil Robertson and the consequences he has faced is even remotely comparable to Rosa Parks and the civil rights movement. Here you have some guy who said something he probably could have worded in a much less offensive way to a woman who stood up for herself against racial discrimination. Upper class white christian males have no idea what it's like to really be discriminated against. The comparison isn't even close.
Phil Robertson's freedom of speech is not and has not been violated. He is not being censored. He can still say whatever the hell he wants. He doesn't have a muzzle on. But with every action is a reaction and when you're a "celebrity" you're every action is accounted for. He should have known better.
She taught me to mind my mouth, something you should have learned.
Phil could have said many things that didn't cast judgement, he could of focused on his life of sin instead of commenting on other people and their lifestyle. He could have been honest about the pre-civil rights south and just how 'happy' black folks were...
or he could have just kept his big mouth shut.