I don't agree with Phil's comments and he had no right saying it.
I don't agree with Phil's comment's but defend his right to say it.
I agree with Phil's comments and defend his right to say it.
A&E had no right to suspend Phil.
A&E has a right to suspend Phil but I don't agree with it.
A&E has a right to suspend Phil and I agree with it.
It's a question of "freedom of speech" and very important.
Phil's beard is too weird, which makes him a slave to fame.
Its truly saddening how so many people here don't actually understand how free speech works.
Social consequences for an unpopular opinion does not impede free speech.
"With me everything turns into mathematics."
"It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well."
"It is truth very certain that, when it is not in one's power to determine what is true, we ought to follow what is more probable." -- Rene Descartes
If its a factory or some other industry where the concerns affecting the bottom line are different, I would have taken the stance that Phil should have been left alone.
There is a lot of context in this scenario.
Legally he has a right to speak his mind and face no legal penalty. If they try to outlaw his speech and put him in prison for it, it will violate the first amendment, but that is not what happened here. A private company placed a man on hiatus for espousing views contrary to the image they want to portray.
The separate issue here is whether or not companies have a right to fire people for their religious or political views. He possibly has a case if he claims he stated his views on the issue from a religious perspective, because I think religious discrimination is banned. It's a fine line to walk. We can't allow ourselves to become a society where employers are allowed to dictate our political and religious beliefs (and I say this as a free market conservative), but Phil was not just a guy working in the mailroom, he was a public figure designed to represent their company. Presumably he has a contract and in that contract it says he cannot represent the company by discriminatory actions or statements.
For the record, I am a conservative although I disagree with most other conservatives on LGBT issues. My own stance on it is that equality before the law means equality before the law. It is that simple. I have my Bible and I believe homosexuality is contrary to it, but it is a church discipline issue, within the realm of the state it is no business of government. I'm guessing Phil and I have different views on the issue, but I wouldn't fire him for this. A and E chose to put an outspoken conservative Christian southern family on TV. Do they expect these people to be wine and cheese liberals? You can't put somebody like that on TV and build an entire TV show around that image but then expect them not to express the views that people like that typically hold.
Well, they're still makin' money. A friend bought a DD t-shirt just to troll.