On Phil Robertson and Free Speech

Head over to Butlerway.com to read my latest piece on Phil Robertson and the whole Duck Dynasty fiasco, which some *cough Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal* cough* have tried to make about free speech. An excerpt:

"....let’s talk about Miley Cyrus. At this point it’s safe to say her raunchy, twerktastic  (and IMO awful) VMA performance will go down as one of the most talked about pop culture events of 2013. While Miley certainly got her fair share of praise—if only for the fact it put all eyes on her and increased her album sales—she also got just as many parents, feminists and fellow celebrities wringing their hands at both her and MTV. Though Cyrus, at least for now, has come out on top, the fact remains she exercised her freedom of expression and dealt with the consequences. So did Martin Bashir, who resigned from MSNBC after suggesting someone do a certain latrine act in Sarah Palin’s mouth (interesting she didn’t come to his defense, no?). Why should Phil Robertson be exempt from having to deal with the fallout of his comments?

The reaction to Robertson is reminiscent to that of Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s remarks about the sanctity of marriage. A prominent person with conservative views voices their personal opinion, and plays First Amendment martyr when things hit the fan. This seems to happen often when the target is the LGBT community. No one seems to be debating whether Robertson’s remarks about pre-civil rights black people were offensive; but when it comes the gays, the issue suddenly becomes about freedom of speech and liberal intolerance."

Also, check out "Will You Be Home For Christmas?" which talks about the difficult choices we as LGBT folks often have to make it comes to the holidays.