The Phil Robertson Controversy Exposed Conservative Christian Hypocrisy on Freedom

999926_10152112226612489_1225957969_nI really hadn’t planned to write as much on this topic as I have, but these Phil Robertson sheep supporters have just pushed all my buttons.  I’ve seen plenty of ignorance in my day, but their reactions to this whole situation have just been incredibly, well — stupid.

And holy hell are these people hypocrites.

Let’s just be honest here: “freedom,” to many people, is extremely subjective.  Especially when it comes to conservatives, and it goes double when you talk about “Christian” conservatives.

Just look at this ridiculous notion believed by millions that Robertson’s suspension was somehow an attack on his First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and religion.

Uh, no — not even close.  Our First Amendment rights extend to protection from prosecution from the government, not an employer.  And as a public figure it’s especially something you have to be careful with, as much of what you say can easily become a public scandal.  Just ask Alec Baldwin.

Oh, by the way, where was the conservative uproar over his firing?

Or the Dixie Chicks.  Remember when they insulted Bush and conservatives went nuts?  Freedom of speech?  Sure, as long as it’s speech they agree with.

Like I said, hypocrites.

But what I wanted to address here was this mythical belief in “freedom” that these Robertson supporters seem to believe in.  It’s pure irony to me that tens of millions of people who continue to support the denial of equal rights (or freedoms, if you will) for homosexuals to marry, have the audacity to stand there on their pulpit and throw a fit because some reality TV star got suspended for making several asinine comments.  Claiming that this is somehow an attack on his freedoms — as per our First Amendment.

Well, our First Amendment also guarantees the right to freedom of religion.  And being that this definition of a “traditional marriage” these people constantly harp on about comes from religion, using that belief to support a ban on same-sex marriage is in itself unconstitutional and a violation of the First Amendment rights of every homosexual who wants to get married.

Because the truth is there are Christian churches (many of them) who support same-sex marriage.  Yet, in states that continue to deny same-sex couples marriage rights, they’re not allowed to marry gay couples.  Then let’s not forget the tens of millions of Christians themselves who support same-sex marriage as well.  So in reality, denying that particular church’s right to marry same-sex couples is also a violation of their religious beliefs.

But conservatives don’t consider people who believe in same-sex marriage Christians.  Again, a belief that when attempted to be placed into law, is unconstitutional.

Hello, freedom of religion?  As in, you can’t tell someone their religion is right or wrong — because they have the freedom to follow whatever religion they want.

Do you see why religion is supposed to stay out of government?

Oh, and don’t give me this nonsense about same-sex marriage leading to bestiality or some other ridiculous statement.  Here’s a simple way to define what legal marriage should be:

The legal union of two (and only two) consenting, unrelated adult human beings who are not currently married.

The end.  

And even if you want to step away from same-sex marriage, then we have the right-wing “Christian” conservative attempt to control what every woman does with their own body.  Which, again, is a violation of a Constitutionally-protected right.

Look, I get it — they don’t like abortion.  Well guess what?  Most “pro-choice” people don’t either.  That’s not the point.  It’s about a woman’s freedom to have control over her own body.  That’s what “pro-choice” people support.  Pro-choice does not mean pro-abortion.  It just means pro-freedom for women to have control over their own bodies.

Again, a freedom that’s been protected by our Constitution and the Supreme Court, yet it’s constantly under attack by these “freedom loving” conservative “Christians.”

Look, I really don’t believe Phil Robertson is a bad person.  Ignorant maybe — but I don’t think he holds malice toward anyone.  Maybe it’s because I live in Texas and I’ve met tons of his “kind.”  Generally decent people who were just raised to be ignorant.  Hell, I have a few relatives who fit Mr. Robertson’s description.  Nice people, giving, kind — hell, they’re engaging with homosexuals they know.  They were just raised with this backwards belief that homosexuality is a sin because a handful of Bible verses say so.

And hey, I fully support Phil Robertson’s right to believe privately however he feels.  Even if I think it’s ridiculous, backwards and wrong.  He had every right to say what he did during that GQ interview.

I fully support the First Amendment and the freedom of speech.  But A&E was also fully within its rights to suspend him for what he said.  Again, the First Amendment protects against government prosecution.  It doesn’t give people the right to say anything they want, at any time, without facing the consequences for what they said.

But when it comes to the blatant hypocrisy of these so-called “conservative Christians” about freedom, I just have to laugh.

It takes either sheer blind ignorance, or just unbelievable audacity, to believe in the things they do and have the nerve to freak out about First Amendment rights because a reality TV star was suspended for making bigoted comments in a public forum.

I’m honestly shocked that when you look up the word “hypocrite” in the dictionary it doesn’t just say, “See Christian conservatism.”

Because most of these people define hypocrisy.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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