VOX POPULI: PHIL ROBERTSON, NEOCON1 AND THE REAL COST OF BIGOTRY
The MSM has made quite a bit out of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson’s comments about homosexuality. I am one of the few here at The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork that is not a journalist. I am a practitioner of the law here in Hell’s capital Dis. To me, the issue swirling around A&E and their reality star is not a matter of 1st amendment rights at all; it is a matter of how much one is willing to sacrifice to hold on to their personal beliefs.
The right to free speech is codified, federally, in the 1st amendment to the United States Constitution as:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
Clearly, this is not a de facto or de jure allowance of all speech. The 1st amendment begins with the words, “Congress shall make no law . . .” and it continues to state that the body of people who represent the American eligible voters and their minor offspring will not establish a state religion, nor shall they prohibit the free exercise of religion or prohibit free speech or governmental interference in the Free Press. So to inject more clarity, had Congress passed a law stating that Phil Robertson or anyone can no longer express their religion based beliefs in public, or on the airwaves, this would have been a violation of the 1st amendment. The simple fact that his comments or some of the ones below from Neocon1 of Blogs for Victory infamy have caused the ire of Progressives, Moderates and Conservatives alike have little to do with 1st amendment and more to do with how society feels today in 2013 about bigoted speech.
I feel that the words of Phil Robertson were a stentorian shout of bigotry based in biblical beliefs. Robertson has a right to express these beliefs but what he doesn’t have is the right to bear no consequences economically for expressing them. One must keep in mind that America is far from being a democracy. The United States is a corporate oligarchy, and quite a complex one, married with a representative constitutional republic. Corporations gain far more from the federal government than individuals do, however, the system still would work on behalf of the individual or in the case of the LGBT community if their interests mesh with those of corporate powers.
That said I come to Neocon1 who has said many bigoted things in the past and seems to relish the fact that his comments make Progressives and others angry. For years the moderators at Blogs4Victory have simply gone along with this man’s rants and ravings which are regularly anti-black, anti-LGBT and anti-Obama. He has a right to do this and has been allowed by the moderators to do so until most recently when they responded to an anti-LGBT rant in this manner:
Neocon1: I guess quotes from the Catholic church and it’s saints over the years fails the homosexual PC test. very sad.
You seem to be saying that moderators are homosexuals defending a PC position. Not so. But your constant ranting about homosexuality and your constant efforts to justify your rants have resulted in having all of them removed. And they will be continued to be removed no matter how many Catholics you quote. Enough on this subject. No more homosexual rants, no more white hut rants, no more Kenyan rants. Be sad but enough is enough. //Moderator
While the B4V comments were removed some of his comments at one of his favorite haunts The Blaze have been archived and follow:
neocon1Jun. 20, 2013 at 4:31pm
this was a cherry picked case by left wing S**Tcago racist mobs to over turn the stand your ground laws in Fla.
It all falls into his insane destruction of the 2nd amendment in order to usher in his marxist/muslim paradise.
Make NO mistake about it our GOP governor scott FOLDED like a piece of tissue paper when confronted by lunatic blacks marching, beating, looting, murdering threatening all in the name of “justice” for a doper, thieving, fist fighting thug, named NO_LIMIT_NI^^AH.
Hope ole George likes being in jail with the rest of the DEMOCRAT blacks who hate white (hispanics)
One can read the pattern of bigotry and his hatred for blacks at The Blaze and while William J Logan aka Neocon1 isn’t a public figure on television, like Robertson he is a businessman. The Moderator has finally put his foot down at B4V with:
This is a pattern of yours. You obsess about something and post about it over and over again, you get deeper and deeper into your obsession, and when you get called on it you act innocent and hurt. You know what you do and you know you like to push things as far as you can. You have made your point plenty of times and have crossed the line from just reposting things of interest into selecting things that support your personal prejudice and hammering the topic incessantly. You know what “enough” means and whining about being called on your efforts to see how far you can go with your posts will end up getting all of your posts removed. // Moderator
Maybe Mr Logan will learn his lesson and decide a blog is not the best place to vent his spleen about those to whom he bears prejudice and anger. It would be terrible to think however that a man with such beliefs would find a forum for such retrograde ideas but to express is and always will be his right.
Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!
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