Emmett Tyrrell

Yet the magazine got him on I Corinthians. In the interview, Robertson lumped homosexuals in with "adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers," as people unlikely to make an appearance in heaven in the hereafter, according to I Corinthians. This many Christians believe.

Now Robertson strikes me as an amiable sort. He was not urging the banishment of homosexuals or prohibition against drunkards. He was only citing Scripture in saying that he does not expect to see them in Heaven. Maybe he will, and doubtless he will be surprised. Yet Americans are protected by the First Amendment to utter such views in public, are they not?

The "Duck Dynasty" controversy will have served a beneficial purpose if Robertson takes his case to the Supreme Court. It is about time that our courts decide what is and what is not protected by the First Amendment. Robertson did not incite violence against anyone. He did not even express a preference for those he might greet in Heaven. He merely cited I Corinthians. Perhaps the Supreme Court will now tell us what passages from Scripture we can and cannot cite.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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