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OPINION

Hollywood Just "Ducked" Themselves

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Something amazing is happening in America. An awakening. More people showed support for Phil Robertson (the star of “Duck Dynasty”) in 24 hours than signed up for Obamacare in its first few months. Which means at this point in time, Americans are starting to come to the conclusion we’d be better off with a duck hunter in the White House than Obama. Heck, we couldn’t possibly do any worse.

Hollywood really stepped in it this time (must have been duck poop). The result is ironically, Christians are coming out of the closet! In other words, the tables have turned. Middle America is waking up from the shock, disarray, intimidation and distractions of the Obama years. We're not scared of the PC police anymore. We are free to express ourselves, and we don't really give a "duck" what Hollywood, or Obama, or the thought police thinks about our opinions. Which must scare Hollywood to death.

A duck hunter has inspired us. Emboldened us. And what middle America is saying out loud is, “We have rights too. We deserve free speech too. We’ve had enough of your oppression and intolerance towards our values and beliefs-and we’re NOT going to take it anymore.”

A&E claims the “indefinite suspension” (ie firing) of Phil Robertson is about “branding.” What they are insinuating is they couldn’t possibly allow a close-minded, Neanderthal gay basher to remain as the face of their billion dollar brand.

Well guess what? The new brand for A&E is "the Christian-hating, Bible-bashing, intolerant TV network." Funny enough, they would have been better off with the gay bashing brand. Because the new brand is dead on arrival…or in other words, "This duck won't hunt."

This isn’t a gay rights issue. I have never cared what people do in the privacy of their bedrooms. The firing of Phil Robertson, star of “Duck Dynasty” is a free speech issue. It’s symbolic of the biased, one-sided way the media and leftist elites treat free speech. People have every right to express opinions considered “progressive” or “politically correct” nowadays. But the same rules don’t apply to salt-of-the-earth, apple-pie, middle Americans who believe in God, country, guns, and yes, the Bible.

You mean Christians and conservatives don’t they have the right to free speech just like Hollywood leftists? You mean Christians or conservatives don’t have the right to express their views in the workplace, without fearing for their jobs?

Phil Robertson only expressed his personal opinions. Those opinions are shared by millions of Christians not only in America, but across the globe. Agree or disagree, he had every right to express that opinion, without losing his job.

I may disagree with the exact words he chose, but I stand hand-in-hand with Phil to support his right to say it.

Oh by the way, Phil is a reality TV star. His success and popularity is based on his opinions. A&E fired a reality star for having controversial opinions? Are you kidding me? A&E executives need to quickly visit the nearest psychiatrist.

The Duck Dynasty scandal is about intolerance. But the intolerance is on part of Hollywood and A&E. The star of a reality show is allowed to have opinions. If you don't like them, you have no right to ban them. That's intolerance. That’s tyrant’s behavior. That’s McCarthyism. That’s the attitude of police states we find in countries run by tyrants like Stalin, or Fidel Castro, or Huge Chavez, or the old East Germany. Is this what America has become under Obama?

I don't have to agree with Phil Robertson to stand behind him. I support free speech. If it can happen to Phil, it can happen to anyone of us. I'm a TV and radio personality. I have opinions. I won’t change them, or back down. If you don't like them, change the channel. That's called FREEDOM.

But Hollywood wants Christians in the closet…silent…fearful…intimidated. Obama, Hollywood and the leftists are petrified of free thought. They keep their modern day Tammany Hall going through intimidation. They cannot afford to allow conservative or Christian values to be affirmed by a pop culture celebrity- for fear it might start a trend. It might stir up the masses. It might encourage conservatives to speak out. It might embolden Christians to quote the Bible without fear. Hollywood cannot allow that. Because they know it could get out of hand. Americans might actually be inspired to fight back. Someone might escape the thought-police plantation.

A duck hunter may have just lit the spark that started a revolution. Phil Robertson just went from TV phenomenon to American hero. Christians have been unchained. We are free to speak our minds. And we're not going back in the closet.

I think Hollywood just "ducked themselves."

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