The Christian right wing is celebrating the fact that A&E reversed themselves and reinstated Phil Robertson after he was suspended for voicing his racist and homophobic views. From National Organization for Marriage to FRC’s Tony Perkins, they have accused GLAAD of administering a “black list.” I have a simple question:
Suppose he told GQ:
Jews must convert to Christianity. They refuse to accept the good news of Jesus Christ’s salvific death and resurrection. They are “unperfected” and destined for hell until they accept Jesus Christ as their personal lord and savior. The truth of His message is the only hope for the human soul.
Now Robertson’s apologists have claimed that Robertson should not be penalized for airing his religious views. Well my proposition, above, is consistent with the mainstream Evangelical Christian consensus.
Had Robertson aired those views, it would be the ADL having a fit. Many of the same conservatives would be falling all over themselves to denounce Robertson even though they agree with him. They would offer mountains of words about Christian Zionism and their support for Israel. Nobody would accuse Abraham Foxman of running a black list.
As a gay Jew I find no difference between denigrating gays and denigrating Jews. The simple fact is that just because it is a religious belief does not mean that it is suitable for airing in polite society. Religion is not a license to offend people. Robertson abused the lectern that A&E provided to him. Without A&E Robertson would be just another ignorant redneck and not the subject of a GQ piece. What A&E provided, A&E should have taken away. The opprobrium of the gay community was well deserved. Bottom line:
Regardless of the fact that Robertson’s views are based on conservative Christian belief they are highly offensive.