Watch What You Believe
A cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man. Opposing views are welcome…they are wrong but still welcome and please no name calling; that means you, you big stupid head!
I’ve never watched “Duck Dynasty.” Well I have watched bits and pieces, but I never got into the show. I like reality TV, but to me this show is way too staged, and these crazy rednecks are crazy like foxes.
“Duck Dynasty” is a show about a family of good old boys who had the business acumen to turn their passion for hunting into a million dollar industry. The show is a real life “Beverly Hillbillies.”
The head of the clan, Phil Robertson, has been suspended from the show for answering a reporter’s questions. Phil Robertson is a religious man who believes the Bible is the strict word of God. Many people believe this.
When Phil Robertson was asked what he considered sin, he mentioned homosexuality and used the Bible to back up his opinion.
Should anyone be surprised by this answer? If he answered anything else would you believe him? His whole persona is that of a straight shooting in your face, here I am, I am what I am kinda guy.
Please don’t boycott me. I don’t think homosexuality is a sin. It is a part of nature found in all creatures including Man. As a heterosexual, I do agree with some of what Phil Robertson said, "I do not understand how a man’s anus can be more sexually interesting than a vagina." I don’t think it is a sin, I just do not understand it.
Would you believe me if I said, “Gee, a man’s anus sounds delightful, but most of the time, for some reason, I prefer vagina.”
So now the show “Duck Dynasty” will be censured by the A+E network. It is censured because of a characters belief. The belief is that a vagina is more sexually interesting than a man’s anus. What a concept!
What worries me about this case is that it is another instance of a person being shut out for his opinion. It is becoming all too common. It is the right of the A+E network to do so, but it is worrisome to me.
Scientists who are skeptical about Global Warming are not called skeptics; they are shamed in their community by the name “Global Warming Denier.”
Express the belief that drilling for oil is desirable, and you are an “anti-environment sellout” and are shunned by intellectuals.
Voice a conservative point of view in school these days, and your grades suffer.
Shouting down, censuring and shunning will not defeat ideas. Truth and debate is the way to win over your position. When you shout down a position, you show weakness, you demonstrate that the opposing view if given traction may prevail. It is a tactic used by dictators and totalitarian states. It has no place in our country.
The Uncle of Kim Jong-un the North Korean Dictator was recently put to death for among other crimes, "Gnawing at the unity and cohesion of the party" and "dreaming different dreams." Do we want to become a society so wrapped up in “right thinking” that we persecute someone for “dreaming different dreams” or thinking different thoughts?
Phil Robertson’s position on homosexuals is probably a minority position. His opinion that it is a sin is his religious belief. It offers little threat to rights of the gay community.
Where is the ACLU when his rights and the rights of others not marching in lock step to the “main stream” are trampled?
I want to see gay people win the same rights in this country as straight people, but the change should come from enlightenment, not from fear and suppression of opinion.
I am concerned about GLOBAL WARMING, and support well-reasoned measures to reduce those gases believed responsible, but I don’t want scientists with opposing ideas to be ignored because of fear; fear of losing jobs, or fear of losing federal grants. When you suppress thought, science suffers.
Students should not be afraid to express ideas which are counter to a liberal faculty, in fact they should be encouraged to explore and discuss all ideas from all points of view. When I went to college the professors taught you how to think, not what to think.
In the world of ideas, might does not make right, might distorts and narrows thinking; right makes right.
When you discourage opinions and thoughts, even minority thoughts or misguided opinions, you stifle thinking, you eliminate new ideas, and you diminish progress.
The preceding opinion was from a cranky old man and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.