Free speech, religion and gay rights

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The First Amendment — probably the most important — guarantees Phil Robertson of the A&E reality show Duck Dynasty the right to freedom of religion and freedom of speech. (See Thursday news story “Star off ‘Duck Dynasty’ over gay remarks.”)

A vocal minority in this country lives a lifestyle that violates God’s moral laws in the Holy Scriptures.

What gives that minority the right to complain if Robertson, or anyone else, expresses his or her religious opinion against such a lifestyle? It’s his opinion.

Do only the lesbians, gays and transgender people have the right to speak out in interviews, on television, or wherever?

The Christian majority had better start speaking out, or we won’t be the majority anymore. I say, “Way to go, Phil!”

— J’Nell Pate, Azle

Yeah for Phil Robertson’s First Amendment right to make a complete idiot of himself!

He is obviously a homophobe. His comments in GQ magazine about the Jim Crow South and African Americans who were “singing and happy” were ridiculous.

Maybe he doesn’t remember what happened to those who had the bravery to complain or, even worse, disobey. It was the whip, or worse, the noose.

As for my house, we will never watch Duck Dynasty again and no Duck Commander merchandise will enter my abode.

I, too, have First Amendment rights, and that is how I will afford myself of those rights.

— Robert Cappa, Bedford

Although I don’t have a TV, I know that millions of Americans are devoted to Duck Dynasty. They consider it more wholesome than much of what’s offered on television.

I was shocked and saddened by the announcement that Robertson has been taken off the air indefinitely because he told the truth.

When asked what was sinful, Robertson replied, “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there — bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”

A&E rejected him, and said: “His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.”

Does this make sense? If God plainly said that fornicators, adulterers and homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-11), who am I, and who is Robertson, to deny this? If sodomy, bestiality, pedophilia, rape and other sex sins are condemned, who am I to reject God’s declaration?

It’s a sad day when a sincere American can’t speak the truth without fear of rejection. Let’s speak the truth — always!

— Richard Hollerman,

Fort Worth

I was very disappointed when our church defrocked United Methodist minister Frank Schaefer for marrying his gay son in another state. (See Friday news story, “Pastor defrocked for role in gay wedding.”)

The Methodists’ motto is “Open hearts, open minds and open doors.”

The church discipline needs to be changed. Jesus loves us all!

— Frances Gregory, Arlington

How disappointed I was to read the Friday Page 1 story about Lockheed Martin’s decision to cut its ties with the Boy Scouts of America.

Once again, Satan’s tools of political correctness and tolerance have found a way to attack our children.

I’m willing to bet that this doesn’t represent the opinion of the company’s 14,000 employees at the Fort Worth plant.

If someone wants to live a homosexual lifestyle, that is his decision. But that lifestyle should not be patterned in front of a bunch of impressionable young men (or women).

My own choice is not to patronize any business that takes the position that Lockheed has taken.

For that reason, I do not and will not purchase any Levi’s or Dockers pants made by San Francisco-based clothier Levi Strauss & Co., which long ago adopted the same position as Lockheed.

I know that my decision has no impact on that company’s bottom line. But as a free American I can make that decision.

It’s been a long time since I purchased a $200 million fighter jet. But If I’m ever presented with that possibility, you can bet it won’t be one made by Lockheed.

The Bible warns: “Woe to those who call good evil and evil good.”

— Robert Conn, Arlington

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