OPINION – The recent “Duck Dynasty” flap has exposed the dark underbelly of our self-described “tolerant” society. As you know, Phil Robertson of the acclaimed A&E series was recently featured in GQ Magazine where he simply voiced his tightly held convictions that gays will burn and blacks were much happier being enslaved.
Sure, these views might sound abhorrent to the average citizen, but these are his spiritual and religious views, and everyone must tolerate each other’s religious views because they are in a protected class of views because Jesus. But these intolerant masses unfairly dismissed the ignorant remarks instead of tolerating them. And A&E did the same. Why can’t we all be more tolerant?
This kind of intolerance has been practiced for a long time. WWII Jews were highly intolerant of the Nazis’ tightly held conviction that Jews should be killed. It was well out of place and highly intolerant of them to claim that the Nazis should not have those beliefs. They really did believe strongly that Jews should be killed and the Jews should have respected that.
As a result, it was also wrong that the Nazis lost their coveted reality show over a few inconvenient beliefs. They did however, get lots of coverage on the History Channel when there was actually history on it.
Practice tolerance. Every day.