So it would seem that A&E came to its senses and realized that it would be an incredibly bad idea to
suspend Phil Robertson from his own show. Their move was likely motivated more by ratings potential than Constitutional principle, but it was the right move nonetheless.
So what was the meaning of this scenario? What have we learned? Well, for me, this just confirms how monumentally rediculous, hypocritical, and illogical Liberalmerica can be.
Oh right, I forgot that Phil Robertson is an "ignorant bigot," and a "racist." At least, that's what mainstream Liberalmerica wants me to think. As usual, Liberalmerica got it way, way wrong by making another failed attempt to frame the discussion around gross misinterpretation. It's fairly depressing that so many Americans are so incapable of thinking for themselves that they actually bought the crazy Liberalmerica was selling.
Let's get one major factoid straight: Phil Robertson did not engage in hate-speech. Sorry Liberals, but misquoting and blatantly ignoring the entirety of his words does nothing to damn the man. Phil Robertson did not say that he hates homosexuals: in fact, he said the exact opposite. Robertson expressed his thoughts on morality as he sees it. Just because he thinks a particular lifestyle is immoral and sinful does not mean that he hates anyone.
Liberalmerica seems to have a hard time understanding that concept. What if Robertson had talked about how he thinks lying is immoral and sinful, and that lying can lead to other terrible things? Would Liberalmerica assume that Phil Robertson hates liars? Probably not, but that's only because Liberalmerica has a limited intellectual capability. They are only capable of engaging in discussion on the premise that their beliefs are universally true. Since there are likely few Liberals who think lying is actually okay, they could easily accept the message that "lying is wrong," and Liberalmerica would not deem such a message as "hate speech."
Essentially, Liberlamerica only permits freedom of speech when they deem said speech to be unvierally true. It's a safe bet to assume that most liberals don't believe homosexuality is a sin, and it's a safer bet to assume that many homosexuals are liberal (considering homosexuals aren't very welcomed in Conservative circles). So when people made a huge deal out of Robertson's words, called it hate-speech, and called for his dismissal from A&E, it's safe to say that Liberalmerica was behind it, and they showed themselves to be intellectually mistaken.
Anyone who has read George Orwell's essay "The Freedom of the Press," would never have called for Robertson's removal, because doing so would be akin to silencing him. "Liberals are afraid of liberty," Orwell wrote, and they show their fear by attempting to silence speech that is deemed to be unpopular. If one truly believes in freedom of speech and freedom of thought, then one must allow even awful things to be said so long as those things aren't meant to incite violence and are not blatantly slanderous.
"Well, Jack, freedom of speech also means that I have the freedom to take a shit allover Phil Robertson." Yes and no. First of all, to flame Robertson for his views would be an exercise in the intolerance that Liberalmerica claims to combat. "Tolerance," does not mean you only tolerate like-minded individuals. Secondly, flaming someone for expressing their views is a method of intimidation, and it is meant to stop him from exercising his freedom of speech. Intimidation is not an exercise in freedom of speech.
If Americans do not have the safety of expressing their opinions without fear of retribution--in this case, losing your job simply because of your moral convictions--then Freedom of Speech cannot truly exist. True, I disagree with Robertson's statements, but I didn't call for him to be removed from TV, and if he said those remarks in my presence, I would not have insulted him, nor would I have tried to bully him into silence.
I'm sorry, Liberalmerica, but I don't want a country in which everyone has to agree with your agenda, and those who don't agree need to just sit down and shut up. The most salient lesson from this is that Liberalmerica proved that they are just as intolerant as their Conservative counterparts. The sad irony is that Liberals are too entrenched in their pretentious intellectualism to recognize their own hypocrisy.