When I woke up yesterday morning, I was oblivious to the Duck Dynasty comment that had happened I guess Wednesday night (I don’t watch the show). But after reading many people’s opinions and thoughts on his comments regarding homosexual individuals, I have to say that I agree with two of my friends.
1.) I appreciate freedom of speech, but I also appreciate the good old fashioned, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” (My friend Anne posted that as a facebook status).
2.) If I want to have freedom of speech, then that same liberty much be granted to those who disagree with me. (Clint posted that)
And I have to say, I agree with both of them. This is also one of the biggest reasons I have a hard time getting on board with religion…to say there is a god that loves everyone…except for this group or that group or whatever it may be…to say that someone who is living their life is sinning by doing so…to constantly use the bible or other religious documents as proof of how you should be living your life even though times have changed and we have allowed some of those changed (no slaves, women have equal rights, etc.) but not others….that’s a rant for a different day…but still. I still think that those that are religious and feel that strongly against a group, as wrong as I personally think it is, they have their right to their opinion and I have my right to my opinion. Where I have an issue with it is when a person’s (or group of people’s) personal and religious opinion becomes law and becomes the standard. Especially in the United States. Where, I learned that the pilgrims came here to escape religious persecution.
And yes, we DO have the freedom of speech and the right, the amazing, right to have opinions and to discuss these opinions. And that in it of itself is truly just amazing. If I were in a different country…I quite possibly may not have this right, at all.
But where does freedom of speech, personal beliefs/values, and religion cross the line into government and laws? Where is the line? Is there a line?