Thursday, December 19, 2013

Implications of the Phil Robertson Incident

What strikes me about the Phil Robertson case is what it says about religious freedom in America. A man was just blackballed from TV for stating his beliefs about the sinfulness of homosexual acts. Christianity is attacked for being a religion of hatred and intolerance.

Now Robertson, in voicing his views that homosexuality is sinful, is not all that far from the Catholic view at all:

2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.  (Catechism of the Catholic Church).

Apparently actually saying that is forbidden however.

The comedian Yakov Smirnoff once cracked that both America and Russia had freedom of speech, but in America you had freedom after you spoke. Apparently, that's no longer true.

The implications of the incident is that people holding the Christian belief on morality which run counter to what the media and political elites approve of can be blacklisted and suffer other sanctions.

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