Let me just start this post by saying that I have never watched Duck Dynasty. I don't know what it's about, but they are now extremely famous and are selling everything with their name on it. That's literally all I know about them, except that now a preacher on that show is under fire because of racist and homophobic things that he's said?
All I see is support for him. Shared pictures of him on Facebook. Retweets saying that you should support him. Friends changing their pictures to him. With all of that and the captions, which usually say that if you don't support him then you don't support freedom of speech, it's really starting to piss me off. Last time I checked, you can say whatever you want to say. But some things just shouldn't be said out of respect for other people.
I don't know what brought on his comments in whatever magazine it was. I don't know if certain parts were edited out to make it a scandal. I don't know if it was taken out of context. I don't know if he is actually racist, homophobic, sexist, or the nicest man that you'll ever meet. Because I know nothing about the show and I don't know the man himself.
Without having all of the facts, I refuse to support the man but I also refuse to condemn him. He has every right to say what he saw and his own personal beliefs, even if I don't like what he has to say. Everyone has their own right to say and believe what they want.
My beliefs are that everyone is created equal and that everyone has the right to marry whoever they want to. So what if you think they're going to hell? You don't get to decide that. You're not God and you don't know what He's thinking. You don't have to marry anyone you don't want to so it doesn't have a damn thing to do with you. However, when you start treating somebody with disrespect, that's a problem.
And don't even try to use the religious "but I'm trying to save their souls". Don't even start with me on that one because in every religion I have knowledge of, the best thing we can do is treat everyone equally and love each other and all the good things like that. I believe that as long as you're a good person, things will work themselves out. When you start pretending to be a good person as a disguise to be a jerk, that makes it even worse than just being a jerk in general. Extremists are in all religions, or non-religions.
So what do I have to say about whats-his-name and all of this mess?
Because the things he said were taken the wrong way, he should issue an apology for offending people, whether he meant to or not. He doesn't have to apologize for how he feels, just apologize for how he made some people feel bad. He can say whatever he wants to say by the freedom of speech and we're not losing it if he's removed from the show, because the network is trying not to offend people. Clearly, I'm saying whatever the fuck I want to right now. But there is a line that shouldn't be crossed by anyone and apologies should be made when overstepping that line.
As for how he feels, he can keep feeling that way. We don't even know what exactly he does feel. Beliefs don't typically change over night. Just be nice and understand not everyone feels the same way, so unless you want to start a shitstorm, be careful of what you tell other people. The worst thing you can do with your beliefs is make somebody feel bad with them.