Forgive us if we don’t quite see the connection here. Yes, the “Duck Dynasty” patriarch was suspended after he told GQ that he believes homosexuality is a sin, but as far as we know he’s never committed any violent acts against gays. No crime was committed (unless you count thought crimes), and A&E might even be the real victim in the situation, if the Robertsons decide to part ways with the network, as they’ve suggested.
As a result, plenty — including Sarah Palin, Charlie Daniels, Ted Cruz and more — stood up for Phil Robertson’s right to free speech and religious liberty, while Kirsten Powers tried to compare Robertson’s words to those of MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, who with his words wished harm on a specific person.
If those two don’t compare, there’s certainly no comparison to be made to the murder of Matthew Shepard (which might not have had anything to do with Shepard being gay after all, but rather with drugs). Regardless, Shepard’s murder was a horrible crime; as far as we know, quoting from the Bible isn’t — yet.
@kathygriffin so he can't comment on homosexuals? Comparing it to a horrible crime is going way overboard!
— Samantha perlmutter (@samnjazzy) December 23, 2013
@kathygriffin um expressing your opinion and beliefs is very different than beating someone to death….
— chelsey (@autumn_amberr) December 23, 2013
@kathygriffin Talk about apples and bananas.
— John L. Pappan (@jlpappan) December 23, 2013
@kathygriffin Phil Robertson DID NOT promote, condone or incite violence against gays. He was crude but did not recommend violence.
— Kate (@IrishTexan2009) December 23, 2013
@kathygriffin what?! Why even compare something like this? It's people like you that keep this sh*t going.
— Joe Karavitch™ (@joekara31) December 23, 2013