Freedom Under Siege Essay

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In the last few years we have seen many people “hung out to dry” for simply expressing their moral or religious beliefs on a specific topics one of the definite areas people take offence to anyone speaking out against would have to be homosexuality. This point can be brought to light when we look at such events as Phil Robertson, star of A&E’s popular series “Duck Dynasty” being suspended after making the statement that homosexuality was sin in an interview with GQ Magazine. Although many people went to the Duck Commanders aid and he has since been reinstated. This event in particular leads me to question, when did stating an opinion based on religious beliefs became “wrong” or “hate speech”. Everything in which Robertson had stated was simply his belief based on his interpretation of the scripture. Leviticus 18:22, “Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman that is detestable.” From this scripture we can see understand his opinion, although his wording may have been a little rash. I feel this is a perfect example of how today in America our religious beliefs are being silenced in the name of tolerance. A word in which today’s secular understanding myst also equate acceptance. This paper is not an attempt to attack the homosexual community. It is simply my attempt to illustrate how in the name of freedom, our freedoms as Christians are being slowly taken away! I believe freedom is a two way street and also freedom of speech is being taken away simply because Americans equate tolerance to acceptance. I also intend to show that this kind of religious persecution is a direct attack on our freedom of religion.
“Marjorie Esman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, said Robertson’s First Amendment rights were not violated by A&E when they suspended him because of his comments.
She said, the amendment applies only when the government gets involved to prevent a person from expressing his views and that wasn’t the case with Robertson, who was disciplined by his employer.
“He said something that his employer didn’t want him to have said, and so his employer did what employers do: they fired him,” Esman said.”
This statement implies that since the employer took the action that it was not a violation of Robertson’s first amendment rights. However it appears to be a direct example of freedom of speech and of religion being blatantly violated, in that Robertson was punished for his religious views. The United States Code Title 18, Section 2 is a law which came into effect which gives protection to homosexuals under the hate crime act. This protection is under the hate crimes act, and makes it possible to prosecute ministers, or anyone for that matter, for speaking against homosexuality under the premise that it could incite violence against homosexuals. These are dangerous waters for any Christian who speaks out against homosexuality to be in. By simply voicing our scripture based opinions we could...

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