Does anyone remember when Change.org presented itself as a liberal activist tool? Apparently that is no longer the case and may not have been for some time.
Change.org is now promoting a petition defending Duck Dynasty cast member Phil Robertson’s “constitutional right” to say homophobic things on a private television network.
And yes, that isn’t in the Constitution.
Change.org has been promoting a petition that defends one of the lead figures in the reality TV show “Duck Dynasty.” The social change company elevated the petition to its front page and pushed the petition on its Twitter feed.
The petition argues that family patriarch Phil Robertson, who is under fire for homophobic and racially insensitive remarks, is being deprived by critics of his First and Second Amendment rights. (The reference to Second Amendment rights actually makes no sense, since Robertson’s critics are not trying to block him from bearing arms or joining a well-regulated militia, and the petition makes no attempt to explain that claim.) Earlier this month, A&E, which airs “Duck Dynasty,” suspended Robertson from the show.
Were his Second Amendment rights in jeopardy? What kind of contract did he sign with A&E? Let’s just move on.
The controversy stemmed from an interview Robertson gave to GQ wherein he gave his views on homosexuality. Those views are, to put it lightly, offensive to many in the LGBT community and echo the most reactionary elements in American society.
“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”…
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
Those views sound rather antagonistic to the notion of change. They seem deeply held views that incorporate pre-1st century moral notions contained in the Old Testament. What is Change.org doing promoting these views?
A&E is a private cable channel and can do what it likes and so can Change.org for that matter. But let’s have some truth in advertising – promoting a petition for Mr. Robertson is not embracing change, it’s fighting it.