Some heavy-hitting political figures, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, have come out of their corners fighting for “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson. They also criticize A&E for indefinitely suspending Robertson from the popular reality series for remarks he’s made to GQ Magazine.
Late Wednesday night, Palin posted her statement on her Facebook page:
“Free speech is an endangered species.” she wrote. “Those “intolerants” hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.”
In a statement released Thursday morning, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal gave his own unwavering support for Robertson, and, like Palin, touched on the First Amendment freedom of speech issue.
His statement reads, according to KPEL:
“Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV,” Jindal said. “In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.”
Jindal’s remarks are reminiscent of an observation made by the late conservative publisher and journalist William F. Buckley, Jr.
“Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views,” he said.
The late author Evelyn Beatrice Hal, writing under the name S.G. Tallentyre, penned the line, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
It would be well for all of us to remember those words.