A&E went too far

By Christina Chalmers

December 29, 2013

A man named Voltaire was once quoted as saying, “I disagree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

That perfectly sums up my position on Mr. Robertson’s remarks about homosexuality and those made about African-Americans too.

He has the right to speak; others have the right to disagree. They can speak out, boycott either the show, its advertisers, stores selling the DD merchandise, or the network itself. All of those protest types are fine.

But I feel the A&E Network went too far in suspending him from the show.

Whenever someone in the public eye—an actor, entertainer, or sports figure—takes a public stand on any hot-button social issue such as abortion, firearms legislation, gay-related issues, immigration reform, etc.—controversies which will never be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction, they run the risk of backlash. It happened to the Dixie Chicks and Dr. Laura Schlesinger.

But at least we still have people willing to speak up, whether others agree or not. America will lose some of its greatness when we have cowed people of strong convictions into silence.

Mark Lovejoy