Robertson has free speech even for unpopular views

01/06/2014 11:15 AM

01/06/2014 10:33 AM

Re "Free speech is protected, not TV gigs" (Viewpoints, Jan. 1): It is clear from his Viewpoints piece that William Endicott has little knowledge about Phil Robertson or the "Duck Dynasty" show, but he's not about to let that stop him from voicing his opinion. Yes, his opinion is protected as free speech, but so are the opinions of Robertson and Sen. Ted Cruz. While Robertson's opinions are repugnant to Endicott and gays, he did not say they represented a platform for the A&E channel. His opinions were given during a GQ interview. The dustup, started by gays and furthered by A&E, contradicts Robertson's right to speak and work. The media flurry was similar to what followed controversial comments made by Food Network chef Paula Dean. Media’s coverage of these irrelevant attacks in the workplace only fosters injustice.

-- Ma Figueroa, Sacramento

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