Free speech is an endangered species. Those “intolerants” hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us. Sarah Palin before reading Robertson’s article
DuckDynasty Star Phil ROBERTSON’S
The Louisiana natives — andA&E ratings powerhouses — open up in the half-hour clip, with Phil remembering “a big barroom brawl” he was involved in while three sheets to the wind.
“The laws got after me,” the unlikely reality star said. “I went to the woods, of course.”
Kay recalled the struggles she went through in the darkest of days, remembering when she thought, “I’ve been fighting for this marriage for a long time, and it’s not working.”
She said, “The drinking got worse. And I knew then, but I didn’t want to believe it, he was running around on me.
“And what I would tell my boys all the time is, ‘That’s not your daddy. That’s the devil in your daddy.’”
The report claims, “He had his reasons.” Phil Robertson adds, “When you’re dealing with young men, for lack of a better term, it’s best for them to discover the great outdoors. And in my humble opinion, to make sure they stay men, give them a little chewing tobacco from time to time. Spitting on the ground is a sign of maleness in our culture down here.”
On South Africa attaining democracy:
“We understand it still that there is no easy road to freedom. We know it well that none of us acting alone can achieve success. We must therefore act together as a united people, for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world. Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world. Let freedom reign.” – Speech at his inauguration as South African president in Pretoria, May 10, 1994.
4. On racism:
“Racism is a blight on the human conscience. The idea that any people can be inferior to another, to the point where those who consider themselves superior define and treat the rest as sub-human, denies the humanity even of those who elevate themselves to the status of gods.” – Address to the UK’s Joint Houses of Parliament, July 11, 1996.
Nelson Mandela’s life: from struggle, to greatness
Revered by millions as a leader in the fight against oppression, and as an archetype of reconciliation, Nelson Mandela leaves behind a grieving nation.
On his opposition to apartheid: http://www.smh.com.au/world/nelson-mandela-quotes-12-of-his-most-famous-statements-20131206-hv4nl.html
“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” – Statement at the opening of his defence in the Rivonia treason trial, April 20, 1964.
On his decision to take up arms against apartheid:
“I and some colleagues came to the conclusion that as violence in this country was inevitable, it would be wrong and unrealistic for African leaders to continue preaching peace and non-violence at a time when the government met our peaceful demands with force. It was only when all else had failed, when all channels of peaceful protest had been barred to us, that the decision was made to embark on violent forms of political struggle.” – Statement at the opening of his defence in the Rivonia treason trial, April 20, 1964.