All the brew-haha over Duck Dynasty that is in the news brings up an interesting question about tolerance. As defined by Webster: 1.: willingness to accept feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different from your own.

At what point does tolerance cross the line? I don't believe in god. Is this offensive to other, perhapse but I expect tolerance. I tolerate there belief, I expect them to tolerate my dis-belief.

I am heterosexual, I have friends who are homosexually. I tolerate their lifestyle even though it is different then mine. But some people feel that homosexuality is a sin, against their religious beliefs. I consider those people to be intolerant but does that in turn make me intolerant because I do not accept their beliefs?

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This just came onto Facebook: 

"(M) Dear Phil (duck dynasty) Robertson,

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind him that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific laws and how to best follow them.

a) When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

b) I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

c) I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Lev 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

d) Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

e) I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

f) A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an Abomination (Lev 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

g) Lev 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

h) Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev 19:27. How should they die?

i) I know from Lev 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

j) My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? (Lev 24:10-16) Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help.

Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Your devoted disciple and adoring fan.

Thanks to Phalon Perry for sharing this with us."

Yeah that was actually posted about something else previously, and it seems someone has just adapted it for this whole Phil Robertson thing. Still clever though.

That's the "Why Can't I Own A Canadian"? piece that I find so entertaining.  It's the thing I emailed my daughter that actually turned her agnostic. 

As for Duck Dynasty, I've never seen the show.  Never will.  I know from various interviews with the bunch that they are college educated men who pretend to be un-educated hicks to line their pockets.  It's worked well for them.

It's from an episode of West Wing, probably available on Youtube.

Yes.  It's there too.  And the man did an awesome job with it.

I one who thinks FAR to much was made of this by A&E.

Seriously, all they had to do was say his offensive remarks did not represent the stations. Sheesh is it that hard?

Sure he's a jerk, but  lots of people have wrong opinions. Lots of people have opinions offensive to others (and there are lots of people who find atheism offensive). As far as I've read (mostly CNN) I saw nothing that involved advocating persecution or harassment, just him spouting off his fool mouth about 'immorality'.

Another one for the offense industry gristmill.

If someone were fired for advocating gay rights, would not we be angry about that?

I've never seen Duck Dynasty although I've seen ads for it, which is why I've never bothered to watch it. That being said, it would seem to me that the Right should be thanking AE for pulling the plug on this guy but it's just the opposite. Apparently Phil Robertson is representative of the sort of people the Right sees as its friends and supporters. I'm glad that they're so up front about it. 

As for the free speech issue, I don't see where the 1st Amendment guarantees you both a national stage from which to broadcast your views and a fat paycheck for doing so.  If I'm wrong on this then I need to know who to contract in order to get my own Constitutionally mandated show on the air and the attendant bucks flowing into my bank account. 

Me and you both. A national stage to broadcast atheist views is exactly what we need.

Before Christmas I read that Phil was finally going to speak out after a long silence. What silence? He's been speaking out from the beginning of this crap. That's what got it started. Don't be surprised if it's just a big publicity thing and the ratings all go up with the issue settled later.

Why would you watch a TV show about a man that invented a duck call?

Celebrate reasoned thinking; ignore stupid thinking. 

What would happen if everyone who dispises that Duck Dude's behavior blocked any positive statement about him or from him? Would that blocking exercise spread quickly through the internet? Would it mushroom?  Would it spread like yeast in flour and water? 

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