Brian Gunter

  • Counter-Boycott!

    Let’s face it, small groups have used the threat of boycott to great effect over the past few years to silence a people they do not agree with. Phil Robertson is just the latest in a long line of people who were forced out due to the threat of a sponsor boycott. Whether or not you agree with Phil is immaterial. The real issue here is that we, as Americans, have the right, granted to us through the First Amendment to the United States Constitution to the Freedom of Speech and the Freedom of Religion. Those rights are placed in the First Amendment because they are at the forefront of what is necessary for freedom to exist. The boycott is a powerful tool used to great effect by Mohandas Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to solve some of the greatest issues to have faced their respective nations, but this strategy has been hijacked by groups of people who wish to silence, rather than empower, people. The freedom of the American people is being eroded at a rapid rate. Lately, it seems, Americans must censor what they say, and people of faith find themselves under constant attack. I suggest that now is the time for Americans to stand up for their freedom. I suggest a Counter-Boycott!

    GLAAD used the threat of a sponsor boycott to get A&E to silence Phil Robertson, but the group of people that GLAAD represents is not a very large chunk of A&E’s viewers. If a larger group of viewers were to propose a boycott of ALL sponsors of A&E programming unless the network were to issue a formal apology to Phil Robertson for its discriminatory firing of him based on his faith and the attempt to censor him because a group of Americans found what he had to say “offensive”, they really would not have any choice but to give in. Americans need to stand up against this tyranny if there is any hope of ending it and having a truly free society where members of all groups have the ability to freely express themselves without the fear of recrimination for their beliefs, and the Counter-Boycott might just be the stand that makes groups like GLAAD think twice the next time they try to silence someone they do not agree with. Taking the threat of the boycott away from these groups by using the tactic to greater effect than they do will, at the very least, open the channels of discourse once again in a society that has fallen into the depths of tyranny. Let the majority of Americans use their voice to fight against this injustice.

  • Counter-Boycott!

    Let’s face it, small groups have used the threat of boycott to great effect over the past few years to silence a people they do not agree with. Phil Robertson is just the latest in a long line of people who were forced out due to the threat of a sponsor boycott. Whether or not you agree with Phil is immaterial. The real issue here is that we, as Americans, have the right, granted to us through the First Amendment to the United States Constitution to the Freedom of Speech and the Freedom of Religion. Those rights are placed in the First Amendment because they are at the forefront of what is necessary for freedom to exist. The boycott is a powerful tool used to great effect by Mohandas Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to solve some of the greatest issues to have faced their respective nations, but this strategy has been hijacked by groups of people who wish to silence, rather than empower, people. The freedom of the American people is being eroded at a rapid rate. Lately, it seems, Americans must censor what they say, and people of faith find themselves under constant attack. I suggest that now is the time for Americans to stand up for their freedom. I suggest a Counter-Boycott!

    GLAAD used the threat of a sponsor boycott to get A&E to silence Phil Robertson, but the group of people that GLAAD represents is not a very large chunk of A&E’s viewers. If a larger group of viewers were to propose a boycott of ALL sponsors of A&E programming unless the network were to issue a formal apology to Phil Robertson for its discriminatory firing of him based on his faith and the attempt to censor him because a group of Americans found what he had to say “offensive”, they really would not have any choice but to give in. Americans need to stand up against this tyranny if there is any hope of ending it and having a truly free society where members of all groups have the ability to freely express themselves without the fear of recrimination for their beliefs, and the Counter-Boycott might just be the stand that makes groups like GLAAD think twice the next time they try to silence someone they do not agree with. Taking the threat of the boycott away from these groups by using the tactic to greater effect than they do will, at the very least, open the channels of discourse once again in a society that has fallen into the depths of tyranny. Let the majority of Americans use their voice to fight against this injustice.

  • Freedom of speech was never intended to mean that you only have the freedom to speak your mind when you are not offending anyone. The whole point of that section of our First Amendment exists so that Americans will be allowed to speak even though the things they say may offend people.


    “There is the greatest difference between presuming an opinion to be true because with every opportunity for contesting it, it has not been refuted, and assuming its truth for the purpose of not permitting its refutation. Complete liberty of contradicting and disproving our opinion is the very condition which justifies us in assuming its truth for purposes of action.” – John Stuart Mill

    PETITION TO THE A&E NETWORK DEMANDING THE IMMEDIATE REINSTATEMENT OF DUCK DYNASTY’S PHIL ROBERTSON — #ISTANDWITHPHIL

    GOAL: 265,763 signatures

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    Dear A&E Network,

    I am writing to you regarding your network's intolerant, discriminatory, and punitive treatment of Mr. Phil Robertson, star of A&E's #1 hit show, Duck Dynasty.

    Mr. Robertson’s comments in GQ Magazine are simply reflective of a Biblical view of sexuality, marriage, and family – a view that has stood the test of time for thousands of years and continues to be held by the majority of Americans and today’s world as a whole.

    Many members of the LGBT community may not agree with this view, but the notion that a free-thinking American should be discriminated against simply for expressing a perspective that is in conflict with another is patently un-American and flies in the face of true tolerance and civility. A&E's position, which in your own words is “championing” the gay and lesbian community — which I believe you have the freedom to do — excludes the views of Faith Driven Consumers and effectively censors a legitimate viewpoint held by the majority of Americans.

    As a Faith Driven Consumer, I am signing this petition to demand that my views be treated with equality and respect in America’s rich rainbow of diversity.

    I am asking your network to immediately reinstate Mr. Robertson to Duck Dynasty, and to formally apologize to him, his family, and the millions of viewers who tune in every week, stand by him, and share his worldview. While the LGBT community may be offended by his opposing viewpoint, your rash, discriminatory, and unfair treatment toward Mr. Robertson — a recognized symbol of the faith community — is a slap in the face to Faith Driven Consumers and everyday Americans alike.

    There are 46 million Faith Driven Consumers in America today who spend 1.75 trillion dollars annually. Should you refuse to equally respect and welcome our legitimately held views, we will gladly stop watching this and all other A&E programming and turn to any reformulation of Duck Dynasty on another network – while simultaneously supporting brands that stand with the show and the Robertson family.

    Signed,

    John Q. Public

    #IStandwithPhil

     

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