When I state that I stand behind A&E’s decision, what I mean is, I stand behind their right to suspend Phil Robertson. Hear me out.
I love Duck Dynasty, and the whole Robertson family. I find the show hilarious, and Jason and I really enjoy watching it. We preview the episodes before allowing our children to watch it because…. well…. because it’s the Robertson’s, and we are never sure exactly what they might blurt out (which is part of the reason we love them!). Anyone who has watched them understands that about them. I love these guys. Have I mentioned that I love them?
With that said, I just want to bring up a point that most folks haven’t. The Robertson’s are under contract, and are employees of A&E. A&E has the jurisdiction to suspend Phil Robertson. As a company, and not a federal government institution, they have the right to do what they wish with their employees, within the boundaries of the laws of our country. Do I like what they have done? No! Do I think it’s a messed up society that believes that Phil is wrong, and Mily is okay? YES!
But, no laws have been broken. No rights have been taken away. It is a matter of jurisdiction.
As employees of A&E, the Robertson family has chosen to place themselves in an employee/employer situation. The Robertson’s are free to quit their job (they are under contact, and I don’t know the details of that contract, so they are free whenever that contract expires). They are not being forced to never speak. They are being told, that if they wish to continue to be an employee of A&E, they need to act a certain way.
Do I stand behind the Robertson family? You bet I do. In every sense of the word! Do I boycott companies? Yes. Welcome to capitalism. Do I think that A&E has made a huge mistake? You better believe it! Do I think that the Robertson’s 1st amendment right has been violated? No. I don’t. Constitutional Rights aren’t violated unless congress passes a law.
Let me restate… as a company, A&E has the right to set the standard for their employees.
So, let capitalism work. Allow A&E’s ratings to drop. Post things in support of the Robertson family. Pray for our country like never before. But please, don’t say that the Robertson’s constitutional right to freedom of speech has been violated. Because it hasn’t.