Thursday, conservative radio host Mike Slater likened Phil Robertson, the Duck Dynasty star who was recently suspended by A&E for his comments in GQ where he said being gay was “not logical,” to civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Host Martha McCallum first ask Slater if A&E made the correct decision in suspending Robertson. Here’s what he had to say.
He was asked, what in your mind is a sin? It’s the bizarre hypocrisy from GLAAD in particular. They want tolerance for their sexuality, but they are not willing to be tolerant of, in this case, Phil’s Christianity.
McCallum also claimed there was a double standard here because gays wouldn’t be punished if they came out and complained about straight sex. The problem with her statement is that gays don’t seem very concerned with the sexual behavior of straight couples, so we’ll never know.
Slater stepped in and made his comparison.
In 1958, a young boy wrote a preacher a letter, saying that he was struggling with homosexuality and this preacher wrote back, “Son, don’t worry, there’s a solution to your problem.” That preacher was Martin Luther King Jr.
I guarantee you that Martin Luther King Jr. loves that boy just like Robertson. The point is the Robertson family loves everyone, that’s the point here.
He also asked Liberal radio host Richard Fowler if he hated Martin Luther King Jr.
First, King never told the boy that being gay was wrong or disgusting. The boy’s “problem” was that he didn’t want his parents to know.
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was writing an advice column in 1958 for Ebony magazine when he received an unusual letter.
“I am a boy,” an anonymous writer told King. “But I feel about boys the way I ought to feel about girls. I don’t want my parents to know about me. What can I do?”
In calm, pastoral tones, King told the boy that his problem wasn’t uncommon, but required “careful attention.”
“The type of feeling that you have toward boys is probably not an innate tendency, but something that has been culturally acquired,” King wrote. “You are already on the right road toward a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it.”
Not only was his comparison a reach, but his description of MLK was limited. Martin Luther King also stood up for Bayard Rustin, an openly gay civil rights organizer who King refused to remove when other members demanded Rustin be condemned and exiled from the movement because of his sexual orientation. King’s wife, Coretta, became a gay rights activist in her later years as well.
Fowler thought the comparison by Slater was ridiculous.
That stretches just way too far, that is a total straw man. Beyond that, this GQ interview was loaded with hatred. It’s not only his talk about homosexuality, but he goes on to talk about how African-Americans were doing pretty well during Jim Crow. The fact is that this guy’s language in this interview was so absurd that there was no way for A&E to even keep him on the show without having some public backlash from the American people.
For more on the debate, please check out the video below.
(via Raw Story)