In 'Duck Dynasty' case, free-speech rights also disclose unwelcome biases

December 30, 2013 

As the past president of the First Amendment Lawyers Association, the right for people to express themselves is of paramount concern to me.

Recently in an interview, the patriarch of the "Duck Dynasty" empire made comments that, at a minimum, could be viewed as homophobic, bigoted, racist, hateful and insensitive. Many have called for his removal from his popular "Duck Dynasty" cable program and he has been suspended by the A&E Network.

Although I hardly agree with anything that he said, I am glad he said them. Now I know that I will not buy a Duck Dynasty T-shirt or duck call. I now know that I will not watch the show.

If he had not opened his mouth, I would not know of these thoughts and I could have accidently found myself purchasing items or watching his show, thereby adding to his popularity and riches.

In this era of political correctness, it is important that everyone is not forced to speak politically correct. Rather, I want to know who hates me. I want to know who I disagree with and I want to know what others truly think.

So, in the spirit of the First Amendment, let Mr. Roberts speak, but in that same spirit, now that I know what he has to say, I don't have to add to his empire.

Daniel Aaronson

Gainesville,Fort Lauderdale

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