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December 29, 2013

ED VASICEK: Is America moving toward police state?

Evidence seems to point in that direction

Freedom is a double-edge sword. All perspectives have a voice, meaning we respect the rights of dissenting views. This freedom is being lost in America, not through a dictatorial regime, a politburo, Muslim extremists or a Third Reich. It is being lost through political correctness and fear of litigation.

Americans may no longer speak their minds without consequence; we are becoming afraid to even think unpopular thoughts. No, this is not a rerun from “The Twilight Zone.” It is an era we are entering.

Take Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty,” a man who believes what most Americans have believed since our nation was founded: that the practice of homosexuality is immoral. Back in the early 1970s, homosexuality was considered a mental illness. Nowadays, refusing to endorse homosexuality is considered a mental illness. But doesn’t Phil have a right to express his opinion? By participating in an A&E program, has he lost his right to express his views without repercussion?

If A&E were a religious organization promoting the gay lifestyle, then it would be understandable to fire a man who was working against the purpose of the organization. If the network is about arts and entertainment, what difference does it make if its stars are conservative or liberal? Is it taboo to be a Christian and believe what Christians (and Jews) have generally believed for centuries? Does A&E own the souls of those with whom it contracts?

We witnessed something similar with the Food Network and Paula Deen. If Paula were an active racist and disrupting the other stars, releasing her would be necessary. But to admit she had been a racist — but has since seen the light — should be seen as a movement toward racial harmony. No one is as zealous for a cause as one won from the other side.

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