Intolerant tolerance? Pat & Stu break down the hypocritical reaction to Phil Robertson’s comments

When you consider the controversy surrounding Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, you may question why he chose to do an interview with an attention-seeking, agenda-driven magazine like GQ in the first place. You may also question the language Robertson used to express his beliefs. But no one can question the right he had to share his opinions. That hasn’t stopped A&E, however from placing Robertson on “indefinite hiatus” because “his personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks.”

On radio this morning, Pat and Stu could not help but question A&E’s decision – citing the remarkable irony of the situation: The loudest voices of tolerance always come from the most intolerant people.

“You can't feel that way and express an actual opinion when somebody at GQ magazine or wherever asks you for your opinion on something without losing your job and your livelihood? You really can't do that anymore,” Pat asked. “I think it's pretty stunning. I think we're in a scary place.”

While Pat admitted that A&E, as a private company, has a right to handle the matter in whatever way it pleases, given what has happened recently to the likes of Paul Deen, it looks appears there is a strain of political correctness – protecting a certain segment of viewpoints – that has gone too far.

“It has gotten to the point where it's absolute insanity,” Pat said. “It's craziness where you can't say anything without being drummed out of society anymore.”

“I don't understand how anyone, especially on the left, could think that this makes sense,” Stu added. “Look, if this guy was trying to make every show about gay marriage… they would have the right to say, ‘Look, this is not what we want on the show.’ [But] that's not what they're doing on the show. This is a side interview.”

Feeling the pressure of LGBT groups like GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign, A&E explained its decision to suspend Robertson in the following statement:

“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”

We have grown accustomed to hearing the cries for tolerance from the left – especially when it comes to gay rights. But in situations like these, intolerance seemingly abounds.

“We are supposed to be tolerant of other people. But the way the left and progressives define tolerance, well, it's not tolerant at all,” Stu said. “ When someone says something that you don't like, you're immediately intolerant of that and you're intolerant of them. Diversity: We are told that you have to allow diversity. People are different. It's all the colors of the rainbow coming together... unless you express an opinion that they don't like. Then that diversity is not okay.”

Marriage equality is a prime example of the hypocrisy. As Stu explained, marriage equality doesn't mean marriage equality in this country. Marriage equality would mean getting the government out of the bedroom completely and letting people make their own choices. But progressives are asking for the exact opposite. They prioritize certain types of relationships over others.

Over and over and over again… progressives [are] allowed to take language, words that mean things, and continually redefine them for their own needs,” Stu said. “You know, when everyone's defining what you say as ‘hate,’ well, then what are you going to get? You're going to get people who don't want to express their opinion because it's ‘hateful.’”

In the case of Robertson’s comments, he is facing off against a group of people who find his views intolerant. But, at the same time, they refuse to tolerate his opinion.

“And again, if it was a homosexual saying virtually the same thing… no one would call that hateful. They don't call that anti-hetero,” Pat explained. “Why is everything anti-gay, if you just happen to have a different point of view? That doesn't mean you're pro-hetero. Why can homosexuals just be pro-homosexual, and they're not anti-hetero. Nobody ever accuses them of that.”

Ultimately, Pat and Stu both agreed that while A&E has every right to suspend Robertson, Robertson has every right to express is opinion.

“This is again a free speech issue. It is not a constitutional issue per se. You're allowed to fire people if they say things you don't like,” Stu concluded. “[But] it is a free speech issue… What country wants [this] standard?”

Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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The incoming Biden administration plans to waste no time in overturning much of the progress achieved by President Donald Trump.

On his radio program Monday, Glenn Beck ran through 10 executive orders President Joe Biden plans to announce on "day one" of his time in office — including rejoining the Paris climate accord, canceling the Keystone pipeline, mask mandates on federal land and during interstate travel, and a proposed federal minimum wage of $15 an hour.

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Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

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