As a child of the 60's I remember very clearly when America was "different", it was in my personal opinion, a better country when I was growing up than it is now. People had more respect, more tolerance and more compassion for their fellow man than they do now. Don't get me wrong, there were still plenty of problems, but they were not nearly as amplified as they are now in this 24/7 media world. As an example, lets take a look at the current firestorm over Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson and his comments in GQ magazine, which were basically quoted straight from the bible and were a general view shared by the Christian right. GLAAD was all over his words condemning them and condemning Phil Robertson himself. In my personal opinion, GLAAD has been given way too much influence over the majority it clearly does not represent. When I was a kid, tolerance for gay and lesbian people was not even thought about, and that was clearly wrong, its not for us to judge, but to love each other no matter what the difference, and let God be the judge when all is said and done. Even so, I have seen so many instances of hateful speech that were real, and not manufactured by GLAAD as I see this recent issue. GLAAD used to ask for tolerance, now they want EVERYONE to believe as they do at all costs or suffer the consequences, this is not a correct use of their "rights" in my opinion. Nor is the relatively recent trend to push the gay and lesbian agenda on television and other types of media. The rights of the many are supposed to outweigh the few, but we have become a nation where the rights of the few outweigh the many, or in other terms, the squeaky wheel is truly getting the attention.
There was a time when the Al Sharpton's and Jesse Jackson's of the world were needed, that time was the 1960's and early 70's during the civil rights movement. As their importance dwindled, they became the problem rather than the solution. A couple of examples of this would be in Sharpton's case the Tawana Brawley fiasco, in which the supposed victim accused several white people, some of prominence of, a violent rape against her. The second incident I can clearly recall as a former New Yorker, was Jesse Jackson calling New Yorkers Hymies (a racial slur against Jews) and New York itself Himey town. Throughout both incidents, there was controlled outrage and it was localized, but in the end, both "Leaders" were let off the hook to resume their racial baiting agendas in my opinion. The fact that they were even a factor in both those situations says all I need to say about the NAACP and affirmative action in general in today's world; while they were necessary and useful platforms for people of color who were most definitely discriminated against at one time, they are dinosaur institutions which need to become extinct as well. GLAAD is itself becoming too big for what it once stood for, and should suffer the same fate as the dinosaurs at some point. In as much as they find Phil Robertson's comments offensive, they cannot change the contents of the bible and what it says. In any event, as people our job per the bible is to love our neighbor and all of humanity as we love ourselves without regard to their differences, and if we all did that, this world and this Nation, would be so much better off. Things have really gotten out of hand with regard to tolerance in the last few years, with celebrity's and reality stars such as Gilbert Gottfried, Paula Deen, and now Phil Robertson getting blasted and unjustly so in my opinion. We can't all think alike, but we can all accept each other for who we are, and accept that there are none among us who have not at one time or another made a mistake, hopefully learning from it as we go on. "Judge not lest ye be judged" easy to say, but apparently not so easy to do.