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Dec. 31, 2013 |

You may be shocked to read that I agree with you that the “Duck Dynasty” issue is not a matter of “free speech.” The Bill of Rights applies to government suppression of speech. I also believe that A & E has the right to fire him. They have a right to protect their economic interests as they see fit. This is where I disagree with you and agree with Phil Robertson. He and I both believe that the New Testament is the “inspired word of God.” There are numerous references that clearly spell out what is considered sin. Homosexual acts are one of the many listed in several places. I think that he would agree with me that the New Testament is not a menu where you choose what you like and ignore the rest. The bottom line here is that we are commanded by Jesus to “love the sinner but hate the sin.” His statement was not meant to be a retraction or an apology. He stands by his beliefs and I commend him for it. Too many Americans are cowed by the speech police and do not have the strength of their convictions. Lastly, I was sad but not shocked to see that you took the opportunity to take a cheap shot at Sarah Palin’s use of English. Liberals in general, Northeast liberals in particular, value education above common sense. They love to ridicule anyone who speaks differently than they do, especially if that person is a conservative. To paraphrase William Buckley, I would rather be governed by the first 535 names in the New York City phone book than the politicians in Washington. Don Crossman East Longmeadow

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