An outrageous generalization

By From page A10 | December 29, 2013

I read Steve Gray’s “He’s a typical white Southerner” letter published Tuesday on the Forum page.
I also have spent a great deal of time in the South and have found the people there to be just like people everywhere. They can’t be categorized based on what part of the country they live in, the color of their skin, what their political affiliations are or what their religious beliefs may be. Individual opinions concerning different issues differ.
Steve Gray states, “Phil is typical of white Southerners who make up the base of the Republican Party and a significant number of them believe, like Phil, that gays are a threat to civilization, civil rights legislation was an intrusion on states’ rights and women’s rights are a communist plot (as are such science-based beliefs like climate change and evolution).”
Pretty interesting view and, in my opinion, an outrageous generalization concerning a “significant number of Republicans.” In fact, if you read the interview, you would find nothing that would give the impression that Phil Robertson feels that way. He may have opinions on homosexuality, based on his religious beliefs, but no reference is made to his attitudes concerning civil rights, women’s rights or climate change.
When it comes to opinions, whether they are Steve’s or Phil’s, I will go with Voltaire: “I do not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”
Hey, what a concept!

Paul Bolnick


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