Fox News analyst Juan Williams told “Fox News Sunday” that conservative outrage over “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson’s suspension is hypocritical after they called for the heads of MSNBC’s Martin Bashir and HBO’s Bill Maher.
Williams said Robertson’s suspension for making anti-gay remarks to GQ is “not a first amendment issue.”
He said the GOP is not interested in preserving freedom of speech when it applies to people who are critical of conservative values.
Fox News host Chris Wallace asked a panel, “Is political correctness killing our freedom?”
“The reason that the right is so strongly backing this is because they think this is a potential wedge issue, especially with older, white, evangelical voters,” Williams said.
“You think this is all just politics?” Wallace asked.
“Oh, yes. It’s heavily political,” Williams responded. “As everyone has said on this panel, it’s not a first amendment issue.”
“My point is this is not about honest debate,” he added. “What was said actually shuts down debate. It was ugly language about homosexual acts. It invites bigotry. It invites people to hate people who are gay. And this is amazing, because it is not in the Christian tradition, to make judgments about them and to put them in a box.”
“The right goes after Martin Bashir, they wanted Martin Bashir fired,” Williams said. “Remember Dixie Chicks, or Tim Robbins, or Bill Maher? All of that, the right says get them out of here. But they then want to cry foul when people are intolerant of them.”
Illinois GOP congressional candidate Ian Bayne compared Robertson to a modern-day Rosa Parks on Friday.
“In December 1955, Rosa Parks took a stand against an unjust societal persecution of black people, and in December 2013, Robertson took a stand against persecution of Christians. What Parks did was courageous … What Robertson did was courageous too,” Bayne said in a fundraising email.