Andrew Breitbart was a giant in our industry leading the fight to preserve free and unbiased media in this country, and it is entirely fitting that an award given to celebrate defending the First Amendment would be named for him. His dedication to freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of the press make the award bearing his name a true honor reserved for those who have demonstrated courage, fearlessness, and relentlessness in the exercise of those freedoms.
Just as it is fitting that the award is named for Andrew Breitbart it is also just as fitting that this year’s award was presented to Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson. Robertson, who has faced withering criticism, boycotts, and threats of financial and business losses over his unapologetic belief in the Bible and his penchant for talking about his faith in public, steadfastly refuses to give into the forces who would silence his voice if they had the power.
True to form, Robertson took the stage and spoke about the lack of morality that is plaguing America, citing statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that indicate 110 million people are infected with sexually transmitted diseases. “It’s the revenge of the hippies. Sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll has come back to haunt us. In a bad way.” Robertson then said that it takes only one sexual encounter to contract a STD, it takes thirty seconds of contact to get genital herpes. “You want a Godly, biblical, medically safe option—one man, one woman, married for life.”
Robertson insisted what he was saying was out of love for his fellow Americans. “I am trying to help to help you for crying out loud. If I didn’t care about you, why would I bring this up?”
“I don’t want you to become ill,” Robertson said. “I don’t want you to come down with a debilitating disease. I don’t want you to die early.”