well sure, and honestly it doesn't affect me one way or another if phil robertson wants to believe god is going to judge gays just as soon as he gets done with osama bin laden. however his statement, the sentiments that underly them, and the broader system of ideology that serve as foundation for them are ultimately what are being called into question here; not so much for the sake of calling them out, but because belief in this case is tangible and affects society.
i don't have a problem if you believe gays are going to burn forever, but if this belief system involves propagating this belief to the public then it becomes harmful (i would cite gay suicides among youth as a prime example of how) and thus deserving of entering a national dialogue (where it is now, and where it's being roundly condemned.)
i think it's fair that this is receiving national attention just as much as i'd think it was fair if he's spoken out against interracial marriage.
Just from my POV I don’t really see any dialogue going on. I just see yelling, fear mongering, and mud slinging going on both sides.