This past summer, I was invited to speak at an event to celebrate Southern heritage. While there, I overheard a few friends talking about a show I had never watched, called “Duck Dynasty.” They went on about a family with an outspoken character called “Uncle Si,” and how it was wonderful that they ended each show in a prayer. I remember them saying that one of the show’s stars complained to the producers that they had cut out a segment when he prayed in Jesus’ name. But this past week, all of this was brought back to me as the non-stop news coverage on the comments of Phil Robertson were heralded, not because he quoted Christian doctrine; nor because he gave his life to Christ after leaving a youth of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll; nor because he expressed pollyannish views about what things were like during segregation before the 60’s. Phil Robertson’s comments became front-page news everywhere because he had the temerity to speak ill of homosexuality, and after GLAAD and the HRC put pressure on the A&E network which hosts the show, Phil Robertson was put on “indefinite hiatus.” In essence, he was fired for expressing his religious beliefs, (not on-set or in a capacity associated with his job,) but in an interview with an outside organization—“GQ” magazine.
I do not believe there has been this much national commotion over a single issue since Dan Cathy, President of Chik-fil-A, expressed his personal religious view that marriage is a union between one man and one woman in advance of the horrible Supreme Court rulings this past summer on California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA.) When Carrie Prejean, a 2008 contestant from Calfornia in the Miss America beauty pageant was asked if homosexuals should be allowed to marry, she answered that her personal belief was that “a marriage should be between a man and a woman, no offense to anybody out there, but that’s just how [she] was raised,” and a similar uproar occurred. The media, which are controlled by the socialist LEFT in America, took each of these opportunities to personally destroy these individuals who stood on the rock of God’s Word rather than caving to the will of sinful man. The Bible says “we ought to obey God rather than men,” (Acts 5:29) but GLAAD calls anyone who fears the Lord and rebukes the sin of homosexuality a “vile” person. In this same week, the President of the United States, known for his public embrace of the sodomite agenda, is sending a delegation of known homosexuals to the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia specifically as an insult to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has at least stood for Christian values and passed obscenity laws outlawing the actions of those like the band, “P*ssy Riot,” which defame religion and encourage sodomy and other behaviors that amount to a rebellion against God.
But as much as I am incensed by the constant harangues in the news against Phil Robertson and any others who would take God’s side in their religious worldview, the actual GQ article leaves me a great deal less sanguine about the reaction of the public toward A&E’s firing him, which will most likely mean the cancellation of the show. Being a harsh critic of reality TV in general, I am going to maintain my opinion of “Duck Dynasty” with the same contempt that I hold all other so-called “reality” shows, including “Big Brother,” “Survivor,” “Temptation Island,” “Ice Road Truckers,” and more, each of which have done irreparable damage in my view to the channels they air on, and when combined with the constant stream of immorality being poured to millions of Americans through the Idiot Box every day and every night, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, led me to cancel my cable subscription a decade ago, so as never to contribute to the wealth of the cable companies ever again. In a nutshell, it all amounts to entertainment—and BAD entertainment, at that. Reality TV took off about a decade ago when the screenwriters’ union went on strike, and for months, the only programming on the air had been “reality TV.” I therefore can’t expect Phil, Si, Willie, and the rest of the Robertson family to be anything but entertainers—and wealthy ones at that—doing what they know, or what A&E executives tell them will boost their ratings, and almost certainly doing nothing at all without the prior consent and approval of the show’s producers. Looking for a minute at the actual GQ article that started all the commotion, it says:
Phil knows it won’t last. He can already see that the end is near, and he’s prepared for it. “Let’s face it,” he says. “Three, four, five years, we’re out of here. You know what I’m saying? It’s a TV show. This thing ain’t gonna last forever. No way.”
To paraphrase a Black commentator on the radio attempting to castigate Phil Robertson: is anyone surprised that an old, White Southerner from Louisiana would not embrace “gays,” recognize inequality within the Black community, and express love for ALL PEOPLE? News Flash for this Black commentator who was sitting in for Tom Joyner, the Bible does not command us to love all people—it commands us to rebuke sin, love our neighbor as ourselves, and most importantly to love and fear the Lord!
The most telling thing to me is that, amid all the newspaper, television, and internet coverage on this issue, almost all have focused on the fallout that Bible-believing Christians have faced and will continue to face in the crosshairs of a godless world. Drew Magary, the heretofore little-known author of the GQ Article, offers minor snippets on other things he discussed with Phil Robertson, such as why he voted for Romney over Obama (making sure to point out that he incorrectly said Romney was from Salt Lake City rather than Boston, while neglecting to point out that Obama was reportedly born in Hawaii and raised in Indonesia, rather than Chicago.) They also discussed Obamacare. If you read this far, you will see that Phil Robertson runs circles around the religiously cynical and arguably faithless reporter (who claims to be a WASP) when Phil notes that he’s interested in “heavenly insurance,” rather than earthly health insurance. The media seem to have missed this, as well as the central theme of Phil Robertson’s message, which is one worth repeating:
“If you simply put your faith in Jesus coming down in flesh, through a human being, God becoming flesh living on the earth, dying on the cross for the sins of the world, being buried, and being raised from the dead—yours and mine and everybody else’s problems will be solved. And the next time we see you, we will say: ‘You are now a brother. Our brother.’ So then we look at you totally different then. See what I’m saying?”
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