So for once it seems that Christians won over their cultural enemies in the entertainment world. Phil Robertson is un-suspended from Duck Dynasty.
But the analysis in Entertainment Weekly reveals an insane level of ignorance about why people in America resist homosexual acceptance.
But what probably helped turn the tide in the Robertsons’ favor was that the debate wasn’t as clear-cut as the network and many in the media initially assumed. Robertson and his supporters argued that his anti-gay statements were an extension of his passion for the Bible. Once that frame gained a foothold — that this fight is about religion, and the freedom to endorse biblical teachings — A&E was stuck in the awkward position of appearing to advocate against both its own star and orthodox Christianity (ironic, considering A&E Networks garnered such goodwill from Christians for taking a chance on its The Bible mini-series on History this year).
Of course, the Bible doesn’t lend any support to Robertson’s other inflammatory sentiment made during his GQ magazine interview — that blacks were better off during the Civil Rights era. But even Jon Stewart grudgingly came down on Phil Robertson’s side on that, with the Daily Show host admitting he felt “an inclination to support a world where saying ignorant s–t on television doesn’t get you kicked off that medium.”
The claims about what Robertson said about blacks are completely false. But the rest of it is obviously true. It is so true that it is astounding and inexplicable that Entertainment Weekly has just discovered it. Yes, the Bible actually has something to do with the acceptance, or lack thereof, of homosexual practice in the United States. The debate has never been as clear cut as people try to pretend.
How hard is this to understand? It is about the Bible. The only way you are going to get people to accept homosexual practices as healthy or normal is to get people to abandon the Bible.
If you aren’t willing to try to end Christianity then you really aren’t going to be able to do anything for the cause of “homosexual rights.”