As everyone knows by now, A&E banned Duck Dynasty patriarch and Duck Commander inventor Phil Robertson from filming for making some comments in a GQ interview that the network deemed too intolerant to be tolerated. I’ll admit, I don’t watch the show (I watch hardly any TV), but from what I’ve heard, Duck Dynasty appears to be a decent and wholesome show which has made millions of fans “happy, happy, happy.”
The show’s wild popularity actually gave me a glimmer of hope for this country, especially as the Robertson clan seem to be a compendium of everything the forces of political correctness would have us despise and hate: white Southern rednecks, gun-owners and enthusiastic killers of innocent birds, successful businessmen in the “capitalist” system, and (worst of all!) devout born-again Christians.
Given that Mr. Robertson has made no secret of his Christian Faith, his beliefs regarding the immorality of homosexuality should hardly come as a shock. What he stated was essentially the same as what the Church teaches on this matter: that homosexual activity – along with other sins such as adultery and drunkenness – is sinful and wrong, citing Corinthians. Yeah, he made an indelicate remark about vaginas being preferable to anuses, but since when were liberals prudes?
He didn’t say anything actually hateful, or make any call for violence, but said, “We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus — whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”
We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus — whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?
Maybe not quite as elegantly worded as the Catechism of the Catholic Church, but still a sound summation of basic Christian moral theology – and no more hateful of homosexual persons than it is of folks with a fondness for the sauce.
As far as I’m aware, no drunks have yet expressed outrage over the Duck Commander’s shocking anti-drunkard bigotry.
The problem is, apparently for A&E, simply personally holding Christian moral beliefs found in the Bible is reason enough for punishment. (The remarks in question were not even made on the show, or in connection with it.)
Of course, as a private company, A&E is free to decide who will and won’t be on its programs, and I’m sure Phil will probably be able to get along okay without A&E or Duck Dynasty. (And if A&E wants to lose its main cash cow for the sake of political correctness, surely someone else will be willing to buy – that is, if they’re not all complete slaves to pc idiocy.)
But the central issues here are much bigger than A&E and Duck Dynasty, and reflect a truly troubling trend in our country. Our supposedly tolerant “liberal” society is becoming increasingly intolerant of any views contrary to its dominant ideology. People have lost their jobs for blogging on their own time with the view that homosexuality is sinful. A few months ago Fox Sports fired football analyst Craig James for opposing “gay marriage” (again, while off the job).
Progressives who preach ad nauseum about “tolerance” and “diversity” in fact support neither.
All opinions and beliefs are tolerated – so long as they agree with the cultural left ideology. No dissent will be tolerated.
As usual, the left’s hypocrisy here is staggering. I’d bet the bank that if, instead of being Christian, Mr. Robertson adhered to a more politically correct religion such as Islam, and had been fired for citing unpopular teachings from the Qur’an, the same bleeding hearts calling for his blood would instead be rushing to defend his civil liberties against the Islamophobic bigots.
When liberal celebs and media personalities make truly hateful remarks against Christians or conservatives, their jobs are never in danger, and it’s typically smiled on as edgy and cool, if not “daring.” If Christians complain, they’re told to quit whining and grow a thicker skin.
Hell, even anti-gay slurs can be tolerated, so long as the person making them is sufficiently liberal (such as Alec Baldwin).
Sixty years later, liberals continue to remind us of the horrors of Hollywood blacklisting during the “Red scare” of the ‘50s. But it’s all cool now that Christians rather than Commies are blacklisted.
Demanding, as many on the left now do, that opposing views be censored and suppressed (as one “liberal” commenter said, “bigoted religion has no place in modern America”) is in fact contrary to the most fundamental principles of a free and liberal (in the true sense of the word) society.
Sadly it appears that for the most part only conservatives and Christians who agree with Robertson’s comments are defending him against A&E. I’ve seen almost no statements along the lines of “I’m a liberal and don’t like what Phil said, but A&E was wrong to punish him for his religious beliefs.”
Fortunately, the backlash against A&E appears strong and healthy (as was the backlash against the homo Chick-fil-A boycott), and hopefully will help draw attention to the issue of true freedom of practice of religion for all Americans.
Stand with Phil and boycott A&E! (And don’t forget to keep eating mor chiken!)