First, let me get on my soapbox over Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La) introducing the Next Generation Television Marketplace Act which seeks to get rid of the “must-carry” rules which require cable and satellite companies to carry free, local television channels. If this were to pass, it would squash all local free television channels out of being. I don’t know about anyone else, but I enjoy being able to switch channel and see what is going on locally. This would, however (and I believe this is the real agenda of the bill) also stop the cable and satellite companies from having to broadcasting free religious programming. This is wrong and I urge everyone to contact their representatives and ask that they vote against it. If they don’t then you know the cable networks have them in their pocket.
Second, let me voice my extreme disappointment in an action that the A&E network has taken against Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty. He recently did an interview with GQ magazine in which Mr. Robertson said that if everybody loved G-d, repented of their sins, stopped their sinful ways, and loved everybody that everything would straighten out, and that when “everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong … sin becomes fine.” The reporter then asked, “What, in your mind, is sinful?“
Mr. Robertson answered, “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there — bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men. Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God,” he warned. “Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
He also said, “It seems to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking, “There’s more there! She’s got more to offer.” I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
GLAAD issued this statement:
“Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe,” said GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz. “He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans — and Americans — who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil’s decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.”
Cruz, who cited an August Public Policy Polling survey showing 56 percent of Louisiana residents supported same-sex marriage, stopped short of calling for an all-out boycott of “Duck Dynasty.” Despite Phil’s strong words, however, he insists he’s a Christian who doesn’t condemn others — even if they are “sinners” in his mind.
“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job,” he told the magazine. “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?” Still, Robertson insisted that his family “really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and… everything will turn around.”
A&E has issued this statement: “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series ‘Duck Dynasty.’ His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
GLAAD’s Wilson Cruz added: “What’s clear is that such hateful anti-gay comments are unacceptable to fans, viewers, and networks alike. By taking quick action and removing Robertson from future filming, A&E has sent a strong message that discrimination is neither a Christian nor an American value.”
FYI, Cruze: There are many, many people who go to Church each Sunday, yet have no idea what the Bible actually says. These are not Christians. They are no more Christians than the farmer is a cow because he goes in the barn daily. A Christian is someone who:
- Diligently seeks to follow Jesus’ example and live their lives to glorify Him.
- Walks in love and does not judge (who is going to Heaven or not. It is not judging if you know someone is sinning and tell them so)
- Tells the non-believer about the love and saving grace of G-d through Jesus Christ
- Believes and stands on the what the Bible says. All of it. And
- If they see someone with sin in their lives, fulfills their responsibility to tell them.
Glaad is just trying to stir up trouble. Again!
If Yahoo! had bothered to read the entire article, as I did – foul language by the writer and all, they would have seen that this one paragraph by Phil Robertson was just that. Yahoo! has taken it out of context and glaad is crying over one man’s opinion and a quote from the Bible?
Let me state right here that this is the problem that most people have with gays. I am not talking about the gay lifestyle, but the people themselves that are so mean, hateful, and vengeful – like the people at glaad. And their community does suffer because of the stupid, antagonistic actions of Glaad. Here is the problem:
- Glaad is an incendiary organization: If you do not agree with their point of view, not only are they going to proclaim loudly that not only are you wrong but also that you must be stopped and punished for disagreeing with them. Yes, they want you punished! (Way to win friends and influence your enemies. Thumbs up, you guys!)
- Glaad does not represent the views of the gay community: Read the 67, 118 comments on this story at Yahoo!. I did not read all of them, by any means, but did read quite a few and have yet to read one that agrees with Glaad. Every single one that I read agrees that Phil Robertson has the right to believe what he wants and has the right to voice his opinion.
- All of the comments that I read by gays actually said what glaad and a&e did is wrong.
- People can trample and burn Our Beloved Old Glory while on American soil with no one allowed to try to stop them, yet let someone say that homosexuality is wrong and Sally bar the door Mr. Robertson did not threaten, nor say anything mean or hateful, yet THIS is what happens?
I know that A&E have the right to fire whoever they want for what ever reason they want to trump up, but like the photographer and baker that refused to take part in a gay wedding, it may be the law, but that does NOT make it right. (There is a big difference in someone walking into a store and making a purchase and forcing someone to participate in an event that their religion states is a sin and abomination. Big difference. B I G difference. And this latter one is just wrong.)
UPDATE: Many of the Robertson’s following have stepped up to the plate and let their voices (and opinions) be heard. By Thursday morning, one fb page demanding Phil’s return to the show had 300,000 likes. And that was just one page.
The Robertson family released this statement yesterday afternoon on their webpage: We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E’s decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Phil would never incite or encourage hate.We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right.We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty. Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.
Phil, you did good and we support you.
First Paula Deen now Phil. A&E’s true colors sre really shining bright this year, aren’t they? Maybe now the Dynasty Gang will get on a good (read “thicker skinned”) network that is worthy of the fame and money this family will bring in. Here’s hoping.