A & E Opens A Pandora’s Box By Firing America’s Beloved Duck Commander
Freedom of speech; freedom of expression; freedom of the press; freedom of religion-all of these are protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The left loves to trumpet this anytime anyone dares to attempt to stifle them in the least. And they are well within their God-given, inalienable rights to do so. But for some time now, anyone who expresses an opinion, a set of values, a religious view or even a political view that is aligned with the right, Christianity or both-those individuals are told to sit down and be silent.
Phil Robertson, the founder of Duck Commander and patriarch of the “Duck Dynasty” family, sat down with GQ magazine’s Drew Magary for an interview. The quote that started yesterday’s cascade of politically correct nonsense was this one:
“It seems like, 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.”
Yesterday, A & E network announced they were indefinitely suspending Phil Robertson from ‘Duck Dynasty’ over this comment after fielding complaints from organizations like GLAAD. The backlash against A & E was immediate and stunning, to say the least. The mass of articles I have poured over today have mostly taken the Duck Commander himself to task (no big shock). But the most interesting part, and the part the network had best pay attention to, are the public comments. They are overwhelmingly supportive of Phil, his statements and his faith in Jesus Christ.
Just so there is no gray area about myself, let me spell it out for you: I am a sinner. I have done things in my life I am not proud of. But, I am also a Christian. I was saved. I have been baptized. I believe as Phil Robertson does, that Jesus was the son of God and sent to die for our sins, that we might gain the kingdom of Heaven in spite of our sinful natures. And, if Drew Magary were to ask my take on the same issues, the core answer would be the same: I’d tell you just what the Bible says about it all. That is, for me, the ultimate instruction manual for life. Does that make me or Phil Robertson for that matter, perfect? Not even close. Only one perfect man ever walked on this planet and they nailed him to a cross 2,000 years ago. Clear on all that? Good. Moving along…
A & E’s actions are cowardly and motivated by the nonsensical fear that has been cast over our nation by GLAAD, HRC and the ACLU. It’s a level of censorship that A & E may have a right to exercise, but it is distasteful and unethical nonetheless. A & E knew just exactly what Phil Robertson and his family were all about before they ever put them on television. It was made perfectly clear to them where Phil and company stood when it came to their Christian faith. So for them to act shocked and shaken by Phil’s comments is disingenuous; they knew, before the questions and dialogue ever started between Robertson and Magary, just what the answer would be.
I, for one, couldn’t give a damn less what anyone does in the privacy of their own bedroom. My job as a Christian is to share the good news and Gospel of the Lord with you. You are free, at your own peril my friends, to accept it or reject it as you see fit. But no one has a right to tell me that, for the sake of some misplaced and misguided philosophy of political correctness, that I must cast aside every ounce of morality I own so as not to hurt someone’s feelings. It would be hypocritical of Phil, myself or anyone else who says he or she is a Christian, to claim we believe in the teachings of the inspired word of God (the Bible) then say, ‘well, you know, maybe this is one sin we shouldn’t call a sin; we should just go along’. It does not work that way. It cannot work that way. It may be cliché, but it’s so very true: love the sinner, hate the sin. Silence is not really an option.
And as far as constitutional rights go, your rights are no greater or less than my own. We are all protected by the same divinely-inspired Constitution. I may not like what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it. The very faith that guides millions of American’s lives is part of the key to our Constitutions genius. Regardless of what you may have been taught in any university or heard about from anyone else, the tenants of Christian faith and Godly principles are deeply woven into that document. They are inescapable. And this, I believe, is what so frustrates the far left to the point that they are hell-bent on taking down the likes of Phil Robertson. Rest assured, regardless of what happens to ‘Duck Dynasty’, the faith-strengthened foundations and fan base of the Duck Commander’s family, legacy and, yes, their ministry, will only grow stronger and deeper in the shadow of this contrived controversy.
And now, another fascinating twist…
Glenn Beck has made the Robertson family an offer that is beyond exciting! Read about it here!