Like most people, I was bothered by the suspension of Phil Robertson from the A&E show Duck Dynasty, but not terribly surprised after the statement he made regarding homosexuality. However, I would like to discuss what we on the Right have done in the past before I discuss Mr. Robertson and his situation.
Some of the comments from my friends on the Right are that Alec Baldwin wasn’t fired over his homophobic remarks. The problem is that Baldwin WAS fired over his remarks. It wasn’t the first rant, or even the second, but it did catch up with him. That nasty little man Martin Bashir was also sent packing, but it took some outrageous remarks for that to happen. If it had not been for the outrage from the Right, Bashir would still be slinging his own brand of hatred. It is through outrage that groups are able to affect change. Businesses and governments do not change without motivation to do so. The threat of a loss of revenue through boycotts and bad publicity is a tried and true way to influence businesses. We on the right are encourage to boycott Target for not allowing the Salvation Army to solicit money outside their stores and to avoid Disney films because of the pro-homosexual messages in their movies. By boycotting businesses we are trying to change how they do business and in effect change the expression of their corporate beliefs.
Now, having said that, a threat from GLAAD carries much more weight than one form the NRA. Why? There are many reasons, but the prevailing theory for me is that the Left likes to see injustice lurking around every corner because it gives them a reason to get out of bed every morning. Fighting homophobia is one of those great battles on the left, right along with racism. You can find these injustices in almost any situation if you go looking for them and so you are never lacking in outrage. My grandmother used to say that you should always take marshmallows to a witch hunt because when you went looking for a witch it always ended in a bonfire. The sad part about this misguided outrage is that it causes us to miss actual acts of injustice because they do not fit into the proper narrative and so not reported.
The Left is complaining that Phil compared homosexuality with bestiality and drunkenness. Although it’s easy to take that from what he said, what he actually said was that it is a sin, and as a sin is against God’s law, as is bestiality and drunkenness. You can argue the biblical foundation of the stance against homosexuality until the cows come home (and you can do it using the New Testament as it is the new covenant between God and man, which leaves out all those laws in Leviticus that keep the Jewish people from eating bacon and shrimp.) So Phil is calling practicing homosexuals sinners… so what? The man stated his opinion about a certain behavior, but then also said that he didn’t judge people on their behavior. He rightly said that judgment belongs to God, not man, and that he would treat everyone with respect and love them as part of God’s creation. If you care about Phil’s opinion, then you should ponder what he said and see if you need to make changes in your life. If you don’t care about his opinion, then ignore him.
So where does this leave us? It leaves us with a lot of scorched earth. A&E made a business decision based on outrage from a special interest group that wishes to wipe out any dissent by branding it hatred. This is wrong and one of the reasons why political debate is dead in this country. A&E will now have to deal with the aftermath of this decision. I would be willing to bet that most of the almost 12 million viewers knew about how Phil felt on the subject of homosexuality and watched the series anyway. Why? One of the major draws of the show is that the Robertson family tries to live up to its Christian beliefs. Not all Christians agree with everything the Robertsons believe, but with all the denominations and churches, that’s hardly surprising. The thing is, we don’t have to agree on everything- please do not get me going on transubstantiation- but we do need to agree on the foundational principles that God loves us, we should return that love, and that we should treat one another with love. I do not see that Phil has broken with these principles. If people have their feelings hurt, maybe it’s time for them to examine why their feeling were hurt instead of lashing out at someone expressing their opinion.
The A&E Network has recently suspended star Phil Robertson of the hit TV show ‘Duck Dynasty’ indefinitely over his recent comments on homosexuality in GQ Magazine. Duck Dynasty is cable television’s biggest hit and has shattered many records for viewers, but that didn’t stop executives at A&E to make the harsh decision on Wednesday to suspend the Dynasty Dad. Duck Dynasty has become a breakout hit for A&E, regularly luring 9 million-plus viewers.
Phil made the following statement when asked a question in GQ: “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.”
The following statement was made by the A&E Network: “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.”
These recent actions from A&E are due to the backlash they received from GLAAD, a gay and lesbian rights group who quickly criticized the comments and called on the network to take immediate action. It just seems that our first amendment rights are always being questioned and taken away when they don’t fit what one particular group believes. If they don’t like or agree with the Dynasty stars, then change the channel or disregard the interview. Where are all these rights groups when heterosexuality is frowned upon from those who don’t participate in it? Crickets.
Where were GLAAD representatives when Alec Baldwin made gay remarks? Furthermore, Phil Robertson’s comments were not even anti-gay anyway. They were his personal beliefs and opinions on homosexuality. Here are comments from the Dynasty dad after the news broke: “I myself am a product of the ’60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”
This suspension is completely ridiculous because it clearly wants to silence the star and take away his rights to free speech. A&E is a private company, so they do have the right to suspend their employees for reasons they see fit, but this one truly touches the nerves of many fans sitting around the pond. Just as the network has the right to do as they like with their stars, fans of the biggest hit in television history also have the right to stop watching and supporting their product. It works both ways.
A&E Network made their bed. Now they must lie in it. They used their rights to make a decision that worked for them. Just seems that freedom of speech is no longer a thing. The real question is this:
So, which network is going to take on Duck Dynasty’s family? One that wants big ratings.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) December 19, 2013
One that wants big ratings and one that believes that a man can voice his opinion about his personal religious beliefs without catering to a group who may be offended. These offended groups constantly preach tolerance for gay rights, but not for Christians expressing honest answers to questions asked of their faith. Does A&E as a private company have the right to fire and/or suspend Phil Robertson or any other star that isn’t abiding by their policies? Of course they do, but it doesn’t mean it’s the right call simply because they are only doing so because a certain group was offended. Again, freedom of speech is no longer a thing.
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