The Robertson family, stars of A&E’s runaway hit show “Duck Dynasty,” has faced criticism for their unabashed Christian beliefs. Still, the reality program that ends each week with a family prayer – to Jesus! – has remained one of television’s most reliably popular programs.
Despite the sudden fame, patriarch Phil Robertson is far more comfortable heading out on a duck hunt than sitting down for an interview with Barbara Walters. He recently declined a chat with the venerable host as part of her “Most Fascinating People of 2013” special.
Perhaps he avoids such situations in part because the leftist media are anxious to portray the family – like all Christians – as intolerant rubes. Unfortunately, Robertson did agree to a GQ interview that ended in that exact scenario.
Homosexual groups are up in arms this week after taking portions of the interview out of context in an effort to make the Louisiana preacher appear bigoted. Of course, filtering his comments through the Holy Bible proves that he is only expressing a loving sentiment shared by millions of like-minded believers.
He cited the book of Corinthians in asserting that “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. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
For such comments, the radical gay activist organization GLAAD accused Robertson of not being a “true” Christian.
Spokesperson Wilson Cruz said that Robertson perpetuated “vile and extreme stereotypes” and called on sponsors of the ratings giant to “reexamine their ties” to the program.
In the same article, though, Robertson made it abundantly clear that he was not singling out homosexuals. Instead, he is only trying to share a biblical message with sinners of all stripes.
“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell,” he explained. “We just love ‘em, give ‘em the good news about Jesus….”
In a society based on moral relativism, the voices that speak out against destructive behavior will be those labeled as hateful. In reality, such principled men and women are the only individuals in our culture capable of expressing true love. The secular left’s embrace of tolerance at all costs is a gossamer facsimile.
–B. Christopher Agee
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