The media elite in America presume to have the final word on morality, as evidenced by A&E’s dismissal of Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame. That dismissal also puts to rest any question there’s a coordinated and concerted war on Christianity in the land of the free (or not so free, or conditionally free.)
Barack Obama got a pass for saying he was against homosexual marriage before he got a pass for saying his viewpoint had evolved to accepting and promoting homosexual marriage. This says a lot about the media and the Left, as well as the shifting sands of man-driven morality. It all depends on who is saying what for what reason, and the way it is being said, according to the hypersensitive who insist that Political Correctness is the supreme law of the land instead of the Constitution.
So what did Phil actually say in the GQ interview that got everyone all pissy?
“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.”
“We’re Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television,” he tells me. “You put in your article that the Robertson 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 let’s get on with it, and everything will turn around.”
What does repentance entail? Well, in Robertson’s worldview, America was a country founded upon Christian values (Thou shalt not kill, etc.), and he believes that the gradual removal of Christian symbolism from public spaces has diluted those founding principles. (He and Si take turns going on about why the Ten Commandments ought to be displayed outside courthouses.) He sees the popularity of Duck Dynasty as a small corrective to all that we have lost.
“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong,” he says. “Sin becomes fine.”
What, in your mind, is sinful?
“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,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “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. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
Did Phil single out homosexuals in a hateful way? A reasonable person would have to say ‘no.’
Does Phil have a right to freely exercise his religion? And does he have a right to express his opinions freely? Those who embrace the Constitution would have to say ‘yes.’
Did Phil say anything that contradicts historic Christianity or traditional morality? Of course not.
Elsewhere in the interview, did Phil confess his sin and share his story of repentance, taking responsibility for his sin and his former life, giving Christ the credit for saving him and changing him for the better? Yes, he certainly did.
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