‘Duck Dynasty' shows it is time to stop being tolerant of tolerance police

GLAAD outs “phony” Christians and attacks Robertson as ignorant, a liar, an extremist, and a stain. Oh, how tolerant we have become. Photo: Duck Dynasty / A&E

WASHINGTON, December 19, 2013 — Phil Robertson, patriarch of the eccentric family stars of the reality show Duck Dynasty, tells it how he sees it: “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me,” he’s quoted as saying in a recent GQ interview. Predictably, gay activists are in an uproar and A&E announced Robertson is indefinitely suspended.

Who, woman or man, Christian or otherwise, disagrees with Phil?


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The real sin committed by Robertson was stating another fact: The Bible (1 Corinthians 6) classifies homosexual behavior as sin, along with adultery and a host of other activities.

GLAAD, the most powerful gay lobby group in Hollywood, was first out with its brand of jaw-dropping double standards. “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. “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.”

GLAAD is now the authority on what “true” Christians believe. Now that “phony” Christians have been outed, GLAAD is free to call Robertson ignorant, a liar, an nextremist, and a stain on A&E Network.

In a society that constantly demands tolerance for diversity, the penalty for stating your views is a vicious ad hominem attack because of your views. Tolerance is reserved for approved views, which only the elite can define.

GLAAD launched a personal attack on Robertson and wants to hurt him by harming the show. But Robertson made no such attacks on gays. He simply said homosexuality is illogical and sinful from his Christian world view.

The illogic of homosexuality is biological fact: Homosexuality cannot sustain any species. To say that it is sinful is a statement of religious expression protected by the First Amendment.

GLADD claims that Robertson is out of touch with mainstream Louisianans and Americans. Louisiana has a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, and 14 million viewers tune into Duck Dynasty. Its Christmas special Wednesday night was the number one cable show for adults aged 18-49.

If this guy is so out of touch, just who in the heck is watching the show? 

This has always been the three-part strategy of “gay rights” activists: shame and vilify anyone who disagrees in order to silence dissent; presume the moral authority to define acceptable free speech by others; all the while claim to be the victim. The media, inlcuding A&E, gladly enables this duplicity.

The Robertson family is often shown praying together with Phil leading. Apparently, this is okay as long as they don’t specify what they actually believe and cross the long gay line.

Human Rights Campaign, the intolerant gay political lobby, was happy to inflame hostility toward Robertson even further, running the misleading headline, “Duck Dynasty Star Slams Sinful ‘Homosexuals, Drunks, Terrorists.’”

Robertson also described himself as “white trash,” discussing his earlier life when he hoed cotton in the field together with blacks, “pre-entitlement, pre-welfare … They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

The NAACP called this racist, demanding A&E take action. The statement from the NAACP did not specifiy if any of them have experience with cotton other than wearing white shirts.

The Robertsons’ straight talk and rural common sense are why the show is a mega-hit. The second tier cable network A&E is fine and dandy raking in millions in advertising revenues putting the close-knit family on display.

But, no doubt, A&E sees these successful family entrepreneurs with strong traditions as an interesting oddity, like animals at the zoo — useful entertainment as long as they do not bite.

“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,’” the network said in a statement while also hurrying to reinforce its own status as “champions of the LGBT community.”

How does a reality show that features a Bible-believing family not reflect that family’s values? This sort of double-talk embraced by the media enables the bigotry upon which politically correct tolerance depends. Perhaps it is due in part to the constant threat of financial ruin and boycotts that are a mainstay of gay activism.

If so, maybe it is time for 14 million fans of Duck Dynasty to boycott all A&E shows and advertisers until the network brings back Phil.

It is certainly time for all of us to stop being tolerant of the self-annointed tolerance police.


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Paul E. Rondeau's research and writing on social issures has appeared in law journals, private publications, and  the popular press.  His work has been cited at the U.S. Supreme Court, United Nations and by best-selling authors.  He serves as executive director at American Life League.  He can be contacted at prondeau@all.org.

 

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