Well, that didn’t take long, did it. Just a day after the news of some of the things that Duck Dynasty founder Phil Robertson said in an interview with GQ broke, A&E has decided that the patriarch of the Robertson clan needs a "indefinite" hiatus. What brought this on?
“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… 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. 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 [1 Cor. 6:9-11]. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
The Duck Commander is nothing if not honest. This is what he believes, and more importantly, it’s what he believes the Bible teaches about homosexuality.
GLAAD and the LGBT community came down hard and fast on A&E and the Duck Dynasty folks.
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. He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans — and Americans — who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples.
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.
So when push comes to shove, does A&E support Robertson and his right to his Christian faith, or will they bow to pressure from the gay community.
Ha! Was there ever even a doubt?
They folded like a cheap suit.
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. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.
For his part, Phil Robertson isn’t necessarily backing down from what he had said – but he did seem to try and soften the impact of his comments by saying his purpose was not to disrespect anyone. “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.”
I know that the way Robertson spoke may have been a bit graphic and perhaps unnecessarily so, but the real question is, do his statements contradict Biblical teaching? I don’t think so.
So now A&E has suspended the patriarch of the most popular reality show ever. They have suspended the leader of their biggest money making program ever. They have suspended one of the most beloved people on television because he honestly answered a question in an interview. With this one decision A&E has sided with the culture that says they would prefer to protect the feelings of homosexuals than they would protect the religious and speech liberties of Christians. Their decision fits perfectly with the path our culture has taken in recent years, and more of us should expect to be treated like Robertson is being treated in the not so distant future.
Make no mistake, folks. Our religious freedom and our freedom of speech is less important to the liberal culture of Hollywood and Washington, D.C. than are the feelings of the homosexual community. We may not be discriminating against them. We may not be harming them. We may not be “doing” anything negative at all towards their community… but our beliefs and language bother them… so we must be silenced.
This is just the beginning.
I won’t be watching A&E until they return Phil to the airwaves, and even then, it might take an apology for me to watch their station again.