I’ve been thinking on writing this post for a while. Most recently in regards to Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty and his remarks to GQ magazine regarding homosexuality and the resulting bru-ha-ha.
I’ve read a fair amount of blogs, articles and news reports regarding the incident and have concluded some things.
1) Many people including Bible-believing Christians are tired of being bullied by the left and their pc whining and fake outrage every time someone states what the Bible says. This has been made clear by the public’s reaction to Phil’s dismissal from his own show (and later reinstatement) as well as the reaction of people supporting Chick-fil-A last summer when they were under fire from the gay lobby. In both these cases people were saying enough is enough and we really don’t care about your pc whining.
2) Some Christians have pointed out and many reasonably so, that it’s not about US versus THEM and that we must love the sinner while hating the sin. This reminder is often accompanied with the idea that we are sinners too saved by grace just as Phil Robertson pointed out, although that part received scant attention in the media. This is most certainly true. We fight best when we fight from the position of humility and not the position of self-righteousness that some Christians portray as in like they never have sinned!
3) I think that what needs to be understood is that 1) we are in a culture war and 2) sometimes you have to fight a battle even if you’d rather not and 3) when forced to fight a battle it should be thought through as to how to do it.
All that to say I think the Robertson’s thoughtful response to a battle that was forced on them was spot on.
Phil said nothing hateful to GQ and was quick to point out his own rebellious past. He had nothing to be sorry about and nothing to apologize for and certainly nothing to retract to appease GLADD. He didn’t. That’s an appropriate response to a battle he did not start.
The family also made it clear that they would not accept Phil being taken off his own show. The message was clear, no Phil, no show. That was appropriate.
A & E backing off and reinstating Phil imo is not real relevant. A & E simply assessed the economic impact offending Phil’s supporters versus offending GLADD’s supporters and rather than killing the goose that laid the golden egg they decided to offend the group with the lesser economic impact, the GLADD bullies. They made a business decision, not a biblical one.
Since my original draft of this blog (it’s been sitting a while) the Robertson’s have decided to leave A & E. Having been thrown under the bus once by A & E it would suggest they really do not trust A & E nor need A & E. I think that’s appropriate as well.
It is clear that the left and the pc crowd only value free speech when they agree with it. When they don’t, everything and anything is labeled “hate speech” even if it’s nothing of the sort. The only way to really counter this is to confront them in the way the Robertson’s and their supporter’s did. A & E’s intolerance cost them something. Perhaps that will cause them to rethink their position. We can only hope.
A spokesperson for GLADD was surprised by the huge of amount of support the Robertson’s received. Apparently, he must have thought that crying wolf would have been sufficient to brow beat people into not only pc acceptance of homosexuality but the endorsement of it. The spokesperson went on to say that it just showed that GLADD had more work to do meaning that they will not be satisfied until any and all critics are silenced into submission. GLADD’s point of view seemed to reflect what the majority of gay activists believe.
But, in order to be fair, many did not mean all for some gay activists examined the case and came away with the opinion that it was a free speech issue and there was nothing hateful about it. Phil Robertson using graphic terms was simply stating the obvious and why would that be considered hate speech unless your agenda was something other than simple live and let live? It means that there are fair-minded individuals among the gay community and that I find helpful in our supposed pluralistic society.
The apostle Paul was no stranger to conflict or persecution. His reaction to it was not hate but this:
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.  Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.  Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.  Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.  If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.  Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”  To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:14-21 ESV)