Need proof that Christian values are being torn out of the very fabric of our society? Look no further…
Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the family that has the number one rated show in cable history, has been put on indefinite hiatus (aka fired) by the A&E network for expressing HIS Christian views regarding sin.
The controversy is rooted in an interview that Phil gave to GQ magazine. In the interview, he gave his opinion for what he considered sinful. Being an honest man, he gave an honest answer.
Here is what Phil said in the GQ interview regarding sin:
Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong… Sin becomes fine. 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.
Phil then paraphrased the book of Corinthians from the Bible:
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.
Phil goes 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.
(Personal Note: I have to admit, his reasoning is awsome. I have never heard it put quite like that.)
A&E responded to Phil’s personal opinion by putting him on indefinit hiatus (aka, fired/canned) from the show and releasing the following statement:
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.
Then, Wilson Cruze, the spokesperson for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), had this to say regarding the decision A&E made:
What’s clear is that such hateful anti-gay comments are unacceptable to fans, viewers, and networks alike…By taking quick action and removing Robertson from future filming, A&E has sent a strong message that discrimination is neither a Christian nor an American value.
Phil Robertson then made the following statement in response to the “outrage” that his opinion had generated:
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.
So, what are we to take from this?
It seems that by having a belief system that is counter to the corrupt, greedy, faithless, immoral, politically correct, and sick society we live in is considered hateful and discriminatory.
In what way was his statement hateful and discriminatory? He was stating HIS opinion. Who did he hurt?Would A&E rather have him lie? Apparently.
So they canned him for voicing his opinion. A&E, however, has no plans to cancel the already filmed next season. After all, money trumps and rules all.
It’s ironic, the belief system that Phil was canned for is directly responsible for his success. His success is why the show exists and is responsible for the shows success. The network (apparently) has no problem profiting off of the belief system that they “disagree” with.
A&E has based this decision solely on money, they don’t care about his belief system (or anyone else’s for that matter). They are doing only what they have to in order to have their cake and eat it too.
It looks like A&E needs a belief system. They could learn something from Phil, however, they have now proven themselves to be worthy of their own cancellation.
On December 19, 2013, the Robertson family posted the following statement on their website, www.duckcommander.com.
The Robertson Family Offical Statement
Submitted by swalker on December 19, 2013 – 7:13pm
We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E’s decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Phil would never incite or encourage hate.We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right.We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty. Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.