Phil Robertson Suspended from “Duck Dynasty”
It finally happened … the only series on TV that I consider worth watching has fallen victim to pagan elite of the Hollywood industry and the voices of the special interest groups that influence them.
In an interview with GQ magazine, Phil Robertson made some controversial comments (that I personally find hilarious) regarding homosexuality and is now suspended “indefinitely” from the show.
Now that the Patriarch (and, as far as I’m concerned, the “backbone” of the show) is no longer going to be a part of “Duck Dynasty,” the corporate executives and LGBT-related special interest groups are going to have a “field day” destroying what remains of the cast and show.
Just watch … this won’t be the end of it. They’ll probably go for Si next.
The Spineless Raise Their Voices
Of course, the spineless PR people at A&E were quick to pucker up and kiss the backside of the LGBT special interest group, hoping to quell the storm:
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,” A&E said in a statement. “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.” (Source)
Give me a break.
A Few People Have Guts
Thankfully, somebody had enough guts to stand up for Phil Robertson:
Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended” – Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal (Source)
Free speech is an endangered species. Those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.” – Sarah Palin (Source)
Unfortunately, these comments will probably do little, if anything, to turn things around.
The fact that “Duck Dynasty” easily outperformed and outclassed “American Idol” in the network ratings matters very little, especially if they dare to speak against the hedonistic values of the entertainment industry.
This is glaring evidence that (in Hollywood and possibly America as a whole) there is an even greater value placed on sin than riches.
Here is the message being conveyed:
“Keep your money … just let me do what is right in my own eyes.”
Many people in (and out of) the church may be offended at the “way” Phil conveyed his disdain for sin, hoping for something a little less blunt. They may perceive that this quote was not “spoken in love.”
Let’s get real people …. our definition of “love” has been warped since the sixties.
Another quote from Phil Robertson that was (conveniently) placed toward the bottom of the New York Post article says:
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,” he said. “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.” (Source)
Here’s something I noticed. Every article that has been written on this subject posts the “more abrasive” comments first, while stating the above comment towards the bottom of the article.
You would be a fool if you found this to be a mere coincidence.
Phil Robertson’s remarks are not consistent with the values of our faith communities
Another comment that really grabbed my attention was a statement from Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign.
Phil Robertson’s remarks are not consistent with the values of our faith communities or the scientific findings of leading medical organizations,” president Chad Griffin said in a statement. “We know that being gay is not a choice someone makes, and that to suggest otherwise can be incredibly harmful. We also know that Americans of faith follow the Golden Rule — treating others with the respect and dignity you’d wish to be treated with. As a role model on a show that attracts millions of viewers, Phil Robertson has a responsibility to set a positive example for young Americans — not shame and ridicule them because of who they are. The A+E Network should take immediate action to condemn Phil Robertson’s remarks and make clear they don’t support his views.” (Source)
Mr. Griffin’s statement should sound ridiculous and inaccurate to anyone who has read scientific studies or church statistics from a non-biased source. But, unfortunately, people will read Hollywoodreporter.com and swallow this disinformation.
Phil Robertson’s Suspension Should be a Wake Up Call
Church … no matter what the Kim Clement’s and Bob Jone’s of the world prophesy, the noose is tightening … and, believe it or not, this is actually the Will of God!
Before this Age comes to a close, the Father is going to bring us all to a place where we MUST choose either HIS WAY or the world’s way. There will be no middle ground … there will be no “gray areas.”
Start taking a stand for His Righteousness today, and pray (and show support) for Phil and his family. Personally, I think they should tell A&E to take a hike.
You can also sign the Petition here: #IStandWithPhil
Also, you can Like this page on FB: https://www.facebook.com/Philrobertsonsupport
I tip my hat to you, Phil Robertson! No matter how “colorful” your expression may be, you honor God with your stand.