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A&E and the Duck Dynasty Debockle

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I’m sure most of you by now have heard the notorious blunder by the TV company A&E made popular by several of their drama and reality TV series. This week the popular Duck Dynasty had its company founder booted from the show for antigay comments made in an interview with GQ Magazine.

Apparently his very graphic illustration of his stand on Biblical marriage and relationship sent the two biggest gay organizations into a tizzy, labeling the comments hateful among other things and thus intern caused the Duck Commander himself to be “suspended indefinitely” from his own family’s show.

Apparently the LGBT and GLAAD have never watched the show or read any of the books.

The man has never hidden his very of homosexuality. It’s not hard to find a video of Phil speaking the bible’s take on the notion or the current quotes from the interview itself.

It’s not homophobia as its been labeled (or any speech against homosexuality). I highly doubt Phil Robertson is afraid of someone who’s gay. And I much less doubt he hates the people who are.

Phil is quoted saying that as a man, he prefers a woman, not a guy and that:

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.

There’s not an once of hate here. is just a man giving his thoughts (yes, biblically based) on what he thinks. He doesn’t see anything other than guy and girl relationships logical.

He’s not out there brashly saying how hate gays and wants them dead.

Now that’s would be erratic.

But that’s how people are taking it.

Partially because he’s antigay and a “bible thumper” as GQ called him. Two things the LGBT and GLAAD just don’t like.

GLAAD even declared the man “unchristian” and failing to understand Christianity. They are quoted declaring:

“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 spokesperson Wilson Cruz. “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.”

Really?

Me being “antigay” (or anyone for that matter) makes me unloving and unchristian?

Unfortunately for the Robertson family yes.

If you’re a Christian and you don’t support the gay community you’re labeled as a terrible Christian and ungodly.

But then the Bible never supports it either so I’m partially curious to know what Bible or Christian teachings are being taught that ok homosexuality. I don’t think God has ever changed His opinion on the topic from the dawn of creation.

Of course this is contrary to the ideals pushed by media and groups like the LGBT and GLAAD.

But then GLAAD says they can be Christian and gay. Yet the Bible they claim to follow doesn’t make room for the sexual preference.

Like Phil Robertson, this is also my opinion—yes, Biblically based.

Neither one of us are perfect Christians or have lived the perfect life but that doesn’t make us haters.

Phil also mentioned of himself in this now famous quote:

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. 

Phil hasn’t lived a glorious good life. He’s not afraid to admit that. But he’s not going to live in fear of other people’s threats either. He hasn’t since the show has aired.

Here’s the issue: free speech.

For us here in America the Bill of rights gives us the right to free speech. It says:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

A&E’s flub overlooked this right. And so did the LGBT and GLAAD.

Christian or not, the man should be allowed to say what he says without getting fired. It’s a violation of his rights for one, and federally illegal.

If the LGBT and GLAAD, GQ or whoever don’t like what the man has to say nobody is making you watch his show. Turn it off. Don’t read his books or buy the merchandise. Its not being forced down anyone’s throats.

There’s no sense in making tons of people unhappy over a TV show because you weren’t happy with a magazine article. And don’t make it into some hate speech it’s not either.

A&E once told the Duck Commander family at the beginning of the show’s airing they couldn’t pray or speak religiously on the show. But the Roberson family corrected the company telling them this was their life. There was no separating their Christianity. This was their life and TV show  wasn’t going to tell them how to live it for the sake of TV ratings. If they wanted a show A&E would have to tolerate the Robertson family views.

Apparently A&E was ok with it because the show still aired and is one of the most watched here in the USA and one of my personal favorites as well. It’s not often we get to see a show that displays genuine family behavior with out all the he-said-she-said-drama of most reality TV shows like Honey Boo Boo and Real Housewives. After a while the drama gets old.

And frankly the LGBT and GLAAd comments are getting old too. So is the slander of anything Christain or antigay. It’s getting old. get over it.

Stop finding things to grip about just because you don’t like it. It’s not about you. The Show never was and neither were Phil’s comments. Unless he specifically said your name or called you out sit down, and be quiet. Give the man his right to free speech!

I don’t see the Robertson family outrightly attacking everything non-Christian. He’s not not trash talking the LGBT or GLAAD. They are and it’s ridiculous. Act like adults for crying out loud and not a bunch of whiney little kids mad because one kid gets to say what he wants to say and you don’t like it.

Get over yourself America.

Get over yourself LGBT and GLAAD.

Nobody is out to attack you or force beliefs down your throat.  You are. You push it in our schools, TV and ads. All I see lately is Miley twerking on married men, women dressed like hookers cause thats the only way to get attention, pro gay, pro abortion, divorce as bad as dating, marriages that never work cause no one tries, broken families, and broken hearts.

Anything wholesome on TV, magazines or other wise gets shunned by the media.

Shame on all of you.

We’ve been listening to all of these opinions and how we should just accept them as the norm.

I for one don’t believe it’s the norm and I will not accept it. There’s more to life than creating a bunch of drama because you don’t like what so-and-so said.

I don’t like what they do on Real Housewives. Or what when on at the VMA’s Guess what I did? I didn’t watch it.

In the words of Si Robertson:

You can’t fix stupid, Jack.

And stupid is what created this mess in the first place. Stupid drama.

You don’t like what he said? Then you shouldn’t have asked. A man shouldn’t have to repeal his First Amendment right to stay politically correct or make you happy. further more he doesn’t have to make you happy.

It’s not about you.

Stop making it something its not.

So many people are disappointed in your selfishness.

Sarah Palin mentioned:

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.

Bobby Jindal called it a “messed up situation”:

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,” said Jindal in a statement released by his office. “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.

And a messed up situation it is.

The Robertson family released an official statement to Duck Dynasty fans yesterday regarding the issue:

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.

Looks like this family is sticking together dispite A&E’s harsh decision to make a family chose between their faith and family just to keep a show.

Thanks A&E, the LGBT, and GLAAD for removing something decent off TV. Are you happy happy happy?

I stand with Phil. Do you? Click the photo to sign the petition demanding revision of A&E's decision. 125,691 signers so far and counting.

I stand with Phil. Do you? Click the photo to sign the petition demanding revision of A&E’s decision.
There are 125,691 signers thus far and counting.

The Faithbook 2013
Header image Curtesy of parade.com via A&E, Petition photo curtesy of istandwithphil.com

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One comment on “A&E and the Duck Dynasty Debockle

  1. Naphtali
    Dec 20, 2013

    AMEN!

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