My wife is a huge fan of this television show “Duck Dynasty”. And…I’ll admit that there have been a few times where I have watched the show and got sucked in to the quirky southern charms that makes this series such a hit. For those unfamiliar with the premise of the reality show, it’s based on the Robertson family and their success building “Duck Commander”, which makes products for duck hunters.
The Robertson family are also Christians. They are very outspoken about their faith, and have run into problems with the A&E network regarding some of their Christian values. Nothing too out of the ordinary and so it’s not entirely clear why the network made some of these decisions, but it’s since been resolved.
Enter Phil Robertson
Phil Robertson is the patriarch of the family. In the January edition of GQ magazine Phil Robertson has given an interview with Drew Magary. In this interview Phil makes a few comments regarding homosexuality and race. It is for these comments that he has been suspended from the show indefinitely from the A&E network.
Phil Robertson’s comments should OFFEND Christians
Yesterday, I saw a protest meme meant to defend Phil for his right to free speech. In this it mentioned boycotting the network for suspending Phil due to his comments. Since then, people like Sarah Palin and other well-known public figures (who are also Christians) have lent their support to Phil in both his right to free speech. Although, I am a fan of free speech, what I am not a fan of is “hate speech”.
Originally, I was not going to write about this. I thought it would be a small hiccup and then go away. However, I can’t sit by and watch the name of Christ be dragged through the mud by so-called believers. It befuddles me…it really does. Why such a blog post is even necessary to explain the reason that Christians should not support Phil Robertson’s comments. Perhaps people have just not read the article and are jumping on the bandwagon. It is Christmas time, it’s the perfect time for “Christian conspiracy theories”. But, I find the notion that Phil has the right to say what he did say to be not only absurd, but unchristian. And the fact that Christians are defending him, I find to be a misrepresentation of the Christian faith.
Perhaps we should read exactly what he said in the interview.
“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.”
I actually have no problem with this quote. Most of it’s idiotic, but there is nothing here that should result in sanctions. And if the interview would have stopped here, I think all would be fine. But Phil had more to say:
“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…”
So as a Christian I am supposed to believe that homosexual behavior is akin to bestiality? Are you serious? Not only is this NOT biblical, but is, quite frankly, disgusting hate speech. The statement is irrational, illogical, inaccurate, and neither reflects the Bible’s teachings nor should it be reflected in the Christian’s attitude.
Oh wait…there’s more:
“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash.“
Say what? I am not sure where in the Bible this attitude is endorsed. Really, blacks equated to white trash?
Again…its not entirely clear to be why Christians are supporting this type of behavior. Perhaps what this situation does is provide us with insight into the real problem – Christianity.