Biggest new of the day is that Duck Dynasty star, Phil Robertson, was essentially fired after an interview was published in GQ magazine. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation activist group (GLAAD) got their panties all in a bunch when this article was published. They immediately jumped up, pointed their crooked finger, and screamed “SHAME!” Activists are like internet trolls. They sit around and search for people to attack who disagree with their views. Why? Because they have nothing better to do with their lives. The truth is that they aren’t really offended by the things they condemn. They beat and bash anyone who expresses views not in line with theirs for no reason other than to further their agenda.
You know what I think? A&E is cowardly. This is a stupid move on their part. They have just pissed off the vast majority of Duck Dynasty’s fan base. That show is their ace-in-the-hole, and they just shoved a grenade in their pants and sat down. So kiss your butt goodbye, A&E, because you have just sunk your most profitable ship. Duck Dynasty brings more viewers to A&E than all of their remaining shows. It certainly brings in more money than the rest. The show won’t be the same without Phil, and I don’t see it holding up. Do you really think that the Robertson family will go along with this? Do you think they will continue to film? IF they do, I submit that it would only be if Phil urged them to continue for the sake of spreading their message and promoting their business. The other question is will viewers be forgiving? Duck Dynasty has on multiple occasions has an amazing effect of ratings. On August 14 of this year, the season four premiere attracted of 11.8 million viewers, making it the most watched nonfiction series telecast in the history of cable television. You have the feat A&E. Yet, you just left a steamy pile on your flagship program. And you did it for no other reason than to appease a group of scum-suckers in the name of political correctness. Cowards! Stand up for freedom of religion and free speech. Don’t stifle it. I’m sick and tired of the Christian community being stifled for standing behind our faith. We now live in a nation where you are free to practice any religion except for Christianity. We live in a nation where you can say anything without fear of reprimand… unless it has anything to do with Christianity. And the name of Jesus is forbidden and will be censored, if not edited out of your mouth all together. A&E has edited “Jesus” out of the Robertson’s family prayer, and even inserted bleeps when there was no language there to be bleeped. They didn’t just bleep Jesus, which would have been offensive in and of itself, but they went further to edit Phil’s prayers as if he had not acknowledged Jesus at all. That is the ultimate ‘spit in the face’ act. I don’t care if you don’t like to hear Jesus’ name. This is America, and you have to deal with the fact the other people love and follow him. Speaking His name doesn’t offend you and more than “Allah” offends me. How about you muting the TV during the prayer if you don’t want to hear it or switching the channel all together? You don’t get to step into someone’s faith and declare what they can and can not do. And they deliberately tried to secularize the family by making it seem as if they were saying vulgar things on the air that viewers shouldn’t hear. That was done in an attempt to make them less “Christian” and more human so they could maybe draw in a few more viewers and dollars. A&E knew what they were doing when they offered the Robertson family the show. They knew their religious beliefs and even went as far as promoting the show as being centered on a family of devoted Christians. If A&E didn’t want religion displayed on their air, they shouldn’t have hired them! Doing so means you accept ALL aspects of their faith. And to label this man as hateful and racist is despicable!
Phil On Growing Up in Pre-Civil-Rights-Era Louisiana
“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. We’re going across the field…. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”
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Nothing about the above quote is racist. He was specifically asked about growing up in a pre-Civil Rights era in Louisiana. He told the truth based on HIS experience. He related himself to them in that he was in the fields with them. While a large part of America was extremely evil towards black people at the time, that was not true for ALL of America. He said they were singing and happy. Who are we to dispute that. Maybe that particular group of people was singing and happy at the time. Maybe they truly did not say anything bad about white people. Maybe the white people THEY worked for were part of the hateful crowd in the deep south. Do activists consider that? Of course not because it’s not about being factual or even having an opinion. To them its about destroying anything that disagrees with the notion of “these poor pitiful people, every single one, have been and are still greatly mistreated in evil and malicious ways by every single white person and should forever be babied and are entitled to everything without putting any effort into society.” And before anyone declares me crazy or racist. That wasn’t to diminish real racism because it did exist and, sadly, still does. BUT, activist groups and liberals are holding the black community down and they don’t even see it. I’m sorry for what our white ancestors and some of our current population is so hate-filled. I truly am. It’s horrible and unacceptable, but that doesn’t mean that every comment made that shows a different side of things is racist. And my other point was that the black community is just as human as the rest of us. They are no different. They are largely out of those reprehensible times, despite a few occasional racism here and there by the white trash that embarrasses us all. We did right by taking actions to get them equality and fair treatment because they were born deserving it just like the rest of us. But the need for those things and these idiot activists is gone. We now have individual people who genuinely care and will fight for people who are discriminated against. And there are so many in the black community, just as in the white trash trailer parks, who feel entitled to things without working for them and are being told by liberal and activists that they have a right to these things. The fact of the matter is that we should be encouraging the black community and the saddest part of the white community to go to school and work hard rather than making them feel that those things are unimportant or that its submitting to white people in some way. I say that because I’ve heard it said. Phil’s point was that we should be treating the situation different and with true equality and fairness where we all work for what we get and don’t sit on our butts and expect a paycheck. And that isn’t a blanket statement to cover the black community.It refers to am undeniable portion of it. It also applies to the white community. The part of the community he was referring to should be looking up to their heroes who have done so many great things and aspire to do the same. That was his point. It’s a touchy topic, but it’s true. And regardless of anything, he had the right to say it, and especially so since he was asked. The same applies to his response to what he thinks sin is. No one has the right to condemn another person for honestly answering a question about what they believe ,according to their faith. You don’t get to tell him what he can and can’t say because it might hurt someone’s feelings or because it isn’t politically correct. You also don’t get to take his job for that. You can’t expect him to lie. You open the door to him to express his views when you hire him.
“In law, hate speech is any speech, gesture or conduct, writing, or display which is forbidden because it may incite violence or prejudicial action against or by a protected individual or group, or because it disparages or intimidates a protected individual or group.” -Wikipedia
According to the above definition of hate speech, Phil’s comments were certainly quite the opposite. He did not incite violence or prejudicial action against the homosexual community. He quoted the Bible which he believes. Contrary to what the media and these morons from GLAAD continue to report, Phil Robertson did not equate homosexuality with beastiality. He said that sexual immorality to him starts with homosexuality and you “morph out from there.” Then he gives a list of other sexual sin. In the eyes of God sexual immorality is sexual immorality across the board and are equally sinful. He quoted scripture and accurately portrayed the spirit of the Bible he reads. Moreover, his comments were not made on A&E and were in no way linked to the company. He was asked by a magazine, and he answered honestly. They knew his faith and his views before they asked the question. A&E knew the same before they hired him. It was a set-up! It’s ludicrous to be shocked when he answered Biblically and reprehensible and un-Constitutional to expect him to edit his faith to compensate for political correctness and bleeding heart activist groups. Here’s another fact for you. A large part of the gay community is outraged by the actions of GLAAD and A&E, which further proves my point that activist groups and self-serving. It’s funny to me that A&E has just released a new slogan, “Be original,” when they condemned Phil Robertson for doing just that. I submit that you edit your slogan. “Be original as long as you conform to our ideas.” Just sayin’. It’s also strange and highly hypocritical that they allow other things to remain on their air that are legitimately offensive. How can they allow things like “Growing up Gotti” to air on their network with the views the claim to hold? A&E will rue the day they tanked their flagship show, joined the war on Christianity, and destroyed their viewer base. You know what America? Adhere to the literal definition of hate speech when approaching these situations. Don’t classify anything opposing religious view as such because that is a deliberate lie to stifle and destroy opposing views. You can bet your bottom dollar that if a Muslim had professed his beliefs in the same way, he wouldn’t be stifled and fired. The same applies to the gay activists, the Atheists, and the liberal left. They have free reign to say anything, including the legitimate hate they tend to spew in the very same breath in which they condemn false hate, and suffer no consequence. And let me say this. This persecution of Phil Robertson doesn’t represent the true spirit of the gay rights movement, and that’s stated by the gay community. This is because if you are going to preach to the world to be tolerant of homosexuality, you also have to be tolerant of Christianity. Anything else is self-defeating and unproductive. A&E could have simply released a statement saying that “Phil Robertson’s views are his own and do not reflect those held of A&E.” Those who disagree with Phil can tune out. It is also worth noting that despite their action against Phil Robertson, they intend to air a Ducky Dynasty marathon that primarily features him. This shows their hypocrisy on another level other than the content they choose to air that is legitimately offensive. They don’t want to cancel the marathon or stop re-runs because that would cause a loss in profit. Then bend just enough to appease the activists, but allow themselves to still profit off a family they so clearly disagree with and discipline for stating beliefs. And GLAAD is nothing more than a pimple on the butt of society that needs to be popped and drained. Nobody needs or cares about the thought police. You’re not going to demonize me for my faith because you have no acknowledged authority over me. I will hold firmly to THE Truth, live accordingly, and spread the love of Christ until my last day.
These sad facts remain:
1) If you are on the liberal left you can get away with saying just about anything without consequence.
2) If you express any view that is not politically correct, you will be shut down, persecuted, and destroyed.
3) If you express Christian beliefs, you will be classified a hater and be blacklisted.
4) People are afraid to have conversation in America, and will attack any opposing belief and stifle them before they can cause any damage to their view.
Great news! Before I could even finish this post, Fox News announced that the Robertson family issued this statement:
“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.”
To the Robertson family: I applaud you for standing up for God. It highlights your character and confirms your originality. Thank the Lord for a Godly family that has somehow made it to the public spotlight in a time where God is so despised. And not only that, but you have also managed to attract the largest number of viewers to a nonfictional show in cable television history. Thank you for not denying Christ. Thank you for calling A&E on editing Jesus’ name out of your prayers and for inserting bleeps to cover non-existent profanity. Thank you for demonstrating that a family support system is more important than the money you stand to earn from a television show in a time where many tv families have been torn apart. And most importantly, thank you for boldly stating that God comes first. You are a beacon of hope – a lighthouse shining the light of Truth and love for a society that is a lost ship on a violent, stormy sea of immorality and religious intolerance so that we might find our way to Jesus. God is so good. God bless the Robertson family!