Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has been put on indefinite hiatus by A&E after making anti-gay remarks in the January issue of GQ.
“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 to USA TODAY. “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.”

Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson said in an interview with GQ, the A&E reality star, 67, makes plain his thoughts on homosexuality. “Everything is blurred in what’s right and wrong,” he complained. “Sin becomes fine.”

The devout Christian then paraphrased a biblical passage: “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.” US Magazine

 
9 Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or anyone practicing homosexuality, 10 no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (HCSB)

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD, condemned Robertson’s remarks. (Via A&E)

“Says GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz: ‘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. … Phil’s decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E.” (Via USA Today)

Let us disregard the very fact that Mr Cruz paints with the same broad brush that he accuses Phil Robertson of using.

“Duck Dynasty” is one of A&E’s most popular shows, regularly pulling in close to 9 million viewers each week.

So what is the big D***ing deal anyway? Haven’t we heard worse from TV celebrities in the past? Why is this ‘big news’?

The Vice-President has been heard to proclaim that Obamacare was a “Big f****ing deal. Not many heads spun on that outcry, and no one asked him to resign his position.

What about Jon Stewart‘s  profanity laden ‘faux news’ “The Daily Show”? Why isn’t anyone up in arms over all the offensive lines he utters? Of course he could not keep silent on the Duck Dynasty’s talk of shame and he offered us this brilliant piece of s*** journalism… Jon Stewart Takes Aim at Duck Dynasty Star

And let us not forget that ever lovable, never offensive, Steve Colbert. Let’s see what he has to say about this whole ‘duck affair’… Colbert Mocks Phil Robinson. Anyone offended and asking Comedy Central to ban him from the air waves?

Leave it to MSNBC to not miss out on an opportunity to chime in with their irreverent rants on morality and societies ills. Host Chris Hayes with guest Richard Kim (sounds like he may be a bit gender confused) ponder whether Phil Robertson and Bobbie Jindal should engage in anal intercourse. Is anyone calling for their removal?

HBO comes through with a daily dose of Bill Maher’s  filthy commentary like this one. Bill Maher shoots  some sheep

If talking about body parts is cause for removal from cable TV why not remove this classless clown?

The reason this is a big deal is because Phil Robertson touched one of the progressive’s sacred cows. It is perfectly okay to mock Christians, Jews, TEA Party members, Conservatives, Republicans and the rich but do not speak ill of  those whom the left embraces and upholds as sacrosanct.

Romans 1:28-32 (HCSB)
28 And because they did not think it worthwhile to acknowledge God, God delivered them over to a worthless mind to do what is morally wrong.
29 They are filled with all unrighteousness, evil, greed, and wickedness. They are full of envy, murder, quarrels, deceit, and malice. They are gossips,
30 slanderers, God-haters, arrogant, proud, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,
31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, and unmerciful.
32 Although they know full well God’s just sentence—that those who practice such things deserve to die—they not only do them, but even applaud others who practice them.

It really is no big surprise, or even newsworthy that those who hate God will be offended by anyone who happens to love God and actually quotes the bible. The persecution of Christians has been around as long as there have been Christians. Jesus told us that Christians would be hated.

Matthew 5:11-12 (GW)
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, lie, and say all kinds of evil things about you because of me.
12 Rejoice and be glad because you have a great reward in heaven! The prophets who lived before you were persecuted in these ways.

What Phil Robertson was saying is that sin is bad and included homosexuality as one of many sins that will keep you out of a right relationship with God and shut the gates of heaven to anyone who continually engages in sin.

Phil Robertson did not equate homosexuality to sin God did. The problem people are having with this whole thing is that there is a real God that must be dealt with. Human nature wants to sweep God under the rug and ignore the reality of God’s presence in this world as well as a coming judgment from God.

So Christians should just shut up about sin and crawl into a hole somewhere and keep their thoughts and opinions to themselves. On the other hand  those who espouse a secular world view are encouraged to speak loudly and boldly about what they believe and are encouraged to teach as many others as they can into believing as they believe. They are given prime time, cable TV shows, appointed to positions of influence in society, write the opinion pages of many newspapers, and hold high positions in education, and government. Christians however are singled out for dismissal.

As Christians we are commanded by Jesus to go and teach everyone about the Kingdom of God and in so doing we are to expect opposition and even persecution. So kudos to Phil Robertson who was doing exactly what Jesus asked him to do. Going and telling.

And  that is the way I see it. What say you?

 

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