I hardly need to go over the details, as this news story is all over the web, today. Phil Robertson, one of the colorful characters on the number one cable television show, ‘Duck Dynasty,’ made comments about homosexuality on a recent GQ interview that has landed him on “indefinite hiatus” by A&E, producers of the popular reality television program.
While crude in nature, here’s what landed Robertson on indefinite hiatus:
“It seems like, to me, a v—– — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s a—. 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.
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.”
He then goes on to paraphrase Corinthians:
“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.”
A&E’s statement was as follows:
“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.”
If what A&E claims to be true — “not reflected in the series” — then why would they kick him off the show? Considering the amount of illegal activity movie stars and football players indulge in and continue on in their profession, I find it disturbing this is the action being taken against someone exercising their personal right to free speech.
Russell Moore said it best:
“Now, I thought his reported anatomical comparisons were ill-advised and crude. But that doesn’t seem to be where the controversy lies.
Let’s have the sort of cultural conversation that allows us to seek to persuade each other, not to seek to silence one another with intimidation. That’s what real diversity is all about.”
Exactly. Remember, this has caused the offense: Paraphrasing Corinthians. This is a tenant of the Christian faith.
Have we fully grasped the concept that someone has essentially been fired from their job for citing from their holy book in a published personal message?
This is a gross violation of both freedom of speech and religious freedom!
SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter