Duck Dynasty, the most popular TV show in America, chronicles a family of rednecks who made their fortune selling duck calls for duck hunters.
From the five minutes I’ve ever seen of the show I gathered that the Robertson family members are each very charismatic. And it makes sense why conservatives in particular love the show so much: the Robertsons are hunters, Christians, and they’re self-made entrepreneurs.
In a recent interview with GQ Magazine, Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the family, expressed his Christian belief that homosexuality is wrong.
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there,” he said. “Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”
Liberals with poor reading-comprehension skills say that Robertson was comparing homosexuality to bestiality. He was not making any comparisons at all, though. He was simply saying that as society becomes permissive toward one sexual abnormality, it will become permissive toward another. He wasn’t saying they are alike or that one was better or worse.
Of course Robertson has been put on “indefinite hiatus” from the reality show by A&E for these remarks. (Here’s a Facebook page titled “Boycott A&E Until Phil Robertson Is Put Back On Duck Dynasty,” which, as of this writing, has over 700,000 “Likes.”)
You have to respect people who publicly say things they know are unpopular with the powers that be. You have to further respect someone who doesn’t apologize for speaking the truth. Robertson did clarify his words, but he did not apologize.
“My mission today,” he said in response to the media backlash against him, “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.”
Really, what was so bad about what he said? They were opinions. He could have said “I don’t like gay people” and it still shouldn’t matter. It’s his opinion! There is harm in acting out of hate, but there is no harm in stating opinions. As long as he’s not hurting anybody, why should it matter if he’s a homophobe, a racist, or any other sort of bigot? His opinions aren’t affecting anybody.
Celebrated homosexual and homosexual-rights activist Dan Savage, on the other hand, does go out of his way to harm others, and Democrats pat him on the back. Savage once detailed how he tried to give the flu to Gary Bauer, who campaigned for President in 2000 and who said, “Our society will be destroyed if we say it’s okay for a man to marry a man or a woman to marry a woman.”
Voicing an opinion? Horrible! Savage, who at the time had come down with severe influenza, was visiting Bauer’s campaign headquarters in Iowa. Here’s what he did while there, in his own words:
I go around the room licking doorknobs. They are filthy, no doubt, but there isn’t time to find a rag to spit on. If for some reason I don’t manage to get a pen from my mouth to Gary’s hands at the conference, I want to seed his office with germs, get as many of his people sick as I can, and hopefully one of them will infect the candidate. I lick office doorknobs, bathroom doorknobs. When that’s done, I start on the staplers, phones, and computer keyboards. Then I stand in the kitchen and lick the rims of all the clean coffee cups drying in the rack. I grab my coat and head out.
But merely believing that women and men belong together is bad?
President Obama himself has not only uttered unpopular opinions, but has enacted policies that have directly and indirectly harmed people. Why has Phil Robertson been fired and Barack Obama not?
Good for Robertson for not backing down, as most do when they find themselves in his situation. Nobody wants to see a man falsely grovel. Self-respect goes a long way.