The fallout and backlash from A&E over the Duck Dynasty controversy continues to rage like a firestorm. Even the leaders of GLAAD said they have never seen such a backlash and are feeling it. A boycott A&E facebook page has passed one million signatures. A petition signed by Sean Hannity and Sarah Palin to A&E has so far garnished 70,000 signatures. Walmart has completely sold out all of its’ Duck Dynasty items. On his radio show on Thursday Sean Hannity gave out the phone number of the CEO of A&E and the phone number of the A&E station and both were besieged with calls. President Obama has admitted to liking the show and watches it on Air Force One.
Even famed gay, atheist and feminist Camile Paglia whom I always found to be logical and objective and non in your face expressed anger and dismay at A&E’s decision calling it Stalinistic and fascistic when someone tries to silence another’s opinion just to fit their agenda saying:
“To express yourself in a magazine in an interview — this is the level of punitive PC, utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist, OK, that my liberal colleagues in the Democratic Party and on college campuses have supported and promoted over the last several decades,” Paglia said. “This is the whole legacy of free speech 1960’s that have been lost by my own party.”
Paglia went on to point out that while she is an atheist she respects religion and has been frustrated by the intolerance of gay activists.
“I think that this intolerance by gay activists toward the full spectrum of human beliefs is a sign of immaturity, juvenility,” Paglia said. “This is not the mark of a true intellectual life. This is why there is no cultural life now in the U.S. Why nothing is of interest coming from the major media in terms of cultural criticism. Why the graduates of the Ivy League with their A, A, A+ grades are complete cultural illiterates, etc. is because they are not being educated in any way to give respect to opposing viewpoints.”
Gay writer Brandon Ambosino said that the fiasco says more about “our bigotry than Phil’s. : I’m reminded of something Bill Maher said during the height of the Paula Deen controversy: “Do we always have to make people go away?” I think the question applies in this situation too. Why is our go-to political strategy for beating our opponents to silence them? Why do we dismiss, rather than engage them? One of the biggest pop-culture icons of today just took center stage to “educate” us about sexuality. I see this as an opportunity to further the discussion, to challenge his limited understanding of human desire, to engage with him and his rather sizable audience — most of whom, by the way, probably share his views — and to rise above the endless sea of tweet-hate to help move our LGBT conversations to where they need to go.
G.K. Chesterton said that bigotry is “an incapacity to conceive seriously the alternative to a proposition.” If he is right — and he usually is — then I wonder if the Duck Dynasty fiasco says more about our bigotry than Phil’s.
Another thing that gets my goat is the way the media is taking everything he said out of context to make it appear like hate speech and anti-gay speech. Phil did not compare homosexuality to beastiality like the media is saying. If anyone read the full interview and had half a brain and the common sense of a billy goat they would notice that he was responding to a question about what he considered a sin. He then listed several things like cheating on one’s spouse, beastiality, homosexuality and other things. He was listing what he considered a sin NOTCOMPARING!!!!. He also paraphrased several bible quotes from the book of Corinthians in the bible that state that homosexuality goes against God’s will such as “he that sleepith with another man as though it was his wife shall not see the kingdom of God.”
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there,” he says. “Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”
He 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.” 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10.
“Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.”
Greg Laurie, an evangelist, author and public speaker who pastors Harvest Christian Fellowship in Southern California, observed that Christians have been put in the impossible position of being required to not merely tolerate homosexual behavior but to endorse it.
He insisted Christians don’t want to force their views on anyone.
“We believe in God, the Creator and designer of the world and all of its creatures,” he said. “We believe He has provided, as the Bible teaches, an intended design for sex and marriage. We choose to hold to that, while being tolerant of those who choose to disregard it.”
He said Christians “stand with Scripture on the topic of homosexuality and every other sin the Bible speaks of.”
“And we will continue to tolerate and even love those that disagree with us,” he said. “It would be nice if that were a two-way street.”
Well it looks like all the complaining has paid off since It looks like Phil Robertson’s suspension from “Duck Dynasty” may be just for show. Entertainment Weekly learned that on Jan. 15, A&E will begin airing new episodes of the show that include scenes featuring the “Dynasty” patriarch.
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