As the war between Duck Dynasty and political correctness rages on, a new video has been released on the same day the co-stars of the show hinted that they would not continue the show without Phil. The video—when viewed out of context—depicts a preaching Phil Robertson spewing a “homophobic” rant from the pulpit.
If you’ve even looked at the news, you’ve probably seen something about either Duck Dynasty or Phil Robertson. Controversy resulted in the country taking up arms after the TV star had made a comment about the sinful nature of homosexuality and how he doesn’t support it.
After learning of the man’s statements, A&E quickly came out with a statement of their own saying, “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. His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.” He was placed on a indefinite suspension from the show.
Funny, I thought it was a reality show. You would think that the beliefs of those on a reality show would directly represent the series.
The family took the side of Phil–and rightfully so—saying, “While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible.” They went on to say, “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.” The family, Phil, and a large portion of the country views the actions of A&E to be in direct violation of his freedoms of speech and religion—regardless of the offense others may have taken by his comments.
As “coincidence” would have it, on the same day the family made their statement, a video has gone viral portraying Phil as a hate filled homophobe. The truth of the matter is, it is out of context and made to seem like Phil was speaking in a vicious and spiteful way.
The video was actually filmed three years ago—before Duck Dynasty was even a thought–during the Berean Bible Church’s Wild Game Supper. During the event filled with likeminded, religious people, Phil spoke about the sin that is homosexuality and how the epidemic is filling the United States from within the comfort and security of his church.
The rant made Phil sound as if was saying homosexuals were “’ruthless’ and ‘full of murder’ – charging them as ‘arrogant’ and liable to ‘invent ways of doing evil.’” Now, although Phil agrees with this—obviously as he was preaching it—they weren’t his words.
Phil was quoting Romans 1:26-32—a verse often used to battle homosexuality– that reads:
“Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”
Now although some people may be offended, does this mean anyone has the right to condemn the man for his beliefs? Absolutely not. I’m sure if Phil had crossed paths with two gay men that were kissing, he would have been offended—but he would have to bite his tongue? The double standard here is infuriating and nauseating.
The TV show is ranked the highest ever watched reality show in the history of cable television. The show caught the attention of 11.8 million viewers last year and racked in millions of profit. We already know the cast of Duck Dynasty aren’t going to cave on their beliefs. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what A&E decides to do. Money goes a long way when trying to get someone to abandoned their principles—I’m sure they’re not ready to abandon the cash cow just yet.
Shouldn’t a man on a reality show be able to accurately demonstrate his views and beliefs?