Originally posted at The Blacksphere
Phil Robertson, currently on extended hiatus from A&E’s Duck Dynasty is my kind of guy!
Phil tells it like it is. He’s uncompromising in his convictions, unashamed of his faith in Jesus Christ, and he speaks in a way most people, whether they want to admit it or not, secretly agree with.
Although wealthy, Phil is unimpressed with luxury and generally disinterested in the trappings of fame or riches. Mr. Robertson worships his God, adores his wife, and loves his family and his country. Once, when Phil was asked about health care, this is the God-centered, no-nonsense answer he gave:
Temporary is all you’re going to get with any kind of health care, except the health care I’m telling you about. That’s eternal health care, and it’s free…. I’ve opted to go with eternal health care instead of blowing money on these insurance schemes.
This is a man who hunts in the Louisiana backwater, eats squirrel brains, skins catfish, views the world of nature through the eyes of a Bible-thumper, and is not shy about saying that, if he had a choice, he’d rather not take his giggling granddaughters fishing.
So when the quiet man behind the scraggily beard speaks, after listening to the Teleprompter Thespian with zero core convictions promoting lies for five years, Phil Robertson is a breath of fresh air.
Just days ago Phil made it clear he’d rather go duck hunting than spend the afternoon being interviewed by an elderly liberal. GQ, taking a wiser tack, sent their writer to Louisiana to shadow the Robertsons for the story.
In the GQ interview, Phil, speaking of God, morals and repentance, had this to say about homosexuality:
It seems like, to me, a vagina – as a man – would be more desirable than a man’s anus. 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.
Logic is the key word. Phil was just explaining logistics to the “dudes” and expressing his own personal preference.
In the article entitled What the Duck? common-sense Phil also expressed his opinion on “Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” as well as why great societies that turn their back on God eventually destroy themselves from within.
A sinner saved by grace and a “product of the…drug, sex and rock and roll 60’s,” Phil insists that he leaves the judging of sin to Almighty God and considers it his job to just love people and preach the Gospel.
Yet despite his respect for all living things, it was inevitable that Robertson’s honesty would not be well-received by the liberal, gay-loving side of America. And lo and behold: the ink was barely dry on Phil’s interview when GLAAD condemned Robertson straightaway, calling his sentiments “vile.” In response, A&E promptly curtsied to the gay community and placed Phil on hiatus for an undetermined amount of time.
GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz reacted to the Phil Robertson interview in a statement saying: “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.”
Give it a few more hours. Cruz will be followed by Chaz Bono’s Mom Cher, who will be defending her daughter…I mean son by tweeting multitudinous expletives on Twitter.
Mr. Cruz’s retort proves that he has no idea what “true Christians” believe, and if he spent less time trying to twist Scripture and more time reading and living it, he’d understand where the Biblical foundation for Phil’s beliefs comes from.
In typical liberal style, Cruz called on A&E to shut Phil Robertson up and A&E complied. After all, this is America, and how dare a person who disagrees with the homosexual lifestyle express his view with the same passion and religious zeal that the LGBT community incessantly expresses theirs?
Wilson Cruz, doing what Phil Robertson professes not to do, which is to judge, ranted on: “[Phil] clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans.”
I must have missed something – when did Phil say anything about the majority of Louisianans? What Phil said seemed more like an observation than a condemnation.
Nevertheless, the GLAAD spokesperson’s response was more mad than it was glad, and although Duck Dynasty has a committed audience of 14 million viewers per show, Mr. Cruz is firmly convinced that most Americans “support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples” and will therefore be appalled by Mr. Robertson speaking the truth. With Phil Robertson missing from the head of the table, that remains to be seen.
The reason Wilson Cruz felt that A&E had to “reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families” is because Phil said that as a man, to him a vagina is just more appealing.
Cruz’s argument is that a heterosexual male admitting that he is attracted to the opposite sex cultivates “vile and extreme stereotypes.” “Vile and extreme stereotypes” of who? Men who already admit they prefer male anuses to female vaginas, and women who proudly declare they prefer female vaginas to male penises?
Despite the uproar and Phil’s subsequent firing, something even more eye-opening than what Phil’s comments. GLAAD and A&E have revealed who they are by suggesting Phil Robertson had no right to exercise his First Amendment right by proclaiming his sexual preference and religious beliefs.
The plainspoken patriarch of the Duck Commander has already proven that he answers to no one but a higher power and will not be intimidated by radical activists with unconventional sexual predilections.
Moreover, Phil Robertson is not about to change his view of the world just to placate mad GLAADS or rattled A&E executives.
The Duck Dynasty big guy will continue to practice what he preaches, will continue to look for any opportunity to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, and will never let concern over controversy cut into his duck-hunting time.