Dynasty drama

Posted: December 26, 2013 in Uncategorized
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ImageI feel the need suddenly to voice an opinion regarding the recent story about Phil Robertson, the scraggly-bearded millionaire from “Duck Dynasty”. As you know, he made some rather crude comments about homosexuality and sin recently on GQ magazine, and also some comments that made him sound racist against blacks. As a result, he has been permanently banned from starring in his A&E reality series, and his family are now discussing their role with the series as well in defense of their patriarch.

Here is what the interview with Phil originally said, taken directly from the GQ website:

Out here in these woods, without any cameras around, Phil is free to say what he wants. Maybe a little too free. He’s got lots of thoughts on modern immorality, and there’s no stopping them from rushing out. Like this one: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.”Perhaps we’ll be needing that seat belt after all.
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http://www.gq.com/entertainment/television/201401/duck-dynasty-phil-robertson#ixzz2obS9KMZk

He continues on later in the interview to discuss more about the rampant sin in the world:

Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong,” he says. “Sin becomes fine.”What, in your mind, is sinful?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 says. Then he paraphrases 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.”Read More: http://www.gq.com/entertainment/television/201401/duck-dynasty-phil-robertson#ixzz2obT1qUw0

First off, Phil’s comment are taken roughly from a passage in scripture:

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (1Co 6:9-10)

Phil Robertson is a down-home country boy born on grits, squirrel meat and the good book, so its natural for the city folk to read into his words and see nothing but an ignorant hick; yet, his words, however rural they are, do speak the truth. The bible is clear that sinful people who do not repent will not see the kingdom of God.

What people now are forgetting to see is the verse in the bible after the one paraphrased by Phil:

And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (1Co 6:11)

The problem here is that everyone has focused their attention on the idea that Phil doesn’t like Homosexuals. That’s not necessarily true. If you read the first part of that interview that he comments about preferring a woman’s parts over a man’s, it sounds more like he’s just stating an opinion that “Hey, I like women!” A natural heterosexual viewpoint, bible-believer or not. Just cause a guy prefers to have sex with a female doesn’t make him a hater against homosexuals, it’s just a preference. Logically, homosexuality isn’t natural, though many would like to believe otherwise. Sex is and always will be the natural process of producing other members of the species. Homosexual sex, while enjoyable to those who practice it, cannot naturally produce offspring through this act, therefore, its only for pleasure. I’m not being a hatemonger, I’m just quoting what my biology teacher taught me.

Later on though, he does get a bit into a realm we as Christians tend to cringe at, where he talks about Homosexuality as a sin. It’s always a tender topic in this day and age, and for Mr. Robertson to blatantly blurt out that it’s a sin would make anyone convulse; yet, what Phil says is true by the bible’s standard, that Homosexuality is a sin. The only problem is, it’s not the only one. Again we see in 1st Corinthians that it mentions more than just one sin (Fornicators, adulterers, idolaters, effeminate, thieves, the covetous, etc.). Homosexuality is only one sin in a list of many that the word of God forbids. Should we now start lobbying for the right to steal? That thieves and adulterers should have the same rights as heterosexuals?

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Rom 3:23) 

(Please note that I emphasize the word “ALL” on this passage.)

For me, sin is pretty much black and white, it’s mankind that shades it in various degrees of gray. Sure, homosexuality doesn’t cause people serious harm or property damage, but based off of what God says in his word, he equates a mass murderer of equal sin as a regular guy who says a lie to his friend. God punishes everyone the same way no matter what sin they are guilty of, just as he also rewards everyone the same way for accepting Jesus as Lord.

In Matthew, Chapter 20, Jesus speaks a parable about how a householder hires people to work his vineyard. He calls up people to labor, many who have been out there all day while some only for an hour, and the householder hands each person the same pay. This is how God works, by setting a single standard for all people. A renowned evangelist and preacher will be given the same level of salvation as a nobody on the street who bends his knee and gives his heart to Jesus.

Phil Robertson’s views on homosexuality are the product of his lifestyle, which include family, simple living and the bible. The only reason he’s vilified by the media and watchdog groups is cause of the overly-sensitive predators out there who wait to see someone of popularity speak up, then pounce on them. Mr. Robertson is just another Christian being thrown to the lions by the LGBT empire because they’re either too ignorant, arrogant or self-serving to see a simple man with a simple viewpoint and not willing to give him the tolerance that they try to advocate for themselves.

Phil Robertson’s outlook on race

This here is another quote from Phil Robertson, taken from the GQ website regarding the pre-civil war era in his home town of Louisiana:

I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field…. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

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I’m not sure about the rest of you, but from what I gather of this quote, there doesn’t seem to be any sign of Phil Robertson being racist at all. He talks about working alongside black folk, doing the same things they did, watching them laugh and sing, the way it should be. Again the product of an overly-sensitive group who want to find a fault with someone and then point it out for all to see.

Since apparently no one reads history anymore, let me clarify a few things. Back in the pre-civil war era, no one had Facebook. There was no Instagram. Hell, there wasn’t even an internet in anyone’s thoughts. Phil lived no doubt in a very simple farming country where they lived simple lives. I bet they didn’t have a television back then much less the power to run it. As a result, Phil probably didn’t see a blacks as anything but good decent folk who did the same things he did; worked, laughed, prayed, and sang. There was no burning crosses, no hangings, no discrimination. He was a product of an environment where he was blissfully ignorant of the racist behaviors out there in the big cities, where blacks were forced to sit in the back of a bus, or use separate water fountains and even bathrooms. Frankly, I wish we all could have been like Phil, treating our fellow man as brothers and sisters, rather than seeing them differently cause of the color of their skin. I wish we all did…it would have made this a much kinder world.

I’m actually surprised no one caught this part of Phil’s interview:

All you have to do is look at any society where there is no Jesus. I’ll give you four: Nazis, no Jesus. Look at their record. Uh, Shintos? They started this thing in Pearl Harbor. Any Jesus among them? None. Communists? None. Islamists? Zero. That’s eighty years of ideologies that have popped up where no Jesus was allowed among those four groups. Just look at the records as far as murder goes among those four groups.”

Read More http://www.gq.com/entertainment/television/201401/duck-dynasty-phil-robertson#ixzz2obepFcYM

Oh dear, Phil sounds like he might be Islamaphobic too. Anti-Japanese? Maybe anti-German? Come on people, why not just go on and call him a murderer cause he hunts ducks…for pity sake can we just stop with the neanderthal notion of racism and try to live together as one society? Can we not get over this barbaric notion that one person’s skin color is better than another? It is the race-baiters and heterophobes, desperate, angry and self-righteous bigots who try to accuse everyone that they’re a racist that causes more problems in this country than one happy-go-lucky hillbilly from the south who made a fortune selling duck calls and quotes scripture.

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Comments
  1. The notion that Jim Crow didn’t harm African-Americans is a direct defense of racism, and you choose not to see it. Pathetic.

    • cyberprophet says:

      Actually I never really heard of the segregation laws known as “Jim Crow laws”. I suppose cause i’m ignorant I must be as big a Bigot as Phil.

      Maybe Phil didn’t see the oppression of blacks during that time cause they didn’t know of these stupid Neanderthal laws like me. Not knowing something like this does not make a person a racist or a defender of racism.

      What it does make is the self-important know-it-all who is aware of this just another person throwing stones while standing inside a glass house.

      • Alternatively, the denial is strategic, and people who defend and anyone defending a period of time in which minorities were systematically excluded from large aspects of public life has provided more than sufficient grounds for the claim that he is racist.

  2. I agree they are on a witch hunt and set Phil up to sell magazines pure and simple. Read my opinion it is not written as nicely because I truly have had enough of this twisted media circus but I believe we are thinking along the same lines here.

    • When asking someone their opinion and then printing it constitutes setting them up, you have wandered well into the realm of paranoia. The man is in his 60s; he can take responsibility for his own words.

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