Why Phil Robertson Was Mostly Right
- Monday, December 23, 2013
I have a confession to make. I’ve never viewed A&E’s immensely popular Duck Dynasty show, and I generally can’t stand so-called “reality TV.” Watching publicity-seekers pretend to live their lives seems like a colossal waste of time at best, a disturbing example of infantile voyeurism at worst.
Still, I can’t help but admit to being an admirer of the Robertson clan, who pray together at the end of every episode, and of their plain-spoken patriarch, Phil. The current controversy is nothing new for the bearded, Bible-believing, camo-wearing agent provocateur.
Last summer, speaking about abortion, Phil caused a stir by bluntly questioning “some woman’s right to tear you out of [the womb] a piece at a time! C’mon! You have a God-given right to live. And of all places, inside your mother. … what in the world happened to us?”
It wasn’t exactly a nuanced critique—crude but effective is more like it. Well, now Phil has really gone and done it, touching the third rail of America’s culture wars in an interview in GQ magazine. Responding to a question about his definition of sin, Phil started out with homosexuality:
"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…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."
Besides his rough paraphrase from 1 Corinthians 6, Phil also described in coarse, earthy terms the superiority of a basic heterosexual sex act over a basic homosexual sex act (which I will not repeat here), saying the latter is neither desirable nor “logical.” Again, the head of Duck Dynasty was not hired for his nuance. And the firestorm from the Left was predictable.
The homosexual rights group known as GLAAD called his remarks “vile.” CNN personality Piers Morgan said that the First Amendment “shouldn’t protect vile bigots” like Phil Robertson. Responding to the outrage, A&E Networks, which surely knew his views when they hired him, suspended Phil from Duck Dynasty filming “indefinitely,” saying “[we] have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.”
(One wonders if they felt the same way about “journalist” Martin Bashir’s despicable comments about Sarah Palin or Miley Cyrus’s lascivious “twerking.” Somehow, I suspect this is another case of very selective outrage.)
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