UPDATE: In response to the ongoing conflict between A&E Network and reality TV star Phil Robertson, whom the producers of Duck Dynasty suspended indefinitely for so-called "anti-gay" remarks made to GQ magazine, a homosexual-oriented magazine, "OUT" has published an article alleging Mr. Robertson had a 12 year long homosexual relationship with an unnamed man, identified as 35-year old Paul Horner.
It didn’t take a crystal ball to see it coming. What happened to Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson – eviscerated for speaking his mind and speaking what he believes to be true about a hot button issue, homosexuality – was set in motion nearly two millennia prior to the recent turn of events that left him on the outside looking in at his own families’ immensely popular reality TV show.
The Robertson’s had been rebuked previously for committing the offense of praying "in Jesus’ name" on the show, which was no doubt catalytic in the events leading up to the current brouhaha.
Read John 15 for context and perspective.
The Arts & Entertainment (A&E) network, which has aired the ongoing saga of the group of simple, yet affable redneck entrepreneurs since March of 2012, indefinitely suspended one of the beloved patriarchal characters for “incendiary” remarks he made in a GQ magazine feature condemning homosexuality as a “sin.”
In a statement released yesterday an A&E spokesperson is quoted as 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. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
Predictably, the dissenters, whom opponents often refer to as “homofascists” or even “gay terrorists” went berserk. Despite the fact that Mr. Robertson was simply giving his honest opinion to a direct question, his remarks were at once branded “hate speech, homophobia, explosive, anti-gay” and other words that are unfit to publish in this forum.
By all appearances America has reached a tipping point. A place in the continuum where one MUST completely agree with the homosexual agenda and all that it encompasses; from gay “marriage” to homosexual adoption, and all the other special considerations this group, clamoring for and demanding entitlements based upon their sexual behavior believe it deserves… or not.
If the answer is “not” the wrath of militant homosexuals and the radical progressives who aid in fostering the anti-traditional morality milieu of alternate lifestyles, is certain to be poured out upon the morally conservative.
It is deeply ironic, or perhaps even hypocritical might be more apropos’, that those who lament the intolerance of the Phil Robertson’s of the world are themselves the least tolerant of all. The gentleman himself in clarifying his views (without apologizing as was appropriate since he owed none) stated that:
“My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”
One would be hard pressed to imagine the sentiments of Phil’s opposition to be conveyed in as measured or poignant a manner. What will continue to come from the left and especially the same-sex “community” is more of what has been seen already: Hate, vitriol, and above all intolerance of anyone whose views differ from their own.
Duck Dynasty is a Babe-the-Blue-Ox-sized cash cow for the A&E Network. And it is very unlikely they will keep the star or the show out of production for long. It is difficult to imagine that the channel would actually stand by principles – morally unsound though they may be – that disrupt the flow of revenue.