So we have a guy that is a huge TV star, a “clown” in a whole family of clowns.  I use the word clown because they are actors, whether they were before the show was produced or not, they are actors now in this series called Duck Dynasty.  This guy, Phil, is a redneck patriarch who, after a life of sin and youthful dissipation, now purports to walk the straight and narrow ways of his backwoods Christianity.

He says this in an interview when asked about his definition of sinful behavior:

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there,” such as bestiality, he said.

“Don’t be deceived,” he was quoted in GQ. “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.”

Now the network has removed him from the series.

And now we have a whole backlash starting up in social networks for support of this guy.  What is the America that supports this guy thinking?  So disappointing.

People think that in a campaign like this, whoever gets the most likes, or tweets to the network, will win the contest.  But many don’t seem to see that the contest here is much bigger than votes and “likes.”  The contest here is between appropriate and inappropriate remarks about people the speaker sees as different, or in this case “sinful,” and condemns them publicly.  What if he were convinced that the Bible tells us black people are the sons of Ham and therefore there’s a biblical reason for them to be in subjectivity to whites?  Would we be saying, “support this guy!”

But it’s OK for many that this guy can say these things about people who are queer? If he were saying this about blacks or about Jews, or about grandmothers, we’d have an outcry and the guy would be buried in shame.

Of course, I know I said he was an actor, and as such, he should have a private persona as well, and is allowed to express his opinions as such.  No problem.  But I won’t financially support him for it – by watching the show.  He can do that on his own.

After being suspended from the show, Phil did say, “I myself (sic) am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. 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.”

Fair enough, but let’s think about it a bit before we jump on the Support Phil Campaign.  If he’s reinstated, would you still really feel that comfortable with his rant?

Maybe we could be just as happy without him on there.

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