H/T to The Hollywood Reporter
You had to see this one coming. The left has been waiting to jump on Phil Robertson ever since he let God and all creation know, in no uncertain terms, that he was a devout Christian, bathed in the blood of Christ, and not ashamed to let you know it. I mean, you know it just burn the leftists up that the Robertson family has the gall to throw their Christianity in our face every week when they say grace before the meal at the end of each show. Sometimes Phil even says "in Jesus' name" before saying "Amen"! It's almost like throwing Holy Water on a demon.
The patriarch of Duck Dynasty'. Phil Robertson was put on "indefinite hiatus" after GLAAD and its spokesman Wilson Cruz objected to comments Robertson made to GQ Magazine regarding homosexuality.
Calling it "the vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication", GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz attacked Robertson's Christian faith, 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. "He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans -- and Americans -- who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil's decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to re-examine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families."
So what were the "vile and extreme statements" that Phil Robertson uttered that has the LGBT crowd ready to take to the streets with torches and pitchforks?
On being asked about homosexuality, Phil Robertson opined:
“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.”
Asked about repentance and what he himself finds sinful, Robertson offered this:
"Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there," he says. "Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men." Paraphrasing 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Roberson continues, “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.”
So where are the vile and extreme statements. Did he call for violence against gays, or that gays should be oppressed, or rounded up and put in camps? No. Phil Robertson gave his opinion based on what he believes. You can agree or disagree. That's all. What it does sound like is the fake outrage from a bunch of leftist Christophobes.
That's right, you read right. Christophobe. We constantly hear of homophobes, islamophobes, this phobe or that phobe, but attacks on the Judeo-Christian heritage in this country are met with silence. When any conservative, especially a conservative Christian, doesn't agree with the politically correct views of the left, the offender is attacked with La Cage au Faux outrage by GLAAD, or whatever leftist group is pissed off this week. Meanwhile, Alec Baldwin throws the word "faggot" around at photographers and reporters on a regular basis, and GLAAD can barely muster up an arched eyebrow, or an "Oh, that Alec!"
Also, Wilson Cruz is apparently an ordained minister and expert on biblical theology, saying that the Robertson's "claim to be Christian" but lie about gays. He doesn't say what those lies are, but because he's gay and I'm not, I probably couldn't understand anyway. It's a gay thing, I guess.
What Phil Robertson did do was give his opinion on homosexual sex. It's his opinion. We are still allowed to have those, are we not? He also paraphrased a portion of the Bible which condemns sin and sexual immorality, including but not limited to homosexuality. The offending portion that he paraphrased for you sinners out there was this:
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (NIV, 1st Corinthians 6:9-11)
Cruz says that most Americans support the LGBT agenda. I don't know if they do or they don't. I don't really care, and that is not what Phil Robertson was asked. They asked for his views. Not America's views.
This is the problem with all of these leftist groups. They don't want you to have your own views. Your views must reflect the collective view, and when someone like Phil Robertson gives his view, he must be crushed and made an example of. Their goal is to remove individual thought. Like the book 1984, the goal is to shrink the language:
“Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought-crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by eactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten. . . . The process will still be continuing long after you and I are dead. Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller. Even now, of course, there's no reason or excuse for commiting thought-crime. It's merely a question of self-discipline, reality-control. But in the end there won't be any need even for that. . . . Has it ever occcured to you, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?” George Orwell - 1984
That is why it is dangerous when you have these vacuous Hollywood actors and actresses, or some advocacy group, start calling for the elimination of this word or that word from books and dictionaries, or the public square. Just this week actress Jennifer Lawrence of the 'Hunger Games' franchise, called for "regulating" words like "fat".
By the way, why do they call themselves GLAAD when they seem to be pissed off all the time!