When Ducks Cry

The Phil Robertson Saga

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By Jim Bowman

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Phil Robertson

Here's an analysis -- from Taki's Magazine -- to make one sit up and take notice:

When asked what he considered sinful, Robertson paraphrased a passage from 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, which is reprinted here from the New International Version:

Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men, nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Clearly the Christian Bible preaches that "men who have sex with men" will not go to heaven.

That's the gist of what made GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) mad. There's more -- in the January GQ article "What the Duck?" about Robertson, star of "Duck Dynasty," the most successful show in cable-television history -- but not family-newspaper-friendly stuff.

Let it be noted that the article got 230,000 likes, 628 tweets, 591 google-plus recommendations, and 5,074 comments and that the Robertson family says the show (on A&E) won't go on if Phil's indefinite suspension from it does.

Powerful lobby at work here, however, and A&E may be willing to tell its biggest audience ever to take a hike -- as we know by now.

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John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 12:33 PM

I am with Mark Twain on this issue. He said, ""I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkey's." ?"Mark Twain

Not all like that  

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 11:53 AM

My two cents is that there was a debate among early Christians and Paul's version of things won...Jesus himself didn't seem to be pre-occupied with gays. But, even more, GLAAD's larger point was that a majority of Christians aren't the gay-bashing type and accepting. Let's not make the Phil Robertsons of the world give all Christians a bad name.

Jim Bowman from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 11:30 AM

I am not spamming my own comment arena. Had tech troubles posting comment (they resolved themselves somehow, or maybe with Wed J staff help), repeated the process, got two versions, having tweaked the first one. It's the mind of Bowman at work. I prefer the second of the two below, of course. Happy New Year.

Jim Bowman from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 9:09 PM

Not at all, I thought ignoring the Bible would make GLAAD a poor judge of Christian belief. I was wrong? Bill D, the thief believed, the whore repented, Jesus approved of them. This makes him an endorser of thievery and promiscuity? Paul's letters are some of the earliest Christian writings, contemporary with or preceding the gospels. In Romans, as in other letters, he declared himself Jesus' representative in all he said. You don't think he was?

Jim Bowman from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 9:09 PM

Not at all, I thought ignoring the Bible would make GLAAD a poor judge of Christian belief. I was wrong? Bill D, the thief believed, the whore repented, Jesus approved of them. This makes him an endorser of thievery and promiscuity? Paul's letters are some of the earliest Christian writings, contemporary with or preceding the gospels. In Romans, as in other letters, he declared himself Jesus' representative in all he said. You don't think so?

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: January 1st, 2014 6:41 PM

No where in Paul's letter written at least 20 years after Christ's death, do I read that Jesus Himself actually condemned homosexuality. As one scholar wrote, "That was Paul's view. If it was Paul's view recorded in the inspired text, then it is God's view. And if it is God's view, it should be ours if we call ourselves Christian." Big "ifs," I'd say. Christ embraced a repentant whore as a follower, and guaranteed a common thief a place with Him in paradise. I doubt he had any problem with gays

Not all like that  

Posted: January 1st, 2014 5:16 PM

Jim, Paul's letter to the Romans depends on whether you read the Bible literally or whether you're the type of Christian who puts scripture in historical context. (Not to mention that there is plenty of disagreement about whether or not Paul really "got" what Jesus was about. I'm not a fan of Paul, myself.) The real lesson here is that Phil Robertson doesn't speak for all Christians.

Jim Bowman from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: January 1st, 2014 3:34 PM

The problem here with GLAAD's reference to "what true Christians believe" as approving same-sex sex is its ignoring what the Bible says. Paul's letter to the Romans alone is peppered with condemnation of it. To discount this is hardly doing justice to "true Christian" belief and convictions.

OP Times from Oak Park  

Posted: December 27th, 2013 12:38 PM

It's so easy rattling cages around here....Tom, again proving my point by insulting George Bush, an Ivy League elite if there ever was one (Yale undergrad/Harvard B School). It's the Govt nuts who are the problem, not the gun devotees. Bill, correct, Mr Robertson does have a Masters in Educ., but those NE elites don't count La Tech in their bubble. You're right that his comments are way off base. That wasn't my point. The reaction is the story in my view...

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: December 27th, 2013 11:35 AM

Wow, OP Times, that's quite a mouthful. "Insane jealousy"? The criticism of Phil Robertson (who has a masters degree and is a former teacher, speaking of "white bread, Ivy League worlds") had to do with his ignorant comments on gays. And his ridiculous contention that blacks who he purportedly "picked cotton with" were HAPPY about their circumstances. If he didn't want his comments dissected in the media, he should have stayed away from such an "east coast media elite" publication as GQ.

Tom from River Forest  

Posted: December 27th, 2013 10:16 AM

Leave it to the gun nuts to find a grand conspiracies here. I assure you, I do not care one whit about the duck crackers. I have never seen the show, nor will I and George Bush proved that simpletons can get rich. My point simply was to call that duckhead out on his racism and homophobia and not allow him to justify his ignorant hatred with a blanket of alleged Christianity. Jesus would love everyone, regardless of their race or sexual orientation. Those who say otherwise reject Him.

OP Times from Oak Park  

Posted: December 27th, 2013 9:42 AM

This incident clearly shows how insanely jealous the east coast media elites, & their lemmings like Tom in RF, are that a perceived bayou hick like Mr Robertson has found huge success outside of their white bread, Ivy League world. That he built his empire based on his love of (gasp!) hunting, makes them even more apoplectic. He could buy them 10X over, & it drives them crazy. He's everything they aren't: rugged, independent, wise, masculine, athletic. Typical childish attempt bring down success

joe from south oak park  

Posted: December 26th, 2013 9:40 PM

Tom - the quote from the GQ article was from a personal prospective. Relating more to Roberson's place in the same socioeconomic class at the time as many black folk in rural Louisiana and that Robertson did not personally see or hear folks complain about racism. Nowhere did it say that racism did not exist or that folks were happy to endure Jim Crow. IMO I'm not surprised that the people Robertson knew didn't talk to him about racism, especially if they liked him.

Jim Coughlin from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: December 26th, 2013 9:10 PM

The Bible also tells slaves to obey and be kind to their masters.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: December 26th, 2013 8:59 PM

Leviticus 19:19. My wool/poly winter coat makes me an apostate? Deuteronomy 23:1 Better to die of testicular cancer than go to hell for eternity... 1 Corinthians 14:34 Eazy duz it Eazy E. Deuteronomy 22:5 No not RuPaul...

Oak Park Knee Jerk from Oak PArk  

Posted: December 26th, 2013 3:48 PM

This whole, sad saga is, of course, George Bush's fault.

Tom from River Forest  

Posted: December 26th, 2013 1:50 PM

Gee Jim, do you have any bible quotes that support that duckhead's other ridiculous claim, namely that African Americans were happily singing their way through de facto and de jure segregation?

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: December 26th, 2013 12:36 PM

The Bible also has something about a woman's voice being "an abomination." Shall we live our lives according to that supposed wisdom?

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