Well that didn’t take long.
Phil Robertson, the “Patriarch” of the Duck Dynasty clan, went where no brave soul dare treads and shared his thoughts on homosexuality, America’s new untouchable class. From the Huffington Post:
“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” Robertson told GQ. “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.”
He was criticized for likening homosexuality to bestiality and paraphrasing a passage from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians which says that such people will not inherit the kingdom of God. In response to the criticisms Robertson released a statement:
I myself 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.
In the name of tolerance A&E suspended him:
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.
The problem with making homosexuality a legitimate, mainstream lifestyle no different from any other expression of sexuality is that you cannot tolerate anyone or anything that calls it a sin. Such discrimination cannot be tolerated and must be stamped out.
In the case of gay marriage, for example, there is a very real problem trying to balance “marriage equality” and religious liberty. Those who don’t take this dilemma seriously simply dismiss any concerns that there is an inevitable conflict between the two but eventually it will become apparent and we’ll have to face it. It’s not simply a problem of wedding photographers refusing to do gay marriages. Churches and religious-based organizations that have any dealings with the government or public will be targeted and silence. If a church uses public facilities, for example, it will be forced to comply with laws against discrimination in order to conduct their ministries, whether it’s soup kitchens or shelters.
Bigotry had manifested itself in various forms in the past. It was directed towards immigrants, blacks, religious groups, and women. Its modern-day face is tolerance and works its way through the political activism of “gay rights” proponents.
I think this modern form of bigotry is worse because it goes beyond its predecessors and invades the mind. In the past there was a limit to what bigots wanted to accomplish, usually discrimination and exclusion. Today, these bigots who think that they are liberal want to censor what we think. We are not allowed to voice opinions that do not revere homosexuality as a noble pursuit.
The Bible does tell us that all who follow Christ will be persecuted. It will not get any easier to confess biblical doctrines. Christians must be prepared in advance for the opposition and ready to contend for the truth. Jesus was controversial and offensive and no matter how liberal, or libertine, our culture gets it will always be hostile to the gospel. Our problem is that we hate God, not that we don’t believe in Him. But Jesus has reconciled the world to God and we now are able to be called the people of God.