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Your thoughts on the ‘Duck Dynasty’ flap?

Your thoughts on the ‘Duck Dynasty’ flap?

What do you think? Is “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson getting a raw deal for expressing his homophobic beliefs in GQ, or was the A&E network right to suspend him for his comments? Daniel Burke of CNN’s Belief Blog reports:

While controversy swirled around Phil Robertson Wednesday evening, the “Duck Dynasty” patriarch was at his longtime church, praying for a young woman who suffers from cancer, the TV star’s pastor told CNN in an exclusive interview.

“Phil led us in prayer,” said Mike Kellett, senior pastor of White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, Louisiana. “There were greater things on our minds than the firestorm of controversy about this article.”

Asked how Robertson is taking the fierce criticism of his remarks on homosexuality, Kellett said, “He’s very calm, and very confident that if he serves the Lord, God will take care of everything.”

Linda Holmes, writing at NPR.org, finds this all rather disconcerting:

In suspending him, A&E released a statement in which it said, according to CNN, “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.”

Now, ask yourself what kind of sense this makes.

For one thing, A&E is not only explaining that Phil’s personal beliefs — which, for him, are part and parcel of the religious faith that has been one of the show’s selling points — do not reflect the position of the network. It is explaining that Phil’s personal beliefs are not reflected in the show that is ostensibly about Phil. I’m trying to remember whether I’ve ever seen a network point out quite so clearly — if perhaps accidentally — that you don’t have to punish Show Phil for the things that are said in the press by Actual Phil.

I think this tweet from Ian McGibboney sums up the situation very well: “Freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom of consequences from that speech, especially if it’s ignorant and hateful.” Read more of what Ian has to say at his blog. Your thoughts?

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Fmendespinto

Or, William Gilders, you could explain what it was you meant in the first place. But suit yourself.

Bill Dilworth

Jon Richardson

I wrote some thoughts about this story from my experience as a gay Christian from Louisiana.

Published on my blog, here: http://www.jonmrichardson.com/2013/12/a-gay-christian-from-louisiana-responds.html

William Gilders

Bill Dilworth, do you honestly believe that my post involved “trying to make the case that members of the Church of Christ are noted for their enlightened social views”? If so, I see no point in attempting further discussion.

Fmendespinto

William Gilders, are you trying to make the case that members of the Church of Christ are noted for their enlightened social views? Good luck with that.

Bill Dilworth

Gregory Orloff

Well, David, comparing homosexuality to bestiality or claiming that “black folk” were happy “down on the farm” don’t exactly strike me as a principled invitation to constructive debate. They seem much more incendiary than constructive, especially given the sight of separate water fountains and restrooms Mr. Robinson undoubtedly grew up around. Just because I wasn’t around to see firsthand the death camps of the Holocaust or fire hoses and police dogs targeting the African-American children of Birmingham doesn’t mean they didn’t happen. There’s no excusing or defending such ignorance in today’s world.

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