Tolerance Is Now Bigotry
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Hating Christians is okay these days, but don't you dare mutter something politically incorrect.
The Robertsons are heretics under the church of modernism.
So what has caused all of the controversy? Well, since their rise to fame, the Robertsons have gotten tons of requests for interviews and speaking engagements, and Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the family, recently met with a reporter from GQ for an interview. This is the quote from Phil Robertson from the GQ article that has caused such a stir:
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.
There are a few things to note about this from the get-go. For starters, the quote is presented entirely out of context ' just with a note from the author about how this was an example of how controversial Phil Robertson can be ' a side of him that doesn't make it onto the show (heck, A&E was caught editing out references to Jesus in the Robertsons' prayers at the end of the show, and trying to do away with the prayers altogether, because they were afraid non-Christians would be insulted...so there's no way anything like this would ever make it on).
Phil went on, later, in response to a question from the interviewer:
What, in your mind, is sinful? 'Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men," he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: "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.'
According to GLAAD, these statements are "hateful" and "vile" ' specifically, "vile and extreme stereotypes." Personally, I don't know where GLAAD comes up with those ideas. What Phil Robertson is describing is the perspective of a straight Christian male conservative. He isn't mincing any words, and he definitely isn't being politically correct, but that doesn't make his statements "hateful" or "vile," unless you come from the Progressive side of America, where the greatest cardinal sin is saying something that might offend someone else.
But there's more going on here than just a media figure butting heads with an activist group. What we're really seeing with Phil Robertson, A&E, and GLAAD is a clashing of worldviews that has been ongoing for some time now. It's not as much a cultural disagreement than it is a religious conflict. Two religious views that don't really see eye-to-eye on much of anything, bumping heads on a national stage.
After all, though most are unwilling to admit it, today's progressive movement truly is a part of the religion that is Secular Humanism, which, when you get right down to it, isn't that dissimilar from Christianity in its structure. They have their Genesis story in evolution theory. They have the long story of their struggle against the religious powers of the world. They have their Messiah in Barack Obama. They even have their own end-of-times mythos, in the form of Al Gore's book and each and every report that has been released by the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...and from time to time, various prophets of Progressivism will treat us to a new prediction on when The End will come. They even made it into a movie a few years back.
They aren't separating Church and State, they're just trying to integrate their church into all aspects of our lives, while working to destroy all vestiges of a church they happen to disagree with.
In the end, that's what this is: another example of the ongoing feud between the religious worldviews of Secular Humanism and Christianity. It is only because the Secular Humanists have done so much over the course of several decades to control what is and is not acceptable, so that if one person's views happen to conflict with the Secular Humanist Gospel (which is whatever they say it is), that person will be considered a heretic, and the various denominations of the Secular Humanist religion (more commonly known as special interest lobbying groups) will do whatever they can to take that person down.
There is no doubt in my mind that various of these denominations have been somewhat chagrinned at the success of Duck Dynasty ' The Lord Obama forbid that a show liked by those vile conservative Christians actually be a success! They have been waiting for an opportunity like this, and considering how opinionated and outspoken the Robertson clan tends to be, it was only a matter of time until they got their chance. And so, the Arts and Entertainment Network succumbed to the same fear that afflicts too many these days: fear of being labeled a heretic by the Political Correctness Priests of the Church of Secular Humanism. In this case, it's made all the more egregious because A&E knew what they were getting into when they signed up the Robertsons to do a show on their network. It's made all the more egregious because as I write this, A&E is airing a Duck Dynasty marathon. It makes me wonder: will they be editing Phil out of the episodes they'll be airing today?
The bottom line to all of this is, A&E needs the Robertsons more than the Robertsons need A&E. The Robertson family already had a pair of thriving businesses before they made it big on TV, and their success on Duck Dynasty has only made their businesses more successful. And the Robertsons have been quite public about the fact that for them, being on TV is not about money, it's all about sharing Christ with others.
But according to the new bigots, sharing Christ is unacceptable. It doesn't matter how grounded your beliefs are in scripture, because the Bible is not politically correct either, and therefore should be done away with. It doesn't even matter that you have never actually discriminated against anyone. All it takes is the perception that you have sinned in the eyes ' and in the end, it is a campaign to convince the American people that Biblical principles are hateful and wrong. In the end, so many of the cries for "tolerance" are really calls for the complete acceptance of anything and everything they believe. It isn't enough to 'agree to disagree,' nothing short of wholehearted endorsement will be accepted. Something about the Gospel of Christ seems to drive them crazy, and they must destroy it.
Perhaps it has to do with this passage from 1 Corinthians: "The message of the cross is foolish to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: 'I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligence I will frustrate.'"
Robert Cleveland, Senior Conservative Editor: Robert Cleveland is the IT Director for a document management services company. When he isn't working on computers and scanners, he's spending time with his wife and kids, or writing about just how jacked-up Washington politics is. He is a strong believer that hard work and freedom are what make America the greatest nation on the planet, and it is of the utmost importance that we never lose those values. Robert's other writing can be found at his blog, more...)