For the benefit of those of you who have made the very discerning decision to abandon your cable TV subscriptions, the entertainment equivalent of a huge bag of fertilizer, the most popular show on cable TV’s Arts and Entertainment network is their reality show Duck Dynasty. It is the story of the Robertsons, an engaging family from Louisiana who are openly Christian. In 2013, being openly Christian can have serious consequences, as they have discovered.
An amazing feature of the story is that episodes generally end with the family seated around the dinner table asking the Lord’s blessing on themselves and the food that they are about to eat. When was the last time you saw that on TV? I don’t remember even Father Knows Best or Leave It To Beaver actually having overt prayer as part of their weekly episodes.
How do people react to this blatant religious display? Well, the latest season premiere of Duck Dynasty broke cable ratings records, pulling in 11.8 million viewers. Obviously many viewers are not concerned about the separation of church and TV. As a result of the success of the show, family members have been interviewed by the press, and since their show reflects their beliefs, so do the interviews.
Jase and Missy Robertson said in a recent interview that they chose to remain abstinent until marriage as per God’s desire. Jase went on to say, “I’m going to use whatever God blesses me with as a platform to tell the world that God is for you. He proved it through sending Jesus down here to die for us and be resurrected. And for us that gives us second chances and it gives us hope, and so we spread that message everywhere.”
How did the A&E executives react? David McKillop, executive vice president, of A&E told Inside TV last week, “Thanks to its authentic and engaging characters, Duck Dynasty has become more than just a reality show, it is a cultural phenomenon.” Everything was hunky-dory; audiences were happy, A&E was making a bundle and had great ratings – what could go wrong?
What went wrong was that Phil Robertson gave an interview to GQ magazine, reported by CBS Houston in which he told the truth about homosexuality. “It seems like, to me, a vagina – as a man – would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me,” Robertson stated. “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.”
One can look at this statement as simply fact of life that the liberals running our nation would like to ignore, or one can look at this as Robertson’s opinion, which the First Amendment allows him to express. However you look at it, Phil had every right to say what he said.
What did the A&E executives think of this “cultural phenomenon”? A&E Networks released a statement saying: “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.”
In other words, they fired him. So much for the cultural phenomenon. The truth is that A&E doesn’t want a “reality” show. They want a PC show where queers are the “new normal”, where reality has no place. GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz said in a statement, “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…”
The problem is, Wilson, that Phil DOES know about gay people, but the PC network executives and brainwashed American people do not. Wilson also called Phil’s remarks “vile”, but what is truly vile is the homosexual act to which Phil alluded. Phil also knows about Judeo-Christianity, which has from the beginning labeled homosexuality what it is – an abomination to God.
It remains to be seen what will happen as a result of Phil’s termination. I personally hope that A&E will lose its viewers and its sponsors. I hope the Robertsons will successfully sue them for everything they have. Mostly, I hope that the dormant public will wake up to what is happening to the soul of America, and do something to return it to God.