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Pittsboro, NC - On Thursday, Bear Creek native and country music singer Charlie Daniels weighed in on the Duck Dynasty controversy. Daniels said it was a “sorry day in America” when A&E can indefinitely suspend Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson and trample on his civil rights for “expressing heartfelt religious opinions.”
It’s a sorry day in America when a man speaks his mind and gets suspended from work for expressing heartfelt religious opinions. — Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels)December 19, 2013
A and E I think I think you trampled Phil Robertson’s civil rights and ran off a significant bunch of viewers. Only time will tell. — Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels)December 19, 2013
TMZ editor Harvey Levin, who is himself gay, slammed A&E for its dishonesty after the network indefinitely suspended Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson this week for remarks to GQ that were supposedly “anti-gay.”
On Thursday’s Laura Ingraham radio show, gay liberal feminist professor and columnist Camille Paglia slameds the backlash over the controversial remarks made by “Duck Dynasty” standout Phil Robertson:
“I speak with authority here because I was openly gay before the ‘Stonewall Rebellion,’ when it cost you something to be so,” she said. “And I personally feel as a libertarian that people have the right to free thought and free speech. In a democratic country, people have the right to be homophobic as they have the right to support homosexuality — as I 100 percent do. If people are basing their views against gays on the Bible, again they have a right to religious freedom there … to express yourself in a magazine in an interview -– this is the level of punitive PC, utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist, OK, that my liberal colleagues in the Democratic party and on college campuses have supported and promoted over the last several decades. It’s the whole legacy of the free speech 1960′s that have been lost by my own party.”
Absolutely nothing “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson said in the GQ magazine interview even comes close to bigotry, unless you want to claim that he is also bigoted against heterosexuals:
“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong… Sin becomes fine. 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.” Robertson then paraphrased Corinthians from the Bible: “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.”
And if that wasn’t explicit enough, the “Duck Commander” added: “It seems like, to me, a [women's parts]—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s [backside]. 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.”
It is quite obvious that Robertson is only guilty of being anti-sin, not anti-gay.
Nothing Robertson said even comes close to being anti-gay, but the entire premise of GLAAD’s attack is nothing but Christian-bashing. This is an extremist militant gay group and the mainstream media attacking Christianity as bigoted and playing the homophobe card to try and intimidate Christians into shutting up about their beliefs.
The militant GLAAD organization is currently researching companies who use Robertson as a spokesperson. Several sponsors, such as Under Armour and Skyjacker have already announced that they will be sticking by the Robertsons.
At least two Facebook pages went up on Wednesday in support of Phil Robertson, one called Stand with Phil Robertson that, as of this writing, had 1.2 million likes and another called Boycott A&E Until Phil Robertson is Put Back on Duck Dynasty that has 1.3 million likes.
At petition page Change.org, several campaigns have exploded. Between two titled “A&E Network: Bring Phil Robertson back!” and “A&E Networks: End The Wrongful Suspension Of Phil Robertson,” over 167,000 people have put their names to the petitions as of this writing.
This issue could prove to be a tipping point for people “sick and tired of being pushed around by a very small minority of leftists,” talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Thursday.
“There could be an effervescing tipping point taking place out there, below the surface, right now, that nobody’s aware of, fed up with this,” Limbaugh said on his radio show.
“I think a lot of people are sick and tired of being pushed around by a very small minority of leftists who use weapons, like political correctness and censorship, intimidation, and everything else, in order to shut up the people who say things they don’t want to hear or disagree with,” he added.
Michelle Malkin notes: “GLAAD has worked tirelessly to marginalize and suppress the free speech of Christian leaders, Christian businesses and conservative talk-radio hosts dating back to their infamous Dr. Laura boycott 13 years ago. The group’s mission is not about equality or defending against “defamation.” It’s about silencing critics, making open debate radioactive, demonizing people of faith and making even the slightest perceived slight a hate crime. ”
GLAAD, the left and media are losing this battle because they have only managed to reveal their own anti-Christian bigotry.
Of course, by midday Thursday, GLAAD was emailing supporters with a fundraising appeal tied to the controversy. “As a community, these are the moments we rise to,” the bigoted anti-Christian group said in their pitch letter.
BTW, If the anti-Christian bigots at GLAAD are truly appalled at blatant homophobia, if they are truly interested in addressing genuine persecution of homosexuals, they ought to focus their attention on Islam’s war on gays.
Cracker Barrel is making a titanic mistake! We love Cracker Barrel but this decision is going to alienate the MAJORITY base. Either Cracker Barrel makes a retraction or they will see SEVERE sales declines in the coming days. Just look at their own Facebook page and they are getting hammered by the thousands in comments disapproving of their decision. Why is no one willing to stand by biblical principles? Like Phil or not… think he is crass or not… he was merely speaking what a thrice-holy God has stated… homosexuality is a sin!
TMZ is reporting that Cracker Barrel bails on Phil Robertson. See exclusive details below…
Cracker Barrel has become the first sponsor to cut bait with “Duck Dynasty” … but not entirely. The Southern-themed food chain reacted to Phil Robertson‘s anti-gay comments by removing “selected products which we were concerned might offend some of our guests” from their stores and restaurants.
We called a bunch of Cracker Barrel stores, and the managers told us the products that were removed were the ones that had Phil’s face plastered on the packaging. Almost to a person, the managers added, “We still offer a wide variety of Duck Commander products,” and then we heard a click.
C.B. offers this explanation … “We operate within the ideals of fairness, mutual respect and equal treatment of all people. These ideals are the core of our corporate culture.”
As for most of the remaining products … we’re told you can find them in the sale bin.
Talk about defecating in Sarah Palin’s mouth? You are allowed to resign a few weeks later. Be known as an actor with a violent temper and anger issues who even called his daughter a “pig,” you get rewarded with your own MSNBC show. But run afoul of the LGBT police at GLAAD and you are pulled from one of the most successful shows on cable TV.
That’s not reality television, that’s the reality of television, where traditional values are hated even when they bring in big ratings. And liberal attacks are tolerated until even liberals can’t stomach the result.
“Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson was quoted in GQ describing how homosexuality is, newsflash, a sin. (He also discussed many other sins, but they don’t all have activist defense organizations – yet.) Yes, he did so in his typical folksy way which some might call inartful, but what he said was straight from the book. THE book – the Bible.
And the network execs couldn’t stand it, bowing instantly to the gay agenda as practiced by GLAAD. Free markets have nothing to do with TV. It’s all now about not offending some victim group.
And it’s not about free speech either. TV networks want nothing to do with that archaic concept. They only support free speech they agree with and that most diehard lefties approve.
The conflict was inevitable. Television used to love people from what the media call flyover country. TV scored with hits such as “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “Green Acres,” “Hee-Haw,” and “Mayberry RFD.” Those were celebrations where Americans were reminded of their roots. And when country met city, it was always country that won out with homespun wisdom triumphing over big-city egos and fancy degrees.
But “Duck Dynasty” comes from another era where TV doesn’t celebrate ordinary people, it mocks them. This is the time of “Honey Boo Boo,” and “Buckwild,” the “Jersey Shore” style shows about rural people. These programs were designed so coastal liberals could watch and mock and feel better about themselves while reading their New York Times. That’s likely what A&E bosses thought they had with “Duck Dynasty.”
Boy, were they wrong.
A&E created a show that tried to make fun of rustic rubes and discovered it had inadvertently created the opposite. Instead of Hollywood values triumphing as we watched the stars’ backward ways, traditional values won out every time. They weren’t Obama’s bitter clingers. They cared for each other and kept their faith close. Each episode even ended in a family prayer. Before network execs could try to figure out what John 3:16 meant, they had created a program where faith, family and freedom ruled.
And it became wildly popular.
The bearded stars soon were everywhere, with promotions seemingly in every store. That success didn’t matter. The network still wanted to rein in its stars. Back in April, Phil Robertson said the network had even wanted to delete mentions of “Jesus” from the family prayer, trying to bleep the Savior like He was a four-letter word.
A&E didn’t want its high-profile stars mentioning Jesus. And it sure didn’t want them saying anything else out of the Bible. When Phil did, GLAAD cried foul and that was it.
That’s GLAAD’s typical strategy. It’s a hardcore lefty organization that wants to ban opponents to gay marriage from the airwaves – even the news shows. It even helped get liberal Alec Baldwin kicked off MSNBC. It runs its Commentator Accountability Project that tries to brand traditional marriage supporters as “extreme” and not worthy of TV time. Its list of commentators reads like a Who’s Who of the conservative movement. Yet to GLAAD, they “do not accurately represent the ‘other side’ of” gay issues.
To the left there is no other side. There’s only their side. All other views must be silenced.
Dan Gainor is the Boone Pickens Fellow and the Media Research Center’s Vice President for Business and Culture