The new Robertson front in the War on Christianity™

Let’s just get this out of the way up front. No, Phil Robertson was not suspended from A&E for his Christian faith. The Robertsons have been speaking loudly in public about their religious views for years. If A&E were on an anti-Christian witch hunt, they wouldn’t have hired the family to do the show in the first place, and they wouldn’t have kept them around for what will now be five years beginning with the season premiere in January.

There are lots of ways to express Christian beliefs, even restrictive sexual mores, without sounding like a brutish jerk. Instead of acting like an adult and having respect for how other people might receive his comments, Robertson chose to be “himself” and express his beliefs in the form of verbal diarrhea.

“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong,” Phil told GQ. “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,” he continued, going on to paraphrase Corinthians, from the seventh book of the New Testament.

“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” Robertson added. “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.”

What would Jesus do? He certainly wouldn’t be speaking flippantly about other people’s preferred sexual orifice. That’s what’s so offensive about positioning Robertson’s suspension as some new front in the War on Christianity™. Christ never even discussed homosexuality, let alone the biological details of such activity. Robertson wasn’t suspended for being Christ-like. Quite the opposite.

Even more frustratingly upside down is that the suspension is being called “tyranny” or “communism“. The Robertsons are on a private contract to film their show in a right-to-work state for a private broadcasting corporation. Phil Robertson made public comments that offended the sponsors and potential audience of that company, and the company made the decision to discipline their employee as is their right. This actually seems like the perfect example of the conservative micro-economic model in action. The invisible hand of the free market took action against Robertson, not some oppressive government or loss of free speech.

Some of the same people claiming personal victimhood today were screaming to the rafters demanding Alec Baldwin’s ouster after his very public use of gay slurs last month. MSNBC fired Baldwin. They also demanded action against Martin Bashir after his vile comments about Sarah Palin. MSNBC fired Bashir. There is no hypocrisy here…on the part of the networks. MSNBC’s hosts offended their viewers and sponsors, and they were fired. Now an A&E star has offended its sponsors and viewers, and it has similarly suspended the offender. There is actually a remarkable level of consistency here…at least on the part of the media.

Conservatives are also claiming the different treatment of Pope Francis and Phil Robertson in the media is a sign of hypocrisy, since both are Christians who oppose homosexuality.

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Once again, this is exactly backward. The different treatment the two men receive should be enlightening, not mystifying to people. Pope Francis is a kind, generous, tolerant person, even about homosexuality, which he obviously views as a sin.

“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis said in a wide-ranging news conference aboard the papal plane.

Robertson, on the other hand, chose to use his faith as a cudgel to insult and belittle people he views as living in sin. The two men are treated differently because they approach the subject differently, they treat other people differently. That’s why this has absolutely nothing to do with Christianity and everything to do with basic human decency. If Robertson had expressed his Christian views on homosexuality (which a dwindling minority of the country shares) in a respectful, tactful way instead of being a churlish buffoon, he would still have a job with A&E along with the rest of his family.

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7 thoughts on “The new Robertson front in the War on Christianity™

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  2. Great how you can twist the way of one man’s expressing his opinion [without profanity] into ‘crude’ ‘brutish’ When the culture we now live in expresses itself in the lowest possible manner. Phil is a plain spoken average man. I hope the rest of his family openly agree with his opinion. AND, for the record, it was his OPINION he got suspended for, NOT the manner in which he expressed it.

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  3. Phil Robison of duck dynasty has a right to express his feelings and his religious belief on his soapbox all he wants. A&E also has a right to express their feelings and beliefs, and as an employer they also have the right on who to hire and not hire. And there’s consequences of what you say. This is the free enterprise marketing in action at work which Conservatives/Republican/tea partiers supports. As a Republicans/Conservatives/ Tea Party insist that we are a capitalist country. Therefore I support A&E action on suspending Phil Robinson to produce a product for their clientele and the standard they to be profitable. This is my first amendment right to free speech, with the ability of articulating without being crude, because I am not a Republicans/Conservatives/ Tea Party member with a close mind. I am proud though of being a liberal progressive to improve our way of life and the benefit of society for all mankind, including the Robison’s family. Which they do not support the benefit of society and all mankind, only their own religious beliefs.

    (The First Amendment, however, applies only to restrictions imposed by the government, since the First and Fourteenth amendments refer only to government action. As a result, if a private employer fires an employee because of the employee’s speech, there is no First Amendment violation. There is likewise no violation if a private university expels a student for what the student said, if a commercial landlord restricts what bumper stickers are sold on property it owns, or if an Internet service provider refuses to host certain Web sites)
    This statement is from the
    Britannica Encyclopedia

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