I admit to being a fan of Duck Dynasty although I would be hard pressed to give a rational reason why. I guess it is the fact that I grew up in similar country (swamps) and enjoyed hunting (especially ducks although I was never especially successful at it – one needed $$ to hunt where there were lots of ducks and $$ I did not have).
So, GQ (of all magazines) interviews the Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, a retired fundamentalist preacher as well as a duck call inventor. And they, along with the A&E cable network pretend to be surprised that he answered most of the questions exactly as one would expect from a fundamentalist preacher. Imagine that.
I don’t happen to agree with Phil about anything concerning religion or tolerance of my fellow man – but – that is not the point of their TV program. Sure, they work a prayer into every episode, usually at the dining table, but I somehow manage to ignore that just like I ignore the myriad times I am subjected to public prayer in my everyday life (part of the price of living in the rural South).
Having said that I don’t agree, I do, however, staunchly defend Phil’s right to say what he said. He was asked his opinion and that is what he gave. I somehow thought our Constitution protected every one of in our right to do exactly that. He did not suggest that any action be taken against the people he disproves of nor is there any evidence that he has ever tried to take such action himself. So, what exactly is the progressive bunch so upset about? Do they somehow imagine that Duck Dynasty is a great hit among gays? We all know better. Indeed, I highly suspect that those gays or progressives that do watch the program make as many detrimental comments about the Robertsons as Phil made about them.
My point in writing this is to bemoan the lack of tolerance that has crept into our culture. On the one hand, we, especially the progressives, make ever so much noise about how diverse our culture is and how noble we are because of said diversity. Then, out the other side of our collective faces, we despise any and every one who does not look like us, talk like us, agree politically with us, etc. In a word, we are a diverse society that hates its very diversity.
Between the welfare state and the politically correct state, we are quickly becoming a has-been nation. Wise up America. If you don’t agree with Phil Robertson (or, with me for that matter), call us a bad name then get on with life.
For sure, a large number of people are openly supporting Phil with petitions to get him returned to the program but all that is doing is opening yet another chasm in our already fractured society.
Think about it. Then think about what this nonsense is doing to our nation!
Troy L Robinson