I had just finished interviewing Pastor Jim Garlow for my radio program yesterday when I received a text from my wife saying “Phil Robertson kicked off Duck Dynasty for saying homosexuality is a sin.”
Not possible, I thought.
It’s the #1 show on television with 14 million viewers and they are not about to kick that hornet’s nest.
Then I jumped online to read the stories about his comments and found these descriptions:
“Some of the vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people … littered with outdated stereotypes and blatant misinformation.”
“…vile and extreme stereotypes…”
“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.“
“…not consistent with the values of our faith communities…”
“…hate speech…” “…anti-gay rant!”
Man, he must have said some very hateful things.
I was very surprised to see such characterizations of anything spoken by Phil Robertson. I’ve never met the man, but have watched every episode of his show and have never seen him raise his voice, lose his cool, or speak without purpose in his words.
If A&E Network and their buddies at GLADD and the Human Rights Campaign were this put out by his GQ interview, I just had to know what kind of awful, discriminatory, false things he must have said. So I went to the article itself.
Maybe it was the part of the article where Phil says: “the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and let’s get on with it, and everything will turn around.
Nah, that couldn’t be it.
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