Thank You Mr. Phil Robertson

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
It recently came to my attention that the famous Phil Robertson was suspended from "Duck Dynasty" because he shared his beliefs on homosexuality. 

Thank you Mr. Robertson. You have made me happy, happy, happy. 

Am I happy that Phil is indefinitely suspended? Absolutely not! I am, however, pleased with the reason why... NOT because I agree with the suspension, or think that his comment should have even been the grounds for the suspension in the first place... but because it shows me that in a world where FEW hold true to their beliefs, this man does. 

Thank you Mr. Robertson. You have done something that few are able to do.

When interview by the notorious GQ magazine, the Robertson family patriarch boldly uttered the words that would soon condemn him:

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, 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.”
 
Okay so Phil Robertson does not believe it is right to participate in homosexuality. But he ALSO does not think it's right to sleep around, be a prostitute, be greedy, participate in beastiality, cheat on your spouse, slander, swindler, or be a drunk. 

However, the last I checked, Phil Robertson was not being suspended for expressing his belief that it's wrong to commit adultery. 

This is because we live in a world were it's okay to have opinions and beliefs, so long as they are "politically correct". 

So I Thank you Mr. Robertson. I thank you for not being politically correct. 

I thank you for teaching me to stand up for what I believe no matter the stakes. I thank you for every prayer uttered at the end of each and every episode of Duck Dynasty. I thank you for gathering your family together at the end of every day and thanking God for giving you all that you have, when the rest of the world seems to blame God for not giving them enough... At least those who still profess to even believe in God anymore. 

Thank you Mr. Robertson. 

Thank you for standing against the crowd that is constantly growing larger each day. The crowd that suspends you for believing something different than them, and then somehow considers you to be the "mean" one. 

Thank you Mr. Robertson for giving me hope that there are still people with integrity in this world. Thank you for putting religion at the center of your life. Thank you for showing me that your faith means more to you than a TV show, and that your bible is worth more to you than any amount of money. 

Thank you Mr. Robertson. 

As my life quickly becomes more and more polluted with filth, I am thankful for a show that I can watch all the way through without having to change the channel. 

I applaud Phil Robertson for being open and honest about his beliefs. And I very well may have a bunch of people upset with me for saying that. But the good news is that Phil Robertson and I live in a country where we are blessed with "freedom of speech". So... we can say what we want... 

Right? 

Oh wait. 

Welcome to 'Merica. 

10 comments:

  1. I don't think you understand the concept of "freedom of speech"...it means you have the freedom to say what you want (as long as it isnt threatening) and not be thrown in jail. It, however, does not mean you can say whatever hateful, ignorant, antiquated things you want and have zero consequences as a result. He wasn't arrested or thrown in jail, the company he worked for chose to cut ties with him, which they also have the "freedom" to do. Nice try, though. 'merica

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I totally respect you opinion. I realize that due to the fact that the issue presented mainly involves controversy over homosexual relationships that the point I am trying to make in this article might get overlooked. Yes, due to my religion, I am against homosexual relationships and marriage. I however am not against gays receiving other civil rights. And I fully respect all people homosexual, heterosexual, black, and white having the right to fight for themselves and what they believe. By this article, I hoped to convey my belief that any person, should be allowed to share their beliefs, and not recieve such life changing consequences. If for example Phil Robertson had said in a statement that he was an advocate for homosexual relationships, I would hope that he would be able to express that belief without being removed from his show as well. That being said, I know the topic of homosexual relationships has many different aspects and many people have different opinions and those who oppose it are seen as judgemental, and as you said hateful and ignorant. So I can see your point of view and really all I can say regarding that, is I have absolutely no hate or ill feelings toward anyone who might have a sexual orientation that is different than my, and I support their agency to fight for what they believe, I just believe differently in some (not all) areas of the issue. And I will always believe very strongly in my religious convictions because I hold them very dear. They are my beliefs, and I would hope that despite people having a different view than me, that my beliefs can be respected too. That was the point of this article, that all views be respected and not punished, no matter what they are. I hope that clearified what was meant by this article. Again, I don't at all expect you to agree, you are entitled to what you believe, I just wanted to clearify. Thanks again for taking time to read and comment on my blog.

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    2. Thank you, Natasha, for clarifying! I am all for same-sex couples and marriage as long as it makes the couple happy; so I was a little taken aback until I read your clarification. And now I completely agree- everyone has the right to express their beliefs and expect those beliefs to be respected even if they are not agreed with. Respect is the key word that most people, unfortunately, do not consider necessary.

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  2. ^^^^Exactly what I was going to say, Samantha.

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  3. "Everybody's journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall
    in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease
    says more about them than it does about homosexuality.
    James Baldwin, (1924 – 1987)

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  4. I'm not sure why you left out his remarks about pre-civil war blacks, they were highly offensive! No Phil, black people were not happier as slaves before "entitlement" and "welfare" kicked in, which is also offensive as we all know what he's saying there. So before you thank him, I wish you would have touched on his remarks against blacks and slavery first. Not that I think his remarks on homosexuality is any less offensive, but it's not all he said.

    Have a look at this please!

    The Myth of the Happy Slaves
    http://www.accessible-archives.com/2012/04/the-myth-of-the-happy-slaves-in-the-north-star/

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  5. Goodness me, if this guy is going to 'The Kingdom of God' then I don't want a ticket there. I'd rather go anywhere else than have to hang out near his self-important, blind-with-hate ass for all eternity.

    It says something about American conservative society that you feel more comfortable seeing a young man holding a gun, rather than another man's hand.

    You cannot draw a parallel with homosexuality and beastiality (Hello, that is not even with humans. Which means he's viewing gay men and animals in one category. DO you really think this isn't hate speech?) Or porn, or prostitutes (Which, by the way, are a product of MEN'S desires). It's also not true that all gay men sleep around. It's very obvious to me that he has absolutely no idea about anything to do with gay culture or habits. People don't choose to be gay. When did you and I choose to be straight? We were born this way. It's not gay rights as much as it is human rights. You cannot call yourself a free nation as Americans until every single person has equal rights to those around him.

    What happened to the whole "he who is without sin" concept? Oh of course. Some sins are worse than others right? Like homosexuality and being an adulterer are worse than say, sleeping with your wife while on her period, or eating shellfish and hoofed animals, or wearing clothes made of two different fibers or planting different types of vegetation together or coming to church before your 33 day time limit if you've had a baby boy (oh yeah - Leviticus 12:4–5. 66 days if you've had a girl). Take a read through Leviticus for all the ridiculous things the Bible tells you are sins.

    I am SO proud to be a South African. We were the fifth country, the first (and only) in Africa, the first in the southern hemisphere, and the second outside Europe to legalise same-sex marriage.

    This kind of hate speech is what encourages disgusting laws such as the ones in Uganda, where gay men and women are given life long prison sentences for loving and having relationships with those of the same sex. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uganda_Anti-Homosexuality_Act,_2014

    I would highly suggest that you listen to 'Same Love'. I take time to read Bible verses to inform myself, why don't you do the same - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlVBg7_08n0&feature=kp

    "Playing God, aw nah here we go
    America the brave still fears what we don't know
    And "God loves all his children" is somehow forgotten
    But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago"

    "A world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are"

    So many suicides happen every year because men like this spew their venomous words which encourage cowards to victimize gay people. To make them feel like lesser men and women. It's what leads to things like corrective rape and murder. If you think this man's right to hate speech is more important than a human being's right to marry whom they like, you have your priorities all mixed up.

    What he is saying IS hate speech. And I applaud him for saying this - only because it shows us all how far we still have to go in terms of changing the mindset of so many people. Two men being married will NOT affect him or the rest of us straight people, any more than two straight people being married affects us. It has no impact on your life, my life or his life whatsoever.

    20 Years ago, Apartheid was raging in South Africa - people believed that those of colour and gay people were of little significance - that their lives were less valuable than white heterosexuals. And it came from fundamentalist men like Phil Robertson.

    He sounds like racist, homophobic, self-important asshole who has all of his facts and sins mixed up. I bet he was wearing denim jeans and a cotton Tshirt the day that he said this. Hopefully God strikes him down for it.

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