Papaw Phil Runs Afoul of the Thought Police

December 19, 2013

Poor Phil Robertson. The 67 year old backwoods redneck of Duck Dynasty fame has run afoul of the thought police. I always thought they would get him, but I thought it would be because of God or guns. He actually prayed on his show and vocally proclaimed his faith. Certainly that would get the dander up of the Politically Correct establishment. And he shot guns, killed ducks and beavers, and liked dynamite. Much too masculine for our feminized society.

But alas, it wasn’t for any of those things he was dismissed by A&E, but because of his frank and honest answers in a GQ Magazine interview about homosexuality. Certainly this was a set up. The magazine didn’t hesitate to poke fun at his backwoods ways, patronizing him and his down-home lifestyle. And they knew that a redneck is known for talking straight and is sometimes a little crude. That is one of the joys of watching Duck Dynasty for millions.

But in the interview, GQ asked for his honest opinion of homosexuality. Moral: Don’t ask if you don’t want to know, because Phil flat out told them. “It seems like, to me, a vagina – as a man – would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me,” Robertson stated. “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’s wrong with saying that? Any typical, red-blooded American male would agree with his assessment. God made the male and female bodies to be compatible, and He gave us the desire for each other. It’s built into us and courses through our veins. We men are turned on by the sight of a woman, but the sight of a man’s backside doesn’t do anything for us, except perhaps repulse us. It just doesn’t seem natural. That’s not hate speech, that’s just reality. But because that is the way of this created world, that is why homosexuality will always be a scant minority of the population running at, not the 10% they promote, but the 2% that is verifiable. We just weren’t created that way.

Robertson also moralized by telling GQ: “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,” Then Robertson paraphrased Scripture. “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.”

For those of you who don’t know, that is a Bible quote from 1st Corinthians 6:9-11, which states:
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”

Phil Robertson didn’t say that first. God did through His inspired Word. Sodomy is not singled out any more that adultery or any other sin, but it definitely is labeled as a sin; and the passage does clearly state that those who persist in an ongoing practice of sin are excluded from the Kingdom of God. Yet, the passage does give hope too. Some of the Corinthians were caught up in that immoral lifestyle, but by the power of God, their lives were changed.

Should Phil be castigated for believing what the Bible teaches? Has our country totally abandoned Freedom of Religion as well as Freedom of Speech? Are they becoming as extinct as the dinosaur and the dodo bird? To warn someone of the dangers of their lifestyle is not unloving, but the greatest kind of love, especially when it risks bringing down the wrath of the ones confronted with their sin.

Oh, yes, the response from the homosexual community was as quick as it was predictable. “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,” GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz said in a statement. “He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans – and Americans – who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil’s decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.”

Apparently Wilson Cruz knows nothing about true Christians or the God of love they serve. He also demonstrating an appalling lack of knowledge about the Bible, which is what true Christians believe. Phil’s comments were not intended as an offense. In the GQ article, he went out of his way to stress his concern: “We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ‘em, give ‘em the good news about Jesus – whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ‘em out later. If you simply put your faith in Jesus coming down in flesh, through a human being, God becoming flesh living on the earth, dying on the cross for the sins of the world, being buried, and being raised from the dead—yours and mine and everybody else’s problems will be solved. And the next time we see you, we will say: ‘You are now a brother. Our brother.’ So then we look at you totally different then.”

That’s not the language of hate, but the language of love and concern. The response to his comments more typically reflect hate speech. Once again, those who scream the loudest for tolerance refuse to tolerate a differing opinion. And once again, A&E followed the pattern of backing down to the bullies. I believe they by this action they have shot themselves in the foot.

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Rev. Daniel Packer has been a pastor for twenty years (Currently he serves as pastor of the Orrington Center Church in Orrington, Maine).  He is an active proponent of Biblical morality.   His e-mail address is


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