I suppose that everyone – in the USA at least – has heard of the controversy over “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson’s statements about homosexuality. Phil and his family are ‘Bible believing Christians’, and their show clearly promotes that “Bible believing” viewpoint. There simply can be no doubt that Biblical Christianity regards homosexuality as a “sin”, along with many other things (like adultery, sexual lust, theft, greed, murder, hatred, evil-speaking, etc.). While the “Old Testament” Jewish scriptures call for the death of homosexuals, the Christian “New Testament” does not. The Christian New Testament calls on believers to show love and compassion toward all manner of ‘sinners’, including homosexuals; but such love and compassion toward the person does not deny the evil of the thought, word, or deed considered to be “sinful”. Instead, Christian love and compassion includes inviting the sinner (the homosexual, in this case) to turn away from the sin and live a righteous, moral, and godly life. This is the position and attitude that Phil and his family maintain.
I am not a “Bible believing” Christian, as my blog posts have made plain. This does not mean, though, that I DISbelieve everything that is to be found in the Bible. Concerning homosexuality, I do definitely DISbelieve the “Old Testament” view that homosexuals should be put to death! I do not believe in any sort of criminal punishment for such ‘sins’. However, I do believe the “New Testament” viewpoint of homosexuality; not because I believe the Christian apostles were infallible (I most certainly do NOT believe that notion), but simply because I believe their viewpoint on this issue is correct.
The Christian apostle Paul denounced homosexuality not as a violation of the Jewish law, but as something which is unnatural (see Romans 1:24-27). In other words, Paul maintained that homosexuality was a violation of “the laws of nature and of nature’s God”, which the writers of the American “Declaration of Independence” believed to be the foundation of good government. (Note that those American ‘founding fathers’ did not base government on the laws of the Bible and the Bible’s God, but the laws of nature and nature’s God). The normality of the male/female relationship, and the abnormality and unnaturalness of same sex relationships is so clear and obvious as to not even need argument, it seems to me.
So even though I’m not a “Bible believing” Christian, I agree with Phil Robertson and other such “Bible believing” Christians on this matter. Therefore I will reprint below the text of a petition calling on the A&E network to immediately apologize to Phil and rescind their suspension of him. If you agree with the petition, please go to istandwithphil.com and add your signature.
Dear A&E Network,
I am writing to you regarding your network’s intolerant, discriminatory, and punitive treatment of Mr. Phil Robertson, star of A&E’s #1 hit show, Duck Dynasty.
Mr. Robertson’s comments in GQ Magazine are simply reflective of a Biblical view of sexuality, marriage, and family – a view that has stood the test of time for thousands of years and continues to be held by the majority of Americans and today’s world as a whole.
Many members of the LGBT community may not agree with this view, but the notion that a free-thinking American should be discriminated against simply for expressing a perspective that is in conflict with another is patently un-American and flies in the face of true tolerance and civility. A&E’s position, which in your own words is “championing” the gay and lesbian community — which I believe you have the freedom to do — excludes the views of Faith Driven Consumers and effectively censors a legitimate viewpoint held by the majority of Americans.
As a Faith Driven Consumer, I am signing this petition to demand that my views be treated with equality and respect in America’s rich rainbow of diversity.
I am asking your network to immediately reinstate Mr. Robertson to Duck Dynasty, and to formally apologize to him, his family, and the millions of viewers who tune in every week, stand by him, and share his worldview. While the LGBT community may be offended by his opposing viewpoint, your rash, discriminatory, and unfair treatment toward Mr. Robertson — a recognized symbol of the faith community — is a slap in the face to Faith Driven Consumers and everyday Americans alike.
There are 46 million Faith Driven Consumers in America today who spend 1.75 trillion dollars annually. Should you refuse to equally respect and welcome our legitimately held views, we will gladly stop watching this and all other A&E programming and turn to any reformulation of Duck Dynasty on another network – while simultaneously supporting brands that stand with the show and the Robertson family.
John Q. Public