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Sunday, December 22, 2013

 

Don’t use the Voltaire defense for Phil Robertson


Here’s a very good essay on the success of the Robertson family of Duck Dynasty fame.
It was only a matter of time before the left complained about Phil Robertson. His actual quotes in GQ are almost insignificant – at some point, someone was going to go after him for his views on guns, women, and even his much-hated “yuppie” comments.

The surprise should be how liberals dismissed the rise of Duck Dynasty until this fall, when it was too late to stem the show’s popularity. Once it became evident that this family held so much influence, the left suddenly realized they faced the first threat to their decades-long monopoly on popular culture.
The family and its values represent a threat to the Left’s iron grip on the popular culture. It allows no dissent, no deviation from the line.  If the Left had its way people watching Duck Dynasty would be like Christians in China meeting in their homes, with closed curtains, to pray and worship God.

But make no mistake, there are no public figures - or none that seek the Uber-culture’s approval - that will defend Phil Robertson without prefacing their remarks by giving us the Voltaire defense of: "I disagree with Robertson but he should have a right to speak his mind" defense.

Stop it.

If you disagree with Robertson, say so. If you agree, say so. But don’t try to have it both ways. That's the way of the waffler, the shyster-lawyer, the one who's been captured by the Liberal culture.

By the same token, the legal defense is nonsense. The law always follows the culture. It's why judges are suddenly discovering the that homosexual marriage is required. If they decided the opposite, their friends and associates, their clubs and social groups would cease inviting them.

For the Christian community, remember the book of Revelation, verse 3:15-16:
Message to the Church in Laodicea
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.

I stand with Phil Robertson and the God of the Bible.  Where do you stand?

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Comments:
What I find most interesting is that even Phil's defenders say that his language is coarse. In a world in which the F word is everywhere I find that interesting all by itself. I remember a few years back child instruction was all about using anatomically correct terms instead of cutesy family names for body parts and for that Phil was spot on. I think that he just got a little too close to the truth and the folks at GLAAD don't like to be reminded about what God said about the S word, sin. In today's church world ruled by grace and love, I don't think John the Baptist would have been well received. JB as all about repentance.
 
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