Derek Hunter

I’m not a fan of Duck Dynasty. There, I said it. I know that’s not something a conservative is supposed to say because we’re all stereotypes in the eyes of progressives, but I had to unburden myself of that. It’s nothing personal, it’s just, to steal a line from Bob Dylan, not my cup of meat. So when I first heard the story that Robertson patriarch Phil made “anti-gay remarks,” I didn’t really care. Most Americans didn’t care either. But, as my friend Erick Erickson says, “You will be made to care.”

The Robertsons are Christians, like most Americans. But unlike most Americans who answer polls about their faith, the Robertsons mean it. That makes them a threat to progressives. Anyone anywhere who puts something, especially God, ahead of the progressive agenda of government dominance over the individual, particularly when that person has a platform to expose others to it, must be destroyed. It’s now progressives roll.

Within hours of Phil Robertson’s crude paraphrasing of widely known Christian doctrine, A & E (the network that airs Duck Dynasty) announced it had suspended him from the show “indefinitely.”

Why?

Robertson didn’t pick up a gun and start shooting gay people. Mass shootings and violence are staples of the progressive left, not conservatives. So why must he be punished?

GLAAD, the progressive sub-set organization designated to be offended on behalf of gays and awarded media credibility as “the voice” of gay Americans (like CAIR is for Arabs, NAACP is for blacks, La Raza is for Hispanics, etc., etc.) chimed in immediately.

“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,” said GLAAD spokesman and noted Biblical scholar Wilson Cruz. I’m no theologian, but I’m pretty sure the Bible is against sex with anyone you’re not married to, so forgive me if I take Cruz’s word with a grain of self-serving salt.

Once the suspension was announced Cruz retorted, “By taking quick action and removing Robertson from future filming, A&E has sent a strong message that discrimination is neither a Christian nor an American value.”

Forgive my ignorance, but what discrimination?

Phil Robertson expressed a personal belief based on his religious faith. He harmed no one. He suggested harming no one. What discrimination did he commit?


Derek Hunter

Derek Hunter is Washington, DC based writer, radio host and political strategist. You can also stalk his thoughts 140 characters at a time on Twitter.