Duck Dynasty, the most-watched cable television show of all time, is a cultural phenomenon. The reality show follows the lives of the Robertson clan, a Louisiana family that made a fortune developing and selling duck calls and hunting products. The members of the ‘Duck Dynasty’ are not only unlikely millionaires but also unlikely TV stars—from their shaggy beards to hippy-style clothing to sincere Christian faith. But their plainspoken ways and outspoken beliefs have generated a tremendous following.
And tremendous controversy. Sort of like celebrating Christmas.
Last week, Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the ‘Duck’ dynasty, was suspended from his own reality show by its sponsoring network, A & E. Why? Because Robertson gave an interview in which he spoke plainly of his Biblical beliefs, particularly that homosexuality is wrong. The homosexual activist camp went ballistic and engaged in bullying tactics, accusing Robertson of hate, homophobia, and intolerance and demanding that the network fire Robertson for his beliefs. A & E folded and sent Robertson into exile.
Which brings me back to Christmas. In a society where many businesses have forbidden their staff to wish customers a "Merry Christmas"; where public schools only celebrate a "holiday" break and put on "holiday" plays; where Christmas trees are now called "holiday trees", is it any wonder that Robertson was fired for declaring his faith?
As this column goes to press, the ‘Duck’ clan is standing by their leader and mulling over their future with the network. And, thankfully, millions of Americans—Christians, Jews, Muslims, and non-believers alike—have rallied around Phil and against the bullying tactics of the intolerant Left. While we have this national "teaching moment" it would be wonderful if we also raised our voices in a joint cry to boldly proclaim the truth about this "holiday" season and reclaim Christmas.
How to Save Your Family: Rejoice, for Christ is born!