Robert Knight

For the second time in a year and a half, the radical activists who want to force all Americans to embrace the values of Sodom and Gomorrah have reached too far and come back with burned fingers.

The A&E Network’s suspension of “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson for his frank comments in answer to an interviewer in GQ magazine about homosexuality, sin and the Bible, has churned up a national reaction not seen since some big city mayors put on their inner Stalin and tried to run Chick-fil-A out of their burgs.The chicken restaurant chain’s founder had said God knew what He was doing when He created marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Mr. Robertson’s crime was to coarsely express the normal male preference for female anatomy. Plus, he paraphrased Bible verses in 1 Cor. 6: 9-10, which list many sins, including homosexuality, which keep people out of the Kingdom of God. The good news, which wasn't in the GQ article, is in verse 11: “And such were some of you: but you are washed … you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus….”

In both cases of intended intimidation by leftwing activists, average Americans reacted swiftly and in massive numbers to support the embattled targets. Late Friday, the usual time when corporations and chastened politicians cave, A&E said that Mr. Robertson was back and the full cast of "Duck Dynasty" would make new episodes, earning the family $200, 000 each.

The clearest sign that corporate America is out of touch with Main Street America was Cracker Barrel’s initial decision to side with homosexual activist groups to remove Duck Dynasty merchandise from the restaurant chain’s “country stores.”

Thanks to social media and conservative outlets, Cracker Barrel got an earful from millions of customers. Swiftly, the company issued a retraction of the order along with an apology.

If I were on the Cracker Barrel board, I would sack whoever thought it was a good idea to recklessly risk offending the company’s down-home customer base and side instead with people whose Hollywood constituency mocks everything that makes Cracker Barrel a warm fuzzy for so many people.

Did they really think the Village People and Blue State liberals would make up for the loss of millions of disgruntled Christian customers from across the South and Midwest?This is not just a mistake, as the company put it. This was joining the Culture War at a crucial moment on the wrong side.Cracker Barrel’s customer base is in largely Christian areas. That might help explain why Cracker Barrel has been one of the few major companies rated at the bottom of corporate scorecards compiled by leftwing pressure groups.


Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.