December 19, 2013
Religious liberty and free speech…oh, really?
Phil Robertson has been done wrong and we all need to be concerned about it. For those of you who don’t know, Phil is the Patriarch of the Robertson clan who many have come to know through the hit TV show “Duck Dynasty”. Phil is very open about his Christian faith and the show always concludes with a prayer in the name of Jesus. A few months back the big wheels at A&E network that airs the show tried to get the Robertson’s to drop praying “in the name of Jesus”. The Robertson’s would not hear of it. Applause.
Now, in the latest assault on Christianity as well as religious liberty and freedom of speech, Phil has been suspended indefinitely from the show because he voiced his personal Christian views on homosexuality being a sin in an interview with GQ magazine. Since when can you lose your job because you voiced your personal beliefs in a society that us supposedly protected by a constitution that guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of religion?
Whether you agree or disagree with Phil, he has the right to say anything he wants. If people don’t like the bible preached and prayers said on the program, they can change the channel or not watch. No one is forced to watch or like the Robertson’s. But, it is totally wrong for the A&E network to suspend Phil from his job just because his opinions and beliefs do not mirror theirs.
The backlash against A&E has been very strong and is growing. I love it. I doubt they knew that their action would draw this much attention and people seeking what God’s Word has to say about homosexuality. I doubt they knew that their action would run red flags up the pole when it comes to infringements on our personal liberties. We as Christians should not tolerate this assault on Christianity, religious liberty and freedom of speech. It’s not about Phil. It’s about our freedoms being stripped away from us. Let your voice be heard!