Dear Duck Dynasty,
In the interest of full disclosure, let me say at the outset that I do not watch your show. I gave it a try early on and discovered that it’s not my cup of tea. I do, however, admire you and rejoice in your success. While our tastes (and hair lines) may not be similar, our values are.
And now I see you are in a spot of trouble. Honestly, I’m surprised it took so long. People who are so outspoken about their faith generally come under fire much sooner. (I will refrain from making a joke about you forgetting to duck.)
One thing I find odd about this whole situation is that only Phil was put on hiatus from the show when, I assume, the entire family agrees with what he said. So really, his crime was not believing what he believes, but saying what he believes. I wonder if the execs at A&E realize how aligned they are with oppressive regimes throughout history…regimes where, among other things, people suffered retribution for speaking their minds. Didn’t we spill American blood to defeat these regimes? Aren’t we still fighting them? Instead of a lump of coal (which is what they deserve), I would suggest getting your network bosses a copy of the constitution for Christmas. (Perhaps the audio version would be best, in case they have trouble reading big words.)
But even that’s not the worst thing about this brouhaha. By far the worst thing is that we now have so many people chiming in to the discussion who do not understand and are not qualified to comment on the Christian point of view, which, of course, was the undergirding of your comments.
Case in point: James Poniewozik, who is Time Magazine’s TV critic. Check out this gem from his December 18 article about this mess you’re in:
You don’t have to disdain gay people or think being gay will send you to hell to be a Christian–many, many Christians, some of them gay, prove otherwise.
All together now: Huh?
Uh, Mr. Poniewozik, I’m pretty sure it’s not your place to decide who is a Christian and who isn’t. You’re entitled to your opinion, of course, but…oh wait. No, if Phil Robertson’s plight is any indication, you’re not entitled to your opinion.
Anyway, as I was saying, the Christian point of view is now being twisted and perverted as much as the Constitutiton. I’m sure you would join me in welcoming people to whatever belief system they choose. God gave us free will and I know you would not deprive people of that any more than I would. But I know you find it discouraging, as I do, when people are not content merely to choose their own belief system, but insist on editorializing about others they don’t understand.
Duck Dynasty, this is why you’re important and why millions of us hope you will stand strong and not back off your beliefs. God has given you a unique platform and an audience that crosses over between Christian and non-Christian. In fact, I wonder if your meteoric rise to fame wasn’t orchestrated by God for just such a moment as this.
Hang in there. Be true to the Scriptures, no matter what they say or do. Articulate the faith in your simple, uncomplicated way. We’re counting on you.