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President Obama and Duck Dynasty

by Keith Koffler on January 2, 2014, 1:14 pm

Political correctness is a threat to the republic.

It says, at bottom, that hurt feelings are more important than free speech. That some members of society have a right to mold the thoughts of others.

It’s exactly the reverse of what was intended by the first amendment, which sought to protect speech from the anger and totalitarianism of the insulted and aggrieved.

But today, the aggrieved are in control. They feel empowered to shut you up and shut you down if you say something they don’t like. And they are empowered in part by President Obama, and he is empowered by them.

Phil RobertsonJust before the controversy exploded over Duck Dynasty Phil Robertson’s remarks about gays, Obama mused that the Robertson clan “seems like a pretty fun bunch.” But everyone knows Obama would like to hang out with this group of straight-talking Bible clingers as much as he would a colony of tarantulas.

Robertson made comments that were hurtful to some. His ideas on homosexuality were drawn from the Bible, which itself contains passages hurtful to some, though which presumably is not yet on the Left’s hit list.

A third of Americans say homosexuality should not be “accepted.” That is clearly what the Bible says. Should people holding this view wear ankle bracelets administering a shock each time they express their opinion?

Obama and Vice President Biden have variously described conservatives as extremists, racists, “enemies,” obstructionists, and unprincipled connivers opposing Obama for rank political gain. This presumption by Obama of malice on the part of his opponents – and his malice toward them - is not just inappropriate, it’s destructive. It fosters the climate of intolerance in which we find ourselves, and of which political correctness is the guiding principle.

Robertson’s comments about gays were actually less harsh and insulting than those Obama and Biden make about conservatives. But nobody’s complaining.

The notion that thought and speech can be controlled abets statist governance, which is all about molding your behavior. A society that tells some guy on a TV show whether he can or can’t express opinions that are rooted in Holy Scripture is one that can, for example, tell people they have to think they need health insurance and that they must use their money to purchase it.

Not to mention requiring nuns to buy the morning after pill for the less-faithful.

With A&E having reinstated Robertson, gay groups are now demanding that he engage with them in “dialog,” which of course has become in our society an Orwellian term meaning “further contrition.” Having failed to procure his head on a platter, they’ll at least need the duck hunter to eat crow, because otherwise it might signal that free speech is still alive in America.

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anneinarkansas January 2, 2014 at 1:34 pm

The kindness and love that liberals demand is coming across clearly in the vicious, cutting, name-calling unkind comments on former First Lady Barbara Bush.
Shame on them all.

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veritaseequitas January 2, 2014 at 2:35 pm

That is the truth. What on earth could she ever have done that has the liberal knickers in such a twist?

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Concerned_American January 2, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Biden just loves the Robertson’s new shotgun line.

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srdem65 January 2, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Cant’ we just go back to “don’t ask, don’t tell”? We all knew who the gays were, we knew what they did, but we didn’t have to approve it or even talk about it.
How adults enjoy each other’s company should be a private matter, no matter which way they swing, or even if they “swing”.

The PC police that seems to be a minority, but a most vocal minority, have just about worn us out with their faux outrage at their racist, or sexist, or the anti-XXXXX charges.
We’re exhausted and don’t care anymore.

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gracepmc. January 2, 2014 at 2:13 pm

I am hoping that there will be a lot of over step this year on the part of the social democrat progressives. One example might be Billary unwisely and prematurely hooking themselves so publicly to deBlasio. Also I read that many of the TV stations cut away from the ill advised Rose Bowl Gay Wedding. Little Miss MSNBC did herself no favors with the comment about Romney’s black grandbaby — a very fortunate child indeed.

LaRaza and GLAAD are essentially brown shirts.

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Mandy Manners January 2, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Am I the only one who suspects–unwilingly in part–that this was a put-up, that Robertson and a producer cooked up a scheme to generate publicity?

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veritaseequitas January 2, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Not to say what you are suggesting doesn’t happen, but my take is that Phil Robertson and his clan are on the up and up.

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Mandy Manners January 2, 2014 at 2:49 pm

That’s the only thing that stops me from believing it completely.

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gracepmc. January 2, 2014 at 2:57 pm

My personal opinion is that Mr. Robertson’s defining moment with God or grace was strong and that this was not a publicity stunt. He has not shied away from his beliefs. Also when the producer wanted him to take Jesus out of his on air prayer he refused.

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AFVet January 2, 2014 at 3:27 pm

LIKE !

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Star January 2, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Now Robertson says men should marry 14-yr-old women–and hurry up, because the 20yrold men may wait for the gals to become legal and snap them up. Could this be at least a little tacky? It is to me. I never watched the show, so I can’t be said to be boycotting.

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Aileen January 2, 2014 at 4:52 pm

I have not read this or heard it…where was this statement quoted?

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Concerned_American January 2, 2014 at 5:13 pm

I saw the clip. He made that comment in 2009, but in a joking manner.

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lc southern January 2, 2014 at 10:08 pm

There are at least 10 year’s of video of him preaching with the same opinions expressed in the interview. He is on the up and up.

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veritaseequitas January 2, 2014 at 2:32 pm

GLAAD and other organizations like them have a snowball’s chance in Hell of getting Phil Robertson to change his tune. Their insistence for dialog is more about their need for the re-education of the unenlightened.
Phil was quoting from the Bible in that interview. And as my pastor says, its not my word its God’s Word.

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Aileen January 2, 2014 at 2:43 pm

I need to make this comment but it is not intended to be disrespectful of the beliefs of others…I just want to share my interpretation of this incident as a Christian.
The Bible does not just single out homosexuality as the only (or worst) sinful behavior that is judged by God. It also explains God’s judgement on idolatrous behavior, liars, adulterers, those who envy, drunkards, gossip mongers, etc.
We are all guilty of sin…Sin is Sin. No one – not even the gay community – has cornered that market. And the Bible explains that while the “wages of sin are death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) For me and other Christians this verse sums up the cornerstone of our belief.
And, while I found Mr. Robertson’s descriptions to be coarse, he truthfully answered a question that was posed to him.
A question that I think may have intentionally been posed in order to make him compromise his beliefs…as a Christian “backwoods Louisiana man.”
An answer in which he attempted to point out the promise contained in Romans 6:23.
Mr. Robertson stood fast to his belief that the Bible is the unerring word of God.
I admire that steadfast courage and uncompromising belief.
What has not been highly publicized were his additional remarks that (paraphrased) explained what we as Christians believe: God does the judging – we are supposed to do the believing that the salvation of Jesus Christ is available to all. We are charged with loving one another through our thoughts, emotions and, most importantly, our actions and words.
Mr. Robertson’s word choices were inappropriate, but I think his loving concern for his fellow man is real. He and I share the belief that although “for all have sinned and come short” (Romans 3:23) “in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Was this an attack on free speech? Yes.
But, it was also an attempt to demean the strongly held beliefs of a large potion of the American citizenry. That is a mode of attack the left/progressive/liberal citizenry would be wise to abandon. There are many of us who will vehemently stand for our Christian beliefs.
“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Ephesians 6:13

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AFVet January 2, 2014 at 3:38 pm

I would direct you to Leviticus chapter 20,vs13.
Homosexuality is an abomination to the Lord.

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Star January 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm

If we are all made in the image of God, wouldn’t this be a criticism of His work? No–I am not into this theology stuff. Just a thought.

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AFVet January 2, 2014 at 4:26 pm

“I’m not into this theology stuff.”
God created man and woman.
He also created satan, and the rest of the angels, some of which went with satan to forever deceive the the followers of Christ in order to undermine the believers and further encourage the hedonistic followings that led to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Believe whatever you want.Star.

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Aileen January 2, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Star, we ARE made in the image of God..” God created man in His own image.” (Genesis 1:27) But, because of sin, we have separated ourselves from God. (Genesis 2 & 3) So, His judgement is based on our sin separation – not on His creation.
That was a good question, Star…and I surely do not have all the answers, but I can voice what I understand/belief.

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Steve January 3, 2014 at 6:35 am

Not into this theology stuff? Understand that the book of Leviticus and the verse 18:22 is one of the first 5 books of the Bible. As such, it was written by Moses and dictated by God, how else would Moses know who Noah was. More importantly, the first five books of the Bible are parts of the religions of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. For your souls’s sake you might want to educate your self on this theology stuff.

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Aileen January 2, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Yes…and also, please see Proverbs 3:32; 6:16-19; 11:20; 12:22; 16:5; 17:15; 20:10; and 1Corinthians 6:9-11 and Revelations 21:8.
You “liked” gracepmc comments above…so please note that in my comments I also applaud Mr. Robertson’s firm stance on his beliefs…and that I agree with him.

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gracepmc. January 2, 2014 at 3:02 pm
Kimbly January 2, 2014 at 3:17 pm

The headline I read was “undocumented immigrant”. I agree, this is crazy!

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Girly1 January 2, 2014 at 3:35 pm

There’s more….The Obama administration lawyers opposed Garcia’s licensing based on a 1996 federal law that prohibits anyone living in the US illegally from obtaining a professional license b/c such licenses are paid for with public money.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/calif-rule-law-license-immigrant-21395239

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Girly1 January 2, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Great post, Keith. Although I have never seen the show, the Duck clan does not appear to be easily intimidated. I’m sure that Mr. Robertson has a few choice words when it comes to holding a ‘dialogue’ with members of the gay community.
It reminds me of the Don Imus ‘nappy headed’ remark a few years ago. Foolishly, he called the very ‘Rev’ Sharpton and appeared on his radio show with a groveling apology.
Free speech is still alive…at least for the duration of Duck Dynasty. The ‘emasculation’ of the American male continues, unfortunately.

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Steve January 3, 2014 at 6:44 am

Homosexuality, other than being a protected class under Federal law, has nothing to do with race. To compare the two is an illusion, one is an abomination. What an insult to people of color.

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Langley Spook January 3, 2014 at 7:43 am

I Luv IMUS :-)

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AFVet January 2, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Excellent post Keith.
The last paragraph in your post is a interesting observation.
If Phil denies another interview, the GLAAD will say they that he is afraid of them.
If he accepts an interview he will be again be ridiculed for his Christian beliefs.
I think that he should just ignore them.
Nothing makes them more enraged than being ignored.

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Susan January 2, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Phil Robertson may meet with GLAAD, but he won’t compromise his beliefs. I’ve watched many of his speeches and he is a man of strong faith who paraphrases verses of the Bible he knows by heart. Heck, he may even convert a few of those non-believers if they visit with him long enough.

In my opinion, he was set up. There was an A&E rep monitoring the magazine interview, so they knew what he said months before this blew up. Why make it an issue when they did? To get Obamacare and this regime’s lawlessness off the front page. They asked a faithful Christian his definition of “sin”. When he answered as a faithful Christian would, they held their homosexual bigot card until the time was right. Next comes the stories and talking heads who accuse him of comparing homosexuality to another particularly vile sex act. Something that was totally false, but was constantly repeated across pop culture and state-run media. Next in line, get one of their fascist special interest groups to deliver the Christian faith a beatdown right before we celebrate the birth of our Lord. The ploy didn’t work out the way the left wanted it to work, but it did get Obamacare and our lawless government off the headlines. Sadly.

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AFVet January 2, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Not our headlines.
We the People are alert, awake, and engaged.
Bring it !

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Danceswithtruth January 2, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Perhaps there is also responsibility for that of the listener to not be so easily offended. Rightly so, we should all use caution to not speak in ways that is purposefully offensive.

However, it seems in our current society we can barely utter two words without someone, somewhere getting offended. That tells me that it’s less about the speaker and more about the receiver.

Grow up. Put on your big boy or girl panties and let it go. Not everything revolves around YOU. That’s what a lot of this “Oh, he/she offended me” is. Pure self-centered behavior.

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AFVet January 2, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me.
Everybody remembers that little rhyme, but it is becoming more obvious in today’s political environment.
If the conservatives speak out against the liberals, stones are thrown against their organizations.
They demonize us as threats to the future of the Country.
They attack us verbally with vile accusations for having a different opinion.
If we raise an opinion it is dismissed as so much right wing rhetoric, deemed to be non-essential to the desires of the progressive movement that is taking this Country back to the Carter administration.
Yet, they do not relent.

We should not relent either.

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Stephen January 3, 2014 at 9:39 am

Knothead where are you?

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Hamfist January 3, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Just wondering . . .IS the remainder of Obama’s term going to be a Lame-Duck Dynasty?

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