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Friday, December 20, 2013

Ducks Down: Truth Not Welcome in PajamaBoy America

UPDATE 12/23:  Looks like A&E has capitulated, and is taking the Duck Commander back, but they just don't want to talk about it now.

Also, Ol' Backwoods likes Wayne Allyn Root's take on what has happened:
A duck hunter has inspired us. Emboldened us. And what middle America is saying out loud is, "We have rights too. We deserve free speech too. We've had enough of your oppression and intolerance towards our values and beliefs-and we’re NOT going to take it anymore."
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UPDATE 12/22: Phil Robertson stands strong, teaching Bible class at White's Ferry Road Church of Christ (West Monroe, LA), as reported by the UK Daily Mail.

Also, look who else is on the Duck Commander's side: commentator Mark Steyn, who reminds us that there is a lot more at stake here than a reality show; this is make or break for the Constitution and the rule of law in America.
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“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” – George Orwell

Duck Commander Phil Robertson has gone and offended PajamaBoy's America, in an interview in GQ magazine that no doubt all my readers have heard about by now.    But there is more to this furor than meets the eye; it speaks more about the divide in America than about Robertson and the gays who are attacking him.
'Duck Commander' Phil Robertson

You see, Christians like Phil Robertson (and Ol' Backwoods) take the Bible, Old and New Testaments, to be God's Word and absolute truth. So, when the Apostle Paul tells the Corinthians that if you practice one or more of a particular list of sins, you won't be part of the Kingdom of God, well, we Christians take that seriously.

1 Corinthians 6
9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Here's one source for what Robertson said to GQ Magazine:
Robertson described in the interview how sin is becoming acceptable in America and that the country needs to turn back to its Christian values. "Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men," Robertson told GQ. "Don't be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers-they won't inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right."
The paraphrased quote from 1st Corinthians is in bold.  Robertson believes God (speaking through Paul) here.  This passage plainly says that those who practice homosexuality-- and note that other grave sins aren't left out-- cannot plan on going to Heaven.  Whether God's grace will save them from Hell is not specifically addressed here, though in other places (Romans 1), it is implied that these sinners will go to Hell, but that is up to God, and not us.

And, Robertson said as much in his GQ interview:
 “We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to Heaven... That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”
Strange how people who don't believe in God get their panties in a wad (so to speak) when a man of
God speaks of God's condemnation of their sin, and does it in terms--"vagina" vs. "a man's anus"--that homosexuals surely understand.

Oh, you didn't hear about that, did you?  Yeah, there's more to this than Robertson quoting Scripture.

I like Moonbattery's introduction to Robertson's further comments:
Robertson’s thought crime was saying this:
“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
In the sick freak show this society is being forced to become, men are no longer allowed to regard women as preferable to other men’s anuses as objects of sexual attraction.
The homosexuals (predictably) went ballistic:
In January's issue of GQ, Robertson said that "homosexual offenders" will not "inherit the Kingdom of God" and unfavorably compared "a man's anus" to the vagina.  
The gay rights group was quick to denounce his comments.  In a statement, GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz slammed the Robertson family patriarch: 
"Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil's lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe..."
Really, dude?  True Christians believe the Bible, not homosexual propaganda, and the Bible condemns in stark terms what you people do, along with other grave sins.

Then, a legal issue came up when Robertson was fired from A&E.  The federal anti-discrimination laws, which descend from the 1st Amendment to the Constitution, come to bear.  Strange who those who pushed for "tolerance" in the workplace are most intolerant when it comes to what Christians believe.

Professional sulk Piers Morgan had this to say about such 1st Amendment-derived protections:
Piers Morgan         @piersmorganJust as the 2nd Amendment shouldn't protect assault rifle devotees, so the 1st Amendment shouldn't protect vile bigots.
Yeah, why don't you go back to Jolly Old England, Piers, ya limey, where Islam can have its way with you because there is no 1st or 2nd Amendment to constrain the government or its tentacles?

But Phil Robertson has been supported by many more than have criticized him, it seems.  Conservative media types from  Charlie Daniels to Larry the Cable Guy to  have rushed in to defend Robertson.  Glenn Beck said he'd be happy to have "Duck Dynasty" on his network, The Blaze, while Fox News host Sean Hannity also supported Robertson against the A&E executives.

Conservative talker Laura Ingraham said this:
See, Robertson’s playing for Jesus. He’s not playing for public adulation. He has a different mindset. He’s playing for the eternal. The calumny that he’s getting now – if you read the Bible, you should expect it. Jesus said, ‘I come not to bring you together, I come to divide you.’ Because he knew that his very presence – his message was going to bring – well, ultimately bring about his crucifixion and divide people – divide kingdoms, divide families even because in the Bible, the light of Christ is attractive to so many, but it’s repellent to many others.
(Emphasis mine) Ol' Backwoods figures many Christians have forgotten that the Bible is repellent to those who are wedded to their sins.

Even so, there are a few honest brokers remaining on the Left, and some have stood for Robertson's right to speak his beliefs in the public square, even some whose sins Robertson spoke specifically about.  Openly-homosexual media figure Camile Paguilla, who called Robertson's firing from A&E Networks "utterly fascistic" and "utterly Stalinist."  Homosexual commentator Andrew Sullivan called Robertson's dismissal by A&E "preposterous" and "unfair".

Conservative politicians from Sen. Ted Cruz (R, TX) and Representative Steve Stockman (R, TX) to Gov. Bobby Jindal (R, Louisiana), expressed support for Robertson.

And on Facebook, a page supporting Phil Robertson after his comments has reached 1 MILLION "Likes" in less than 24 hours.

The Robertson's sponsors have mostly stood by them, notably SkyJacker Suspensions and UnderArmor.

Even the Catholics have come out in support of Robertson, who is not Catholic, but an Elder in a Church of Christ (Stone-Campbell American Restoration Movement); Ol' Backwoods is a member of a sister church.

In fact, most of that part of America that did not vote for Barack Obama does support Phil Robertson.

The way Ol' Backwoods sees it, John Edwards was right: there are two Americas.  Here they are:
Duck Commander's America and PajamaBoy's .

Duck Commander's America vs. PajamaBoy's
Duck Commander's America values righteous living, limited and distributed government, fiscal prudence, self-reliance, and stewardship of natural resources by Mankind who is appointed master of them. (Thus, hunting and fishing.)  Here, government is Constituted to protect liberty and free markets, and to arbitrate between individuals in cases of violation of rights or other harms,and contract disputes.  In Duck Commander's America, the people choose how they live, not the government; here, government prosecutes bona fide criminals, instead of persecuting individuals for what they believe.

Duck Commander's America values families headed by a married man and a woman, and children raised to respect the rule of law, their elders, and the rights of others.    Many, if not most, in Duck Commander's America are Christians and observant Jews, and stand for the truth of the Word of God, even as it judges our own lives.

But PajamaBoy's America is a Potemkin village of lies and illusions.  PJ America stands for utter dependence on big centralized government, which prints funny money, taking from the producers and giving without requiring labor to the non-producers, who "do what feels good," regardless of any moral standard but that which man makes.

PJ America places worship of the Earth, plants and animals over the needs of man, and through the power of big government, restricts access to humanity's necessary resources. It values destruction of children in the womb above the raising of a family.  Parents are optional in PJ America, as children are raised by agents of the State, which ensures a perpetual childhood, without any discrimination or punishment for anything the child does; the one exception is offending The State, which is not allowed.

PJ America values "truthiness" (i.e., propaganda the gullible will swallow) over truth, and "spin" over honesty.  It uses the media, big-government's right arm, at every turn to shame the righteous and those who do not conform to its diabolical vision for the future, namely, the boot stamping a human face forever, as Orwell put it.

PajamaBoy America is not a place I want to live.  I stand with the Duck Commander.

UPDATE: Check out this graphic made by cool friend and thrilling dystopian-fiction author Matt Bracken:


UPDATE 2: Ol' Backwoods ain't the only one that thinks there are two Americas:

Matt Lewis wrote at the Daily Caller:
When you consider the more effete, cosmopolitan America that “Pajama Boy” represents, you’ll get a sense for why the Duck Dynasty folks are out of touch with today’s acceptable norms. There is a huge schism between red state America and blue state America, and these two stories seem to symbolize the yawning chasm. [...]
 It has as much to do with class and geography and culture and attitude as it does with religion. 
Politics and reality TV are increasingly causing these two worlds to clash. Until we find a way to domesticate these guys with the gun racks in their pickup trucks, I suspect this will be a recurring story. 
There really are two Americas.
Indeed.  But we gun-rack-pickup-truck guys do not need to be "domesticated."  We were here first, before the metrosexual PajamaBoys.  My ancestors came to this land to escape religious persecution.  And where are we now?  Being persecuted again, by the Gaystapo.

UPDATE 12/24:

Victor Davis Hanson is a gentleman-farmer in the Central Valley of California whose columns Ol' Backwoods likes and respects.  He too has commented on PajamaBoy America:
Obama as Pajama Boy 
Pajama Boy is the bookend to vero possumus, the faux-Greek columns, the Obama rainbow logo, cooling the planet and lowering the seas, hope and change, Forward!, “Yes, we can!”, the Nate Silver infatuation, Barbara Walters’ “messiah,” David Brooks’ crease, Chris Matthews’ tingle, and the army of Silicon techies who can mobilize for Obama but not for Obamacare. These are the elites without identities who feed on the latest fad. They are the upper-crust versions of those who once mobbed stores to buy the last Cabbage Patch Kids doll, or had to have a pet rock on their dresser. Obama, after all, was the lava lamp and Chia Pet of the young urban progressive. 
If I were to focus on just two of the many characteristics of Pajama Boy nation in the Age of Obama, one would be that the consequences of one’s ideology apply always to someone else. Obama obsesses on inequality, but cannot even go through the populist motions of avoiding Martha’s Vineyard, or not dressing like a nerd for golf at the latest tony course. 
He is an arugula-eating man of the people who tries to bowl only during election season. Michelle rags on the 1%, but still hits Costa del Sol and Aspen. Obamacare for us; for congressional staffers and insiders something quite different. A Nobel Prize and a half a billion dollars for guru Al Gore; and dumping Current TV on a fossil-fuelled, anti-Semitic authoritarian Middle Eastern regime to fund more good work of our green Elmer Gantry.  Amnesty for illegal aliens, but private academies for liberal kids far from the ensuing chaos of the public schools.  Pajama Boys are fiercely liberal so that they can fiercely avoid the people they so champion and are so afraid to live among. 
Second, the architects of Pajama Boy nation always expect others to go on despite rather than because of them. The frackers must frack so that Obama can brag about their productivity, while he bites his lip and looks pained to billionaire coastal benefactors about pumping liquid into the bowels of their Mother Earth.
Obama is indeed a yuppie PajamaBoy.  But Hanson concludes:
There is a growing tiredness with Pajama Boy nation. Millions are sick of being lectured, caricatured, and slandered for their supposed pathologies by the Sandra Flukes of the age and those in their pajamas who still grasp with two hands their hot chocolate. Add all their annoying Stalinist efforts up — to selectively going after Chick-fil-A or the Washington Redskins or Duck Dynasty — and the public is becoming tired of the shrill nerdocracy. 
How many are revolting against Pajama Boy nation and his bunch, no one quite knows. But I’m beginning to think for the first time since 2009 that the rage and numbers of the disengaged have not crested yet, not quite yet.
But the backlash is building.

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