Phil Robertson of the Duck Dynasty fame is known for speaking his mind but just recently his beliefs and opinions have caused an unnecessary uproar among some people.
Phil is the patriarch of the show but once GLAAD heard about some of his comments about the gay community and the A&E network heard from GLAAD, the television network and host of the Duck Dynasty series decided to suspend Phil from his show.
This is not about whether one side is right or wrong but it is about love, acceptance and about how the fear of speaking one’s mind is becoming more intolerable.
I have only seen a couple of episodes of this reality hit series but I can understand why people enjoy this show. It’s basically a family friendly show about some down home, country folk who are all about family, morals and faith.
A writer from GQ interviewed Phil — because GQ and Phil are the perfect match — about his family, faith and ducks and the father was upfront and honest about his Christian faith, his self proclaimed Bible thumping and the slippery slope of sin. He was also very honest about his own imperfect past and how he became a Christian.
In the interview when talking about morals and sin, Phil said, “it’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
The statement that got GLAAD jumping off their chair was when Phil couldn’t understand why gay people would want to be gay along with a question the writer asked, “What, in your mind, is sinful?”
It can be argued that Phil should have been more tactful and it can also be said that the writer was trying to stir up controversy and thus revenue for GQ.
However, Phil was not condemning gay people and he is not the judge of people. He also testified to his own guilty past.
How is it that GLAAD wants people to accept and tolerate the gay community but they won’t tolerate Phil’s beliefs?
The two parties don’t agree obviously but what if instead of sending out a defensive, angry statement one party agreed to reach out and just understand each a bit?
In GLAAD’s mission statement on their website, they empower their community to speak out and they also want the LGBT community to speak out to promote understanding, an increased acceptance and advanced equality.
GLAAD wants more acceptance and equality on their end but shouldn’t it go both ways for all?
How is it that as one group becomes more vocal and advocates their proclaimed rights, another must coward into the back? Is that really fair? Is that true equality?
It seems that the more groups try to demand their equality, the more divided the country stretches itself.
There’s a popular motto that holds true, “United we stand, divided we fall.” Let’s not aggravate the division more.
Invite someone who thinks or looks a bit differently than you to coffee or lunch and you may be surprised at what you learn.
Also check out the GQ interview with Phil at this link: www.gq.com/entertainment/television/201401/duck-dynasty-phil-robertson?currentPage=1 and discover what he’s overcome and what he believes.
Natalie Netzel is a staff writer for The Newberry Observer and can be reached at email@example.com. Views expressed in this column are those of the writer only and do not represent the newspaper’s opinion.