I’ve heard about this Duck Dynasty nonsense, and here’s my views. I would normally not care one way or t’other, thinking that, if people are taking their moral orientation from reality TV, then we’re dead already. Just two things have leaped out at me about this whole thing:
1) Christian exegesis from non-Christians . Apparently GLAAD has come out with the following: “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.” Wait one second – just who the heck is some overpaid community representative to tell Christians what Christianity does or does not teach? Does the Bible condemn homosexuality? It. Does.
This drives me nuts. Once you start saying that religion is good, and its teachings are fine, you really cannot complain when some people take it seriously. Yes, there is this basic compromise in the West that people are allowed to sound off about Christianity but not really believe in it… but we’re seeing how flimsy that bargain is. This is like those fools who keep saying that the jihadis are “perverting the true Islam”, the ones who keep praising how lovely Islam is and then wonder why it keeps getting worse and worse.
2) Christianity’s shrieking pansies
Whenever something like this comes up, the next thing you get to hear is a loud yell, from the usual suspects, that Christians in the United States are being persecuted, and that religion is being hounded out, etc. etc.
There are two things about this self-pity that spring to mind. Christians, your religion supposedly took down the Roman empire. I think you can deal with loudmouth bigots being hounded off cable television. Furthermore, there happens to be a very large part of the world in which persecution of Christians is a murderous reality. If we could hear about the same amount of complaint of people being killed for Christians, as we do for Christians being yelled at for being dopes, then I could bring myself, possibly, to care.