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December 19th, 2013
01:49 PM ET

CNN Exclusive: Family pastor defends 'Duck Dynasty' star

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
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(CNN) - While controversy swirled around Phil Robertson Wednesday evening, the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch was at his longtime church, praying for a young woman who suffers from cancer, the TV star's pastor told CNN in an exclusive interview.

"Phil led us in prayer," said Mike Kellett, senior pastor of White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, Louisiana. "There were greater things on our minds than the firestorm of controversy about this article."

Asked how Robertson is taking the fierce criticism of his remarks on homosexuality, Kellett said, "He's very calm, and very confident that if he serves the Lord, God will take care of everything."

Robertson, 67, was suspended by the A&E network on Wednesday after the publication of comments in GQ magazine. Citing the Bible, the outspoken Christian called homosexuality sinful and compared it to bestiality and drunkenness.

Robertson's remarks were a rough paraphrase of the New Testament, in which Paul catalogs a list of vices, including, in many Bible translations, homosexuality. Scholars and pastors disagree, however, about whether Paul's remarks should apply to modern gay and lesbian relationships.

Gay rights groups were outraged, calling Robertson's remarks "homophobic" and "hateful." A&E said it was "disappointed" by the comments, "which are based on his own beliefs and are not reflected in the series 'Duck Dynasty.' "

But Robertson, who looks a bit like an Old Testament prophet,  says conservative Christian beliefs and values have permeated every corner of his life ever he gave up his self-described heathen lifestyle as a honky-tonk operator in the 1970s.

"I myself am a product of the '60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom Savior," Robertson said in a statement on Thursday. "My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together."

‘Duck Dynasty’ reactions debate: Free speech or bigotry?

Robertson is an elder at White's Ferry Road Church of Christ, a nondenominational church that gathers around 1,200 worshippers on Sunday mornings. That means he offers spiritual counsel, helps teach the faith, hosts Bible studies and offers charity to the poor, Kellett said.

"He has literally helped bring hundreds of people to the Lord," the pastor added.

Robertson's son, Alan, co-pastored White Ferry with Kellet for eight years before joining the cast of "Duck Dynasty."

The show, which A&E says drew nearly 12 million viewers to the premiere of its fourth season in August, is enormously popular among conservative Christians, many of whom defended Robertson on social media Thursday. A online petition called "I Stand With Phil," garnered nearly 10,000 signatures by midday.

Opinion: ‘Duck Dynasty’ suspension doesn’t violate First Amendment

As Robertson's fame has grown, so has the size of his pulpit. He has preached at megachurch Pastor Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in California. Publishers peddle "The Duck Commander Devotional" and churches clamor for guest appearances by the Robertson family.

“We’re kind of the John the Baptists of the 21st century," Alan Robertson has said. "It’s how you imagine, with the wild hair and the locusts."

Kellett said his church backs Robertson, whose family is nearly royalty in West Monroe, a city of 13,000 in northern Louisiana. "We support the Robertson family, and strongly believe in our Bibles and in Jesus Christ as lord."

The pastor said he agrees with Phil Robertson's comments about homosexuality and is concerned about his critics' treatment of Christianity.

"I think it's unfortunate that when you quote the Bible people get upset about one particular sin that always seems to get a lot of attention," Kellett said. "But sometimes the Bible is going to rub folks the wrong way."

Palin and Jindal weigh in

- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Belief • Bible • Celebrity • Christianity • Culture wars • Discrimination • evangelicals • Faith & Health • Gay marriage • Gay rights • gender issues

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  1. Agape

    Ah, can't we just all get along? No. Robertson is living his life as a calling from the Lord. Whether you all believe in the Bible is your whoop-de-doo, but the loss of the A&E show is nothing to him. It's 2013. The tables have turned. The politically correctness of not offending anyone, not appearing biased, is the most important quality in today's world. Not.... Good for Robertson. He knows what the cost is of bringing people to salvation is – it's worth his life and I know he'd give his own life as Jesus did, for others to have this free gift. The tables will turn again... let's see who can stand before Jesus when he returns. You'd rather go to hell? I'd check that out real carefully.

    December 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm |
    • rational63

      If going to heaven means an eternity with people like you, I'll take hell any day of the week!

      December 19, 2013 at 9:08 pm |
  2. an like

    Let's see, CNN is never wrong about attacking anyone for any number of reasons or cause's!

    December 19, 2013 at 7:29 pm |
  3. tallulah13

    The man had the right to say what he wants. His employers have the right to suspend (or even fire him) for behaving in a manner that damages their product. Actions have consequences.

    December 19, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
    • Phil

      Thank you. I've said that elsewhere.

      December 19, 2013 at 7:19 pm |
    • lol??

      OOOhh, a proxy right giver.

      December 19, 2013 at 7:29 pm |
    • The Clergy Project

      Yes, at times freedom of speech = freedom of stupidity. Who knows, maybe years from now we'll look back at his idiotic statement and think, "Wow, he was spot on. What brilliance...."

      Nah, he's just an idiot saying what many other idiots think.

      December 19, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
  4. bubbabru

    Of course Christianista's 4 Profit and War would support this sort of bigotry.

    YET, when you start demanding that these TAX EXEMPT FORPROFIT groups start being taxed for HOLDING political rallies.....they suddenly turn into ......THE ULTIMATE WHINEY VICTIM...

    December 19, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
  5. Cecil

    Look:
    First off I would tell A & E to kiss my ass if I was anyone of the stars of this show. They will have no problem with a new TV Station. Second, if this is a comment you do not like, well that means the truth hurts. If it hurts well then the shoe fits and you should know where you fit in at. If your not gay, it should not bother you, if you are gay, it should not bother you either because you are what you are and if it is bothering you, you know what your doing is wrong then! PERIOD!!!

    December 19, 2013 at 7:10 pm |
    • sam stone

      i am not gay and bigotry bothers me

      December 19, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
    • Phil

      Sure, because bestiality affects more heteros than gays. Be outraged.

      December 19, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
    • tallulah13

      The show is doubtless tied up in contractual obligations and cannot just go to another network. If A&E decides to end production, the family in the show will probably drift back to the relative obscurity from which they came.

      December 19, 2013 at 7:20 pm |
    • CharlesP

      Cecil
      " if this is a comment you do not like, well that means the truth hurts."
      You realize that this can just as easily be applied to you, right? If you don't like any comment being made by gay supporters, atheists, or anyone else then, by your logic, that must make it true as well. See your fallacy?

      December 19, 2013 at 7:23 pm |
  6. bilk7

    "...Robertson, who looks like a mix between a Vietnam War veteran..." What??? What does a Vietnam War veteran look like? All types, sizes, and color served in that war. I know many Vietnam vets and few, if any, look like him.

    December 19, 2013 at 7:04 pm |
    • RickyPeters

      With the long hair and beard, he looks more like a draft dodger than a vet.

      December 19, 2013 at 7:07 pm |
  7. H0m0ph0bic-Fear!

    Rarely have I seen fundamentalist right wing Christians act upon their virtues when dealing with s*xual orientation.

    It seems to be all fear based.

    December 19, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
    • To begin with

      For someone like you who spends enormous amounts of time on this blog, do you have a se*xual orientation at all?

      December 19, 2013 at 7:04 pm |
      • Jackie Chan

        That's se.xuality is called ase.xual 😉

        December 19, 2013 at 7:06 pm |
      • H0m0ph0bic-Fear!

        30 minutes?1?!?!1 is not that long to be on here.

        December 19, 2013 at 7:08 pm |
    • lol??

      Stop spreading disease and it'll be a non-issue Use 1 condom and 6 garbage bags.

      December 19, 2013 at 7:04 pm |
      • Phil

        The garbage bags conveniently over your head and tightly around your neck.

        December 19, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
  8. lol??

    Like in the story of S&G, gays are the leadership amongst pwogwessives on their way down. Mob Power, errr democracy.

    December 19, 2013 at 6:19 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      Sodom and Gomorrah...
      didn't God kill everyone in both cities? including the children?
      yeah, cute story.

      December 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm |
    • Jep

      Explain David and Jonathan, the most celebrated gay couple in the Bible. They were waaaay "pwogwessive".

      December 19, 2013 at 6:36 pm |
      • Topher

        Ridiculous.

        December 19, 2013 at 6:41 pm |
      • Allen

        How about you explain it? First I've heard of this. Can you point out where that is in the Bible?

        December 19, 2013 at 6:46 pm |
        • Jep

          Saul to Jonathan;

          "You son of a perverse, rebellious woman! Do I not know that you have chosen [David] the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of your mother’s nakedness? For as long as the son of Jesse lives upon the earth, neither you nor your kingdom shall be established.” (1 Samuel 20:30)

          There's more, but golly, you get the idea, if you have eyes to see. And a mind that's open.

          December 19, 2013 at 7:09 pm |
        • lol??

          Saul was very ticked, so??

          December 19, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
    • CharlesP

      Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. Ezk. 16:49

      Sounds like the "sin" of Sodom was being more like the Republican Party than being gay.

      December 19, 2013 at 6:41 pm |
      • H0m0ph0bic-Fear!

        You are correct.

        December 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
      • lol??

        You missed a verse.

        Jud 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

        December 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm |
        • H0m0ph0bic-Fear!

          That can apply to heteoros.exuals, too.

          December 19, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
  9. Lenny Pincus

    GQ Magazine? Mr. Holy Roller trots his thoughts out in this mag? The irony is delicious.

    btw, shouldn't Phil let us know all his carnal habits since one's preferences–even people he doesn't know– are so important to him?

    December 19, 2013 at 6:19 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      I wonder why he only mentioned a man's anus. Any chance he visits a woman's?

      December 19, 2013 at 6:22 pm |
      • Mopery

        Tongue-in-cheek humor, gotta love it.

        December 19, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          Tongue where? I was serious.

          December 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
        • Mopery

          Innuendo!

          December 19, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
  10. H0m0ph0bic-Fear!

    Fortunately, those who speak for the religious right do not speak for all American Christians, and the Bible is not theirs alone to interpret. The same Bible that the advocates of slavery used to protect their wicked self-interests is the Bible that inspired slaves to revolt and their liberators to action.

    The same Bible that the predecessors of Mr. Falwell and Mr. Robertson used to keep white churches white is the source of the inspiration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the social reformation of the 1960’s.

    The same Bible that anti-feminists use to keep women silent in the churches is the Bible that preaches liberation to captives and says that in Christ there is neither male nor female, slave nor free.

    December 19, 2013 at 6:15 pm |
    • H0m0ph0bic-Fear!

      And the same Bible that on the basis of an archaic social code of ancient Israel and a tortured reading of Paul is used to condemn all h0mos*xuals and h0mos*xual behavior includes metaphors of redemption, renewal, inclusion and love – principles that invite h0mos*xuals to accept their freedom and responsibility in Christ and demands that their fellow Christians accept them as well.

      December 19, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
    • CharlesP

      Problem is, those moderate American Christians don't speak out against the conservative ones very much. They're too afraid of being told that they're going to Hell for not bashing gays, so they leave most of the heavy criticism to us atheists.

      December 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
      • H0m0ph0bic-Fear!

        I have no fear of another person telling me I'm going to hell. That is just an opinion.

        Consider my dilemma, very similar to yours. An atheist on here tells me I'm delusional and mentally retarded. No fear. That is his opinion. Do I wish more atheists would stand up to the hostile atheist? Yes! Do they? Not enough! Us Christians have to deal with their ignorance while others seem to ignore it.

        December 19, 2013 at 6:51 pm |
      • CharlesP

        Religious belief is built on a delusion, in my opinion, but I don't consider Christians delusional or mentally retarded, just mistaken. It's not your fault; you were taught to see something that just isn't there.

        December 19, 2013 at 7:05 pm |
        • H0m0ph0bic-Fear!

          In your opinion, how am I not at fault? Am I not responsible for my beliefs and actions? How do you imagine I was taught to see something that is not there?

          December 19, 2013 at 7:14 pm |
        • CharlesP

          Religious belief is taught. If you are a Christian were you not taught to see God as the creator of the universe? Well, there is no evidence that this is the case, thus it is a delusion, an unwarranted belief, yes?

          December 19, 2013 at 7:19 pm |
        • CharlesP

          Gotta go, H-F. Catch you later, maybe.

          December 19, 2013 at 7:25 pm |
        • H0m0ph0bic-Fear!

          No, it is not a delusion. There is evidence that God exists. And there is warranted reasons to believe that there is a higher intelligence at play in the universe.

          It is not like I haven't thought this through. I wasn't taught to believe in God or believe that God created the universe. I drew that conclusion from my experiences, knowledge and understanding.

          Later!

          December 19, 2013 at 7:38 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          HF, there is not a single bit of physical, factual, objective, independent or verifiable evidence for any god. If there is, it should be trivial for you to prove me wrong. Go for it!

          December 19, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
        • H0m0ph0bic-Fear!

          Yes, that is your opinion so you are an atheist or agnostic. Good for you. I'll fight for your right to live that way.

          I don't hold that opinion. And the evidence shown by atheists, agnostics and Christians does not lead me to believe that any member of one of those groups has exclusive access to logic, reason or facts.

          We need to choose what works best for us. I honestly see evidence for God in science and nature. And I understand there are people that don't see that or believe that. And I am incapable of providing them sufficient evidence. But that is ok. Because no one has provided sufficient evidence to make me truly doubt God. Sure, I get a lot of different opinions and theories. But they are just opinions and theories.

          Live and let live.

          December 19, 2013 at 8:40 pm |
    • kt

      Maybe you need to check other parts of the Bible that simply tells that gay lifestyle is a sin or do you take that part out of your Bible to.

      December 19, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
      • H0m0ph0bic-Fear!

        What parts of the Bible talk about the "g.ay lifestyle"???? Please help me! I can't find them!!
        -

        Nine biblical citations are cu.stomarily invoked as relating to h.mos+xuality. Four (Deut 23:17, 1 Kings 14:24, I Kings 22:46 and II Kings 23:7) simply forbid prost!tution by men and women.

        Two others (Leviticus 18:19-23 and Leviticus 20:10-16) are part of what biblical scholars call the Holiness Code. The code explicitly bans h0m0s^xual acts. But it also prohibits eating raw meat, planting two different kinds of seed in the same field and wearing garments with two different kinds of yarn. Tattoos, adultery and s^xual intercourse during a woman’s menstrual period are similarly outlawed.

        There is no mention of h0m0s#xuality in the four Gospels of the New Testament. The moral teachings of Jesus are not concerned with the subject.

        Three references from St. Paul are frequently cited (Romans 1:26-2:1, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and I Timothy 1:10). But St. Paul was concerned with h0mos^xuality only because in Greco-Roman culture it represented a secular sensuality that was contrary to his Jewish- Christian spiritual idealism. He was against lust and sensuality in anyone, including heteros^xuals. To say that h0mos^xuality is bad because h0mos*xuals are tempted to do morally doubtful things is to say that heteros*xuality is bad because heteros*xuals are likewise tempted. For St. Paul, anyone who puts his or her interest ahead of God’s is condemned, a verdict that falls equally upon everyone.

        And lest we forget S0dom and Gomorrah, recall that the story is not about s*xual perversion and h*mos*xual practice. It is about inhospitality, according to Luke 10:10-13, and failure to care for the poor, according to Ezekiel 16:19·50: “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister S0dom, pride, fullness of bread and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.”To suggest that S0dom and Gomorrah is about h0mos*xual s*x is an analysts of about as much worth as suggesting that the story of Jonah and the whale is a treatise on fishing.

        December 19, 2013 at 7:54 pm |
        • kt

          Romans chapter 1 verses 25-32. It talks about leaving natural use of man and women being changed man with man. Women with women. God said this was against nature.

          December 19, 2013 at 8:07 pm |
        • H0m0ph0bic-Fear!

          Do you see mutual, loving, monogamous same s*x relationships even presented for examination in these verses?

          December 19, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
  11. Mopery

    Jesus spent the majority of his time hanging out with a dozen other male bachelors and a p r o s t i t u t e, drinking wine and preaching about loving each other, yet is somehow against the gay lifestyle...

    December 19, 2013 at 6:13 pm |
    • vinster76

      I tend to side with the late, great comedian Sam Kinison who wisely observed, " how does a guy, look at another guy's hairy as__ and find love, huh, how does that work, HUH!"?

      December 19, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
      • Mopery

        So you're saying you'd think differently if it were shaved?

        December 19, 2013 at 6:19 pm |
      • Jep

        And Kinison is dead. OH OH OOOOOOOHHHHH!

        Working out great for him, innit?

        December 19, 2013 at 6:20 pm |
      • Sue

        There's a lot of women who think about their monthly periods and wonder how the hell any guy would like to put his mouth down there, but they do (thank God!!!), and they really seem to enjoy it.

        December 19, 2013 at 6:48 pm |
  12. H0m0ph0bic-Fear!

    Nine biblical citations are cu.stomarily invoked as relating to h.mos+xuality. Four (Deut 23:17, 1 Kings 14:24, I Kings 22:46 and II Kings 23:7) simply forbid prost!tution by men and women.
    .

    December 19, 2013 at 6:07 pm |
    • H0m0ph0bic-Fear!

      Two others (Leviticus 18:19-23 and Leviticus 20:10-16) are part of what biblical scholars call the Holiness Code. The code explicitly bans h0m0s^xual acts. But it also prohibits eating raw meat, planting two different kinds of seed in the same field and wearing garments with two different kinds of yarn. Tattoos, adultery and s^xual intercourse during a woman’s menstrual period are similarly outlawed.

      December 19, 2013 at 6:08 pm |
      • H0m0ph0bic-Fear!

        There is no mention of h0m0s#xuality in the four Gospels of the New Testament.

        The moral teachings of Jesus are not concerned with the subject.

        December 19, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
        • H0m0ph0bic-Fear!

          Three references from St. Paul are frequently cited (Romans 1:26-2:1, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and I Timothy 1:10). But St. Paul was concerned with h0mos^xuality only because in Greco-Roman culture it represented a secular sensuality that was contrary to his Jewish- Christian spiritual idealism. He was against lust and sensuality in anyone, including heteros^xuals. To say that h0mos^xuality is bad because h0mos*xuals are tempted to do morally doubtful things is to say that heteros*xuality is bad because heteros*xuals are likewise tempted.

          For St. Paul, anyone who puts his or her interest ahead of God’s is condemned, a verdict that falls equally upon everyone.

          December 19, 2013 at 6:11 pm |
        • H0m0ph0bic-Fear!

          And lest we forget S0dom and Gomorrah, recall that the story is not about s*xual perversion and h*mos*xual practice. It is about inhospitality, according to Luke 10:10-13, and failure to care for the poor, according to Ezekiel 16:19·50: “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister S0dom, pride, fullness of bread and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.”
          .
          .
          .
          .
          .
          .
          To suggest that S0dom and Gomorrah is about h0mos*xual s*x is an analysts of about as much worth as suggesting that the story of Jonah and the whale is a treatise on fishing.

          December 19, 2013 at 6:12 pm |
        • H0m0ph0bic-Fear!

          The right use of the Bible, an exercise as old as the church itself, means that we confront our prejudices rather than merely confirm them.

          December 19, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
        • kt

          You must read a different bible. Sounds like one were you take out the parts you don't like. Romans chapter1verses25-32. Pretty simple to understand unless you have been giving over to the reprobate mind like chiropractic 28

          December 19, 2013 at 8:16 pm |
  13. Mopery

    Censorship is nothing if not mind control. When we accept censorship as a good thing, we begin to censor ourselves unconsciously, becoming a more dishonest society because of it. This spotlight on Phil's words could be a grand opportunity for a national discussion about s e x u a l i t y and race, which might bring us closer to some middle-ground on the issues. Instead, the corporate media thugs are using it to divide us into polarized factions. Whether you like Phil or despise him, you must accept that he was at least honest in his opinion.

    December 19, 2013 at 6:06 pm |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      There are plenty of things allowed by the const.itution that aren't allowed by most employers. That's how it works in the private industry. I don't think the network did the right thing (they knew full well his likely stance on such issues), but they are well within their rights to let him go.

      December 19, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
      • Mopery

        My problem with the situation is that he was being interviewed by GQ, he wasn't being filmed for an episode of the show, and I doubt A&E were paying him for the interview time. If your employer can fire you for anything you say outside of the workplace, then our country is in big trouble.

        December 19, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
        • Cpt. Obvious

          His job, and the ones I reference, involve contracts that do govern what the employee (under contract) does or says when not "on the clock." What don't you get about this?

          December 19, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          I doubt that GQ was interested in this Babble Humper for any other reason than his connection to Duck Dynasty the show. In other words, he was doing promo work for the show and went too far.

          December 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
    • RickyPeters

      Mopery
      So, you want some kind of "middle ground" where it's OK to be mildly offensive and bigoted towards gays, or something? Maybe MLK should have asked for a "middle ground" where blacks could ride anywhere on the bus, but still had to give up their seats to whites? All people are asking for is equality, and until straight people are willing to give up some of their marriage rights and be shamed for their orientation that doesn't mean we meet in the middle. We'll meet you at your privileged end, and call it even, OK?

      December 19, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
      • Mopery

        Perhaps you're right. Perhaps if you wave your magical fairy wand and speak some mystic word than maybe people with a completely opposite opinion from your own will suddenly do a 180-degree turn and join your side. But we both know the world is nowhere near as simplistic as that. Would you rather live in a society that tells you they accept you, to your face, then speaks their mind while your back is turned, or one in which people give their honest opinions no matter who or where they're speaking? I'd rather live in a world with a few scattered bigots than one in which everyone is a hypocrite.

        December 19, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
  14. Tiffany

    People hear what they want to hear. He didn't compare gay people to beastiality. He was speaking on SIN. Beastiality is a sin listed in the scriptures. Folks love to take folks words and twist them!

    December 19, 2013 at 6:06 pm |
    • ME II

      "Start with ho[]mose[]xual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men." (http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/19/showbiz/duck-dynasty-suspension/index.html)

      December 19, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
    • Jackson

      Wearing clothing from two different fibers is a sin too.

      Isn't the camouflage made of more than one fiber?

      I guess they don't care about their own sins, do they, the hypocrites.

      December 20, 2013 at 11:40 am |
  15. ME II

    meh...
    They aren't politicians making policy or even professional actors, whom some might consider "role-models". Aren't they just red-necks that made it big and got their own reality show.

    Who cares what they believe?

    December 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm |
    • Alice H

      More to the point, does it surprise anyone? Frankly, I just do not see the appeal of red-neck shows. Is there anything more annoying than Honey Boo Boo?

      December 19, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
  16. JustMe

    tol·er·ance
    ˈtäl(ə)rəns/
    noun
    1.
    the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.

    Seems it is only a one way street in the world of the Liberals....

    December 19, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
    • Jep

      As they are the ones calling the intolerance out, you'd be wrong.

      December 19, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
      • improv

        By being intolerant themselves...

        December 19, 2013 at 6:41 pm |
        • Jep

          con·serv·a·tive
          kənˈsərvətiv/
          adjective
          1.
          holding to traditional atti.tudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion.

          noun
          1. a person who is averse to change and holds to traditional values and atti.tudes, typically in relation to politics.

          Rise.

          December 19, 2013 at 7:25 pm |
    • MarcTheDuck

      At first I thought your post was going to be yet-another hypocritical liberal rant. One in which the liberal doesn't seem to realize that s/he is doing exactly what s/he is condemning. But as I read it I realized you are pointing out that very hypocrisy. You're right. We all have beliefs about other people that are cases of intolerance. In each case the person in question also thinks his reason is "good". Anyone who doesn't think s/he does this is just fooling his or her self. So, you're right... tolerance is the closest thing to a solution. Maybe Tolerance should replace Coexist as a bumper sticker.

      December 19, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
    • CharlesP

      Would you consider being left-handed just an "opinion", or a "behavior"? Some Christians use to shame and even beat kids out of using their left hands for centuries, kinda like how they're treating gays now.

      December 19, 2013 at 7:01 pm |
  17. children of Israel

    All the glory goes to the most high God I AM THAT I AM Ahayah and his Son Yashaya (Proverbs 30:4)

    December 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
    • AverageJoe76

      To bad 'God' didn't write or influence a more widely accepted piece of literature that couldn't be translated wrong or debunked time and time again. You would think the creator of reality had better skills.

      Ok, easy math; Kill 2, and start over, or Kill the WORLD, and start over? I like efficiency, so I'm for just 2.

      Am........................................I..........................cra.............................ZEE?

      December 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
      • Chip

        So, you support capital punishment without a trial?

        December 19, 2013 at 6:03 pm |
        • AverageJoe76

          My question was based on Adam & Eve compared to how God handled the Noah story. Instead of correcting 'sin' with Adam & Eve, he waited until the world was overrun with sin, got mad, destroyed it, and still left 7 sinners to repopulate the Earth.

          So I'm not going to answer about capitol punishment, because it has nothing to do with my question.

          December 19, 2013 at 6:12 pm |
    • CharlesP

      "I Yum What I Yum" Popeye, the Sailor Man

      December 19, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
  18. Dennis

    My only concern is that A&E produced and aired a show that has a prayer at the end of it every week. Did they really believe that this situation wasn't going to happen. You have a family with strong belief; A&E took advantage and is now kicking them to the curb.

    December 19, 2013 at 5:46 pm |
    • Mopery

      As an Atheist, I have to point out that no one is being forced to watch the show. You have the ability to simply change the channel.

      December 19, 2013 at 6:10 pm |
    • tallulah13

      The family in "Duck Dynasty" signed a contract and profited from the exposure, Dennis. Let's not forget that little part. They put their prayer on display for the highest bidder.

      December 19, 2013 at 7:40 pm |
  19. PeterD

    Gays & Lesbians wants equal rights in our Society but they can't handle equal jokes, pranks like any other straight person and they want special rights therefore I am developing a G&Ls Vaccines which will Eradicate Gays & Lesbians mental disease by vaccination process just like any other Human Diseases like Polio Vaccination, Chicken Pox Vaccination etc etc etc.

    December 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
    • sly

      I know – no sense of humor. I remember after 9/11 I made some hilarious jokes about how the falling/jumping people were just practicing for the upcoming High Dive championship. Badaboom!

      And after the Boston Marathon bombings, I suggested it was a good site for a Body Shop, given all the body parts. Badaboom boom.

      Yup ... durned Merican's got no sense of what's funny! I should be on TV so I can repeat all those jokes! ha ha ha ...

      December 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm |
    • lol??

      The straight man is the butt of the joke. Routine comedy.

      December 19, 2013 at 6:21 pm |
    • tallulah13

      So Pete, do you really think that discrimination and ignorance are "jokes and pranks"? You sound like a classic bully.

      December 19, 2013 at 7:38 pm |
    • Jackson

      Can't handle equal jokes? Funny, I see conservatives complain all the time about religious jokes on tv and in movies, and how they are constantly bashed by hollywood.

      Guess they can dish it out but they can't take it.

      Care to address the blithering hypocrisy in their actions and in your message?

      I'm guessing not, since you have already shown so little interest in the truth.

      December 20, 2013 at 11:35 am |
  20. Topher

    In the story I read, and maybe I need to go back and read it, it seemed what he was saying is that it's a slippery slope. This wasn't OK yesterday. Today it is. Tomorrow it will be bestiality is OK. The day after that pedophilia will be OK ...

    December 19, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
    • Russ

      @ Topher: case & point...
      yesterday on the Belief Blog, regular contributor Danielle Tumminio argued that Christians who are pro-g.ay marriage must equally be open to polygamy.

      December 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
      • HotAirAce

        If believers really believed in freedom of religion they would fully support the mormon church's practice of polygamy.

        December 19, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
      • ROO

        Many well known biblical figures had more than one wife showing polygamy was well practiced in the bible- Esau, Moses, Jacob, Elkanah, David and Solomon. It was not condemned at that time. That tell us that religious morality itself shifts.

        December 19, 2013 at 6:05 pm |
        • Topher

          It's true people at that time had multiple wives. But the Bible never condones it ... in fact, Deuteronomy condemns it.

          December 19, 2013 at 6:13 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          So Topher, why is the mormon's practice wrong? Are there things your cult practices that others think are wrong?

          December 19, 2013 at 6:18 pm |
        • Topher

          Well, because the Bible says it's wrong.

          And I'm sure there are. But does their argument have Biblical backing? And is it an essential?

          December 19, 2013 at 6:23 pm |
        • ROO

          @Topher

          -Deuteronomy never condemned it. 21 chapter spoke against having two wives but only loving one and not the other. This was in relation to the rights of firstborn sons. Deuteronomy 17 states a king shall not have "too many" wives.......not "shall not have more than one wife".

          December 19, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          Please point out where The Babble says the Mormons are wrong. Also, please tell us what other cults think yours gets wrong.

          December 19, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
        • Russ

          @ ROO: as I commented yesterday, not only is Genesis purposefully subversive (everyone who participates in polygamy has it blow up in their face), but it is later condemned in Scripture.

          December 19, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
        • Russ

          @ HotAirAce: a few examples...

          repeatedly, the Bible tells us there is only one God.
          Christians are Trinitarian monotheists (there is only one God, in three persons).
          Mormons are henotheists (worshipping one god among many) – i.e., polytheists.

          The Bible teaches Jesus is God and became human to save us. Humanity will never be God in the same capacity as He is.
          Mormons believe there is no real distinction and they too can (as they perceive Jesus) become fully divine.

          The Bible teaches salvation is in Christ's work alone. It's what he does, not what we do, that saves.
          Mormons believe one must work hard, and Jesus will add grace if *you* do enough.
          In other words, Christians believe love comes before obedience. Mormons believe obedience must precede love.

          December 19, 2013 at 9:02 pm |
    • sam stone

      the fact that you are making that comparison shows you really are deluded, gopher

      December 19, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
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