I have tried like hell all day to avoid all things Phil Robertson and Duck Dynasty. God knows I have. I have avoided the TV show for however many seasons it’s been on, well….I watched about 4 minutes of it one time, couldn’t stand the stupidity of it and turned it off.
I often wondered “We have actually made this shit #1 on TV?” It falls along the same lines as the Kardashians and that BooBoo chick. There is no value added to my life by the existence of these shows…NONE.
So I posted on good ol’ Facebook that I thought of him as often as he thought of me…no big deal. Couldn’t believe how rabid folks got about it…but nooooo…it didn’t stop…everyone apparently has skin in this game.
Here goes my two, three or ten cents…
Mr. Robertson is strong in his faith. He came back to the Lord and it has brought him peace in his life. Good.on.him. He deserves to proclaim his faith from the highest mountain top. Doesn’t like homosexuality? DON’T BE ONE!!! Don’t like bestiality? DON’T DATE A GOAT!!! Wanna talk about it, fine…buckle up…you’re gonna piss someone off Phil.
See, Mr. Robertson isn’t an idiot. He KNOWS what he said, he KNOWS what he meant, he KNOWS what kind of response he was gonna get. He’s a brilliant businessman, right? I mean he turned a family kazoo business and bad grooming habits into a multi-million dollar empire. Don’t be fooled, the man isn’t a victim.
However, the man is a human. And as such, he is allowed his unalienable rights. As given BY MAN.
He has that Freedom of Speech…you know the one that THOUSANDS have died to protect. That funny little constitutional right. We may not like what he says, but he gets to say it without being beaten about the head and face for it. If he wants to look stupid and small-minded, then by all means, thank a solider and go with it.
He’s right, the Bible does say that stuff. Sorta, it’s paraphrased and translated. It’s okay, mankind has been obliterating the teachings of the Bible for hundreds, thousands of years. Ministers, politicians, families…foes…everyone will pluck one or two passages and memorize them, to help them make their point, to make them feel righteous. To make them feel like they are on the right side of God in their judgements.
Gay or straight, Democrat or Republican, male or female…we all stand in judgement of each other, of people we know, people we don’t know…we do it everyday…
- They are such a judgemental idiot!
- She’s friendly, she must be a whore.
- He’s talking to that woman, they must be “doing it.”
- They don’t agree with me, they must be stupid…or wrong…or rascist/sexist/ageist/etc.
- They are passionate about their opinions, they must be a zealot/crazy/off their meds.
- They voted for Obama, they must be gay…or on welfare…or black.
- They voted for Romney, they must be white…and rich…and racist…
- They don’t vote…they don’t get an opinion in the country.
- They are a vegetarian, they must be a hippy…I wonder if they shave?
- They aren’t like me…there must be something wrong with them.
Yes, as much as we don’t want to admit it, we all sit in judgement of each other. NO ONE is innocent of it. So if you think you are, sit.down. You are probably one of the worst. Doesn’t mean I don’t love you, but it does mean I will roll my eyes and ignore 90% of what you are ranting about.
My sister and I battle this…allllll the time. She is way more religious than I am. It’s okay. I love that she has found that relationship with God that fills her with peace and love. She has found a church family and home that centers her and fills her faith cup. She needs that in her life, she was raised with it and chooses to raise her child with it. I think it’s wonderful and at times, wish I had that.
I am more spiritual than religious. Church hasn’t been good to me, in fact, the last church I went to actually TOOK SIDES in my damn breakup. Seriously, I was judged by leaders and people who spoke of love, acceptance and faith. I don’t know if I will ever step in a church again for anything other than a wedding, baptism or funeral…but I have a strong relationship with God. I have read/will read the Bible all my life. I know stories, I know passages. I live in sin and pray for forgiveness everyday. I know that God loves me and I don’t need anyone to validate how I love Him. He knows.
Even with all of that…when I perceive that my sister has taken a “right turn” off the deep end into religious fevor…its because (1)she’s pissed at someone, typically me. (2)she wants to piss me off. (3)she’s off her meds (kidding!) (4)she’s passionate about whatever has gotten in her craw.
My sister and I have had more battles over what God wants, means, or flat-out says…when I say battles, I mean BATTLES…like I end up screaming into a phone, she ends up crying or God help us…either of us are near a computer, the e-mails are epic. Hell, we will even drag our mother into it. Shamefully, we have dragged my kids, my wife and my best friend into them in the past. I mean…my sister and I get medieval in these e-mails. And in the end, we won’t speak for weeks, she will call crying (she misses me and I am s.tu.b.b.o.r.n) and we forgive and move past it.
Last time, was about gay marriage. It was a doozy. But once my daughter got ahold of me…seriously talked some sense into me, I got it. And I have changed how I feel and think about others who think differently than me.
It’s true. Children do end up teaching the parents. It was humbling.
I tell you this because we are as different as night and day (she is adopted! not really…but don’t tell her)…and despite all these differences, I will take a bullet for her. Well, maybe not a bullet, but I did’t tell her I would let someone pinch me really hard. No one picks on my baby sister, makes her cry or hurts her that they won’t deal with me…eventually. Karma is righteous…and until it comes around…don’t fuck with my family. My baby sister…she’s the first best friend I ever had…she was my favorite toy…she may be a rabid Jesus loving mommy…but she can put in a good word with God for me…she has her opinions on everything in my life and I, hers…we have grown up and grown together.
She will get wrapped up in all of this…and it will be my job to talk to her about the other side, to listen to her reason, to tell her mine and in the end, pat her on the head, try to sell her for rocks and love her unconditionally.
ANYHOO. Mr. Robertson paraphrased/quoted the Bible. Mr. Robertson voiced his opinion and exercised his First Amendment Right. It’s okay…really. Whatever he thinks isn’t truly going to change anyone anymore than I will by writing this. But it’s my blog, it’s my outlet and when I am done, I am done with this and Mr. Robertson. I still won’t watch the show…I will still think they all need a shave. I will still not want to run out and purchase a kazoo or marry a man…
I’m still gonna be me. Gay. Chubby. Outspoken and vocal behind a keyboard.
A&E also has the right to Freedom of Speech. They chose to not agree with him. They chose to protect their business model. No one was arrested, no one was stoned to death, no one was locked up in a cell for 20 years for voicing their opinion. I dare say, the world continued to revolve on its axis. The rich got richer and there are still men, women and children that went to bed hungry, sad and alone.
Wanna be upset? Be upset about that…
It’s really hard for me to defend his rights when I have to fight daily for mine. But this isn’t about gay rights or my civil rights or anything like that. He voiced his opinion and it’s stirred up a nest of bullshit that is impressive. Yes, he has the right to say whatever he wants…at doesn’t make him exempt from taking responsibility for those words. So, no, I don’t believe he is a victim. At.all.
Please gay people….don’t make this a homophobic thing…please…don’t get down to that level and be as small-minded and judgey as he has been. For God’s sake, he has Sarah Palin supporting him!!! Please, rise above it…realize that he probably doesn’t have anyone close to him that is gay or dating a goat. He doesn’t see how it affects us. Nothing we do or say is going to change him, his beliefs or his opinions. It’s evident.
Take that passion, that energy and channel it into doing something that makes a positive change in someone’s life. Pay his judgement forward and turn it into something positive. For the love of God…show the REST of the world that we aren’t all crazy, fevered fags that will protest everything for any reason…stop.think.love.
And to you, Mr. Robertson, I appreciate that you have your opinion. I appreciate you have the right to your opinion. I am sad that you have to deal with the backlash, but sir, you asked for it.
So I’m gonna say a prayer for you. I’m gonna say a prayer for me. I might even say a prayer for Kim Kardashian and that BooBoo chick.
Lord knows, we all need it.