Duck Dynasty Castoff Becomes Right Wing Role Model
Suspended Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has become a hero for the religious right, sparking internet petitions from traditional marriage groups as well a call by radio host Bryan Fischer for the faithful to “Take heart from his example…you be a Phil in your world.”
Outspoken anti-gay group, Family Research Council, issued a statement on their web page defending Robertson’s anti-gay slur that caused his ouster from the popular A&E show.
“Marginalizing Phil Robertson for expressing the historic belief in marriage shared by most Americans is harmful to public discourse and contrary to the very values A&E purports to defend,” the group said, creating a petition that they intend to send to the Robertson family to show their support. “The reality is that the Robertson family are Bible-believing Christians who don’t cherry pick what the Bible teaches.”
The National Organization for Marriage published their own letter calling for A&E to apologize to the embattled star and criticizing the pro-gay lobby for its attempt to kick a Christian off the air.
“The gay lobby bullies are at it again,” the group wrote. “This time they’ve attacked one of the most popular Christians in America – Phil Robertson, patriarch of Duck Dynasty’s Robertson family.”
The religious right also took to the airways, using their broadcast time to defend Robertson and his views. On the Dec. 20 broadcast of Focal Point, host Bryan Fischer said Robertson’s removal from television was the work of Satan and “the mark of the beast.”
Fischer explained that the ‘mark of the beast’ was used to “oppose people of faith, that they cannot even engage in commerce without permission from a demonically controlled government.”
In Robertson’s case, he added, “he got bounced off the show which was a source of income for him, so his ability to be involved in the commerce connected to the program has been terminated. That is the mark of the beast.”
He concluded that to combat this evil, “what we need is about a hundred and fifty million Phil Robertsons.”
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