Update: I would be remiss if I did not make some corrections and additions, in addition to correcting the careless assumption about Robertson’s education.
I still think that what he said wasn’t terribly nuanced, but I should give his full response here (which was obviously edited by CNN and other news sources to omit his explicit references to the Gospel):
I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. 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. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.
Excellent response, and I’m glad he stuck to biblical truth. It is my mistake to gloss over his response because CNN completely edited out any reference to Christ in it. I should know better than to trust them on that.
I should be writing a paper right now, but I’ll take a break to address this.
A few years ago, D.A. Carson wrote a book titled The Intolerance of Tolerance, where he discusses the irony of the so-called “liberals” and “tolerant” people who go out of their way to bully, censor, and silence people who disagree with them, mostly notably conservative Christians. In their eyes, “tolerance” equals “agreement,” even though that is absurd because the very concept of tolerance implies some underlying disagreement. That does not stop the allegedly open-minded tolerant folks from freaking out over every perceived slight and disagreement. In essence, it is the self-proclaimed “tolerant” people who refuse to tolerate opposing viewpoints.
Enter in Phil Robertson, patriarch of the family in the TV show Duck Dynasty, who recently said some controversial things about homosexuality and African Americans. I don’t watch Duck Dynasty and really couldn’t care less if it stays on the air or not, nor do I think Robertson said things in a particularly nuanced and careful manner. That being said, it is both amusing and concerning how quickly the media and special interest groups rushed to label him a “bigot” and attempt to crush him.
I’ll go through his quotes as well as some responses by others: