12.18.2013

A Quick Plea To Those About To Buy Duck Calls

Hey Fellow Christians,
Let's chat real quick. It's early in this mess and I feel like we've still got some time.
HOW ABOUT- Instead of circling the wagons and rallying the troops. Instead of organizing mass purchases of duck calls. Instead of saying to the watching world that "YES!" we stand with a man now widely seen as a racist, homophobic bigot. Instead of showing our gay and brown friends that their worst inclinations about our motives are right on. Instead of reinforcing all the stereotypes. Instead of confirming in people's minds that they were right about us and our backwards ways all along.
Let's choose to walk away from this one.
Let's choose NOT to stand in solidarity with hatred.
Let's choose a better, nobler hill to die on than this one. Than defending hate speech.
Is Phil Robertson a Christian? Certainly. Should we forgive him for this? Absolutely.
But for once.
For ONCE
Let's show the unreached, unloved, disrespected, marginalized, oppressed, and hated that we can be better.
That we can try harder.
That our lives are lives that are supposed to resemble love more than anything else.
Let's try something different.
Let's try something Christlike.
Thanks.

7 comments:

  1. there is nothing else to say but YES.

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  2. Um. "Brown friends?" Did you *really* just say that? Also: disagreeing with a lifestyle isn't "hatred" or "bigotry." Voicing said disagreement isn't "hate speech." The individuals attacking him, however, and calling the man every ugly name in the book require your advice more than anyone showing their support. Respectfully, perhaps those are the masses you should speak to, Geek.

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    1. It's charming that you think my use of the term "brown" is more offensive than Phil's glossing over the Jim Crow era south. And by charming I mean "telling, and disqualifying."

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    2. When you're using a public platform, like the media attention given to this man because of his television show, it absolutely is hate speech. It's using the privilege that he has, the voice and attention he has been paid, to continue to systematically spread fear and shame. If a person wants to disagree, they can obviously do so. In making the choice to publicize his comments and inflict them upon the rest of the world, he aligns himself with the portion of the population still interested in keeping homosexual relationships in oppression. If he had not gone public, but continued to respectfully disagree from the privacy of his own home, this wouldn't be an issue.

      Also, seconded on the brown comment. While 'person of color' is technically a more appropriate term, the obvious negative implications you attach to 'brown' as a color of skin (to the point where actually addressing a person's skin color makes you feel uncomfortable) is gross.

      Respectfully, perhaps you should speak to yourself about your own prejudices and face the uncomfortable reality that the world may not want to continue to operate in the same oppressive way as it seems you want it to.

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  3. The issue here is not hatred although the politically correct and thougth police would like you think so. By your own words Geek, you have drank the Kool Aide of both.
    The issue here is about freedom of speech! Anyone should have the right to state their opinion at anytime with out any consequences. This is garanteed to us by the First Amendment of the Constitution. Geek, you should stand in solidarity with anyone who is suspended from their job for stating their opinion, because one day they may come after you.

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    1. That's actually not the issue here. Phil Robertson can continue to say whatever he wants without fear of being thrown in jail. That's what the first amendment protects us against. It does not give us freedom from ACCOUNTABILITY of our speech. He can continue to state his opinions, but A&E (for all intents & purposes, his employer) has every right to decide that they no longer want him representing their company/brand. You certainly have freedom of speech in this country. But that doesn't mean you're spared from the consequences of what you might say.

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  4. You're right, it's not a free speech issue. It's a free thought issue. He was asked a question in an interview about his beliefs and he answered. You don't like it, therefore it is hate speech. Should he have not answered? Lied? It doesn't matter to you what he said. You hate what he believes. What a bunch of sanctimonious nonsense. Thanks for clarifying that Robertson is a for-real Christian. I was going to say, and thanks for letting me know it is ok to 'forgive' soundshim, but that's simply too nauseating, even in sarcasm. Forgive him for what, exactly? For answering a question with an answer you don't like? How sad - and frightening -that people are no longer judged for their behavior, but their beliefs. Where is one person standing up and saying, Phil Robertson disrespected me and was hateful because I'm gay? Where is anyone who is claiming, he was insulting and rude because I'm gay? He also said this, why does this not count?

    "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."

    Hmmm, sounds to me like he doesn't need your sage advice after all. Especially since he seems to be speaking from the heart while your counsel is pure smug.

    It hadn't occurred to me to buy a duck call, but this saccharine faux piety makes me want to buy a couple dozen, each one symbolizing a new order of magnitude of my disgust for the mob wanting to lynch a man for a belief.

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