phil2imagesIn light of the recent Duck Dynasty uproar, I have been confronted in my wanderings around the internet with the numerous reasons why Phil Robertson supporters are outraged by what they see as a great injustice done to him. Focusing for the moment on his sharp and judgmental opinions on homosexuality summed up in the quote below from his interview with GQ magazine.

 

“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong. Sin becomes fine,” he later added. “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men. Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

 

Those who feel the need to defend Phil Robertson, use his Christian faith and freedom of speech as the point which they feel he is being attacked on. But when one begins to dissect the problem it lies with neither freedom of speech nor his Christian faith, after all Phil had no problem expressing his distaste for the gay lifestyle, or his belief in the anti-homosexual passages in the Bible … ending his tirade with the statement that “It’s not right”.

 

The common sentiment expressed by many Christians and Phil himself is that he was just sharing his belief in the Bible as god’s word and he’s being attacked for his faith. Well, it’s not quite that simple, especially when he inserted the judgment call of “It’s not right” in his interview. The bottom line is that it’s none of Phil business what lifestyles others choose to live, and he should have kept his opinions to himself if he didn’t want to be called out on it. Just because the book of doctrines and the god he chooses to believe in condemns homosexuality does not mean it is right. We all live in a country whose constitution guarantees our individual right to the pursuit of happiness, regardless of ones sexual preference. Christians seem to be so focused on Phil’s right to disparage a person’s lifestyle that they seem to forget they live in a country where they are allowed to practice a religion that condemns and labels the sexual preference of others as “sin”.

 

In the same manner that Phil Robertson believes that homosexuality is not right and sinful, so do many fundamentalist Muslims believe that being a Christian is not right and sinful. It is one thing to judge the behavior of a thief and a liar as being wrong, but it is quite another to lump people with different sexual preferences into the mix. Sometimes it’s best to appreciate living in a country where you can practice any religion you choose and quit trying to impose your viewpoints and opinions upon others. Just because Phil Robertson believes that the Bible is god’s word does not mean it is. Last time I checked the freedoms granted citizens of this country allows them to choose the religion (if any) they want to believe in.

 

I would hope in hindsight that Phil Robertson can see how harmful words can be. While he may have ignorantly expressed his beliefs without realizing the far reaching negative impact of his judgmental words, maybe we can all learn a lesson from the mess he’s created and be more careful with how we express our beliefs.

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