Posted by: gmscan | December 23, 2013

The Duck Dynasty Brou-ha-ha


First, a little Christmas present in case you have not seen Pentatonix doing “Little Drummer Boy.” It’s the best music video of the season.

Have a very wonderful Christmas full of blessings

Now on to —


The Duck Dynasty Brou-ha-ha

“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”

Phil Robertson in GQ

I wouldn’t write about the Duck Dynasty controversy but for the fact that I have yet to see or read anything about it that is true. (Complete article here) One of my (many) pet peeves is hearing people attack other people for things they never said or did. Feel free to criticize others for what they say, but don’t make things up and criticize them for your fabrications.

This applies to Pope Francis’ recent Apostolic Exhortation as well. People on both the Left and the Right have been taking a couple of sentences out of a 250-page document and spinning them to suit their particular political orientation. I am doing what I expect very few of them have done – I’m reading the whole piece and will comment on it shortly.

In the Robertson case, one of the worst offenders is Bill O’Reilly who has repeatedly condemned Phil Robertson for damning homosexuals to Hell. But Robertson never said that. In fact, as the quote above indicates, he said just the opposite of that.

O’Reilly has also said repeatedly that you can’t change the minds of secular people by quoting Scripture – you have to use reason. That may be true if you hope to change public policy. But that isn’t what Robertson is trying to do. If O’Reilly had bothered reading the article he would have seen this –

When the show runs its course and the production trucks drive off the Robertson property for good, there will be nothing keeping Phil from his greater mission. He could step back if he felt like it, given that he’s now a very wealthy man. He could stay in these woods and live out the rest of his days hunting. But he has a flock now. He and the other Robertson men happily tour the country, giving speeches and hosting Bible studies. I ask Jep Robertson later on if the second generation of Robertson men shares Phil’s views on sin and morality. “We’re not quite as outspoken as my dad, but I’m definitely in line,” he says. “If somebody asks, I tell ’em what the Bible says.”

When Uncle Si went to Conway, Arkansas, recently for a paid appearance, 20,000 people showed up. It led the local news that night in Little Rock. The show is merely the platform. The end goal is to save souls. And the Robertson family is more than happy to sacrifice a little privacy out here in the woods—visitors regularly congregate outside Phil’s security gate hoping for a glance at the family— to spread the good word.

The Robertsons aren’t being political, they aren’t trying to change laws, they are trying to spread the Gospel, and you can’t do that without speaking the Gospel.

Other people have criticized Phil for giving an interview to GQ Magazine. They say he should have known it is a liberal, secular publication. Of course he knew that. The man is not uneducated. He gave them the interview because it is a liberal secular publication. It was a way of reaching an audience that would never have listened to a preacher. He doesn’t care if a majority of the readers were offended by his comments. He’s not running for Homecoming King. He hoped to break through to a few people who are ready to hear about the Word.

What, in your mind, is sinful?

“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,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “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.”

Robertson was citing very conventional and foundational Christian beliefs. He was not saying that homosexuality leads to bestiality. He was including both as examples of sin, along with adultery, drunkenness, and so on.

And, by the way, it was not a “gotcha article.” The writer, Drew Magary, was not looking down his nose at these rednecks and chortling when they said something outlandish. Mr. Magary was actually quite self-deprecating and talked about how inadequate he felt around these men. He clearly enjoyed their company and the article brought them alive to the reader.

Finally, dear reader, there is the most attention grabbing part where Phil says he thinks a woman’s vagina is more desirable than a man’s anus, but “that’s just me.” It is amusing how persnickety some secularists got over this.  Many of these same people who loved Molly Cyrus’ cavorting on television, who enjoy explicit pornography, and who embrace the demeaning sexual lyrics of rap musicians, are suddenly offended by the words vagina and anus? Good grief. Could they be more hypocritical?

Overall, I am glad this all happened. It provides stark evidence for who is judgmental and who is not, and for who is a bully and who is not.  I will take Phil Robertson over the bullies at GLAAD any day of the week.





  1. What a great summary and commentary. Thank God for you Mr. Scandlen.

  2. They keep saying that Phil Robertson’s First Amendment rights to Freedom of Speech and Religion are not being abridged because the First Amendment only protects us from the government. But where is it written that citizens who don’t agree with you have every right to deprive you of your Constitutional rights? How is it that groups like GLAAD are constantly filing lawsuits against ordinary citizens, just because they don’t agree with them and don’t care to participate in their lifestyle, on the basis of THEIR civil rights being abridged? Where are OUR civil rights? Christians are being forced to participate in things that are clearly not in line with their religious beliefs, our NUMBER ONE Constitutional right. We not only have to accept these things, but be part of them, with a happy little smile on our faces. Well, no we don’t, and I am so proud to be part of the masses who are standing WITH the Robertson family.

  3. Greg,
    Thanks for reminding everyone, on either side, to read the source material of the Phil Roberrson quotes before running with our opinions. This is similar to opinionated people commenting on the Bible before understanding it, which in the case of the GQ interview is also applicable.
    Gerald N. Yorioka, M.D. (Jerry)

  4. Hi Greg,

    Merry Christmas!

    I think the term “bully” is getting overused. But the true meaning of the term “sin” gets watered down when the first thing people associate with it is human sexuality. It’s way too superficial. Sin is much more subtle than that.

    For example, when people incite a mob reaction with an intentional misquote of someone’s interview in a magazine, that is a sin. I don’t know anybody who liked Molly Cyrus’ display on TV, but the endless tongue waging about it is a sin. Sin is when we withhold paying forward the Grace we have received form the highest authority in the Universe to those who need it more than us. Sin is when we callous ourselves to the suffering of the poor, the homeless, the hungry, the sick. Sin is when we say there is nothing we can do in order to justify doing nothing. Sin is when we worry about what people will say to other people about our ideology before we worry about what Jesus will say about our behavior to His Father. Sin is when we try to side with God against humanity instead of defending humanity before God.

    I never heard of Phil Robertson before all this. Now I am curious.


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