"Duck Dynasty" Controversy Brought This To Mind

4 years ago
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You recognize that guy, right? No, not THAT guy on the right - the duck on the left is Uncle Scrooge McDuck in his role as "Ebeneezer Scrooge" from Disney's version of A Christmas Carol. 

This was when he threw open the windows to let his neighbors and his family into his heart, into his life after coming to realize that it was not too late.

Phil Robertson's comments were appalling and offensive and harmful. There is no excuse for anyone to harbor such thoughts. Yes, he has the freedom to speak his mind without fear of retaliation from the government (that's how the First Amendment works), but Americans have the freedom to push back against his intolerance and bigotry. And A&E has the right to address it with him because he is their employee and reflects their brand. 

There's nothing Christian about these comments. Christians don't deny the era of "Jim Crow" and the brutal oppression African-American experienced. They denounce it. Christians don't reduce LGBTQ people to sexual choices and stereotypes. They embrace and love us as their neighbors.

Phil Robertson probably does love his family a lot and he may in fact love some of his neighbors, his viewers, his customers and more - with a net worth of between $10 and $15 million, he certainly should love his customers.

But Phil's Christianity calls upon him to love all of his neighbors. Perhaps being visited by the Ghost of Public Scrutiny and the Ghost of Future Sponsorship Deals will help him rethink exactly *why* people - like me, his lesbian neighbor - are upset. 

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