Travis Rowley: Duck. Duck. Gays!
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Of course, this is not how modern liberals perceive Christian activity. Moreover, this is a depiction they refuse to accept.
Agenda-driven liberals are pros at ignoring any evidence or testimony that may challenge the left-wing view of the average Christian conservative – i.e. People who profess not to make any moral judgments at all, but are consistently caught condemning others; people who are supposed to love and forgive. And that’s it!
Liberals prefer Christians to be the pushovers they mistake them for.
Bernard Whitman, a homosexual Democratic strategist, appeared on Fox News’ The Kelly File this week to defend A&E’s decision to suspend Phil Robertson from the hit reality-series Duck Dynasty after Robertson made some controversial remarks concerning homosexuality. Whitman showcased the Left’s narrow comprehension of Christianity when he told the audience that Robertson’s statements “certainly [fly] in the face of what it means to be Christian. What it means to be Christian is to treat others like you would want to be treated.”
Like a child, Whitman may have some of the basics down. But he’s a few credits short of an advanced theology degree, as he illustrates exactly why conservative author Dinesh D’Souza often refers to the Left’s grasp of the New Testament – and religion in general – as “crayon Christianity.”
The Strategy of Silence
Countless times have Christians and conservatives taken humble steps backward in order to qualify remarks that others deem hurtful or controversial – naively thinking that calmer heads would prevail, and an enlightening discussion about homosexuality with liberals would commence. Adhering to this pattern, Robertson attempted to expound on his comments: “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.”
Robertson should have saved his breath. Liberals weren’t listening. Their political culture had instructed them to quickly categorize his comments as “anti-gay,” “hate speech,” and “intolerance” that – well – just can’t be tolerated.
As I explained several weeks ago after progressive activists refused to allow New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to speak at Brown University due to his alleged “racism,” in order to silence their political adversaries progressives have learned to simply express severe moral outrage. That’s the trick that licenses liberals to act like fascists.
According to numerous left-wing commentators, Robertson’s comments were “vile,” “disgusting,” “extreme” and “outlandish.”
With Robertson now on “indefinite hiatus” from Duck Dynasty, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly wondered why such extreme actions had to be taken against Robertson. Kelly asked Whitman, “Why can’t there be a debate about it?”
“I don’t think A&E…should want to be associated with that type of hate,” Whitman argued. “It’s time that we stop agreeing that religion can be used as a weapon to spew hate.”
What Robertson said amounts to “hate,” says Whitman.
End of discussion.
A Forbidden Topic
Having surrounded myself with progressives for over a decade, I have learned to take it on blind faith that – whenever discourse is being denied – I am not attaining the best knowledge, or being exposed to the full truth.
Without a doubt, the Left’s ferocity leaves the casual observer with the impression that Christian conservatives must be as wicked as liberals claim, serves as a warning to all other potential critics of homosexuality and same-sex “marriage,” and ultimately disarms people of the knowledge necessary to defend traditional values.
Sure enough, during my search for answers I’ve come across some refreshing honesty and impressive insight regarding homosexuality – very enlightening scholarship that helps to reconcile Christian tolerance with Christian commandments.
Perhaps liberals’ extravagant reactions to the most tepid and unsurprising expressions of Christianity is the best indication that there is a lot more to homosexuality that we’re not being told.
It’s no secret that Christians believe homosexual activity is sinful. Yet, when Phil Robertson did little more than paraphrase 1 Corinthians 6:9 – a New Testament passage that chronicles several categories of sinners who “will not inherit the kingdom of God” – liberals everywhere began to simultaneously convulse.
Robertson also seemed to touch on what many often refer to as the “slippery slope,” saying, “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong…Sin becomes fine…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.”
Agree or disagree, this shouldn’t fascinate anyone. Except, perhaps, those who choose to dwell in an intellectually stifled pop-culture, where moral judgments are considered cruel – and where expressions of Christianity are considered taboo.
What is becoming increasingly obvious is that progressives are comfortable with Christians as long as they don’t actually believe in – you know – Christianity.
The Totalitarian Left
Just as boring as Robertson’s recent commentary was that of Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy. Known as a devout Christian, Cathy was asked at the end of a radio interview about his position on gay “marriage.” This is the response that set the Left ablaze during the summer of 2012: “I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage'. I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”
Miss California 2009 Carrie Prejean suffered similar wrath after expressing her personal beliefs in public. During the 2009 Miss USA Pageant, Prejean had the audacity to answer gay activist Perez Hilton’s question regarding gay “marriage” in this insolent manner: “In my family, I think that I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised… I think it should be between a man and a woman.”
Next time you hear liberals howling over “hate speech,” just remember that these are the types of humdrum remarks they’re talking about.
As this latest controversy runs its course, you’ll discover liberals insisting that Robertson’s remarks were particularly “over the top,” “disgusting,” and “hateful.” But it is quite clear that the strategy of intimidation is perfunctory, ever-present, and absolute. Bishop Tobin, House Speaker Gordon Fox, the president of Bishop Hendricken High School and Brad Pitt’s mom represent several more examples of people who have had to suffer the viciousness of the programmed progressive response to anyone who dares to challenge the Left on this issue.
Homosexuality is hardly my topic of choice. Trust me, I’d much rather be writing about how unions have destroyed the State of Rhode Island. But, similar to the ruffian antics of organized labor and racial activists, liberals’ approach to homosexuality helps to expose the political Left for what it truly is.
The Left is anti-intellectual. The Left is raw emotion. The Left is totalitarian.
Travis Rowley (TravisRowley.com) is the author of The RI Republican: An Indictment of the Rhode Island Left.
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Arbitron Ratings Scandal
In 2008, radio host John DePetro found himself in the midst of a ratings controversy. The Boston Herald reported,
The briefly stellar ratings of controversy-dogged-talkmeister John DePetro’s Providence radio show tanked yesterday after a whiff of scandal forced Arbitron to reissue its spring survey of listener-dial habits.
Sexual Harassment Claim
In 2012, DePetro was sued by a WPRO colleague for sexual harassment.
Producer Dee DeQuatro said DePetro invited her to lunch before driving to a house and making sexual advances.
DePetro denied the allegations.
Buddy's Return - to Radio
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Chafee's Talk Radio Ban
Upon taking office in 2011, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee announced that he would not appear on talk radio shows and barred state employees in agencies and departments that report to him from doing the same during work hours.
Dennis and Callahan
WEEI sports radio hosts John Dennis and Gerry Callahan were suspended in 2003 when they referred to an escaped gorilla as a "Metco gorilla" waiting for a bus to Lexington -- with Metco being bus program that buses inner-city students to suburban schools.
Boston's WCVB reported that advertisers Dunkin' Donuts and Blue Cross pulled back station support in light of the incident.
WTKK's Jay Severin was fired for making comments about sleeping with female employees over the years.
Radio Ink reported on Greater Media's reaction to the incident.
"Greater Media today ended its relationship with Jay Severin. Our company has always encouraged a free and open dialogue on a variety of issues and topics, and we will continue to be guided by that principle. But we also demand that our on-air talent maintain an appropriate level of civility, and adhere to a standard that respects our listeners and the public at large.
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