Another Southern TV Star Taken Down
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
So now one can no longer express one's religious belief, huh?
now we have all heard of the latest Southern TV star's fall from the
public's grace as a result of his honesty. He made the mistake of
honestly expressing his opinion -- reference homosexuality -- to the
press, and now he is being publicly pilloried.
patriarch of the “Duck Dynasty” clan, is being slammed for
controversial comments he made about homosexuality in an interview in
the January issue of GQ.
When the reporter asked Robertson what he found sinful, he said “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." SOURCE: http://nypost.com/2013/12/18/duck-dynasty-member-slammed-for-comments-on-homosexuality/
a southerner myself, I have no problem understanding where Mr.
Robertson is coming from. That is to say, we both hail from the same
culture -- southern culture, which is a way of life centered around the
Holy Scriptures. Yeah, it's a "southern thing." (It's not solely a southern thing, but it sometimes seems such.)
And yes, we in the south are less tolerant of homosexuality than most any other region of the US.
report from November 2012 suggested that there had been a new, and
rapid shift in support of equal marriage in the US, except in some
southern states, such as Texas and several other nearby southern states
which had remained opposed to the idea of same-sex marriage.
terms of regions opposed to equal marriage, the south leads in that
respect. South Atlantic and South Central states showed a majority of
voters as opposed to equal marriage, where in the latter, which includes
Texas, 56% of voters opposed it, versus 35% for." SOURCE: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/12/09/new-york-times-study-names-mississippi-as-state-least-tolerant-of-gay-people/
Generally speaking the more conservative religious denominations of the South teach the following: "Love the sinner. Hate the sin."
a subscriber to the Christian faith, I believe homosexuality is a sin
forbidden by God. In the scriptures we are told that God, himself, said
to His people Israel, "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination" (Leviticus 18:22). "If
a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them
have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their
blood shall be upon them" (Leviticus 20:13). In these passages
homosexuality is condemned as a sexual perversion. It is considered a
“Prime Sin.” As a Christian I cannot change how God views homosexuality
and I cannot turn my back on it and say that, well, times have changed,
and God must change, too. THAT is, in my opinion, blasphemy.
Now, before some of you point out the obvious, that this scripture is from the OLD Testament; I give you Saint Paul’s view of Homosexuality from the NEW Testament. (Paul is the Apostle credited with bringing the Christian faith to the Gentiles of the world.) Paul wrote a letter to the people of the Christian church in Corinth. In that letter Paul said the following: “Or
do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of
God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor
adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10- nor thieves, nor the
covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the
kingdom of God.” SOURCE: 1 Corinthians, Chapter 6.
could not be any clearer. Homosexuality is condemned in the scriptures
just as murder, adultery, premarital sex, kidnaping, lying, and idolatry
For a bible-believing-southerner, those words are
written in stone -- especially for those of us who share the same
generation, a generation now approaching, or exceeding, our allotted
three score and ten years of life.
Seems to me that Mr.
Robertson is being persecuted for practicing his constitutional rights
of free expression of religion -- and -- free speech. However, here in
post-constitution America, it has become the norm to deny practitioners
of the Christian faith the same rights guaranteed all Americans.
was not surprised, in the least, at the suddenness and the ferocity of
the attack upon Mr. Robertson. In fact, I was expecting it.
We Americans have allowed political correctness to infect our land to the point that we are awash in vileness.
In an article dated April 8th, 2011, ABC News reported: "An
estimated 9 million Americans -- or nearly 4 percent of the total
population -- say they identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or
transgender, according to a new report released this week from the
Williams Institute, a think-tank devoted to LGBT research at UCLA." SOURCE: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/williams-institute-report-reveals-million-gay-bisexual-transgender/story?id=13320565
Four percent of the US population. Only four percent -- and yet they wield so much power.
The "arbiter of all things"
will eventually settle this matter as He always does. Judging from His
earlier pronouncements about the issue, I have no doubt what His ruling
As I consider my country today, I often think that the
people of ancient Sodom and Gomorah would be embarrassed by the hedonist
behavior of our nation.
And we wonder WHY our nation is in such terrible straits??
J. D. Longstreet