Friday, May 23, 2014
'Duck Dynasty' star: Media 'blurring lines' on sin
'Duck Dynasty' star: Media 'blurring lines' on sin
'They railed against me for giving them the truth'
“Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson is likely experiencing a case of déjà vu as he faces renewed media attention following comments he made about “homosexual offenders” and sin during an Easter Sunday sermon just weeks ago.
Robertson ridiculed his critics for “blurring” the lines between “sinners” and homosexuals during a fiery speech at Whites Ferry Road Church in his hometown of West Monroe, Louisiana, on April 20.
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“The reason we’re here today is to remind us of the gospel that’s preached,” declared Robertson.
Just in time for the sixth-season debut of “Duck Dynasty,” a video of the sermon posted on YouTube has now gone viral, and the national media are once again seizing upon Robertson’s remarks.
As WND reported, A&E Network briefly suspended Robertson from the wildly popular “Duck Dynasty” amid protests over a December 2013 interview with GQ magazine in which he discussed the “sin” of homosexuality.
Robertson touched on the GQ interview during the Easter sermon.
“‘Is homosexual behavior a sin?’ the guy asked me. I said, ‘Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Don’t be deceived.’”
Robertson told the congregation he refuses to back down from his beliefs and called the media coverage of the controversy “absurd.”
“They were mad at me,” Robertson said. “Cuz instead of acknowledging their sin, like you had better do, they railed against me for giving them the truth about their sins. Don’t deceive yourselves.”
“Neither the sexually immoral, nor the idolators nor adulterers nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God,” Robertson blasted, paraphrasing a verse from 1 Corinthians in the Bible.
“The news media didn’t even know it was a verse! They thought I was just mouthing off.”
Robertson released a public apology after his suspension from the show that read in part, “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.”
The new season of “Duck Dynasty” is scheduled to begin June 11.
GQ is a Conde Nast Publications publication.
Note: David Carey was a group president for Conde Nast Publications, and is the president of Hearst Magazines.
Hearst Magazines is a division of the Hearst Corporation.
A&E Television Networks is a partner with the Hearst Corporation.
Ronald J. Doerfler was the SVP for the Hearst Corporation, a director at the Lazard Group LLC, and a director at the Lazard Ltd.
Vernon E. Jordan Jr. is a director at the Lazard Group LLC, a director at the Lazard Ltd., an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), Valerie B. Jarrett’s great uncle, a director at the American Friends of Bilderberg (think tank), was the president of the Economic Club of Washington, and a 2008 Bilderberg conference participant (think tank).
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Brookings Institution (think tank).
George Soros was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society.
David M. Rubenstein is a co-chairman for the Brookings Institution (think tank), the president of the Economic Club of Washington, a regent at the Smithsonian Institution, and a board member at the National Museum of American History.
Shirley Ann Jackson is a trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and a regent at the Smithsonian Institution.
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed is a 2008 documentary film directed by Nathan Frankowski and hosted by Ben Stein. The film contends that the mainstream science establishment suppresses academics who believe they see evidence of intelligent design in nature and who criticize evidence supporting Darwinian evolution and the modern evolutionary synthesis as a "scientific conspiracy to keep God out of the nation's laboratories and classrooms." The scientific theory of evolution is portrayed by the film as contributing to fascism, the Holocaust, communism, atheism, and eugenics. The film portrays intelligent design as motivated by science, rather than religion, though it does not give a detailed definition of the phrase or attempt to explain it on a scientific level. Other than briefly addressing issues of irreducible complexity, Expelled examines it as a political issue.
Expelled features excerpts from an interview Stein conducted with Richard Sternberg, described as an evolutionary biologist (he has two PhDs in evolutionary biology ) and a former editor for a scientific journal associated with the Smithsonian Institution. The film says his life was "nearly ruined" after he published an article by intelligent design proponent Stephen C. Meyer in 2004, allegedly causing him to lose his office, to be pressured to resign, and to become the subject of an investigation into his political and religious views. Sternberg defended his decision, stating that Intelligent Design was not the overall subject of the paper (being mentioned only at the end) and that he was attempting merely to present questions ID proponents had raised as a topic for discussion. He presented himself and Meyer as targets of religious and political persecution, claiming the chairman of his department referred to him as an "intellectual terrorist". Stein states that the paper "ignited a firestorm of controversy merely because it suggested intelligent design might be able to explain how life began", and goes beyond the findings of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel to claim that Sternberg was "terrorized". Stein further alleges that Congressman Mark Souder uncovered a campaign by the Smithsonian and the NCSE to destroy Sternberg's credibility, though he does not provide any details.
Sternberg, a staff scientist for the National Center for Biotechnology Information and also a fellow of the intelligent design advocacy group ISCID, had resigned his position at the journal Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington six months before publication of the Meyers paper. The Council of the Biological Society of Washington has stated that "Contrary to typical editorial practices, the paper was published without review by any associate editor; Sternberg handled the entire review process". Although in the film Stein says the paper "suggested intelligent design might be able to explain how life began", it discussed the much later development of phyla during the Cambrian explosion and deviated from the journal's topic of systematics to introduce previously discredited claims about bioinformatics. The Society subsequently declared that the paper "does not meet the scientific standards of the Proceedings" and would not have been published had typical editorial practices been followed. Sternberg, contrary to the impression given by the film, was not an employee, but an unpaid "Research Associate" at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, a post which ran for a limited period. Also contrary to the way his career was depicted in the film, Sternberg still retained this position until 2007, when he was given the offer of continuing as a research collaborator. He continued to have full access to research facilities at the museum as of April 2008.
Joseph R. Biden Jr. is a regent at the Smithsonian Institution, and the vice president for the Barack Obama administration.
National Museum of Natural History is a member of the Smithsonian Institution.
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National Museum of American History is a member of the Smithsonian Institution.
Libby Haight O'Connell is a board member for the National Museum of American History, and a chief historian & SVP for the A&E Television Networks.
Abbe Raven is a board member for the National Museum of American History, and the president & CEO for the A&E Television Networks.
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