All over the Facebook, and various blogs, websites, yada-yada, I’ve seen this inspiring yet peculiar photo of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson – maybe you’ve seen it yourselves?
Well several friends of mine on Facebook started posting this photo, some in solidarity with the Duck Dynasty star, while others not knowing ANYTHING about Duck Dynasty saw this as an opportunity to create peace amongst those swept up in the controversy. I even saw Minister Derrick Grayson of Atlanta, Georgia also post this on his page.
I too was tempted to repost this photo – but then I got to thinking, “I don’t buy that this guy who spewed all this hate speech on ‘gays being no different than people who have sex with animals’ and ‘blacks liked singing in the fields’, to be THAT astute.”
By just googling the text, the quote seems to have surfaced back in 2012, when Rick Warren, American evangelical pastor and author, was being interviewed about some conflicts between The Saddleback Church, The Christian Post and the perception of Muslims by various Christians. The Christian Post’s Brandon A. Cox asked Warren:
COX: Why do you think people who call themselves Christians sometimes say the most hateful things about Muslims?
WARREN: Well, some of those folks probably aren’t really Christians. 1 John 4:20 says, “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.” And 1 John 2:9 says “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.” I am not allowed by Jesus to hate anyone. Our culture has accepted two huge lies: The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.
Notice how this entire referenced quote of Warren’s was preceded with Warren saying “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hate his brother, he is a liar”. Warren’s emphasis was on intolerant speech by CHRISTIANS about Muslims. He referenced how “those folks probably aren’t really Christians”.
Warren, who has had changing beliefs and disagreements over the gay community, had the “Our culture…” passage used in the Chick-Fil-A controversy, when he seemed to support the “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day” engineered by Mike Huckabee. Warren’s quote was being used to defend “biblical values” and supporting CEO Dan Cathy’s contributions to organizations opposing LGBT rights. Would you be so terribly surprised that now fans of Duck Dynasty want to stage a “Chick-Phil-A Day”, honoring Robertson’s stance on anti-gay rhetoric?
So strange, to me, that a FAST FOOD CHAIN, which sells cheap food high in fat, sugar, sodium and typically sold in large JUMBO portions, would find a brotherhood in so-called Christians celebrating Christian values, when the mere idea of FAST FOOD conjures up images of American GLUTTONY and diabetes. But I guess gluttony, even adultery, are more common place… the bigger sin, apparently, is apparently the smaller insurgence of being gay.
And here Sarah Palin and the religious right were so convinced Michelle Obama and her Let’s Move! campaign was all about the unraveling of democracy by a dictatorship of communist/socialists (i.e. Michelle Obama)… never once did they see Mrs. Obama as a champion of Christian values fighting the sins and devils of gluttony.
Therefore, I present to you, in this new day and age of the MEME, some rather curious, unexpected, and shall I suggest queer quotes, from the man of the hour… Phil Robertson…
Can you name those tunes?