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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November 24, 2012
In the event of a victory by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney several weeks ago, I had prepared myself to draft a column intended to quell the anticipated jubilation of the political Right nationwide – my primary point being that, despite such a Republican triumph, America’s enduring crisis would have been that Barack Obama was practically guaranteed 47 percent of the popular vote simply by being the endorsed Democratic candidate (Obama ultimately secured 51 percent).
August 25, 2012
While Anthony Gemma’s highly anticipated press conference was certainly compelling, it remains unclear whether or not it will be enough to sink Congressman David Cicilline’s re-election hopes. At the very least, however, it seems Gemma is in possession of convincing evidence of large-scale voter fraud that would incriminate high-level officers within Cicilline’s inner circle.
January 5, 2013
The consequences of silence were on parade this week when Channel 10 aired a report titled “Same-Sex Marriage Could Help RI Economy.” The premise for saying so is that many people, while decidedly against the passage of a gay marriage bill, have been entirely bullied out of the controversy – and that this has resulted in a growing confusion over how to even begin defending traditional values.
April 20, 2013
In the midst of the ongoing debate over the 2nd Amendment, I discovered lessons to be learned from the events in Boston this week.
Let me start with this: Owning a gun is not a natural right. After all, how can a firearm be a natural right if man had to invent and manufacture it?
September 28, 2011
Dear Undocumented Student,
Regarding the Board of Governors for Higher Education, I had the chance to attend its meeting on Monday night, and also the chance to observe the body of teenage students – some illegal aliens, and some devoted friends – that you were a part of.
May 19, 2012
Bishop Hendricken High School president John Jackson set off somewhat of a Facebook firestorm this week when he penned a letter to the Providence Journal that criticized President Obama for “favor[ing] same-sex marriage,” and for essentially recapitulating the Catholic Church’s position concerning homosexuality.
March 10, 2012
Local property taxes in Rhode Island are among the highest in the nation. And it has little to do with what progressive Democrats claim. That is, that recent tax cuts for the state’s high-income earners are the cause of your skyrocketing property tax bill – that “the rich” are not paying their “fair share.”
April 7, 2012
Offering collective bargaining privileges to Rhode Island’s public employees was always an imprudent idea. And they should be rescinded immediately.
This is a simple conclusion to reach when one considers the nature and purpose of a union. That is, when a group of workers view themselves as having collective leverage over their employer, and find it in their best interest to threaten him with a work stoppage unless their demands are met – most commonly, a greater share of company profits.
January 19, 2013
It is no secret that both the conservative and the liberal often charge the other with ignorance, a natural imputation for those with whom one disagrees. You don’t know what I know. And that’s why you disagree with me.
August 10, 2013
Reverend Brian Sistare, the pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Woonsocket, is currently denying Holy Communion to Lew Pryeor and Pierre Leveillee, a gay couple who are members of Sacred Heart’s regular congregation.
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