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December 20, 2013 - 7:32 am
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Late last night I posed the following question on Facebook: Should tiny but militant activist groups get to dictate what the rest of us are allowed to think, what we’re allowed to watch, what we eat, and what our churches teach?

If we’re a free country, the answer should obviously be “No.” All of that is at stake in the Duck Dynasty argument, as in the previous argument over Chick-fil-A.

Recall that in that earlier fight, Chick-fil-A owner Dan Cathy told a radio show his personal beliefs, which were based on the Bible. For that, he was torn apart by the Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD, and several Democrat politicians openly attempted to ban his company from their cities. Those politicians have neither the power nor the right to do that. That didn’t stop them from trying. President Obama’s own former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, led the anti-Chick-fil-A pitchfork brigade in Chicago, the murder capital over which he presides as mayor. So this was not a fringe of the left. It was a major and influential segment on the left.

The coordinated assault on Cathy generated a massive response, even from people who disagreed with what Cathy said, because he has the right to his opinion and to voicing it. Chick-fil-A enjoyed its strongest business weeks in its history, thanks to millions of Americans who are fed up with the PC police.

That brings us to Phil Robertson. The full GQ story quotes him saying a number of things, some of them harmless, some of them uplifting, some of them controversial, and some of them appalling. But he has the right to say them. A&E has the right to decide whether he appears on Duck Dynasty or not. The Robertsons have the right to decide what to do about their relationship with A&E. Everyone else has the right to decide for ourselves what to do with Phil Robertson and A&E and their show. I happen to watch the show because it’s funny and it’s family-friendly. Some people don’t like it. To each their own. We have hundreds of channels plus the rest of the universe to choose our entertainment from. Most of that entertainment conforms with what the left wants. They certainly don’t protest against any of it.

However, two of the groups who have decided that Robertson must be shunned from the public have taken it upon themselves to take the fight directly into Christian churches. They don’t believe in “to each their own,” at all.

GLAAD led the way, using A&E’s decision to tell Christians what to think.

Do a quick search — GLAAD pretty much owns the media. They partner up with networks, fashion companies, universities, the works. But this one show must be destroyed, and Christians much adopt GLAAD’s values, right now, or else.

PETA followed suit Thursday, again, using the fight over a TV show to dictate what churches should do. PETA — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (when they’re not killing animals themselves) — told Christians that we should call for Duck Dynasty’s cancellation. Because the Robertsons hunt on the show.

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The gay community has pretty much had their way on this subject for some time. Somebody says something they deem offensive and they fall on them like a wolf on a pork chop. They probably thought this would just be another instance of crushing the opposition. Unfortunately for them when they kicked this can, they had no idea that there was a hornet nest under it.
Christian groups have become increasingly disturbed by the gay community and their supporters beating them like a rented mule at every opportunity. They are tired of it and trashing the duck folk provided them with a golden opportunity to strike back at the relentless Christian bashing that has become the Left's common response. Furthermore it united a number of groups in a way that scared GLAAD and its sycophants down to their core. Let the beatings continue.
39 weeks ago
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The world system loves it's own. That is why GLAAD has such a voice in the media. Their agenda is a big lie, just like their Father, and part of a global agenda to destroy anything the G-d of Moses has ordained.

Their behavior is reprobate, and they should never be allowed into positions of leadership. Society will be cursed for stating Homosexuality is a normal lifestyle, and teaching children such sickness is normal.

39 weeks ago
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Atheists and Elitists are in a tough position. They originally set up the show "Duck Dynasty" believing they were going to get a Reality version of "The Beverly Hillbillies" - to their dismay they discovered what they were broadcasting was a Reality Version of Andy, Opie, and Aunt Bee.

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/pat-archbold/duck-dynasty-the-show-that-got-away-from-them
39 weeks ago
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In Matthew 7:6, Jesus said, “Don’t give that which is holy to the dogs, neither throw your pearls before the pigs, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” When Jesus speaks of holiness he is speaking of two things: public assemblies and law or the law making powers of the legislature. When Jesus is speaking of dogs, he is referring to the Old Testament description of a homosexual or gay male prostitute who are called dogs in Hebrew. Jesus described sound government principles as pearls and treasure. Pigs can only be found outside of Israel in the heathen nations. In summery, Jesus is giving a warning. Don’t hand over sound principles of government (or the formation of government) to heathens because they will trample them under foot as they raise up a despotism, a tyranny. Don’t hand over the law making powers of the state to homosexuals because if you do they will use the law to tear you and society to pieces. Article VIII makes God’s law American law. visit: CHCAFE.WORDPRESS.com

Few Examples.
Portland bar owner fined $400,000 for excluding transsexual men who were using the women’s restroom

Wildflower Inn in Vermont pays settlement to lesbians and shuts down wedding reception business

California law allow boys in girls showers and restrooms


38 weeks ago
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Being gay does not make a person radical. Being opposed to animal cruelty does not make a person radical. Being Vegetarian does not make a person radical.

To a radical who is gay, being gay is what makes the person radical. To a radical who is Vegan it is being Vegan that is being radical.

So radical organizer approaches gays, downplays their radicalism, and plays up their being gay. This creates a gay radical.

The point here is that they are radicals. So of course it is an attack on our families, on marriage and our Churches. Radical gays don't want to be married, they want to force all gays to get married.

The ASPCA cannot find homes for 15% of their saved animals and so has to put them down. PETA puts down close to 100% of their homeless animals.

What is evidence?
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
All honor and decency flies out the window the day we send our children to
schools where the agenda is fixed by the federal government. We lost control of
individual thought, work ethics and faith in God when we allowed the "state" to become a super-nanny. God bless papa Duck, and help defeat his enemies !!
38 weeks ago
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Imagine sitting through a church service when suddenly, the doors burst open and the state appointed tax official steps in to monitor the sermon and make sure it stays within state approved guidelines.

I'd say that would have quite a chilling effect on free speech.

By taking Caesar's coin in the form of tax exempt status the churches have likewise given Caesar effective control over their church.

Any speech that is therefore not approved by the state is forbidden.

Churches might want to consider divesting themselves of tax exempt status and begin speaking freely once again.

As for how this relates to Phil - the same forces that are attacking him and trying to silence him are the same forces ever so gently exerting pressure on that boot on the neck of the churches.

Win or lose, good or bad, pick the line you are willing to stand and fight at.

If you don't, these same forces will pick the line for you and I can guarantee you it won't be a line to your advantage.
38 weeks ago
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"Imagine sitting through a church service when suddenly, the doors burst open and the state appointed tax official steps in to monitor the sermon and make sure it stays within state approved guidelines."

That's been going on for decades. No, there isn't a literal tax official there, but it's a violation of IRS regulations for churches to make any political statements. Has been since LBJ's administration.

Has it had a chilling effect?

No, it's had a very effective freezing effect.

There are a very, very few churches who are deliberately standing up to this, but by far the majority meekly comply, and carefully avoid making any political statements, which includes carefully NOT endorsing or opposing any particular candidates or legislation.

And the State has every right to do so. The tax exemption, legally and morally, IS a government subsidy. Once you take the money, you lose control. He who pays the piper calls the tune, and rightly so.


Yes, it's long past time that churches gave up the tax exemption.

But there's another basis by which the State legitimately has control over what churches say.

They belong to the state. Completely.

I suppose there are rare exceptions, but it's nearly universal that churches in America are created by the State. What the State creates, it legitimately controls. They are endowed by their creator (the State) with certain limited and revokable rights.

Almost every church is a corporation. Every corporation is created by a State. Corporations have no rights except those which the State decides to grant, and they retain those rights only as long as it pleases the State to continue them.

The modern idea, held by far too many conservatives, that corporations inherit natural rights from their human owners, would have shocked and dismayed our Founding Fathers.

The idea strikes at the very heart of our liberty.




38 weeks ago
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Duck Dynasty is the All in the Family of our age. Archie Bunker was set up to be the idiotic political foil for loving liberal "meathead" who was such a pathetic specimen I cannot remember his name.

Guess who the public identified with.

Given a choice between well meaning respectful but perhaps a little retrograde Phil Robertson and anyone on the shrill intolerant Left, guess who America picks.

We all know what Phil said, but no one who watches the show can can conceive of him being cruel or hateful to some poor gay teenager struggling with his sexual identity if he found himself in the same room with him.

He'd take him home, have Miss Kay feed him, take him hunting and probably call his grandson and his Pastor son to try to figure out what to do, which would undoubtedly involve guns, explosions and self sufficiency...I can hear it now...he may be gay...but if he ain't a yuppie, that's one less problem...the imagination goes swiftly to slightly befuddled compassionate action. The end state is still a gay kid but one with friends who take up for him and who feels like he owns his own life.

Put the same kid in the hands of the PC Left and you get an indoctrination camp, zero compassion and a much darker outcome, someone who for the rest of their life feels hated and angry.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
The gay community has pretty much had their way on this subject for some time. Somebody says something they deem offensive and they fall on them like a wolf on a pork chop. They probably thought this would just be another instance of crushing the opposition. Unfortunately for them when they kicked this can, they had no idea that there was a hornet nest under it.
Christian groups have become increasingly disturbed by the gay community and their supporters beating them like a rented mule at every opportunity. They are tired of it and trashing the duck folk provided them with a golden opportunity to strike back at the relentless Christian bashing that has become the Left's common response. Furthermore it united a number of groups in a way that scared GLAAD and its sycophants down to their core. Let the beatings continue.
39 weeks ago
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Also, no one who has ever seen the show thinks Phil Robertson is an evil bigoted man. The tried to witch hunt someone who CANNOT be shoe horned into the narrative.
38 weeks ago
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Salaam Allahem, Baby..It's time for the secular-leftists to finally come all the way out
Of the closet: declare the Bible, New and
Old Testaments, to be 'hate speech'. Maybe
Get Att. General Holder to begin revocation of
religious exemptions from all Judeo-Christian
Organizations. Maybe charge them all with
Being accessories to violating the civil rights
Of homosexuals. Yeah, that's the ticket. And
While they're at it how about the prez declaring
that henceforth only the Koran will be used
For 'swearing in' ceremonies ! What the heck,
Obama...why not go all out and declare America
An Islamic State? Hey, then declare the War
On Terrorism ( aka 'man made disasters') to
Be officially over. Ally Akbar, Hu, You'll be a big
historical hero. Yah, then go on Haj to Mecca
And seal the deal with a big fat bow to your Saudi Imam.
C'mon Obama...You Know you wanna!
39 weeks ago
39 weeks ago Link To Comment
Uh Huh..It's time for the secular-leftists to finally come all the way out
Of the closet: declare the Bible, New and
Old Testaments, to be 'hate speech'. Maybe
Get Att. General Holder to begin revocation of
religious exemptions from all Judeo-Christian
Organizations. Maybe charge them all with
Being accessories to violating the civil rights
Of homosexuals. Yeah, that's the ticket. And
While they're at it how about the prez declaring
that henceforth only the Koran will be used
For 'swearing in' ceremonies ! What the heck,
Obama...why not go all out and declare America
An Islamic State? Hey, then declare the War
On Terrorism ( aka 'man made disasters') to
Be officially over. Ally Akbar, Hu, You'll be a big
historical hero. Yah, then go on Haj to Mecca
And seal the deal with a fat bow to your Saudi Imam.
C'mon Obama...You Know you wanna!
39 weeks ago
39 weeks ago Link To Comment
"And where are the pastors who will step up, note and resist what’s going on behind the attempt to get one TV show off the air, forcing churches to conform to a secular viewpoint at the same time"

They're afraid, hamstrung by the IRS' rules. Pastors are not allowed to speak 'politics' from the pulpit or the IRS is free to strip their church of its tax-free status. That's been the law for a long time (tell the reverend Al, and Rev. Jesse and Rev. Wright that, please) but the laws have recently been strengthened, and with the current administration's VERY selective use of the IRS and the Justice Departments, they have good reason to fear.
39 weeks ago
39 weeks ago Link To Comment
Our church leadership have discussed this very issue. We fully expect to lose our tax exempt status in the next five years. If that is all that happens, I will be surprised. Regardless, we will not abandon the teachings of Scripture.
39 weeks ago
39 weeks ago Link To Comment
Personally, I prefer no special status. It is nice to be tax exempt, but it can look too much like having special privileges. Also, it gives the government leverage over what you say, despite First Amendment guarantees. My church is tax exempt, but principles come before taxes.
39 weeks ago
39 weeks ago Link To Comment
It's true: discrimination is now a liberal value no one else can touch for its sheer hostility. I like how scattered criticisms of Islam on the fringes is Islamophobia and institutional fear of Christianity based on an exaggeration of Islamic beliefs is not Christianophobia. Political correctness will gut any culture it comes into contact with as it is an attempt to apply affirmative action to reality because reality is racist.
39 weeks ago
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