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December 29, 2013

Deception in ‘Duck Dynasty,’ Catholic Church

Filed under: Uncategorized — trp2011 @ 9:18 PM
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Much as I’ve tried to avoid the entire Duck Dynasty kerfuffle, it seems to be impossible for anyone who reads the news. For those of you fortunate to miss the  disgusting episode, Phil Robertson, patriarch of the long-bearded on Fox network’s reality show about country boys, gave an interview to GQ. Not appearing to be a gentleman, he talked about both homosexuality (it’s sick) and racism (it never existed in his personal South during the second half of the twentieth century). Petitions circulated, and Robertson was suspended from the show. More petitions circulated, and he was put back on.

Sarah Palin went to his defense although she stated that she didn’t read any of the interview. Bobbie Jindal, GOP governor of the Duck state, protested the loss of Robertson’s constitutional rights to free speech and religious freedom. The biggest piece missing from the argument, whether you support Robertson’s employment or not, is that the First Amendment had no part of the discussion.

Robertson can say anything he wants, and A&E is a business that has the right to hire and fire anyone it wishes. Nothing in the U.S. Constitution entitles anyone to a reality show or a business to pay someone for their speech. No one has stopped Robertson from his free expression of his religious beliefs.

More interesting to me is the way that the Robertson clan has hornswoggled its faithful followers. Guided by Duck Dynasty creator Scott Gurney, former actor in an independent gay porn film, the boys and their father just grew long beards, put on flannel and camo, and uttered an occasional “yeehaw.” [Willie moves from having metro-sexual tipped hair into his current “reality.]

metro-sexual tipped hair

Willie after reality

Father Robertson, who gained a master’s degree at Louisiana Tech University and then taught for several years, is a multimillionaire after his invention of a duck call. With his true religious calling, according to the interview, he should have followed Jesus’s directions:  “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” The Bible also requires short hair.

Another comment about women to extend the excessive publicity of Phil Robertson’s egregious—and probably carefully crafted—comments:

“[Women] got to where they’re hard to find. Mainly because these boys are waiting til they’re twenty years old before they marry them. Look, you wait til they get to be twenty years old and the the only picking that’s going to take place is your pocket. You got to marry these girls when they’re about fifteen or sixteen and they’ll pick your ducks.”

It appears that I’m not the only person disgusted by the reports of Father Duck’s antics. Ad News reported that A&E lost 1.51 million viewers during prime time in the week of December 16-22, down 13 percent from 1.73 million a year ago. Adults 25-54 dropped 22 percent, and watchers in ages 18-49 fell 18 percent.

John Hagee has a solution for people who disagree with him. The prominent evangelical pastor said, “[I]f atheists and humanists don’t like being wished a ‘Merry Christmas’ … well, they can just get out of the country.”

After serving 18 months of his 3-to-6 year sentence, Philadelphia’s Monsignor William Lynn, 62, may be released after an appeals court overturned his conviction. It’s not that he didn’t actually do what he was accused of. As secretary for clergy and aide to Cardinals Anthony Bevilacqua and Justin Rigali, he documented hundreds of complaints of rapes, sadist religious rituals, and other forms of abuse filed against priests from the late 1950s through his 1992-2004 tenure. Then he locked the information in a secret archives room.

The Superior Court threw out the conviction with a ruling that the law didn’t apply in the late 1990s to people who hid information like this. Although 20 of the victims testified about their childhood treatment by Catholic priests, the crimes were too old to prosecute. Lynn may go scot free because laws don’t cover what he did.

The best sign of the week comes from the Anglican Parish of Gosford, Australia.

best sign of the week

Earlier signs at the parish: 

“How much stuff do we really need?”

“Jesus, Joseph, and Mary were asylum seekers.”

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has abandoned Ayn Rand for Pope Francis because he cares for the poor. But Ryan also explains why the pope is wrong:

“The guy [Ryan’s term for the pope] is from Argentina, they haven’t had real capitalism in Argentina. They have crony capitalism in Argentina. They don’t have a true free-enterprise system.”

I look forward to the other 69 Catholics in Congress justifying their narrow-minded, selfish approach toward denying help to the poor while increasing the wealth of the rich.


1 Comment »

  1. AAARGH!


    Comment by Lee Lynch — December 29, 2013 @ 11:57 PM | Reply

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