Duck Dynasty Highlights What Is Wrong with the US


Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 2.49.50 PM“…“Phil Robertson is a new American hero. He said exactly what the great majority of Americans believe,” the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer wrote on Twitter. “Phil Robertson is right. It’s a simple matter of plumbing. Easy to figure out what is supposed to go where. And where not.”…”

As I write this, it appears as the repulsive looking one with the gray beard has been kicked off his show for his nasty remarks about gays.  Good.  What he said about gays was bad, but what he said about blacks being better off before the welfare, entitlement state, basically working as share-croppers, was deplorable.

The beauty of all of this is staggering.  Mark Levin says he has First Amendment concerns about denying the repulsive jerk his right to compare gays to bestiality, and want to push blacks back into the pre-Civil Rights days.  He does.  But, what people like Levin seem to forget, and it is such a thing of beauty, is that A&E is a corporation that has a right to fire the jerk.

Oh, how beautifully self serving is the far right.  They wax poetically about the freedom a capitalist society should have, but when that capitalist society exercises those freedoms, they don’t like it.

If you want to know what is truly wrong with this nation, with Christianity, and the far right, go no farther than Duck Dynasty, the  highly rated cable reality series.  I know it is shallow and superficial of me, but I find the men of the show absolutely repulsive to look at.  They make me want to vomit, pure and simple. They are poorly educated, back-woods, bigots who give rednecks a bad name.   I am going to try to use a screen shot of their photos for this piece, if I can stand to look at it.

“...The show is a massive hit; as of late August, it was poised to be the biggest cable show ever. So why the heck is this the case? After all, like any “reality” show, ”Duck Dynasty’s” plot lines are transparently staged — but two things about the show really resonate with viewers: the Robertsons’ eccentricity and, perhaps more importantly, their beards.

There’s lots to write about regarding “Duck Dynasty” as a cultural phenomenon, but I’m going to focus on the history behind American beards and why that history is essential to the show’s success. Over at History Scene, Sarah Gold McBride provides a fantastic historical recap of the power of the beard in terms of shaping masculinity in the 19th century. The 19th century was a period of vast changes during which the modern world as we know it was formed. Indeed, many of the cultural, political, and economic tropes that we acknowledge today were first articulated and solidified in the 19th century, and this includes beards and their relationship to manhood….”

They look nasty, dirty, and degenerate.  Don’t get me wrong, I think it is admirable when a person who was such a drunken, vile, and nasty druggie cleans up his act and accepts Christ as his Savior.  That’s a good thing.  What is not a good thing is that they have embraced the whole far right tea party agenda.

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Huffington Post

As for hygiene?

“...Phil told Men’s Health that there’s “not a lot of hygiene going on in their family,” and that they only brush their teeth once a day, never comb their hair, do not floss their teeth, rarely shower or wash their face, and do not use deodorant….”

I know I constantly sound like a jerk about religion, but one of the wives said this about their show:

“…I want to say this for the Christian community — and that’s basically who’s reading The Christian Chronicle. We get a little criticism from the Christian community because they feel like we’re not saying enough on the show about Jesus, God and church. But we’re not here to preach. We want to show Jesus.

I hope the Christian community will understand that God is pushing this train, and we are not hiding that fact at all. We’ve got to make sure that we are approachable by the world, and I think that the men — all of their lives — have done a great job in that. Our show appeals to the world. Once we appeal to the world, we can attract them to Jesus, and that means being in the world, but not of the world, just like Jesus said. I hope folks will just be patient with us and really trust that God’s using us in this way….”

They are promoting a church that is little more than a cult, where women are not allowed to have a role in the actual ministry of the church.

They make you want to cringe:


“...“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong. Sin becomes fine,” he later added. “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. Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”…”


They are so simplistic, and far right.

“…“We’re Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television,” he tells me. “You put in your article that the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and let’s get on with it, and everything will turn around.”

What does repentance entail? Well, in Robertson’s worldview, America was a country founded upon Christian values (Thou shalt not kill, etc.), and he believes that the gradual removal of Christian symbolism from public spaces has diluted those founding principles. (He and Si take turns going on about why the Ten Commandments ought to be displayed outside courthouses.) He sees the popularity of Duck Dynasty as a small corrective to all that we have lost….”

Not only do they highlight what is wrong with this country, but they highlight the problem with what they believe.  Baptism is essential to Salvation.  If you are not baptized you can’t have accepted Christ as your Savior. There are some who consider the Church of Christ, where they attend to be a borderline cult.   They believe that Salvation is by works and grace and not by faith alone.  There are those who describe the church as Pelagian in nature.  They are very self-righteous.

“...There is no doubt that many in the Church of Christ denomination are genuine believers in Christ who desire to truly worship, follow, and obey Him. At the same time, there are others in the Church of Christ, and some Church of Christ churches, that are borderline cult-like in their preferences, practices, and doctrines. We are by no means disparaging the entire Church of Christ denomination or every church that refers to itself as the “Church of Christ.” The purpose of this article is to express some concerns and answer some questions about the Church of Christ that we have observed and experienced.

One “minor” issue is the Church of Christ policy of not allowing musical instruments in their church services. While we entirely agree that a church is well within the freedom God gives to not use musical instruments in worship, the problem is that some within the Church of Christ are fanatically against musical instruments. Some are fanatical to the point of declaring any church that uses musical instruments as not being a true, biblical, or godly church. Such dogmatism on a clearly non-essential issue is often the mark of a cult, not the mark of a good biblical church….”

This what their church teaches about women.

Christ The Way
Christ The Way

“...Let me say it loud and clear: America needs Duck Dynasty.  It may be among the most important shows on television.

To some, Duck Dynasty may only seem like a silly reality show.  Its 30 minutes of bearded men making duck calls, drinking sweet tea, hunting and blowing stuff up.  But that’s just what you see on the surface.  If you look more closely, what you will discover is that Duck Dynasty is a biblical show.  I do not mean that it is biblical in the sense that the Robertson family leads a 30-minute Bible study.  What I mean is that Duck Dynasty is a positive example of Matthew 5:13-16:

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven”.

The Robertson family provides a taste of salt and a glimpse of light for our culture.  In a culture that is tasteless and dark, Duck Dynasty is a show that is well-able to influence us in a positive way.  It has worked its way in among the entertainment world and has the ability to change it from the inside-out.  It is a modern-day Trojan horse that is fulfilling a biblical mandate….”

The show is being used to promote the submission of women.

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Liberty Counsel Action

My problem with the Duck Dynasty, aside from the absolutely repulsive beards is what they believe.  While their nasty looking ‘manly’ beards might inspire openly homo-erotic orgasms from the likes of Jerry Boykin, they are promoting a religious cult based on the heresy of Pelagianism.  It also highlights the problem that Christian Reconstructionism and the gradual take-over of the conservative religious world, is that people no longer know what they believe.

From what  I can tell about the whole movement, that is the plan, create such confusion that people don’t quite know what they believe anymore.  For some strange reasons, Christians, and unfortunately I must include myself, seem to jump when we discover that a celeb is a Christian.  I caught myself doing that very thing the other week, so I know the syndrome, well.  I don’t mind a celeb being religious and using their status to further the cause.  Someone famous has just as much right doing this as someone who isn’t.  What I do object too is the wholesale adoration of these people, without knowing just what they believe.

Because the repulsive individuals from Duck Dynasty are ‘conservative’, hate gays, are nasty rednecks from the South, say the right thing, don’t wear deodorant, and don’t bother brushing their teeth all that much, for some strange reason that makes them role models.  No one bothers asking just what they believe.

That’s the whole problem with the religious right.  Everyone is so thrilled for there to be a religious right that no one bothers checking out just what is being believed and promoted.   Duck Dynasty is promoting a sect that is heretical.  It is considered a cult.  They don’t believe what normal Christians do.  They are part of a mega church, and use the bully pulpit to pull more people in to their cult.

We’re now going to hear how horrible the left is for A&E kicking one of them off the show.  The nasty looking critter is being deprived of his fight of freedom of speech, we are told.  These same individuals scream foul when someone doesn’t approve of their version of freedom of making piles of money.  Who know that far right ethics only go so far.


2 thoughts on “Duck Dynasty Highlights What Is Wrong with the US

  1. I did a little research on Robertson the other day and it turns out he’s better educated than he lets on. He attended Louisiana Tech University earning a bachelors degree in phys ed. and a masters in education. He played football for a time as a quarterback at LTU, for one year Terry Bradshaw was his back up. He had a shot at the NFL.
    My point is this guy isn’t the simple country boy he claims to be. Of course he could be living proof that there’s no cure for stupid.

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