The likeability and popularity of "Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson stem from his quick wit and honest assessment of situations that arise in reality television. But it was just a matter of time before "Duck Dynasty" would face problems as their God-loving, Second Amendment beliefs would run into the realities of powerful liberals in the media.
While Robertson's selection of words in the GQ article was crass, and his tone was inappropriate, (especially when talking about specific body parts), he has every right to share his opinions and his beliefs.
However, Robertson needs to learn a fundamental lesson when dealing with the media: Words and tone matter. Take Pope Francis who shares similar views with Robertson on traditional marriage, yet his tone and approach have been widely embraced and respected.
The other reality that the "Duck Dynasty" star needs to understand is the clear double standard that exists in the media. Christians and religious individuals are quickly demonized and not tolerated by the dogmatic left if their views differ.
Bill Maher, a liberal media darling, can repeatedly attack religious individuals calling Christians "herpes" and Muslims "cancer," yet he has not been suspended because of his comments. Quite frankly, Maher should not be suspended. He is a celebrity and an entertainer. He has every right to express his opinions.
But the double standard is frightening. We are becoming a society where traditional values and free speech are being diminished and the religious are viewed as having a backward mentality.
Is our society tolerant of religious individuals who simply state their beliefs? Let's take former Miss California USA finalist Carrie Prejean who was asked about her views on gay marriage during the 2009 pageant. She was rebuked when she responded that she supported traditional marriage. One of the judges, gossip writer Perez Hilton, went so far as to called her a "dumb bitch." Where is the tolerance? Sadly, in the eyes of many liberal elites, there is only one accepted answer and no room for disagreement.
The questions of traditional and redefined marriage are highly emotional and a difficult and sensitive topic. Living in the D.C. area and having gay friends and colleagues, I find the topic difficult to discuss and sometimes even difficult write about for fear that I will be judged. Although we may differ in our beliefs, we can all agree that respect, tolerance and love for each other should prevail.
The part that the media wrote in small print was Robertson's statement that, "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."
If Robertson would have stuck with those comments during the interview, he might still be on the show. He will be missed, although his sons might decide to move the show to another network. The "Duck Dynasty" saga will continue.