Why Phil Robertson won’t apologize *UPDATED*


If Phil Robertson continues his refusal to bow down to the gods of political correctness, Lee Habeeb will have explained why:

It had never happened before. When big, powerful TV executives ask a star to apologize for what they deem inappropriate comments or behavior, the star simply complies. A team of publicists is assembled, the star does the obligatory apology tour for the press and promises never to do or say what he did or said again. Ever.

But the TV gods never met a man like Phil Robertson. Or his family. When they decided to place the patriarch of the Duck Dynasty clan on a non-suspension suspension for his comments to a GQ magazine writer about homosexuality, the executives at A&E created a problem.

Because this family believes in a bigger God. The same God that roughly 70 percent of Americans believe in. The Robertsons take their faith seriously, and one of the more important elements of that faith involves putting no god before theirs. Not even the suits at the big network.

Read the rest (and all of it is worth reading) here.

I don’t know about you, but I am entranced by the notion of someone who won’t be bullied into apologizing for something he believes.  Social bullying has never appealed to me.  And if you want to see how bad that bullying is, you can see that GLAAD makes old Joe McCarthy look like an amateur.

UPDATEA&E caved.  Let’s hope other conservatives will learn to stick to their guns.


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  • barbtheevilgenius

    Christians were told by Jesus Himself that we would be persecuted, and that being persecuted for our beliefs would give us blessings from God. Christians are called to be faithful unto death, and many have been martyred for their faith. I’m glad Phil Robertson is sticking with his Christian beliefs.

  • JKB

    Apologize for believing the word of God?  I’m sure the Progs would love to get Christians doing that.  They’ve gotten that from many high up in the Catholic church and Protestant denominations.  But those that aren’t going to abandon their faith for acceptance or money aren’t going to presume to apologize for God.  

  • jj

    He’s bright enough not to apologize because he recognizes that he has nothing for which to apologize.  QED.  Pretty simple, really.

  • jj

    I like the little face with the tongue in the corner, by the way.  Is there one with a cigar?

  • MacG

    Read the A&E mea cupla and thisis rich “We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s homes, and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principles”  Integrity?  From the show that inserted fake bleeps to make it look like they were swearing on the show until Phil called them on it?  From the Show that edited out In Jesus name so they would not offend the Muslims?  That’s rich. Unless they have repented…Who knows? Could be…

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Those who believe ultimate authority comes from God, which no temporal regime can affect, cannot be made to bend before the power of Earth’s regimes. That is in fact, a problem depending on which side of the civil war you are on.
    When the Roman regime or the totalitarian regime or the state regime commands you to do evil, humans will obey. This is a genetic instinct and a social regulation. The power it takes to break free of that, is no half hearted thing.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    The Left will never give up. Remember that.
    The Leftist alliance is composed of a multitude of organizations, terrorist cells, and criminal networks. They will never give up until they are annihilated from the face of the planet.

  • beefrank

     The homosexual lobby was livid because Robertson spoke Christian truth to progressive power revealing the basic difference between homosexual and heterosexual behavior. He stripped away all the progressive nomenclature designed to minimize, distort and hide the natural abnormality of homosexuality whose lifestyle is not ‘gay’, alternative’, ‘free’, ‘loving’, ‘gleeful’ and certainly not  ‘glad’.  It was interesting that on the same week, Conan had Jennifer Lawrence on-air humorously discussing ‘butt-plugs’ (the MSM has tried to edit the online tape) which are products of the male homosexual lifestyle to protect the anal canal from the unnatural perversion shunning the female orifice.  There is no reason to apologize when you speak the Truth. BTW. I did not see any groups of adulterers, drunks, fornicators, swingers, pedophiles and drug addicts asking for an apology.

  • Matt_SE

    Phil Robertson is 1) a multi-millionaire and 2) lives in a swamp by choice. What were the A&E execs going to threaten him with? Not inviting him to their tony NY cocktail parties?
    In no way do I wish to take away from the Robertson clan’s bravery and integrity, but I need to point out that the decision not to cave is probably easier for them than any of us. This is why the pattern of attack-then-apology exists. It is why so few conservatives in Hollywood speak out until they’ve “made it.”
    We live with mortgages, and careers and social circles that can be used as pressure points. What we need is to adjust our own comfort levels.
    If this society (especially us) were as healthy as in previous days, there would’ve been massive protests against Obama’s illegal regime. There may still need to be…we’ve got 3 long years ahead of us. Who knows what illegal shit he’ll pull?

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    What people need is to break the shackles of slavery that can make them Obey.
    Only warriors at the front lines need to train up the pain threshold and the tolerance of discomfort. An entire civilization built like that won’t last. It cannot last. For the sacrifice required to resist one dictatorship, is merely another form of obedience to another authority. It is not freedom in and of itself from external forces.

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  • MacG

    Interwoven into Phil’s born again paradigm is this teaching of his Master:
    19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
          22“The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.23“But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
          24“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” 
    What Phil has said is I will serve God not the God of Hollywood – Money.  He was right when said it is spiritual warfare – wrestling not with flesh and blood but principalities and powers.