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'Duck Dynasty' Culture War Far From Over

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Thanks to the outcry from cultural and religious conservatives and freedom of conscience advocates A&E has relented and reinstated Phil Robertson as a member of the cast of a television program about the family he heads and the business he founded.

To many this looks like a big victory in conservative America’s ongoing culture war with Hollywood’s radical secular liberals.

Don’t get us wrong – we’re happy for Phil and the battle to get him back on "Duck Dynasty" was a great demonstration of how the market power of conservatives can be used to fight the culture war.

But when we look a little deeper into what A&E actually did and said in reinstating Phil Robertson we conservatives may not have gotten quite as much as some have made it sound in all the celebration over A&E’s cave-in.

Chris Stone, founder of Faith Driven Consumer and originator of the “I Stand with Phil” petition, asked the right question in a blog post reacting to the network’s announcement that Phil Robeertson was back on the show: 

“Does A&E's latest call for tolerance and inclusion reflect and embrace the biblically based values of the Robertson family and millions of Faith Driven Consumers?”

As far as we can tell the answer is no. 

In announcing Phil Robertson’s return to "Duck Dynasty" filming A&E snuck this interesting little item into the end of the announcement:

“We will also use this moment to launch a national public service campaign (PSA) promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company and the values found in "Duck Dynasty." These PSAs will air across our entire portfolio.”

In other words, A&E plans to use part of the money it makes from "Duck Dynasty" to undercut the Christian witness of Phil Robertson and the values of the millions of Christians in the "Duck Dynasty" audience. 

To us that means far from reflecting and embracing the Biblical values of the Robertson family A&E will be actively campaigning against those values.

Our friend Tony Lee over at Breitbart summed-up the state of play pretty well in a recent article in which he concluded that “the fight in this culture war was far from over.” 

We couldn’t agree more.

The fact that A&E bowed to economic reality and put Phil Robertson back on "Duck Dynasty" is a good demonstration of the market power of Christian conservatives. 

However, A&E did not commit to stop censoring Christian teachings from its programs, and doubled down on its support of the radical homosexual agenda by launching a multi-million dollar advertising campaign to promote forced “acceptance” of homosexuality in direct opposition to Biblical teachings. If that’s a victory for conservatives in the culture war then it is one that radical homosexuals will, after some pro forma protests, give every us time. 

Read Tony Lee's article on Breitbart 'DUCK DYNASTY' CULTURE WAR FAR FROM OVER here

Go here for the Faith Driven Consumer statement on Phil Robertson's reinstatement.

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Duck Dynasty Culture War

The best news is the validation of marketplace power exhibited by those who spoke against A&E's decision to suspend Phil Robertson. That the A&E organization sees his reinstatement as a strategy to more directly support the gay agenda and downplay the values of the opposition to the gay agenda does not surprise me. "War" is war. We just have to decide which side we are on and support it.

Yes, thank you

Thank you for pointing out that bit in the announcement.

I, too, keyed in on that, and, in particular, the part about the family working with them on the PSAs.

I hope the family's part is to encourage tolerance of faith-based beliefs.

We know tolerance works in only one direction for A&E and GLAAD, etc.

It will be a total victory if the Robertsons can insist in these PSAs that tolerance includes being tolerant of people for their Biblically-based beliefs.

Stay tuned indeed!