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Maggie Gallagher Says Duck Dynasty Is Responsible For Dip in Public Support for Gay Marriage

Maggie

In a new post over at the National Review, NOM co-founder Maggie Gallagher offers her take on the recent Pew poll that found a 5-point dip in public support for gay marriage (49%).

Writes Gallagher: 

It may well be an outlier, but here is why I suspect not:

White Evangelical support for gay marriage dropped 4 percentage points, from 22 percent to 18 percent; Catholic support dropped 9 percentage points, from 61 percent to 52 percent. (White mainline Protestant opinion was virtually unchanged, rising from 56 percent support to 57 percent support.) Unaffiliated support for gay marriage continued its rise — from 71 percent to 76 percent in just one year.

But something happened over the last year to give traditional Christians second thoughts about what gay marriage would mean. What could that be?

RobertsonThe most likely candidate is A&E’s decision to suspend Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, after he expressed, rather colorfully, rather standard orthodox Christian views on gay sex.

The Duck Dynasty incident was not, of course, alone. In the spring of 2014, 65,000 people signed their names to a petition stating that Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich must either recant his opposition to gay marriage or be fired. The firestorm caused him to step down. The Eich case is salient for gay-marriage opponents because he had done nothing to deserve a public tarring and feathering except contribute once to the Prop 8 campaign in California. 

Gallagher goes on to point out that a similar drop in support occured back in 2009 in response to the backlash against Miss California Carrie Prejean after she stated her opposition to marriage equality


Duck Dynasty Family Member Running for Congress

Dasher

Yes, that's U.S. Congress. The one in Washington.

In news that would have Ruth Bader Ginsburg jumping for joy, Zach Dasher, nephew of Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson is running for elected office. His platform is the usual Tea Party nonsense you'd expect his campaigns motto is: "My basic platform begins with god."

Pictured is Dasher with his blonde haired/blue eyed family. It may come as little shock that his children are home schooled.

Buzzfeed reports that Dasher’s wife, Jil has an opinion of homosexuality. Surprise, surprise, she believes it is "curable."

...she’s seen people who have “come out of” addictions like homosexuality in her home. Dasher compares it to an addiction, akin to heroin and alcohol. “I have had folks sit on my couch who have come out of all kinds of addictions; alcohol, heroin, homosexuality, etc and hear them talk of healing and how they were able, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to overcome a life that was destroying them. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?”

Dasher is running for congress in Louisiana. Thankfully, he is one of five Republicans attempting to unseat incumbent Rep. Vince McAllister, whose recent scandal has left him vulnerable. Interestingly, McAllister has been linked to the "Duck Dynasty" clan before, bringing a member of their family as his guest to the state of the union address last year.

[h/t Joe. My. God.]


Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson: 'I'm As Much of A Homophobe as Jesus Was' - VIDEO

Phil Robertson

The infamous Phil Robertson of A&E's Duck Dynasty fame is shaping up to be one of those reality TV stars who will give the spotlight back once his body is interred and not a moment sooner. His latest bid for attention has him hawking his new book, unPHILtered: The Way I See It, which included an interview with ABC News' Ryan Owens. In the interview, he addresses the various topics that got him in trouble, including his stance on homosexuality. Of that, Robertson said:

I'm as much of a homophobe as Jesus was. The people who are participating in homosexual behavior, they need to know that I love them.

An interesting stance to take given that Jesus never said one word about homosexuality, so it's impossible to know whether he'd have been a member of PFLAG or Westboro. It's also hard to believe one is coming from a position of love when his position lumps LGBT people in with terrorists and zoophiles. Not exactly an intelligent or enlightened view for a person who claims to be a "highly-educated man" with a master's degree.

You can watch Robertson's interview with ABC - where he clarifies that the Bible was the only source he could go to in order to answer a question about homosexuality - AFTER THE JUMP...

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Todd Starnes: 'Religious Persecution' of Christians Will End in 'Civil Disobedience' - VIDEO

Starnes

Frequent Fox News talking head Todd Starnes is talking, yet again, about the plight of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson and his ilk. Christians like Robertson, says Starnes, are growing weary of being persecuted for their religious beliefs, and are likely to begin retaliating in the near future.

Rather than merely throwing support behind Robertson, who came under intense media fire last winter after making racist and homophobic remarks, Starnes sat down with Heritage of Truth to warn of the wave of oncoming Christian civil disobedience.

 

“Rick Warren told me that this issue, religious liberty, is going to be the civil rights issue of our generation,” He explained to Jeanne Dennis. “During the civil rights movement there were acts of civil disobedience, people were marching in the streets for their rights. I suspect we’re going to see that in our lifetime.”

Starnes rounded out the segment with a generous serving of right-wing histrionics, linking feminism and First Lady Obama’s Let’s Move initiative back to a supposed governmental plot to destroy the American family.

Watch more of Todd Starnes’s interview AFTER THE JUMP...

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Duck Dynasty Star Calls Phil Robertson a ‘21st Century Prophet’ at Anti-gay Hate Conference

Alan robertson

At a conference earlier this week sponsored by the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, Duck Dynasty star Alan Robertson praised his father Phil Robertson as a ‘21st century prophet’ for his comments in December comparing homosexuality to bestiality and saying homosexual sinners were going to hell like terrorists, prostitutes, and drunks. 

The Christian Post reports:

Alan, a guest speaker at the Family Research Council's "Watchmen on the Wall 2014" event on Thursday, addressed a crowd of hundreds of pastors to encourage them to continue preaching the Gospel without compromise – much like his family is known to do on their show.

"My dad has the heart and mindset of a prophet and is most compared to John the Baptist … for speaking the truth in a culture that isn't prepared to hear truth," Alan said. "That doesn't change my dad's view at all. Prophets tend not to care about their public image. They tend to talk about their judgment as if it's real and they speak what God gives them to speak ... so he is, in that sense, a 21st century prophet."

In an Easter Sunday sermon last month, Phil Robertson blasted the media for scolding him about his anti-gay remarks, accused them of being ignorant of the Bible, and reiterated what he said about gays. 

You can watch Alan’s full speech at the FRC conference (if you’re so inclined) here


Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson Blasts Ignorant Media, Gays in Easter Sunday Sermon: VIDEO

Robertson

Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson gave a sermon on Easter Sunday blasting the media for scolding him about his anti-gay remarks, accusing them of being ignorant of the Bible, and reiterating what he said about gays, TMZ reports.

Said Robertson:

"They were mad at me…You say, why’d they get mad at you? Cuz instead of acknowledging their sin, like you had better do, they railed against me for giving them the truth about their sins. Don’t deceive yourselves. You want the verse? The news media didn’t even know it was a verse! They thought I was just mouthing off. Is homosexual behavior a sin? The guy asked me. I said, ‘do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God?’ Don’t be deceived. Neither the sexually immoral, nor the idolators nor adulterers nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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