Phil Robertson, of Duck Dynasty fame, has been the subject of both adulation and damnation in recent days because of comments he made about homosexuality. All the commentors are focusing on something wrong that someone else has done, without realizing an important truth: everybody is wrong here.
Why Robertson is wrong:
The defense of Robertson holds that he was voicing a traditionally Christian view of homosexuality as sinful. But there’s more to it than that.
Those of us who hold to traditional religious views need to do a better job of making sure it’s clear that we “love the sinner, hate the sin,” and that the sin here is unchaste behavior, not the feelings that prompt them. Maybe we feel that such diplomacy is excessive or unnecessary, but that’s life.
Robertson’s comments–as they’ve been presented publicly by the media, at least–don’t even try to do that.
Worse still, he criticizes homosexuality as “illogical.” A direct quote from the interview in question: “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
This is stupid. As if sexual preference were the result of a thought process that hadn’t been properly carried out! Perhaps Robertson thinks gay men will read this and say, “Hey! Good point! Now that you’ve pointed that out, I understand. Why, women are more anatomically compatible with men that other men are! By Jove, Mr. Robertson, thank you for showing me the light!”
Robertson made some worthwhile comments about the decline of society’s morality in that interview, but those remarks will never be remembered, because he said this. That’s a shame, and there’s a lesson in that for all of us.
Why Robertson’s conservative defenders are wrong: