First, full disclosure: I don't have TV channels and don't watch any regular TV shows, including Duck Dynasty. I have a computer and can see a lot of stuff on Youtube, and I have several DVD-capable computers and a free-standing DVD player, so I probably could if I wanted to, but I've never done so.
But I'm going to take it as read that I have a very general idea of the nature of the Robertson family and the show. And of course all of my readers know what has happened: Phil Robertson, family patriarch, expressed disapproval of homosexual acts in an earthily worded interview with GQ. He even, shocka, called the homosexual lifestyle sin. The A & E network then tried to slap him down by suspending him while oh-so-graciously not suspending the rest of his family members who are also on the show. Perhaps A & E was hoping that the family would bring him to apologize or would try to continue the show without him. The family, however, is holding firm and indicating that they will not go forward with the show without him and that they stand with him and approve of his comments as an expression of biblical morality.
As I see it, while A & E's homofascist behavior is not good news, the story as a whole is at this point a win-win for Christian conservatives, provided the Robertsons continue in their stand.
On the one hand, if A & E will not back down and the family walks away from the show, we have a rare example of disapproval of homosexual behavior which is not followed by an apology. (Contrast the Barilla exec's complete capitulation in Italy, for example.) The network will lose big-time on the bottom line if the show is dropped, and that's good news in terms of seeing the bullies get their just desserts, though it is a sobering thought that the homosexualist religion means more to a TV network than cold, hard cash. On the other hand, if A & E blinks and brings Phil back, the family gets to keep its integrity while the bullies will have been made to back down at least an inch.
Right now I'm betting that the show will end but that A & E will get a costly lesson: A gigantic number of American people are not buying the lie that full approval of homosexuality is merely expected and mainstream. It isn't yet, anyway, as the support for Robertson shows.
If you're a curmudgeon on TV and celebrities, don't be so much of a curmudgeon as to miss the encouragement this story gives us. I don't watch TV, but I recognize a cultural showdown when I see one, and, as I read it, the good guys are winning this round. A & E's intent appears to have been to slap those rednecked Christians back into line, and it is backfiring on them. The Robertsons are holding firm, not to be bullied.
Yes, it's true, they can afford to do so, because they are already millionaires apart from the show. But there's no reason to be bitter on that account. If anything, that places even more of a responsibility on them to be that example and encouragement to their fellow Christians who are less fortunate and more vulnerable. That they've stepped up to the plate is cause for satisfaction and pleasure.
So, amidst the darkness of this world, here at this darkest time of the year in these northerly latitudes, let the duck flap give you a little lift going into Christmas.
The light shines in darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it.