I had to laugh when I saw a headline from race baiting troublemaker Jesse Jackson making a claim that Phil Robertson was like the bus driver who told Rosa Parks to sit in the back of the bus.
Political activist and former presidential candidate Rev. Jesse Jackson ripped suspended Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson in a statement on Wednesday, saying his actions were worse than that of the bus driver who denied service to Rosa Parks, the Chicago Tribune reported.
“At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law,” Jackson said in his statement. “Robertson’s statements were uttered freely and openly without cover of the law, within a context of what he seemed to believe was ‘white privilege.’”
You would think that someone who pretends to be a “reverend” would know that Phil Robertson was was following a higher law – God’s Law.
But then Jackson isn’t really what most Christians would call a preacher. Black people in particular are overwhelmingly in agreement with the same religious beliefs that Phil Robertson was speaking about.
If Jackson were truly a man of God he would know that and not try to equate Robertson’s statement to the Civil Right’s struggle. There is nothing in the Bible that calls for racial discrimination and to try to equate homosexual “rights” is laughable and only cheapens the success of the Civil Right’s movement.
And when you grow up as poor as poor as Robertson did you work in the same fields and perform the same task as other poor folk, no matter the color. Poor is poor. And the statement Robertson made was from his point of view, not the messaging that the race baiting crowd would prefer you heard.
“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person,” Robertson is quoted in GQ. “Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field…. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”
And while Phil has a few years on me, we are both baby boomers and we both grew up in the same era. And I understand what Robertson is saying. It is not that blacks were not mistreated. Not by any measure. But their lot in life was not any different. In the cities, it was a different story. But from the backwaters of Louisiana to the back roads of Virginia, poor was poor. I was fortunate to grow up with a bit more than Phil, but my Dad grew up poor in the hills of West Virginia. His father a womanizing drunk and the next 2 step fathers not much better. When you climb out of the coal mines at the end of a 16 hour day race is irrelevant. Everyone is the same shade of black inside and out. But the one thing that that life taught my Dad was that God and family was all we really have in life. And as long as you have that, you have all you need. And literacy tests and Jim Crow Laws were as irrelevant to these folks as horse racing and limos. And as horrific a childhood as my Dad had, he and his 5 siblings grew up with the kind of love and happiness that no amount of money or laws passed in Washington could ever touch.
And they were happy. But of course they didn’t have people like Jessee Jackson telling them how miserable they should be.
Most intelligent people understand that Robertson was talking about the continued downward spiral of morality in the country and the world in his comments about homosexuals. And numerous reports echoed the mischaracterization of Robertson’s comments by the radical Homosexual group GLAAD that attempted to bully Robertson based on his Christian beliefs.
Robertson did not equate bestiality and homosexuality. He merely stated that once we accept one type of deviant behavior – which is behavior that deviates from the normal behavior – all others soon follow. The supporters of “Gay” marriage – which is nothing more than a Homosexual merger totally unrelated to Holy Matrimony – dismissed those who said this would result in polygamy as loony.
And these “loonies” were proven correct when a Federal Judge ruled Utah’s polygamy laws were unconstitutional. They also called those who said humans will now demand the right to marry animals crazy. But now it seems a pretty reasonable next step in the left wing assault on sanity and morality.
So Phil Robertson is exactly the same as Rosa Parks. Just as Parks demanded the right to sit anywhere she wanted on a bus, so too did Robertson express his right to his beliefs based on the Bible.
And Rosa Parks won a Righteous victory for her civil rights.
And so did Phil Robertson as A&E caved in to economic reality as did Cracker Barrel Restaurants. The bullies at GLAAD turned out to be the bus driver.
I have struggled to balance my religious beliefs – and I am a Christian – with today’s political correctness. Much of this trend ruffles my feathers. Sometimes it takes a simple man like Robertson to show the world that he has more wisdom in his clear and untainted world view than all of the “sophisticated” and educated people in the world combined.
I grew up in the church and at one point believed the ministry was my calling. Most of the people I hung around with in my teens went on to become missionaries. And I was heading down the same path. Pastor or missionary I was not sure, but one or the other. But God had other plans for me. But my faith and belief in the Bible has never wavered. Not in the least. So as we are bombarded day after day to accept sins that God has clearly condemned, such as homosexuality, as the new reality, somehow we are branded as haters if we continue to follow God’s word.
But GLAAD’s reaction to Phil Robertson’s faith has convinced me that I need to rethink my tolerance of sin and acceptance of politically correct thinking. Why should I accept unrepentant homosexuality as some sort of alternate lifestyle? GLAAD does not tolerate my beliefs and expects me to accept their view of the world or be branded a hater. I was always taught to “hate the sin, love the sinner”.
And thanks to GLAAD, I now have clarity on this.
The Bible tells me that homosexuality is a sin. And I believe that. And if I follow the beliefs of GLADD and pretend that unrepentant sin is acceptable I place my own Salvation in jeopardy. And I simply cannot and will not do that. And the sin does not really matter. As Phil said there are many sins that God has told us offend Him. And only by repenting and asking His forgiveness can those of us who are not His chosen people go to Heaven.
So while I cannot accept sin as a lifestyle – no matter the sin – without risking my Salvation, feel free to sin away if Hell is your intended destination. And please know that if you cannot respect my beliefs you have no reason to expect me to respect yours.
And I really admire Phil Robertson’s black and white view on morality.