The Phil Robertson Controversy: One Year Later

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As 2013 came to a close, reality television star Phil Robertson was embroiled in a controversy [See text below] that resulted from his candid interview with GQ Magazine. By answering the interviewer’s pointed questions regarding sexuality, the ‘Duck Dynasty’ star faced the backlash of those who disagreed with his biblical views on the subject.

As a result, the Robertson family patriarch was suspended from the A&E series, which triggered a massive show of support by fans of the program and defenders of his Christian values.

Western Journalism offered supporters a chance to reach A&E executives directly through a petition drive that received such a massive response it apparently overloaded the network’s system and caused its email carrier to malfunction.

In the year since, the Robertson clan has made no noticeable effort to tone down its vocal proclamation of faith. That trend seemed especially true for Phil, a preacher who used his platform to champion the biblical definition of marriage in a sermon Western Journalism shared in October.

The elder Robertson’s values have evidently been passed down to younger generations, as evidenced by the actions of his grandchildren in 2014. Sadie Robertson’s stint on the reality competition series ‘Dancing with the Stars’ was noteworthy not only for her crowd-pleasing steps on the stage – she also made headlines by celebrating her faith in God.

Sadie’s brother, recently-engaged John Luke, also took a firm stand for his faith this year, explaining his bride-to-be only began to show interest in him after he spoke of his Christian beliefs.

Sadie confirmed her grandfather holds her boyfriend to similarly high standards.

Phil Robertson indirectly addressed last December’s controversy during a sermon in May, concluding that “they railed against me for giving them the truth about their sins.”

His son, Jase, spoke about the GQ interview in July, recalling that the reporter cornered Phil with questions that were “hypothetical, argumentative, and controversial.”

Jase’s brother, Willie, remained largely silent on the topic, responding to one request for comment by saying only that his father told the interviewer “what was on his heart” and acknowledged that the situation “made Christmas very interesting for us.”

Try as they might, though, it is evident one year later that the efforts of Robertson family detractors are no match for the concerted support of its many loyal fans.

Here are some of the most controversial lines Phil Robertson said in the GQ interview:

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The Latest News About Brad And Angelina’s ‘Transgender’ 8-Year-Old Has People Talking

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According to recent reports, eight-year-old Shiloh Jolie-Pitt – the fourth-born and oldest biological child of Hollywood stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie – has long been convinced she is supposed to be a boy.

When she was just three, Brad Pitt openly discussed the issue, maintaining that Shiloh would only respond to the name ‘John.’

“She wants to be a boy,” Pitt said at the time, adding that the toddler “likes to wear boys’ everything” and “thinks she’s one of the brothers.”

Pitt’s remarks were confirmed by Jolie in an interview two years later.

In his 2008 interview on the subject, Pitt apparently chalked his daughter’s proclivity up to “a Peter Pan thing,” asserting that “it’s just that kind of stuff that’s cute to parents and it’s probably really obnoxious to other people.”

That gender-bending predilection has apparently not waned in the intervening years, as evidenced in a recent red carpet appearance for her mother’s new film, ‘Unbroken.’

Shiloh appeared in a suit along with two of her brothers, an act embraced by her parents. The couple’s endorsement of their daughter’s gender identity has been celebrated by transgender advocates.

Sunnivie Brydum, a writer for the pro-gay Advocate, cited a psychologist who declared gender confusion “totally normal” and referred to Shiloh as John and with the pronoun ‘they’ in the article.

The use of “’they’ as a gender-neutral, singular pronoun,” an editor’s note stated, is done “in an effort to respect the young Jolie-Pitt’s gender identity, whatever that may end up being.”

Others, particularly those weighing in on social media, were less enthusiastic about such a young girl making the decision to live as a boy.

 

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Media Ignores Wealthy Democrat Donor’s Sex Abuse Scandal

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If real estate mogul and deep-pocketed White House donor Terry Bean were a Republican, he’d be a household name by now.

Bean’s face would be splashed all over the covers of grocery-stand newsweeklies. The garrulous hostesses of ABC’s “The View” would be haranguing the GOP to return his campaign contributions. Child-welfare advocates would be demanding his resignation from top political advocacy and civic groups.

Media satellite trucks from NBC’s “Today” show would be parked outside the Lane County, Ore., Circuit Court on Dec. 3 for his first appearance.

And The New York Times archives would be teeming with thousand-word editorials and multiple lead stories about his grand jury indictment on horrifying sexual abuse allegations involving multiple victims — including a 15-year-old boy.

Instead, a search for “Terry Bean” on the left-wing paper of record’s website on Tuesday yielded exactly one story dated Jan. 16, 1880, about a Westchester County, N.Y., elder with that name — plus a sponsored advertising link to retailer L.L. Bean.

So, who is Terry Bean? He’s a wealthy, high-flying liberal and celebrated gay-rights activist who co-founded the influential Human Rights Campaign organization. He is also a veteran member of the board of the HRC Foundation, which disseminates Common Core-aligned “anti-bullying” material to children’s schools nationwide.

Bean shelled out more than $500,000 for President Obama and the Democrats in 2012. He was rewarded with an exclusive Air Force One ride with Obama. The president also gave the developer a special shout-out at an opulent fundraiser in Portland, where Bean’s family had established a longstanding political and corporate fiefdom. Bean gleefully rubbed elbows with first lady Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton — and made sure everyone on his Flickr photo-sharing site knew it.

A relentless schmoozer, the campaign finance bundler introduced the commander in chief to his 25-year-old ex-boyfriend, Kiah Lawson. The pair posed for a cozy snapshot beneath an august portrait of George Washington in the White House library in 2013.

Late last month, however, the former lovebirds posed for a seedier set of pics: their creepy mug shots at the Multnomah County, Ore., Detention Center. After a sweeping investigation led by the Portland police department’s sex crime units and two county district attorney’s offices, authorities charged Bean with two felony counts of third-degree sodomy and one misdemeanor count of third-degree sex abuse. Lawson was indicted on third-degree sodomy and third-degree sexual abuse.

Allegations of Bean’s lurid sexual trysts with young men, which Lawson says the Democratic donor secretly videotaped, first surfaced in the local Willamette Week newspaper in June. Police say the pair enticed a 15-year-old boy to a hotel in Eugene, Ore., after meeting him through the iPhone app Grinder, which helps men locate “local gay, bi and curious guys for dating.”

Consider this: Harry Reid has taken to the Senate floor to repeatedly demonize GOP donors and upstanding businessmen Charles and David Koch for exercising their First Amendment rights. Hollywood celebrities Alec Baldwin, Kathleen Turner, Jason Alexander, and Stephen Colbert have all targeted conservative Citizens United for its historic role in protecting political free speech. All are mute on a powerful Democratic donor actually accused of heinous sexual abuse crimes against a child.

While The New York Times has spilled gallons of ink on the campus rape epidemic, the GOP’s Mark Foley underage page scandal, and the Catholic Church’s pedophilia problem, it has remained silent the past six months on the alleged child rape scheme of one of the Democratic Party’s most prominent campaign contributors and activists.

On Tuesday, the paper saw fit to run a 652-word A-section story on an obscure GOP aide who was forced to quit her job after criticizing Obama’s daughters on her Facebook page.

Nothing on Terry Bean.

 

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Atlanta Fire Chief Punished For Expressing Christian Beliefs On Sex & Marriage

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Kelvin Cochran is the Fire Chief in Atlanta. He’s also a former member of the Obama administration. Plus, Cochran is an evangelical Christian who’s not afraid to express his religious beliefs. And for that, Cochran is now being punished.

Via redstate.com, we learn that Cochran has been suspended for one month, without pay, for writing a book in which he maintains his fervent support for traditional Christian beliefs on sex and marriage.

…the gay mafia is loudly complaining that Chief Cochran, by writing this book, will suddenly now not put out the fires of gay homes, or something like that.

Specifically, the accusation is that by being honest about his orthodox Christian views on sex and marriage, Chief Cochran is undermining the public trust in him.

You’d think the government would appreciate Kelvin Cochran being a role model to young black men in Atlanta, but they are instead much more focused on not offending the gay rights community.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed took the action against the city’s black fire chief when the mayor’s office reportedly began to receive complaints about the book Cochran authored called “Who Told You That You Were Naked?”

And suspending the top fire department official without pay is apparently not enough for Mayor Reed, as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:

In addition to suspending Cochran, Reed’s office has now opened an investigation to determine whether the chief’s actions violated the city policies or discriminated against employees.

Cochran has been ordered to undergo sensitivity training and has been barred from distributing copies of the book on city property after a number of firefighters said they received them in the workplace.

Cochran’s controversial book is being sold on Amazon.com, where you can find this description of “Who Told You That You Were Naked?”:

From God’s perspective nakedness meant so much more.

It meant condemnation and deprivation to his most precious creation-mankind.

Though He reconciled Adam’s condition by clothing him in coats of lambs’ skin, Adam never got over what he had done.

Condemnation has dominated ever since. Now we have a more permanent solution. We have been clothed with Christ!

The sections of the book that supposedly touched off the complaints from Atlanta’s gay community and the condemnation from Atlanta’s mayor maintain that homosexuality and having multiple sexual partners is “vile,” “vulgar”, and “inappropriate”.

Members of the city’s fire department also reportedly filed complaints after being given copies of the book while on duty.

Chief Cochran self-published the book that he said was based on a collection of teachings shared with a men’s Bible study group.

 

h/t RedState

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Conservative Celebrities Lead Charge To Save ‘19 Kids And Counting’

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Shortly after thousands of pro-gay activists signed a petition to cancel their show, the Duggar family is receiving widespread support from conservatives across the nation. Fans of the Duggars and their hit reality show, ‘19 Kids and Counting,’ have joined forces with a petition of their own and a social media campaign rallying around the embattled family.

LifeSiteNews has attracted tens of thousands of online signatures with its petition challenging the contention that the family’s values are somehow intolerant toward sexual deviants.

“Rather than being extreme,” the petition states, “the Duggars represent the majority of people in state after state who have stood up for the traditional family.”

Turning the tables on those who want to see the popular TLC program cancelled, the petition asserts that the “real extremists are those who are demanding that a TV network penalize America’s beloved family because they support the truth about family, which they have always expressed in a loving, compassionate fashion.”

Complementing the petition is a dedicated Twitter hashtag, #DefendTheDuggars, which is being used by fans and allies.

Among the notable conservatives who have spoken out in support of the family are two brothers who can uniquely identify with the Duggars’ current struggle. David and Jason Benham, whose planned HGTV series was cancelled because of their family’s biblical stance on sexuality, weighed in on the issue.

The brothers blamed “the same intolerant agenda that attacked our family” for the ongoing attack on the Duggars.

“It’s time for Americans to stand with them against this latest manifestation of anti-Christian bullying.”

With just under 13,000 signatures needed to reach its goal of 100,000, those interested in supporting the Duggars can add their names to the petition here.

 

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