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December 19, 2013 12:29 PM Pope Erick Speaks

By Ed Kilgore

I normally wouldn’t comment on the Duck Dynasty brouhaha, in which the poor “victims of political correctness” are again whining about the consequences of expressing their bigotry, presumably by force. But once again, Pope Erick of the Holy Church of Sanctified Secular Conservatism has weighed in, ordering “true Christians” to take up the cross and smite the satanic enemy who doesn’t understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ is basically about maintaining the sexual mores of the past:

I have told you people again and again. You will be made to care.
Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominant and then it seeks to silence good. Phil Robertson, patriarch of the Duck Dynasty clan, honestly answered questions during an GQ interview. He spoke openly of his Christian faith. Because he offended a secular left at war with orthodox Christianity, he must be punished.
A&E and Phil Robertson both chose to put their respective faiths ahead of profits.
What we should not shy away from is that Phil Robertson articulated very Biblical doctrine. He referenced scripture. Homosexual acts are, in fact, sinful according to the Bible. And as society begins to openly tolerate as normal things that really are not normal behaviors, society tends to start loosening up across the board as it descends down a slippery slope….
The secular left believes otherwise. GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz, in a laughably ridiculous statement, responded to Robertson by saying, “Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe.”
Actually, Robertson said precisely what true Christians believe and anyone, including A & E, letting GLAAD be an arbiter of true Christian thought is pretty quickly destined for hell fire.

What should we think about those who would let Erick Erickson be the arbiter of true Christian thought? And how about those—Christian or not—who are just a mite tired of being told by the likes of Erick Erickson or Phil Robertson that they are inferior beings who are dragging themselves and their society straight down to hell.

The thing that bugs me personally the most is all this crap about a “war” between “Christians” and the “secular left.” Whatever else you want to say about the Christian Right, many of its leaders are definitely very secular. Their idea of a “Christian Culture” appears based less on the Bible than on the way things used to be in the United States of America the day before yesterday, before uppity minorities and women and unions and “losers” spoiled the capitalist patriarchal paradise God set up as the model of human behavior via the Founders. Pouring holy water over this very worldly vision or fishing around in the Bible for sanctions for it doesn’t make it any less secular. So please, Pope Erick, leave Jesus Christ out of this and just admit you think it’d be a more pleasant world without gay people.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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