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In the GQ article, Mr. Robertson gave a fuller picture of sex, sin and redemption than most media accounts reported. Later, he led a Bible study in which a British newspaper, The Daily Mail, noted that he emphasized his own sinful life and need for repentance and salvation, which he said was available to everyone.

In every episode of “Duck Dynasty,” the Robertson clan emphasizes faith, independence and small-town values. Given the continued outpouring of support, the path to America’s renewal might just run through a Louisiana bayou and a bearded contingent of Bible-thumpers.

Robert Knight is a senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.