LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A&E decision reversal a good start

Question of the Day

Is it still considered bad form to talk politics during a social gathering?

View results

It’s encouraging that A&E executives seem to have been converted from bigotry to tolerance after public objections to their suspension of “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson (“A&E chooses profits over gays, Duck Dynasty over GLAAD,” Web, Dec. 29). Now that the network has reversed course, it is readying a charm offensive “promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people.” The planned message “supports our core values” along with those “found in ‘Duck Dynasty.’”

Whatever A&E’s previous values were, they didn’t include acceptance of the Christian view of homosexuality that Mr. Robertson expressed in an interview unrelated to the network’s popular program. The network’s retaliation demonstrated bias against a widespread Christian principle based on biblical interpretation. The action rejected understanding of a position contrary to A&E’s own. It showed that the network refused to embrace freedom of speech and promoted division rather than unity.

In the interview in question, Mr. Robertson didn’t — and Christians generally do not — regard gays and lesbians as unequal human beings. He only said that he saw their sexual conduct as sinful, as do probably most evangelical Christians. A&E executives, however, targeted Mr. Robertson for punishment merely for expressing thoughts that neither implicated nor harmed the network.

I hope A&E now sincerely plans to promote the moral values that Mr. Robertson and his Christian family exhibit in “Duck Dynasty.” This would be a refreshing and overdue change from the liberal-minded degeneration prevalent in America’s entertainment industry.

Ashburn, Va.

blog comments powered by Disqus
TWT Video Picks
You Might Also Like
  • Maureen McDonnell looks on as her husband, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, made a statement on Tuesday after the couple was indicted on corruption charges. (associated press)

    PRUDEN: Where have the big-time grifters gone?

  • This photo taken Jan. 9, 2014,  shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gesturing as he answers a question during a news conference  at the Statehouse in Trenton.  Christie will propose extending the public school calendar and lengthening the school day in a speech he hopes will help him rebound from an apparent political payback scheme orchestrated by key aides. The early front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination will make a case Tuesday Jan. 14, 2014, that children who spend more time in school graduate better prepared academically, according to excerpts of his State of the State address obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    BRUCE: Bombastic arrogance or humble determination? Chris Christie’s choice

  • ** FILE ** Secretary of State Hillary Rodham testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    PRUDEN: The question to haunt the West

  • Get Breaking Alerts