Phil Robertson, patriarch of the popular A&E hit series "Duck Dynasty" who was recently suspended indefinitely from the show for call homosexuality a sin, was busy praying for a cancer-stricken young woman at his longtime church in Louisiana when the controversy erupted Wednesday.
Mike Kellet, senior pastor of White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, La., told CNN, "Phil led us in prayer. There were greater things on our minds than the firestorm of controversy about this article."
Randall Collins, a sociologist and author of Discovery of Society, tells us that culture is defined by the adoption of values and beliefs in 7 spheres of culture, but four of these have the greatest influence: military, economic, political and cultural. Arts and entertainment, media and education are the most influential in defining the values and beliefs people adopt in their life.
It only takes three to five percent of elites operating at the top of a cultural mountain of influence to shift the mindset of the larger population of that culture. Our best case study of this truth has been taking place in the last 25 years through the gay rights movement. This small group of people (less than three percent of the population) is literally changing the laws, the perceptions and attitudes of 97 percent of the population by the effective use of media, arts and entertainment and education. They have shifted the conversation from being a moral issue to being a civil discrimination issue. This has been a calculated and strategic plan since in the late 80s.
When values are expressed through movies, media, education and the arts, those who view these messages on an ongoing basis adopt it, often subconsciously. If the messages that are being communicated are anti-biblical in nature, it is only time before the culture at large begins to adopt these values. Such is the case in America today. The observer does not recognize the subtle change until one day it is too late – our culture becomes like Europe, a society void of a God-consciousness. more >>
A Facebook group demanding that A&E reinstate "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson has become more popular than the A&E's official Facebook page.
As of Friday, "Stand With Phil Robertson" has garnered more than 1.3 million likes on Facebook, versus A&E's approximately 588,000.
Earlier this week Robertson was indefinitely suspended by A&E over his remarks against homosexuality in a GQ interview. more >>
The U.S. federal government's continued vagueness about its domestic surveillance programs is deeply disturbing and should concern all Americans and not just the partisans. This skepticism was reaffirmed with this week's preliminary ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon. In his 68-page ruling, Leon deemed the government's surveillance "indiscriminate" and an "arbitrary invasion" of the "personal data on virtually every single citizen."
The lack of clarity from Washington, which was highlighted by a recent letter to the president and members of Congress from Microsoft and other tech companies, must end. Gen. Keith Alexander, the National Security Agency director, defended the government's domestic surveillance, including the capture of metadata, before the U.S. Senate by claiming it's merely a way to "connect the dots."
His defense of domestic surveillance begs the question: Whose dots are being connected? more >>
Harvest Crusades evangelist Pastor Greg Laurie joined a growing number of Christian leaders speaking out against the suspension of Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson from the popular A&E show for expressing traditional views – albeit in his blunt style – about homosexuality that were published in an interview story with GQ.
"It seems to me that some people who talk the most about tolerance are the most intolerant toward anyone who dares to disagree with their views," Laurie, who also pastors Harvest churches in Southern California's Riverside and Orange counties, stated in a blog posted on Thursday. "As Christians, we are not wanting to force our views on anyone. The fact is, we are, as a whole, tolerant of other people's choices, even if we don't agree with them. But what is being asked of us is not tolerance, but acceptance and endorsement of sin. We cannot do that."
Phil Robertson, who mentioned homosexual behavior among a list of other sins, said Christians cannot judge whether someone is going to heaven or hell, and argued Christians should love those with same-sex attraction. more >>
The administrator of a fast growing Facebook page supporting Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson, which attracted more than half a million supporters in less than 24 hours on Thursday, says Facebook banned him from accessing the page for eight hours then told him it was an "accident."
Former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee, who faced similar roadblocks in his efforts to support Robertson, however, has accused the social network of censorship.
In an interview with WDAY Radio Thursday, the creator of the Facebook page Boycott A&E until Phil Robertson is put back on Duck Dynasty, college student Michael Ratto said he created the page at 6 p.m. Wednesday and was surprised when he woke up the next morning to see that he was locked out of his account. more >>