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Duck Dynasty and the Scourge of Fundamentalist Intolerance
by Jerry Walls

The recent suspension of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson is the latest high profile instance of the ironic phenomenon of left wing fundamentalism in the guise of tolerance.

So-called fundamentalist Christians have long been the object of scorn for their narrow minded attitudes and self-righteous treatment of those with whom they disagree. It is the deepest of ironies that those on the left who detest fundamentalists mimic them so exactly when they have the power to do so.

Dr. Jerry Walls is Professor in Philosophy at Houston Baptist University

(see other Christian and political leaders' take on the controversy here

Another liberal who is truly tolerant (evidently they are few and far between) comes out against A&E's action against Phil Robertson

see liberal blogger, Brandon Ambrosino, do the same here

Lesbian Activist Blasts A&E for Suspending 'Duck Dynasty' Patriarch Phil Robertson
December 21, 2013|9:30 am

Camille Paglia, a social critic and a lesbian activist, is among the many who have blasted the A&E Networks for suspending "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson for sharing his belief that homosexuality is a sin. She called the action "utterly fascist and utterly Stalinist."

"I speak with authority here, because I was openly gay before the 'Stonewall rebellion,' when it cost you something to be so. And I personally feel as a libertarian that people have the right to free thought and free speech," Paglia, a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, said on Laura Ingraham's radio show this week.

Note the cutting and splicing that ABC News does to make it seem, by their words, that Phil Robertson "lumping gays in with terrorists." http://gnli.christianpost.com/video/duck-dynasty-patriarch-gets-support-from-unlikely-places-22730

Then note what he actually said:
“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”  (quote appears on p. 2 of the GQ piece)

You see, he lumps the old Phil Robertson in there as well. ABC News cleverly omits that in their piece. I would say that was a deliberate distortion.  Wouldn't you?

Before taking one side or the other it would be helpful to read the article in full (follow the link in the quote above) and get the context of what is said instead of the soundbites delivered by either the Right or the Left. I'd like to note the foul-mouthed writer too that nobody seems to want to talk about.  That sure is professional, right?  Sarcasm in full-throttle.

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Shame Uncovered    12/16/13 
with: Edward T. Welch from the series: Shame Interrupted

What is shame, and what is its purpose? Best-selling author and Christian counselor Ed Welch explores the topic of shame with FamilyLife Today co-host, Bob Lepine. While all of us have felt shame at one time or another, Ed explains how shame controls and often defines so many Christians' lives. Although often linked to our sexuality, there are so many other more subtle ways that shame is played out, reflected in thoughts like "I don't belong...I don't fit in....I'm marginalized." At the root of all these thoughts is shame.

The Manifestations of Shame  12/17/13
with: Edward T. Welch from the series: Shame Interrupted

How does shame uniquely play out in the lives of men and women? Christian counselor Ed Welch joins Bob Lepine, co-host of FamilyLife Today to explore how shame causes equally dysfunctional behaviors and beliefs in the lives of so many Christian men and women.

Jesus' Solution to Shame  12/18/13 
with: Edward T. Welch from the series: Shame Interrupted

How does Christ handle our shame? Ed Welch, author of the book, "Shame Interrupted," delves into John 4, the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. Ed reveals how Jesus' gentle and irresistible grace breaks through and heals this woman trapped in shame. Ed goes on to show how Jesus invites us all to leave our shame behind by using the story of the woman with the issue of blood and Peter's reunion with Christ after the resurrection to support his premise.

Edward T. Welch, M.Div., Ph.D. is a counselor and faculty member at CCEF. He earned a Ph.D. in counseling (neuropsychology) from the University of Utah and has a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary. Ed has been counseling for over 30 years and has written extensively on the topics of depression, fear, and addictions. His books include: When People Are Big and God is Small; Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave; Blame it on the Brain; Depression—A Stubborn Darkness; Running Scared; Crossroads: A Step-by-Step Guide Away From Addiction; and When I Am Afraid: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Fear and Anxiety.

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