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December 22, 2013

The “Duck Dynasty” Kerfuffle

Filed under: Politics,Religion — Steve Ruis @ 11:48 am
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In an interview with one of the “stars” of the “reality” TV show “Duck Dynasty” in GQ magazine, it was discovered that the gentleman in question has some somewhat quirky “beliefs,” beliefs apparently stemming from his religion.

Regarding whether this TV show continues is neither here nor their to me. If people do not want to support others with such beliefs, their audience and their sponsors will evaporate and the “stars” will go back to their prior wealthy state. If not, then not.

In the discussion over the comments made, though, too many people are focusing on the matter that these are “religious beliefs” and therefore have some special standing in our public discourse. We are hesitant to criticize another’s “religious beliefs” because . . . well, because, that’s why.

What is missing from this discussion is the fact that the gentleman’s beliefs are created by him, not by the religion. If one goes to a church and learns of their doctrine and finds it unbelievable, or racist, or misogynist, or otherwise offensive, what does one do? (Miss Manners wants to know!) One gets up and walks out and goes into another church. Christianity alone has 40,000 different flavors to choose from. (Take that Baskin-Robbins!)

And people who are members of any church do not necessarily believe every last bit of that church’s orthodoxy. You see, Christians pick and choose what it is they will believe. They go from church to church until they find one they “like” and then they just ignore the bits of that church that they don’t like. Otherwise there is too much cognitive dissonance for comfort.

So, if a racist, misogynist, homophobic God-fearin’ ’Merican wants a church, he can find one that agrees with his beliefs. It is not the other way around. So, don’t criticize the man for his religious beliefs, criticize him for his personal beliefs, they are no more based upon his religion than the quality of a car is based on how many people buy one.

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4 Comments »

  1. Good point

    Comment by john zande — December 22, 2013 @ 1:30 pm | Reply

  2. Great post; great point.

    Comment by Doobster418 — December 22, 2013 @ 1:30 pm | Reply

  3. Well put! We protect opinions (beliefs) in the law because there has been so much nastiness when personal religious beliefs were not protected. This is, overall, a good thing. Now some of the beliefs that have religious attachment are really nasty as well. Telling someone they can’t believe their deity wants them to think that opens up too many problems, but announcing to the world that sect XYZ holds idiotic or disgusting or evil dogmas is also just as protected and just as necessary. The uber-believers will dig in and hopefully, the rest of the world will avoid that sect and it will gradually die out from lack of funds. So the best way to handle this is to point out how noxious some belief systems are and bring into question their legitimacy vis a vis their own sources.

    Comment by mariahwindrider — December 26, 2013 @ 11:19 am | Reply

    • I agree. Freedom of speech is crucial to any democracy and while I am not a fan of hate speech, banning it would create a real slippery slope I would not want to be on. The said gentleman from the show also apparently forgot to mention that his sect also approves of the death penalty for not obeying the sabbath and for adultery. I wonder if, gasp, he himself might be guilty of such heinous crimes. Ridicule and shunning are the best tactics.

      Cheers!

      Comment by stephenpruis — December 26, 2013 @ 11:27 am | Reply


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