The first one:
But what’s worse is the fact that over the last 24 hours while many Evangelicals have been screaming “Persecution!” over the fact that A&E exercised their constitutional right to suspend Phil Robertson for sharing his (un)”biblical” perspective on homosexuality and slavery (?), news reports of real, horrendous Christian persecution have been completely overlooked. One of the largest Christian massacres in recent history just took place in Syria, leaving hundreds of men and women raped, beaten, and killed. Just three days ago, Prince Charles announced at a Press Conference that Christian Persecution by radical “Islamists” has continued to increase in Egypt and Syria with no end in sight.
andBrandon Ambrosino at TIME writes that: The 'Duck Dynasty' Fiasco Says More About Our Bigotry Than Phil’s. He writes:Why is our go-to political strategy for beating our opponents to silence them? Why do we dismiss, rather than engage them? One of the biggest pop-culture icons of today just took center stage to “educate” us about sexuality. I see this as an opportunity to further the discussion, to challenge his limited understanding of human desire, to engage with him and his rather sizable audience — most of whom, by the way, probably share his views — and to rise above the endless sea of tweet-hate to help move our LGBT conversations to where they need to go.
G.K. Chesterton said that bigotry is “an incapacity to conceive seriously the alternative to a proposition.” If he is right — and he usually is — then I wonder if the Duck Dynasty fiasco says more about our bigotry than Phil’s.and
Here in America people have the right to make foolish, ill-informed remarks in public. And, other people have the right to object to this — saying that they have been misrepresented. It is all apart of our public discourse. And, by the grace of God, may we learn something from it!