Boy Scout Activist Pens Letter to “Duck Dynasty”‘s Phil Robertson

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This afternoon Cameron Kline sent me an open letter he penned to Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, who, as you surely know, was suspended from his A&E reality show after making questionable remarks about the LGBT community. You may remember Kline from his headline-making moment in 2012 when he returned his Eagle Scout badge to the Boy Scouts of America because of the organization’s anti-gay policies.

Before writing the letter, self-titled “Camouflaging Hate With Love,” Kline dug up another instance of Robertson preaching against homosexuality. He details the moment below:

Last week I would have told you that I was a fan of Duck Dynasty and the quirky Robertson clan. Heck, what’s not to like about their duck-call empire, shockingly long beards and wonderfully flagrant use of camouflage? But after reading GQ’s January interview with Duck Commander Patriarch Phil Robertson, and doing a bit of research, my opinion of the clan has drastically changed.

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” Phil said in his GQ interview. And a few years earlier when he preached at Pottstown’s Berean Bible Church’s Wild Game Supper he said that “[w]omen with women, men with men, they committed indecent acts with one another, and they received in themselves the due penalty for their perversions. They’re full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant, God-haters.”

Phil, as an openly gay man, I’m hurt by your remarks and horrified by your ability to camouflage your homophobic and hateful beliefs with the Bible’s teachings, but why not go all the way? If you love the Bible so much, how about adopting some of its other teachings:

  • Exodus 21:7 says it’s OK for your sons to sell your granddaughters into slavery;
  • Don’t forget to kill your employees and family if they work on the Sabbath (Exodus 35:2);
  • And you played football right? Well, according to Leviticus 11:7 you’re unclean because you touched the skin of a dead pig; and
  • Don’t forget to throw out that camouflage if it’s made from different threads (Deuteronomy 22:11).

Now, I appreciate the fact that the Robertson family loves God and the Bible, but I don’t understand how they can square their homophobic and hateful beliefs with, according to their apology statement, “ … what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart’ and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Right now, Mr. Robinson, you and your family have the nation’s attention. So, let me offer you some words of advice. First, let’s move on together to build more understanding and acceptance for the LGBT community. Second, help us understand how the power of your faith has moved you to become a better man, a better father and a better husband. And finally, like that camouflage that you love so much – and truth be told I own some, too – let’s bring all the colors and perspectives together to truly love our neighbors as ourselves.

Cameron Kline
Philadelphia PA

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  • Bigheadedmonster

    Better if all your examples aren’t old testament since the gay stuff is also in the new testament.

  • cracker

    just another nut job trying to twist words to make perversion right ….ill say this in the end we will all know the truth even though some of us already do …lol

  • phillysportsfan

    yeah, all that’s from the jew bible. that was before god had a kid and mellowed.

  • JustAnotherSinner

    1.) Bible quotes are like statistics – you can find one to fit your needs most of the time when you take them in isolation. Without a full context, it’s easy to manipulate.

    2.) Similar to #1, you cannot isolate one characteristic of God (i.e. love) and imply that this is the ONLY facet of His character. If we’re made in His image and likeness than he can also laugh, get angry and be frustrated by His children. He can also HATE things. He hates sinners who are unrepentant and break his laws.

    3.) The teachings of Paul (~50% of New Testament) are very clear about homosexuality being wrong in the eyes of God and counter to God’s plan (one woman, one man – Adam & Eve). When taken, again in full context, it’s clear that the Bible teaches that God doesn’t approve of dudes going at it with each other. It just doesn’t.

    4.) Homosexuals get a disproportionate amount of condemnation in our culture. To the point of #1, focusing on homosexuals but not everything else God hates is WRONG – liars, thieves, drunkards, slanderers, cheaters. This includes the unrepentant porn watchers and perverts committing sin in their hearts. That’s all bad in God’s eyes, homosexuality is on the same level as the rest…no better, no worse. All bad. All sin.

    5.) In many respects the homosexual needs MORE compassion. Statistically (broad brush here) they’re more likely to come from a home without a father or a bad one (abusive, alcoholic, etc) and are more prone to drug and alcohol abuse themselves…likely to cope with a crappy childhood. They are wonderful and loving people made in the image and likeness of God, just like you. Don’t pile on these poor people and judge them just because they sin differently than you do.

    6.) This doesn’t mean that God isn’t still a loving father, that He doesn’t want to see his kids turn away from sin and death. It is never too late to come back home (prodigal son). At the same time, if you still want to make the decision to continue sinning (homosexual lifestyle, porn lifestyle, lying and cheating, commit adultery against their spouse, worship idols, etc.) don’t assume that just because it doesn’t bother you that your Father in heaven is just going to be okay with that.

    7.) And it also doesn’t mean that practicing Christians should be brow beaten into disavowing the teachings of the Bible to embrace homosexuality or other sin, just because it’s politically correct in that society. We are called to be different from society and always have been. There’s a reason Christians have always been persecuted and martyred…and it’s not for just going with the flow and accepting whatever culture says we should…

    • Clamdigger

      So, if the bible said that being black was a sin, you’d be on-board?

      • JustAnotherSinner

        Well…It doesn’t so your hypothetical question doesn’t really make much sense.

        Being black, or having a different level of skin pigment at birth than others, is different than choosing to engage in a homosexual lifestyle. Yes, a choice, because there is no scientific or genetic link to homosexual behavior and desires.

        Based on current science plus what the bible states it appears to be a choice, which folks are free to do in the United States of America. You’re also free to choose to view porn, get divorced because you “found your soulmate” who’s 20 yrs younger than your current spouse, etc. This country also allows for a difference of opinion on those matters and the freedom to express those differences in speech.

        My point was that Christians should be free to express those views which are counter to what the current culture deems appropriate, within the confines of the constitution and with full respect to the human beings involved who are all EQUALS… while also not devoting a disproportionate amount of attention to one group of sinners while not addressing others. Don’t judge someone just because they sin differently than you do…

        • Clamdigger

          I’m sorry, but a lack of evidence is not evidence to the contrary. There is nothing to support the notion that homosexuality is a choice. Regardless, no government organization infringed on Phil’s ability to speak his mind in this interview. It was a business decision to avoid losing sponsors because what he said was controversial.

          I don’t know why you think that *your* religion should somehow dictate public policy or social norms in this day and age. No one’s suggesting that Phil should be locked in prison. They’re just threatening to boycott the companies that pay his salary, which is their right.

          Christians are free to express any view they want. Get back to me when they start rounding up Christians and sending them to internment camps.

          But the fact that you view someone’s sexual orientation as some frivolous endeavor that they choose to engage in just flaunts your narrow-mindedness.

          Ultimately, what you’re saying is that it’s not enough that he’s allowed to voice his opinion, but he should also be free from any public criticism.

          “It’s my opinion, so you have to pretend that it’s valid!”

          Sorry, it doesn’t work that way.