FIRST-PERSON: 'Duck Dynasty' -- dialogue anyone?
ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) – "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson's comments on homosexuality –- and the reaction by GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) -- highlight the contrast between homosexual activists and conservative Christians.
The vast majority of conservative Christians believe homosexuality is a behavior the Bible characterizes as sin. Christians approach homosexuality with the philosophical view that one can love the sinner while rejecting the behavior.
Homosexual activists, meanwhile, believe homosexuality is their identity. It is not just a behavior; it is who they are. They are convinced that homosexuality is determined genetically, that they are born that way.
For activists who believe they were born homosexual, any perceived slight or rejection of their orientation is viewed as an attack on their personhood.
Although some scientists have concluded that homosexuality is rooted in biology, their conclusions are based on studies that fail to establish their belief as scientific fact, much like the conclusions of evolution's proponents.
To date, no peer-reviewed scientific study has found homosexuality to be based in biology or genetics. So, from a purely scientific perspective, homosexuality rooted in biology is just a theory.
As a result of their belief that homosexuality is inherent, activists rarely engage in debates or discussions about their homosexuality. More times than not, they simply disparage those who believe homosexuality is an immoral behavior.
In the case of Robertson, who only shared his opinion and a Bible verse, GLAAD vilified his comments as "lies" and "vile." Though subtle, it is clear the activist organization was calling for the A&E network to rid itself of any affiliation with a "homophobe."
In the debate over homosexuality in American culture, intellectual dialogue based on biblical and biological truth gets lost in the chaos of labels and accusations.
Most media reports aren't helpful either. In the Robertson fiasco, his views have been described as "disparaging, attacking, homophobic and anti-gay." Is it any wonder so many Christians are reluctant to speak up on the subject?
GLAAD, in its statement, said, "[Robertson] clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans -- and Americans -- who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples."
While there are polls that say a slim majority of Americans now support homosexual marriage, GLAAD shows its ignorance about Louisiana. I can assure you there is nothing close to a majority of residents of the Bayou State who approve homosexual marriage.
Have you ever wondered why homosexual activists seek to silence those with whom they disagree rather than engage in debate? Consider the following quote from author Dan Calabrese: "The world can't handle the truth of God because it's a truth that convicts them, so the world tries to silence those who are unafraid to testify." Phil Robertson is one such individual.
It's time for Christians to stand up to the disparaging attacks and insist homosexuality be discussed and debated logically, scientifically and biblically.
If you would like to foster dialogue about homosexuality, perhaps begin by contacting A&E directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-210-1400.
Kelly Boggs is a weekly columnist for Baptist Press, director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention's office of public affairs, and editor of the Baptist Message (www.baptistmessage.com), newsjournal of the Louisiana Baptist Convention. Get Baptist Press headlines and breaking news on Twitter (@BaptistPress), Facebook (Facebook.com/BaptistPress) and in your email (baptistpress.com/SubscribeBP.asp).