It appears as though through all the chaos surrounding Phil Robertson and his hateful words, the Duck Dynasty star has managed to share a few profound thoughts that really make you sit back and wonder if he’s really such a bad guy. Or did he?
As I was perusing the interwebz, I stumbled upon a photo, courtesy of the Earl Dibbles Jr. Facebook page which included a very insightful statement attributed to Phil Robertson:
“Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”
Now, I knew there was some quackery involved here because that dude isn’t capable of saying those words. So, I did some digging and it turns out, I was right…the words that were used in the photo to turn Phil Robertson into some sort of hillbilly Mahatma Gandhi were actually muttered by a Christian Pastor named Rick Warren from Lake Forest, California.
But despite the link that I posted on Earl Dibbles Jr.’s page to direct these blind followers to the TRUTH, they refused to acknowledge the original quote and instead decided to give praise to Robertson, saying things like “Amen, Phil!” and “Who cares if Phil said it? It still applies.” Yes, perhaps the words apply to real life narrative, but they don’t apply to what Phil is being hounded for.
Robertson’s comments about the LGBT community and African Americans displayed astounding ignorance and it’s hard to tell if he can identify the historical significance and rational improbability of his remarks. But falsely attributing a quote to such ignorance is hardly acceptable.