The culture war continues, with most of the battles still being won by the side which employs its devastatingly effective Shock Shrill Squad (the SSS). Two examples.
Heard of Legatus? Group founded by Tom Monaghan, the guy from Detroit who once owned the Tigers and started Domino’s Pizza. Legatus is a Catholic group with strict entry requirements. You have to have made it big for one. Have a title like CEO or a bank account best expressed in exponents of ten.
Their annual meeting in February was to feature Bob Newhart, 84, an event they boasted of in their magazine. Newhart is Catholic. This isn’t gratuitous information, but important to the story.
Born and raised on Chicago’s west side, Newhart was brought up Catholic and attended parochial schools, including St. Ignatius College Prep (high school) where he graduated in 1947.
“I went to Loyola University in Chicago, which is a Jesuit school,” he said. “Ever since my success in comedy, I’ve always credited the Jesuits for the somewhat twisted way I have of looking at life.”
Two of his sisters still call the Midwest home. In fact, one of Newhart’s three sisters is a member of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. “She’s about two years older than I am,” he told Legatus magazine. “She’s a whiz at everything she does.”…
“During the week, I’ll go to church twice a week,” Newhart said. “My wife had liver cancer. She had a liver transplant four years ago. Sheâ€™s in the prime of health now. I kind of go and thank Him for that. That was a very emotional time.”
Word got out in the “LGBT community” that Newhart was going to perform. Tempers flared, because why? Because Legatus is a Catholic group vocally in support of the Church’s magisterium, one small element of which is marriage sanity.
A Twitter “storm”—really, a light shower—followed with the SSS letting the world know they were “outraged” (what else?). Change.org ran a petition asking Newhart to avoid the “anti-gay” summit. GLAAD shouted, “Bob Newhart, don’t become the next Kirk Cameron!”
Yesterday, poor Mr Newhart quietly gave in (Legatus Magazine has not updated their site as of this writing):
Upcoming Bob Newhart Tour Date Change — Bob will not be performing at the Legatus Summit in Orlando FL on February 6th, 2014
— Bob Newhart (@BobNewhart) December 19, 2013
I’ve never seen Duck Dynasty (airs on A&E) nor do I know any of its characters, but one of them, Phil Robertson, gave an interview to GQ . In it, he made comments which were called an “anti-gay rant”. The SSS was dispatched and let it be known that they were—wait for it—“outraged.” GLAAD reappeared and called Robertson’s words “vile” and “littered with outdated stereotypes” and said they were not “what true Christians believe”.
The words in question:
It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.
Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong. Sin becomes fine.
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.
Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.
We never, ever judge someone on whoâ€™s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists.
GLAAD took as “vile” not the bodily areas of focus which Mr Robertson correctly identified. It was the calling of homosexual behavior (acts) as sinful that was intolerable to them. Yet Robertson emphasized that it was not just homosexual behavior that is sinful, but so is bestiality and adultery, drunkenness, greed, idolatry, swindling, and terrorism. And this is true: these are the Church’s teachings. As is it taught that sinners, of which all of us are, should be loved and taught that sinful behavior must be avoided. A murderer is not excused by his saying, “God made me want to kill people, so that is what I do.”
The A&E network quickly announced that Robertson was “suspended.” It is unclear what they meant by this, because the upcoming season (begins Jan. 15) has already completed filming. And they admitted Robertson “will be appearing in some episodes of the upcoming fifth season”.
Apparently, Duck Dynasty is a “cash cow” and A&E’s self-labeling themselves as “supporters and champions of the LGBT community” does not run to losing revenue.
These two stories give a hint how to combat the SSS which can be expressed in one word: Earplugs.
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Update The Robertson family issued a statement. We’ll soon see where A&E’s true convictions lie. Yours Truly predicts they’ll chase the gold.
We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right. We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm.