But then it became a battle in this tedious culture war, and because I am a lonely, middle-aged blogger with nothing better to do than to rant about the godless evils of this secular age (all the while struggling in vain to resist the temptation to watch Internet Porn), I guess I have a quasi-professional duty to comment on this most recent skirmish between the Forces of Whatever Counts as the Traditional Heartland nowadays and the Evil Pound Scum hellbent to obliterate them. So, in this corner we have a ZZ-Top Wanna-Be, the Bible-Thumper Phil Robertson, and in the other we have the enforcers of Totalitarian Secular Sanctimony, The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation or GLAAD.
The general consensus seems to be that the Bible-Thumper won. A&E was going to suspend him from the show, but after an outpouring of outrage from the show's shockingly many fans, A&E, obviously worried about a plunge in its ratings and revenue, suspended the suspension. Democracy won! Religious Freedom won! Traditional Biblical Values won, and the evil Sodomites of GLAAD have been smited down! Allahu Akbar!
And you can show your support for wholesome religious values by paying for Basic Cable and watching all the commercials on Duck Dynasty and, lest we forget, proudly sporting a Duck Dynasty T-Shirt for upwards of twenty bucks! Capitalism Akbar!
But overlooked in all this delirium of victory is that the victory probably belongs to GLAAD.
Remember, GLAAD thinks that anyone who opposes the legal recognition of same-sex "marriage" is a bible-thumping extremist zealot, an uneducated white hick who is as bigoted against blacks as he is against gays, and is most likely even more sexually perverted than what he imagines the gays to be. Phil Robertson denounces homosexuality just because the Bible says he should, as if the Bible were his sole source of thoughts. He sees no problem with the era of Jim Crow. And he advises men to go after underage girls. Phil Robertson is the perfect poster boy for what GLAAD wants all of us to imagine the opponent of the legal recognition of same-sex "marriage" to be, a dirty old racist who uses the Bible to justify his blatant, pathetic bigotry and depravity.
That so many opponents of ss'm' are willing to stand up for an uneducated Bible-Thumping Hick from the Deep South who is alarmingly sanguine about Jim Crow only serves GLAAD'S attempt to smear defenders of traditional marriage as know-nothing religious zealots and not-so-closeted racists.