The press is filled with commentary about the Duck Dynasty cast member kicked off the show for anti gay remarks. It should not be surprising that anti gay remarks trigger a reaction by people paying the bills. If sponsors don’t like some broadcasting they are paying for, why wouldn’t they threaten to withhold their money? That’s private enterprise.
The public is being given a definition of what it means to be a Christian: One must be anti gay. Duck Dynasty merged Christianity with anti gay bigotry.
As the public grows ever more accepting of gay people and gay marriage, an anti gay religion will be less popular–that seems inevitable. It’s a turnoff to a growing segment of contemporary U. S. society.
I heard a report on public radio this morning that reflects the nature of what is happening. It was an interview with a book store chain with several stores in the Houston, TX area.
The management person said books by the TV personality from Duck Dynasty were selling very well in some of their stores, especially in the suburbs, but hardly at all in the City’s center. To me this means anti gay Chrisitanity is an isolated sub culture, not a mainstream culture.
Even though anti gay politics is isolated by location and sub culture, it remains the face of the Christian faith. It will be an uphill battle for the faith to portray itself as something else.
The year 2013 has been a good year for non belief. Duck Dynasty has given it a December boost.