Phil Robertson doesn’t let things like hospitalization or getting suspended from his own television show slow him down. The outspoken patriarch of the Duck Dynasty clan has no problem using whatever medium is at his disposal to proclaim the truth as he sees it.
Maybe he’s being interviewed in a gentlemen’s magazine. Maybe he’s on Fox News. Maybe he’s in front of the church he helped found. Phil is always Phil.
And now Phil is railing about something else that he feels strongly about: political correctness.
“Somewhere along the way, political correctness trumped biblical correctness in America,” Robertson says in his new book, unPHILtered: The Way I See It. “And in my opinion it’s the cause of many of our country’s problems today. Political correctness tries to dictate what is right and wrong, instead of our country having a moral system of righteous laws. Our society is overly sensitive, and we seem to be fixated on building up people’s self-esteem and confidence. Hey, everybody needs constructive criticism once in a while. The way things are going, it’s okay to have an opinion in America, as long as you don’t offend anyone and don’t quote the Bible.”
Robertson cites several instances of what he sees to be a preference of political correctness in America over what he calls “biblical correctness”. One such example is that of former Alabama judge Roy Moore, who was removed from the bench by a state ethics panel in Alabama when he refused to removed a Ten Commandments monument in the state capital rotunda.
Robertson makes his case that American jurisprudence is based on the Ten Commandments, citing “Thou Shalt Not Murder” and “Though Shat Not Steal” as proof that our laws were supposedly based on these maxims.
He says that life would be better and cases of juvenile criminal behavior and divorce would not clog the courts of “Honor Thy Father and Mother” and “Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery” were practiced.
One of his more outrageous claims is about Christmas.
“Don’t even think about putting a nativity scene near a courthouse or public building! They might throw you in jail.”
There is no evidence whatsoever that putting up a nativity scene at a courthouse will get one arrested.