"Not All Like That" Defends Christianity From 'Duck Dynasty' Star's Confusion With Homophobia
Christianity does not automatically equal homophobia, Phil Robertson and the rest of your Duck Dynasty family. Dan Savage's newest project, the NALT Christians Project (Not All Like That), has released a statement chiding the Duck Dynasty star as well as the anti-gay conservatives who've rushed to his defense because JESUS.
Controversy arose this week after Duck Dynastypatriarch Phil Robertson made homophobic and racist comments in an interview with GQ. He couched his comments in religious language, which has led many conservative Christians to believe that, in protesting his words, and in A&E’s subsequent suspension, Robertson’s First Amendment rights and freedom of religion are being infringed upon. As is usual in these debates, the real loser is Christianity itself. Millions of Christians around the world affirm the dignity and equality of LGBT people, and their voices go unheard when public figures like Phil Robertson and his supporters in the right-wing media claim that their discriminatory beliefs represent Christianity. As the NALT Christians Project and a growing grassroots movement of loving, supportive Christians shows, this is not the case. Robertson was suspended because he made hateful comments about minorities, not because he’s a Christian. He and others who couch racist and anti-gay bias in religious language do not own Christianity, nor do they even speak for a majority of Christians. To those whose faith leads them to show love rather than hatred, we encourage you to make your voice heard by making a NALT Christians video, sharing the message with your families and churches and getting involved in the growing chorus of Christians who are Not All Like That.
John Shore, Wayne Besen and Evan Hurst, co-founders of the NALT Christians Project.