National Review: Stop Idolizing Phil Robertson

A reporter from the National Review is throwing some cold water on the Christian right’s adoration of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, telling them that this is really the last guy they should be elevating to the status of unofficial spokesperson and free speech martyr.

Phil Robertson is an embarrassment, not a hero, and the socially conservative movement needs to distance itself from him immediately.

But none of this changes the fact that Phil Robertson is an ignorant buffoon, and that many of his comments — despite the fact that he does have every right to make them — are not ones that anyone should ever want to be associated with.

Now, before you start composing your hate mail — think about it. Do you really want a dude who is going to publicly ruminate about the gruesome rape, murder, and castration of a man and his “little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters” to be an official face of your #brand?

And he is an official face. He spoke at this year’s CPAC, where he also received a free-speech award named after conservative legend Andrew Breitbart. As for his most recent controversial comments, he made them during a speech at a prayer breakfast, and the very fact that he was given the role of “speaker” suggests that he’s viewed as a model of the Christian faith. He’s an icon — but why?

He was also a speaker at last year’s Republican Leadership Conference, so yes he’s being welcomed into the halls of Republican power and feted as a hero. And while all of this is correct, the reporter doesn’t mention that this is all part of a disturbing trend in the GOP to mainstream the most extreme elements of the far right. The political leaders of the party, the professionals that run it, don’t want to do that. They’d like to make sure it doesn’t happen. But the GOP made a deal with the Tea Party devil and they can’t put the toothpaste back into the tube now.

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  • John Pieret

    The most difficult part of riding a tiger is the dismount.

  • marcus

    John Pieret @ 1 Brushing its teeth is no walk in the park either!

  • raven

    that this is all part of a disturbing trend in the GOP to mainstream the most extreme elements of the far right.

    Doesn’t take much to be a hero to the christofascists. A few real jewels.

    Bachmann Mentally fogged up poster person for Fundie Xian Induced Cognitive Impairment Under ethics investigation.

    Pat Robertson Dead body that is his handlers occasionally reanimate

    Kent Hovind. Spends a lot of time in prison

    Sarah Palin Queen of the meaningless word salad

    Ex Governor now US rep. Sanford Adulterer with a restraining order then elected to congress

    Jim Bakker ex con

    George Bush Not very bright to be polite and nearly wrecked the USA

    Darth Cheney Thought to be a demon on surface duty

    Desjarlais Has a habit of impregnating his girl friends and pushing them to get abortions. The Tennessee electorate could care less.

    Phil Robertson Sick in the head swamp billy.

    Jerry Falwell and James Dobson Could pass for demons from hell.

    Parsley, Jeffress, Hagee et al. Vaguely humanoid toads.

    You would see a better crowd in a bar on Tattooine. These are among the worst our society has produced. The claim that xianity is a source of morality has been falsified many times.

  • raven

    I left out many. They are all that malevolent.

    A few more especially noteworthy.

    Satanorum Wants to be a New Dark Age Pope

    Ted Cruz Power mad demagogue who lies most of the time.

  • karmacat

    What I don’t understand is why people want leaders who are “everyday people.” I want leaders who are better than the average.

  • http://kamakanui.zenfolio.com Kamaka

    @ raven

    Scott Walker: Ruins Wisconsin and aspires (conspires?) to ruin the world.

  • D. C. Sessions

    I’m just keeping a count of the metaphors that have died for this thread.

  • raven

    Reality check.

    1. Ed and Amanda Marcotte are right. The christofascists are getting more extreme, more hate, more lies, more fear.

    2. It hasn’t hurt them. In fact, it seems to have helped. They did win the last elections and now control the US House and Senate as well as more state governments.

    3. More hate = more elections won So far anyway.

    Make of that what you will. Hate is an all time best seller. I just find what it says about humanity to be depressing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1360322113 aaronbaker

    Good for Katherine Timpf.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    “Phil Robertson? The RINO?” ~ Future Republican, 2020.

  • brucegee1962

    Well, it’s easy to see why they’d want to suck up to him. Go to a Walmart (I dare you!) and see how there are practically aisles and aisles of merchandise with these goons’ logo. Someone has to be buying this stuff. Where there are people, there are votes. Fans of the show = Republican base — it’s really as simple as that.

  • marcus

    brucegee1962 @ 11 Hallmark has a whole “Duck Douche Dickhead” line of cards (actually kind of sad and pathetic cards) BTW.

  • abb3w

    I’m vaguely reminded of how under Buckley, the National Review managed to throw the John Birch Society under the bus (for a while, at least). Contrariwise, they’re probably not trying that with the Religious Right, and likely no longer have enough influence to manage it without help. Nohow, the notion of their trying it still makes for a pleasant daydream.

  • anubisprime

    Do you really want a dude who is going to publicly ruminate about the gruesome rape, murder, and castration of a man and his “little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters” to be an official face of your #brand?

    Does he really expect, what would be regarded by the majority as, a reasonable answer I wonder?

    Seems to be the default flavor of choice amongst most of the rank and file of republicanism, and certainly amongst their erstwhile clowns that speak up for ‘good’ christian values…’good’ must be on some sliding scale, it is the only explanation!

    If the Supreme court does not spit a juvenile jeebus drooling dummy and actually make a just and fair judgement on the SSM front, which to be equally fair they seem to be on the point of…then the next target to be cross haired will no doubt be atheist and atheism, it has always been there of course at varying levels of hatred and resentment, but they seem to be waking up to the fact that their time is up as a religious movement and those atheists must be at the bottom of the decline being godless and all and taking advantage of their sons and daughters.

    The rhetoric will crank up a few notches and decibels and Fred Phelps be fucked but the language will be something to truly behold.

    Although to be honest I cannot really see “God loves Atheists” on their placards…but the intent to disrupt and insult will be pure Westboro!

  • busterggi

    ” many of his comments — despite the fact that he does have every right to make them — are not ones that anyone should ever want to be associated with.”

    Yes, avoid being associated with comments like his – believe in them completely just don’t be associated with them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    What? No mention of Robertson’s endorsement of statutory rape?

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com WMDKitty — Survivor

    raven @3 & 4

    Hey, now, let’s not go insulting demons!

  • felidae

    Pat Robertson Dead body that is his handlers occasionally reanimate

    –I think somebody has their hand up his ass and making his lips move like a puppet

  • pixiedust

    Glorifying rape and murder? He is no more dickish than the biblical god.

    Maybe that is why people — well, certain people — like him so much.

  • grumpyoldfart

    He asks Christians:

    Do you really want a dude who is going to publicly ruminate about the gruesome rape, murder, and castration of a man and his “little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters” to be an official face of your #brand?

    That is exactly who they want and it’s exactly what they want to hear. Fantasizing about torturing unbelievers has been a big part of Christianity for the last 2,000 years. Listen to Thomas Aquinas:

    .

    In order that the happiness of the saints may be more delightful to them and that they may render more copious thanks to God for it, they are allowed to see perfectly the sufferings of the damned …

    [Summa Theologica, Third Part, Supplement, Question XCIV, “Of the Relations of the Saints Towards the Damned,” First Article]

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Company_of_the_Wolf podkayne

    Hey., who’s the atheist family hes talking about?

  • anubisprime

    podkayne @ 21

    Hey., who’s the atheist family hes talking about?

    Well it was a porno snuff image that Robertson fantasized and got all hot and sweaty about at some cockamamie ‘prayer breakfast’…which pretty much in itself advertizes the fact that Robertson is an anointed son of the religious right of the Ruthuglian camp to be even asked to be a fatuous pompous ass in front of the great and good in the movement.

    Getting damp knickers over the violent demise of a family after rape and ritual genital mutilation of atheist Snr is one thing but an obviously extreme sexually motivated thrill never caused one complaint from the great and the good that lapped up the scenario, and presumably enjoyed the tale to go with their croissants and coffee….that alone should inform as to just how mentally fucking insane the great and the good actually are, let alone the perverted psychopath that related the tale.

  • EnlightenmentLiberal

    @karmacat

    What I don’t understand is why people want leaders who are “everyday people.” I want leaders who are better than the average.

    Because of their anti-intellectualism, anti-education values.