No One’s Asking the Duck Dynasty Family to Stop Praying

You may have seen rumors (like the one below) floating around on Facebook that A&E asked the family at the center of the show Duck Dynasty to stop praying on television after complaints from “liberals” and “atheists.” (And the family refused to listen! Aren’t they amazing?!)

(***Edit***: The rumor appears to have started at the March’s Outdoor Adventures’ Facebook page)

Of course, none of that’s true.

Atheists (as a whole) could care less about what a family does on a reality show. We’ll just change the channel. No one’s demanding that they stop praying or shooting guns or playing with their ducks. (Okay, so I’ve never seen the show…)

The Thinking Atheist did a really great job debunking this rumor:

Snopes adds:

It also seems rather unlikely that many Duck Dynasty viewers would be objecting to the presence of guns (given that the program is built around the subject of duck hunting) or prayer (one of the more popular features of the show) in the series, or that A&E would be highly concerned about the opinions of non-viewers, and cast members have disclaimed that there is any truth to the rumors.

In short: A&E is getting *huge* ratings from the show, so it’s just common sense that they’re not about to suggest doing anything differently. Why kill a cash cow to appeal to people who aren’t watching the show in the first place?

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • thinkclearly67

    Thinking man and atheist are not usually in the same sentence.

  • baal

    Arugula and atheist are not usually in the same sentence. Think about that!

  • http://127.0.0.1 3lemenope

    I can’t! The sentences prevent me!

  • thinkclearly67

    Wrong

  • thinkclearly67

    Its your god too, whether you accept him or not.

  • TheG

    Which god? Please be more specific in the future.

  • thinkclearly67

    No need to be more specific. There is only one God.

  • TheG

    So, despite my lack of belief in your particular version of a particular god and my complete disinterest in anything to do with him, he is wants to be part of my life, send his son to die for me, and will always love me despite my feelings towards him?

  • thinkclearly67

    yes

  • TheG

    Sounds like a stalker. I’m waiting for the love of a god that looks like Amy Adams and gives me winning MegaMillions numbers.

    Pass.

  • thinkclearly67

    again, you can’t ‘pass’. You really have no choice in the matter at all.

  • TheG

    Ah, so the god you just happen to be taught to believe in is the actual god? How convenient!

    Wow, it doesn’t matter want I want at all, this is going to happen? SO… the predominant deity in the region you were brought up in is not only a stalker, but a rapist? Where do I sign up? I’ll take two!

  • thinkclearly67

    What I was taught has nothing to do with this argument, either. The truth is the truth. You can’t change that. Joke all you want. Just remember, everybody believes in God when they die. I will pray for you.

  • TheG

    “When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

    What you were taught has everything to do with this argument. If you were born in India, you wouldn’t have been taught the same things and you would be here arrogantly proclaiming your insider knowledge of many gods. But you were raised in a community where you were taught there is one god, God.

    Have fun with your version of the truth. All psychopaths believe that their view of the world will be shown to be true in the end.

  • thinkclearly67

    I know that seems to be too complicated for you to be able to understand. Here, let me explain it in a simpler way that perhaps you can follow. 2+2=4. Nothing can change that. The fact that I was taught that here doesn’t mean anything. If they teach that 2+2=5 in another country… well, that’s simply wrong. They can believe that it equals 5 all day long. It doesn’t make it so. God is God. There is only one true God. Having me, you or somebody in another country believe that doesn’t matter at all. He exists. Period. There is no other. Again, I will pray for you.

  • Cake

    Most Ironic Name Ever.

  • Cake

    LOL, I can provide evidence that 2+2 = 4.
    I can show the person from another country that 2+2 isn’t 5.

    You should be able to do the same for your god.

  • thinkclearly67

    He is not just my God. He is YOUR God, too. What do YOU believe in… a magical Big Bang? LOL. Yeah, THAT’S believable. LOL

  • amomymouse

    can i ask how did God come to be, did he just come from nothing?

  • thinkclearly67

    I have no idea. I am NOT a biblical expert by any stretch. I will say that if you were to ask a priest, they would probably say that the bible says that he always was and always will be. While that may seem far fetched to you. I want you to think of something else that often blows my mind. Think of the universe. Space in it’s entirety. Does it go on FOREVER? I mean, how is that possible, right? How can it go on with absolutely NO end at all. Doesn’t there have to be some kind of limit, no matter how distant? But, if so, if it truly ends somewhere very far away….. what’s on the other side of THAT? Every time I think about that, it amazes me. I guess there are some things man was never suppose to be able to understand.

  • amomymouse

    Why cant it go on forever? If it does end why cant it just be another universe?

    Im sorry i just cant come to believe that there is a god, because if there is a god where did that god come from? Super god, did super god create god and if super god created god did awesome super god create super god whom therefor created god?

    If there god is supposed to know everything how did he come to not know that Eve would eat the fruit? Also why did he create a book and not realize that it would have to be updated with the times as we brought forth more technology and knowledge?

    I have asked these question before, i was brought up by catholics, raised in a catholic church and i never got any answers for my questions, only yelled at for questioning in the first place.

  • thinkclearly67

    The bible does NOT need ‘updated’. What was a sin then remains a sin now.

  • amomymouse

    Maybe if it was updated people wouldnt interpret it to mean whatever the hell they want it to mean.

    You also ignored the rest of my comment and just picked what you wanted, much like what people do with the bible.

  • thinkclearly67

    The bible is very clear. Sorry you disagree with it. I don’t have time to argue your every point. I have to go for now. I get it. You don’t believe in God. It’s really not important if you believe or not. He simply EXISTS. Your belief is optional. Later.

  • amomymouse

    “I dont have time to argue your every point JUST BELIEVE ME THERE IS A GOD.” *slams fist on desk*

    I dont even know you why should i trust you, i can walk down the street and talk to my Muslim neighbor and they will tell me the same thing. I could talk to my Hindu uncle and he will tell me the same thing.

    You have a “gut feeling” your God is correct but my Muslim neighbors could be just as right, my Hindu uncle could be just as right.

    Your “gut feeling” doesnt make me believe, it could just be the bullshit digesting in your stomach.

    Tata.

  • TheG

    Tantrum…

  • Cake

    What would I need a god for?
    I’ll take your deflection as an admission that you don’t have any evidence.

  • TheG

    Let me try to explain it again. And I’ll use small words. You were raised in a society that believes that the color of the sun is purple, so from your view, it is. Other societies say it is green, so from their view, it is.

    You start with the assumption that your view is the right one and all others must be wrong, therefore your view is right. From their viewpoint, you are the one who is wrong.
    Tell me why you don’t believe in their viewpoint?

  • thinkclearly67

    wow, you are dense, aren’t you? I have already explained to you. I understand what you are saying. You are just simply incorrect. It DOESN’T MATTER what I believe. The truth IS the truth. Period. There are no assumptions I am correct. It doesn’t matter what you THINK the color of the sun is. It is what it is. God exists. Period. Now, what do YOU believe in? A magical Big Bang? LOL. Yeah, very believeable. LOL

  • TheG

    How fortunate that you believe it to be true. What a coincidence!

    Did I say anything about the Big Bang? I see you specialize in strawmen as well as revelling in your lack of evidence.

    If I wasn’t afraid for his safety, I would say you should hang out with my two year old. He also thinks that what he believes is reality just because he thinks it. Of course, his doctors already have diagnosed his condition.

  • thinkclearly67

    I see. I guess you just believe we all just magically appeared out of nowhere. Good luck with that.

  • TheG

    Reiterating your strawman does nothing to prove your illogical assumption. It just reinforces your lunacy.

    You know nothing of my cosmological beliefs.

  • thinkclearly67

    You keep mentioning a “strawman”. I have no idea what you are talking about. It sounds like it is YOU who is the lunatic. Again, it doesn’t matter what your ‘cosmological beliefs” are. He is. That’s all that matters. Nothing you can think or do can possibly change that (remember my lesson about 2+2).

  • TheG

    No, i guess you wouldn’t know what a strawman is. That would require rational though or, at least, a working knowledge of a dictionary. But since there is only one book worth reading, I guess you are out of luck.

  • thinkclearly67

    Oh, believe me, it’s obvious that I am much more intelligent than you are since you aren’t even smart enough to see what’s around you.

  • TheG

    Obvious to you. And you alone. Everyone else here is laughing at your complete dearth of intelligence.

  • baal

    Unless you’re at the most recent Hobbit movie, seeing ghosts, goblins, elves and dragons (or other supernatural beings) doesn’t mean you’re smart.

  • thinkclearly67

    I will pray for your son.

  • TheG

    And I will not pray for yours. It will accomplish the same thing.

    Considering your lack of presentation of evidence and pathetic foot stamping tantrum of an argument, maybe you should pray for your own son.

  • thinkclearly67

    There has been NO foot stamping tantrum (except on your side). Definitely no lack of presentation of evidence as it is evident all around you, everywhere you look there is evidence of God. Nothing so beautiful could possibly be by chance. Again, HOW do YOU suggest you came into being? This world? This universe? I have given you the answer already. But since you don’t believe it, what do YOU suggest could possibly be another explanation of how we came into being.
    Of course, I pray for my children all of the time. Yes, if you pray for my children it WILL accomplish the same thing. God listens to all prayers. Sometimes he says no, just like any loving parent. But my prayers are equal to yours in His eyes.

  • TheG

    Where is the evidence? I haven’t seen you present any.

  • thinkclearly67

    again… look around you. wow.

  • TheG

    That was great evidence. I looked around, and didn’t see your version of a god.

    Now, tell me why you don’t believe in those other gods?

  • thinkclearly67

    Well, gee, that’s an easy one. There are no other Gods. That’s impossible. And I don’t have any ‘version’ of God. He is what he is. Nice try at debate, but since it is obvious that you are losing, you are starting to bore me. Actually, after reading your past posts, it’s also obvious that you DO believe in God but want to play the ‘devil’s advocate’ game (no pun intended). So, God be with you. And remember once again, EVERYBODY believes in God when they die. Why? Because everybody eventually meets Him. Good bye.

  • TheG

    There I are no gods.

    Evidence: look all around you.

    See? Shitty arguments (actually, non-arguments) can be countered with equally shitty arguments.

    How many people have you personally talked to after they died in your research on what they all believe?

    I thinly you need a Zyprexa and a nap, my little, hallucinating child.

    If you ever have some credible evidence, I’ll be here waiting. But I get the feeling it will be a lonely wait of 2000 years or so before I get bored and wander off.

  • TheG

    “How do I know there’s a god? Because… Me Smart!”

    “How do I know you’re losing this debate? Wah! ‘Cause I sez so!”

    “I gave you da evidence! Where? Y U so dum?”

    -From A Dramatic Interpretation of Logical Fallacies and Ignorance of Ignorance, by thinkclearly66. Copyright 2013.

  • thinkclearly67

    Don’t worry. I understand your confusion. I will pray for you. You seem like a small child. Someday, you will know and understand more about life.

  • TheG

    “Someday, you will know and understand more about life.”

    That is something we can agree on. I read more than one book to get my information. I take in evidence, make a conclusion, and relish in waiting for more evidence and more conclusions.

    You, on the other hand, will never grow past this toddler stage of projection, magical thinking, and tantrums.

  • Matt D

    I’m sure the other thousand religions you pretend don’t exist will find that a very convincing argument.

    That is, if you ever have the courage to make this claim outside an Atheist message board.

  • thinkclearly67

    Than you need to get out more. Its very popular.

  • thinkclearly67

    What? Retarded?? Lol. Dont be so sensitive.

  • Guest

    God a kind parent, who kills millions of children a year with cancer, who allows killers and murderes to live in their places. Such a kind parent. All the believers keep saying is “God works in mysterious ways!” Yeah, that’s sure true! Oh, and by the way, God doesn’t exist. The evidence is everywhere. I even asked him, and he doesn’t answer. Maybe he’s being mysterious again. LOL

  • thinkclearly67

    I will pray for you.

  • http://127.0.0.1 3lemenope

    Well, bless your heart.

  • thinkclearly67

    So you dont believe in god, huh? Typical.

  • thinkclearly67

    If edit the praying, they will quit.

  • Matt D

    When anyone pretends that all those other religions (Mormons, Taoists, Buddhists, Scientologists, Krishnas, LDS, Satanists, etc) don’t have anything to say, we find that a lot less funny than you do, since self deception isn’t a good thing.