Thursday, January 16, 2014

School Prayer Clubs Spawned by Duck Dynasty

Sadie Robertson, the 16-year-old star of cable TV's “Duck Dynasty” tells of students inspired to pray in groups at schools nationwide because of the Robertson's Christian family example.

For background, read about prayer sweeping back into schools across America.

-- From "River Region embraces 'Duck Dynasty's' Sadie" by Brad Harper, Montgomery Advertiser 1/13/14

“For a TV show to bring prayer into schools, that’s awesome,” she said.

The teenager was the featured speaker at a fundraiser for faith-based private school Prattville Christian Academy. Her mother, Korie, was with her but didn’t appear at the event.

Sadie declined to answer questions about comments made by her grandfather, family patriarch Phil Robertson, who was suspended from the show by the A&E Network after saying in an interview that homosexual behavior is sinful. The network reinstated him after nine days.

“I’m sure we could all say a lot about that, but the family has decided we’re not going to talk about it really,” Sadie said. “But we will say we’re really glad for us all to be back together as a family because (he’s) the leader. We couldn’t do anything without him.”

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From "What Won’t Change About Duck Dynasty, and What Already Has" by James Poniewozik, Time Magazine 1/15/14

The show has now joined the ranks of products that have become totems, like Chick-Fil-A (the fast-food chain that became a symbol of conservative bona fides after its president publicly opposed same-sex marriage) and Hobby Lobby (whose management protested the contraception-coverage requirements in the Affordable Care Act).

Dynasty, with its old-school ethos and its family prayers, always laid a little cultural statement between the lines, but the Robertson’s GQ interview brought it out into the open. For better or worse, we’re a country now that votes through consumption–we express our affiliations and ideology not just with donkeys and elephants but chickens and ducks. In late December, protestors arranged a two-for-one special, eating at Chick-Fil-A in Duck Commander gear to show their support for Phil.

But for an unignorable chunk of the audience now, Duck Dynasty is not just a reality sitcom but a statement: a defense of their besieged values, a defense of the waning belief that condemning gay people in public should be socially acceptable. Maybe in the first four seasons they heard Duck Dynasty affirming their beliefs with a kind of silent dog whistle. Like it or not, Phil turned it into a resounding duck call.

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Also read this Pew Research Study: Mainstream News Media Favor "Gay Marriage" by Factor of Five

In addition, read Gay Agenda Ends Christian Liberty, Says Senator Ted Cruz