My Facebook page and Twitter feed are still clogged with people fuming over Phil Robertson’s suspension.
I’m guessing yours is the same.
The anger seems to be split between “He’s defending Christian values!” and “It’s a freedom of speech issue!”
Except in all caps, of course.
Since, I don’t think either statement is true and since I’m tired of dear old Phil being held up as a martyr for Christian virtue, I thought I would offer a compromise by way of a challenge to my Christian friends still fuming about Phil.
If you can pass The Phil Robertson Challenge™ your prize is my silence. Post away all you want on my Facebook page or here or on Twitter or wherever about the injustice and persecution Phil is enduring for the Christian faith or free speech or whatever and I won’t keep arguing with you.
Here’s how the challenge works…
Below is a direct quote from Phil’s now infamous interview with GQ.
If you can successfully defend the substance of what he’s saying from a Christian perspective and not sound racist, you win.
Good luck with that….
“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field…. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”
*Important Note #1: If you do take the challenge and lose, my prize is your silence.
*Important Note #2: If you think you can win this challenge, you’ve already lost.