Phil Robertson asked God to put a “Jesus man” in the White House. People didn’t like that.
source: Life 88.5 Last spring, Phil prayed into a microphone before the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. On the surface, it seems like an innocent enough prayer.
“I pray Father that we put a Jesus-Man in the White House,” he said. “Help us do that and help us all to repent, to do what is right, to love you more and to love each other. In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.”
He also talked about the Bible (makes sense), guns (of course), and thanked God for the U.S. Military (who hasn’t?). Although this is the natural conversation for a Robertson who has just prayed in front of thousands of people, the media didn’t like it.
Here are some examples:
- Deadspin called him an “unapologetic bigot.”
- The Associated Press said NASCAR was “clouding its image with politics.”
- The Orlando Sentinel said “NASCAR doesn’t need Phil Robertson’s prayers.”
Phil Robertson did not give up on his dream of making the best duck call ever (source: The Gospel Herald)
These are all harsh things to say, even though this country is founded on the First Amendment.
“What if at next Sunday’s race, someone got up and prayed for gun control, the Koran and that a Muhammad-woman be put in the White House?” writes David Whitley, the author of the above Orlando Sentinel article. “Most of the people defending Robertson would be throwing tire irons at their TVs.”
Despite Phil’s critics, the president of the Texas Motor Speedway, Eddie Gossage, fully supports the Freedom of Speech.
“He said what he felt and believed there are a lot of people that agree with him and a lot that disagree with him,” said Gossage. “Nowadays, you cannot say what you think because of political correctness. So I guess everyone has a right to free speech or nobody does.”
Prayer happens, especially if you’re a Robertson. So telling Phil he should keep quiet will do no good.