If you have ever read my blog, you surely have figured out that I live in rural America. I also go to church, pledge alliance to our flag, believe in the constitution, pray, and carry a gun. I hunt, fish, cuss on occasion, wear cameo, then dress in high heals; but I also have been blessed to have some awesome friends who choose to love members of the same sex. I have been honored to share their lives and their family trust, and consider myself richer for it. I also have been blessed to have Jewish friends, Hindu friends, Muslim friends, and even friends who proffered no faith.
Let me also say that while I could care less if there was ever another episode of Duck Dynasty made, I live with four die hard redneck fans of the show. They love it for the humor, the honesty, their family ties, and their open profession of their faith. (A faith we as a family happen to share – Church of Christ – it’s how my husband’s family was raised). It’s been difficult these last few days listening to the debates over Phil’s statements and explaining them to small children.
But, it has been fascinating to see the public outcry over this issue, when there have been so many issues that America keeps silent on.
I was however glad to see Cracker Barrel relenting and allowing the merchandise back in their stores. It is ridiculous to remove items over one statement without regarding the interview as a whole. It’s nice to know that public opinion can change things if the outcry is loud enough. I may eventually go back and eat in a Cracker Barrel after all (we go way back Cracker Barrel and I).