Duck Dynasty – And Merry Christmas to Utah too

Merry Christmas – Well, for most of you anyway. Mine is a bit depressed due to my father’s illness. I had the chance to visit with him last week; the reason for no column. That was a good thing.

Though I do not celebrate the holiday of Christmas, nor Chanukah, I get a lot of good feelings from the pagan traditions that have survived the centuries. Lighting of homes and trees brings a smile to my face, unless, of course, the display had gone overboard like on ABC’s contrived “The Great Christmas Light Fight.” There is a difference between liking a holiday and obsession.

I definitely enjoy the music. Not the contemporary Christmas songs, but the classical music, like George Fredric Handel’s Messiah. There is no reason not to appreciate great music that is not played to death on FM radio. How many versions of the “Christmas Carol” can one hear before it becomes annoying? 

Hell Freezing OverHell has frozen over… The “happiest place on Earth,” at least for the gay and lesbian community, just may be Utah. Just in time for a Christmas wedding, federal justice Robert J. Shelby ruled that the Utah law that prohibits marriage equality denies, well, equality. Of course he is being terms an “activist judge” by the religious and conservative groups that have not been able to separate church and state. The marriage license is issued by the state to sanction ad civil marriage. There is nothing that would prevent a religious institution now to sanctioning the same marriage.

What Shelby wrote is neither activist nor improper. He believes that in presenting their case, Utah fail to provide evidence that a homosexual marriage would harm a heterosexual  marriage and “(i)n the absence of such evidence, the State’s unsupported fears and speculations are insufficient to justify the State’s refusal to dignify the family relationships of its gay and lesbian citizens.”

The violation was not of the First Amendment, but the Fourteenth which reads that “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” This has nothing, and should not have anything to do with the religious belief that homosexuality is a “sin.”

I am wondering how long it will take for Missouri to catch up with the 21st Century and rid ourselves of the state constitutional amendment that declares a marriage is to only between a man and a woman. There are questions about this restriction as well.  If William wishes to marry Rachel, nee Richard before the sex reassignment operation, is he marrying a she?

Yes, it passed with 71-percent of the vote, but that was a decade ago; our national morals have changed and there is always the issue of separation of church and state.  

Which brings me to one of my least favorite television reality shows, “Duck Dynasty.” Reality shows, which are far from reality, have been on the bottom of my favorite list for decades. Somewhere below game shows. Except for “Jeopardy.” I think the new subtitle for the show should be “It’s more than movie trivia.”

Anyway, it seems that “Dynasty’s” patriarch Phil Robertson told CQ reporter Drew Magary some things about homosexuality and African-Americans that raised the hackles on many a back. Robertson got himself suspended from A&E for his remarks. Of course, Daddy Roberson has trouble with the 20th century, no less the 21st. That was bad enough, but…

Illinois congressional candidate Ian Bayne (R) is supporting Robertson’s comments to the point of calling him the “Rosa Parks of our generation.” Really, you can’t make things like this up. More so, Bayne is claiming that Robertson is somehow taking a “stand against persecution of Christians.” Really? What makes this sadder, funnier and a light in my life is that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal are defending Robertson.

This has to be one of the best presents for the liberals and progressives out there. How to piss-off two important voting blocks in one interview and one press release.

Let’s celebrate Christmas for what it should be, the rebirth of the planet and peace for all Man-kind. Let’s look forward to the ever progressive movement to heed the words that “all Men are created equal” regardless of their skin melanin or sexual orientation.

Happy holidays to all.

About David Rosman

David is the winner of the Missouri Press Foundation's "Best Columnist" in 2013 (First Place) and 2014 (Second Place), the 2016 Harold Riback Award for excellence in writing, and the winner of the 2007 Interactive Media Award for excellence in editing.
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