Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without noise from the Reverend Jesse Jackson, especially in the wake of the uproar from liberals since reality TV star Phil Robertson voiced his opinion of homosexuality.
Activists from GLAAD and Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH organization have expressed outrage over the A&E network’s star of “Duck Dynasty” stating in an interview with GQ magazine that his interpretation of Sacred Writ is that homosexuals would not attain heavenly salvation. Robertson has since been been placed on indefinite “hiatus” by A&E.
Managing to bring civil rights icon Rosa Parks into the mix, Jackson was quoted by ABC News as stating:
These statements uttered by Robertson are more offensive than the bus driver in Montgomery, Alabama, more than 59 years ago.
At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law. Robertson’s statements were uttered freely and openly without cover of the law, within a context of what he seemed to believe was ‘white privilege.’
The much demonized patriarch of the Robertson clan also said that while growing up in the Deep South during the ’50s and ’60s he was just as poor and on the receiving end of bigotry and prejudice as the blacks he personally knew:
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.
Neither Jackson nor ABC mentioned that Robertson grew up in a wooden shack with no electricity or indoor plumbing. Nor has it been brought up that his adopted grandson, Willie Jr, is half black.