Duck Dynasty Producers Cut Jesus From Prayer to Avoid Offense, Still Lose

Phil Robertson of Duck Commander fame has recently revealed that the producers of his show Duck Dynasty intentionally removed the name “Jesus” from the popular show-ending prayer. Robertson says,

“So they would just have me saying, ‘Thank you Lord for the food, thank you for loving us. Amen.’ So I said, ‘Why would you cut out ‘In Jesus’ name?’ They said, ‘Well those editors are probably doing that. They just think that they don’t want to offend some of the Muslims or something.’”

You can see the full conversation below.

This really should not come as a surprise. The removal of Jesus from prayers takes place across the United States on  a regular basis. Chaplains and guests at state and federal government meetings are often discouraged or forbidden from using the name Jesus in their public prayers. This is meant to avoid offending anyone in the room who may not follow Jesus and believe he is God.

What I find surprising is that the Robertsons have not “raised Cain” that their Lord and Savior was removed from their authentic prayer because the mentioning of his name may cause offense. I am not suggesting they are wrong for not putting their foot down and insisting on Jesus being in the show-ending prayer. They are certainly capable of making their own wise decisions in their dealings with Hollywood. However, the situation has caused me to stop and think more about Jesus and Duck Dynasty.

While many non-Christians enjoy Duck Dynasty, the producers were wary of offending them with the name Jesus. But how can Duck Dynasty viewers watch the show religiously, and come away not offended by the actions of these bearded Jesus followers? There seems to be a disconnect. Would not the actions of Jesus’ disciples cause offense as much as the mere mentioning of Jesus’ name in a prayer?

It seems the producers have failed to squelch the influence of Jesus in Duck Dynasty. They can remove Jesus’ name from a prayer but they cannot take the camera off the cash-cows. The Roberstons, like it or not, represent Jesus in more ways than just prayer. So at the end of the day, Phil Robertson wins the battle against Hollywood’s sick culture of political correctness. Phil gets to live like Jesus in front of Hollywood’s cameras and that is something to be thankful to God for. In Jesus’ name, amen!

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Joshua Breland

Husband, dad, Archives Assistant and grad student at SEBTS in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

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