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Duck Dynasty, Ergun Caner and Free Speech

I wasn’t exactly shocked to see the above tweet from Ergun Caner. In fact, I’ve been looking for it each day. Caner has a tendency to pander to popular culture. I knew that it would be only a matter of time before he would say exactly what he said in this tweet…Caner thinks it’s wrong for A&E to attempt to silence Phil Robertson simply for speaking truth. Pot…meet the real kettle.

Please understand the irony of this. Caner is engaging in on-going lawsuits against Christian pastors because they have published videos of Caner telling the fallacious and completely fabricated portions of his conversion testimony. In case you’re new to the Great Evangelical Cover-Up, you can find out about the history of Caner’s lies from Pulpit & Pen Contributor, Gene Clyatt’s “Caner File.” Clyatt and I discussed the Caner scandal on the December 17th Pulpit & Pen Program (click here to listen) and the December 20th Downgrade Segment.

Why is Caner suing these pastors (and threatening ‘legal action’) to others? They have posted videos that Caner has vigorously been trying to erase from the internet. In the case of Southern Baptist pastor Jason Smathers, Caner is suing him for posting video released to him through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. In the video, Caner was telling his lies to the United States Marines. Because the video was the rightful property of the United States Marines, it was the rightful property of the American people. Smathers requested the video and it was lawfully released to him and to public domain. Secular media is concerned that Caner’s legal action may bring down the entire Freedom of Information Act and its intentions to allow the free flow of information in America. The video in question is not Caner’s property; it’s the property of the American people.

Today I interviewed Pastor Jason Smathers for the Christmas edition of the Daily Downgrade segment to discuss what violation of civil liberties is REALLY like.