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“When we made the decision to remove and evaluate certain Duck Dynasty items, we offended many of our loyal customers. Our intent was to avoid [emphasis added] offending, but that’s just what we’ve done.”

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When Cracker Barrel entered the Duck Dynasty fray, its stated goal was to “please people.” It announced that it would do so by removing “selected products which we were concerned might offend some of our guests.”

The response to Cracker Barrel’s politically correct policy was immediate and not what they expected as conservative Christians took to social media. By the thousands, they announced their abandonment of Cracker Barrel in favor of Chick-fil-A. This all came about after A&E decided to dump the “Duck Dynasty” star, Phil Robertson, because of his remarks concerning gays.

Just two days after Cracker Barrel’s decision to limit Duck Dynasty products from its stores, however, they reversed course.

The fact is, Robertson expressed his personal opinion in a magazine interview. He said he believes what the Bible says about homosexuality. For this, he was dumped by A&E.

Personally, I’ve not seen the TV show, and probably will not, because I don’t watch television. I did buy some of the Duck Dynasty products as Christmas gifts, however, because they were everywhere. Now that I know more about it, I wish I had bought more in support of Christians not being afraid to speak out.

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“Duck Dynasty controversy should have us talking more about politics and religion at the table.

“As Duck Dynasty fans rally behind the bearded reality TV family’s patriarch and Washington’s so-called power brokers attack each other over the budget, I can’t help but think about that old etiquette tip that admonishes us not to talk politics and religion in polite company.”

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Stay away from discussing politics and religion if you know what’s good for you.

That has always been the advice we were given, until recently, that is. President Barack Obama first pooh-poohed the commandment against mixing religion and politics. It was over Thanksgiving that Americans were advised to have “the talk” with the family during the holidays.

One of the Obama-supported websites gives this advice: “Worried about those awkward family moments around the Thanksgiving table? Why not break the ice with a conversation about ObamaCare?”

Organizing for Action’s site, called “Health Care for the Holidays,” urges supporters of ObamaCare to “talk with their family about signing up for health insurance.

“It might not always seem like it, but your family listens to you. So have the talk,” the site advises.

T. J. Basile gives the same advice to conservatives following the Duck Dynasty ordeal: Have the talk.

It’s about time conservatives and Christians speak up about religion and politics. Just as Phil Robertson, the star of “Duck Dynasty” spoke out, so too, must we.

Forget this stuff about not mixing religion and politics. That’s what got us into this mess in the first place. Let the chips fall where they may. If Obama supporters can mix it up, so can we.

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