Christian Group Cancels Event Featuring ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Over the Robertsons’ Latest Business Venture
A Christian organization for at-risk youth in Tennessee has canceled a fundraiser event with “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson after learning that one of America’s most famous families is getting into the wine business.
The Robertsons are set to begin selling “Duck Commander Wines” next month. Free Will Baptist Family Ministries in Greeneville., Tenn., said there was an inherent conflict between having Robertson appear and the organization’s mission of helping adolescents.
The organization told Fox News it harbors no ill feelings toward the “Duck Dynasty” clan, and is just worried about sending mixed messages.
“Our greatest responsibility is to the young people we serve,” development director Derek Bell said on the group’s Facebook page. “Therefore, we feel that in light of the recent news that the stars of the show ‘Duck Dynasty’ are partnering with Trinchero Family Estates to launch Duck Commander Wines, to continue with this event would send mixed messages to the young people who go through our Adolescent Drug and Alcohol program.”
The organization said half of the adolescents it works with go through a drug and alcohol program. A mostly teenage crowd was expected to turn out for the event, Fox reported.
“Our message must be consistent. The lives of those children may well hang in the balance,” Bell said.
The group apologized to anyone who had already purchased tickets for the April event; the venue, Viking Hall Civic Center, is currently offering refunds.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It looked like a typical Sunday morning at any mega-church. Hundreds packed in for more than an hour of rousing music, an inspirational sermon, a reading and some quiet reflection. The only thing missing was God.
The inaugural Sunday Assembly in Los Angeles attracted more than 400 attendees, all bound by their belief in non-belief.
Sunday Assembly in Los Angeles (Image source: Twitter/Noah Wiles)
Hundreds of atheists and atheist-curious packed into a Hollywood auditorium for a boisterous service filled with live music, moments of reflection and an “inspirational talk, ” and some stand-up comedy by Jones, the movement’s co-founder.
During the service, attendees stomped their feet, clapped their hands and cheered as Jones and Evans led the group through rousing renditions of “Lean on Me,” ”Here Comes the Sun” and other hits that took the place of gospel songs. Congregants dissolved into laughter at a get-to-know-you game that involved clapping and slapping the hands of the person next to them and applauded as members of the audience spoke about community service projects they had started in LA.
At the end, volunteers passed cardboard boxes for donations as attendees mingled over coffee and pastries and children played on the floor.
James O’Keefe, the guerrilla videographer who helped bring down ACORN (the “community organizing” group that Barack Obama worked for as a lawyer and trainer) and got NPR’s president fired, is back.
This time, his undercover investigators focused on Obamacare’s “navigators,” the nearly 50,000 people who, in the words of the Department of Health and Human Services, “will serve as an in-person resource for Americans who want additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in plans” on the Obamacare exchanges (at least when they’re finally working). The total value of grants doled out for nonprofits and community organizations to hire navigators has topped $67 million nationwide, and some of the money is going to a group run by ACORN’s highly controversial founder.