It is a measure of how out of touch I am with popular culture that I often learn about a media phenomenon only long after it has been around or if it goes down in flames. Sometimes the names associated with the phenomenon (Honey Boo Boo, Miley Cyrus, the Kardashians) lurk in the fringes of my consciousness because the news headlines feature them but I know next to nothing about them.
So I became aware of this whole Duck Dynasty thing only after the founder made some anti-gay remarks because, of course, he is a Christian. And what has been astonishing (apart from my surprise that was one of the most popular programs on TV) is how quickly Christians have lined up to support him and punish those who have criticized his words. It seems like all you have to do is invoke the name of Jesus to be sure of having allies for whatever you say.
It is quite extraordinary how rapidly this religious tribal instinct kicks in. Suddenly this Phil Robertson guy, the patriarch of the family in the show and the one who made the comments, has become seen by them as their standard bearer who must be defended at all costs because he happens to use the Bible to support his homophobic views.