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Friday, December 20, 2013

‘Duck Dynasty’ Suspension Riles Conservatives

Phil Robertson is the patriarch of the family at the center of the reality show "Duck Dynasty." (A&E)

Phil Robertson is the patriarch of the family at the center of the reality show “Duck Dynasty.” (A&E)

Cable network A&E has suspended Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the family at the center of the reality show “Duck Dynasty,” after he made anti-gay comments in an interview with GQ.

Robertson was asked “What, in your mind, is sinful?” He answered:

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

Robertson then went on to say:

“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”

Free speech advocates and conservatives have rallied to his defense.


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  • donniethebrasco

    NPR wants all churches to be forced to hold and sanctify gay marriages.

    • Tim Rohe

      Didn’t you mean to post this well thought out response on the article about the Methodist minister who was defrocked for conducting a gay marriage ceremony, or do you just like to spread the ignorance and hatred around to any article that mentions homosexuality?

      • ClaraThomas

        Enough of the gay/lesbo agenda crap. A die hard Obama supporter aye?
        Do you also want gun control and rights for immigrants, his top three priorities?

        • Tim Rohe

          Everything’s a dichotomy for you isn’t it? Either I hate Obama or I hate America, right? You’re either ‘fer us ‘r ‘gainst us? You believe in small government that doesn’t tread on you and gives you the right to buy military-style weapons, but then you want the government to step in and make gay marriage unconstitutional even for churches that wish to allow them? If the majority of the population of a state votes to ban gay marriage, that’s fine, but if the majority votes to allow it, you want the big, bad government to step in and stop them from exercising their rights. Isn’t it kind of the definition of hypocrisy to say that the government can’t pass any legislation that you believe takes away your rights, but you want it to legislate against the rights of others? I imagine that you’re OK with the fact that much of the laws against gay marriage are based on laws that were originally written to ban miscegenation? (Big word, lots of syllables. Go ahead and look that one up, I’ll wait.) Of course, I’m talking to myself, really, because you’re initial response to my comment was, “Back in the closet, son,” because only gay people believe in marriage equality, right? For as much as I get called a bleeding-heart liberal, I think this country could benefit from a good bout of fascism where you have to at least pass basic literacy and social studies tests in order to vote.

          • fun bobby

            you are not alone as a liberal who sympathizes with fascism

        • fun bobby

          I personally have to applaud MA for recently expanding gun rights to immigrants now we just have to work on getting them for citizens

  • Tim Rohe

    I am so incredibly tired of the “free speech” argument! Yes, as Americans, our Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, but not freedom from all consequences resulting from your speech. Mr. Robertson is free to express his views, just as A&E is free to not grant him the privilege of an audience if his speech does not reflect the image that the network wishes to present.

    • it_disqus

      Yep. It’s just like the Dixie Chicks. You are free to speak and everyone else is free to respond. Do you think Mr. Robertson will end up naked on a Time magazine cover?

      • Tim Rohe

        Uuugghhhh!!! Thanks for the nightmares!

  • edward burns

    I hate how free speech has become tied up in this debate. Until an arm of government steps in to sanction this man in some way for his comments, he has in no way lost his right to free speech. Robertson was completely within his right to make his comments, and A&E was completely within its rights to suspend him for his comments, which it found detrimental to its business. Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, and Ted Cruz – all politicians who frequently demagogue about the need to pay greater heed to the Constitution – display a shocking lack of understanding of what free speech means when they talk about how Robertson’s free speech has been violated.

  • ClaraThomas

    A&E should have known after 4 seasons working with this family as to their values.
    Sounds like GQ set this guy up to get something out of him so the gay/lesbo lobby could jump on it.
    Think it may have had something to do with distracting the public from the disaster called Obamination Unaffordable Care?
    The liberal media wastes no time in jumping on these stories. Anything for these fringe freaks, the gun control advocates and those wanting to flood the country with illegal immigrants.
    What is the ENDGAME here?
    Total destruction of the USA?

    There is no free speech in America. What is happening is THOUGHT CONTROL.

    BIRTH CONTROL TODAY, GUN CONTROL TOMORROW, MIND CONTROL THE DAY AFTER, THEN WE REST.

  • it_disqus

    What proof do you have to post the headline that it ‘Riles Conservatives” rather than just fans? Sounds like speculation on your part.

    • fun bobby

      just something to get the folks here frothing

  • Justaguy

    So you can’t lose your job if you are a homosexual but you can lose your job if you think its immoral? Or you can think its immoral, you just can’t tell anyone? Kind of like Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Except Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is illegal.

    • Frog

      Very close. Yes, you will be fired if you express the wrong opinion about the morality of homosexuality UNLESS you are known liberal like Alec Baldwin. Then you get many, many chances to apologize until they’ve finally had enough. Then you get fired.

    • it_disqus

      So where does the President saying he “screwed the duck” come into this conversation?

    • Lee Vann

      If you do not like it, do not live in a “Right to Work” state. Your employer can fire you for nearly anything they like, or for no reason at all.

      • fun bobby

        that’s not what that means. we have the same policy in MA as you described, its called “employee at will”

  • fun bobby

    what’s funny about all of this that phil does not care about any of it. he is off sitting in the woods somewhere

  • thomas C

    stupid headline aside I think it’s just show business as usual and when the dust settles A$E
    and the Duck people will gain. Nothing like stoking the emotions to get some eyeballs in this realm.

  • jonathanpulliam

    Isn’t basic forgiveness emphasized over and over again in the bible? Trouble is, there are entire websites devoted to listing the myriad contradictions amongst Biblical admonitions. In particle physics, annihilation “cancels out” a particle and its corresponding anti-particle whenever these may encounter one another. Maybe when one biblical admonition is self-evidently contradicted by another, prudence dictates It’s best not to “shame” people whose interpretation of scriptural imperatives legitimately differ,

    • fun bobby

      in particle physics thing can be in two places at once or not at all and the positions are relative to their being observed and in fact altered by being observed

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