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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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