A petition site has been launched to put Phil Robertson back on the air. Click here. It has 130,000 signatures so far.
The Facebook page put up yesterday – Boycott A&E Until Phil Robertson Is Put Back On – was at 404K at 10 am, 761K at 17:47 EST. It has now, at 22:30 EST hit 1.1 million and counting!!!
The family issued the following statement after much prayer today:
We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E’s decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Phil would never incite or encourage hate.We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right. We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty. Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.
Sponsors are so far sticking with the Robertson family and some have applauded Phil Robertson for speaking his mind.
Phil Robertson has the right to say what he said.
Remember when they were told to stop praying and were fake bleeped:
Original Story: Phil Robertson, patriarch of the “Duck Dynasty” clan, gave an interview to GQ that has gotten him suspended from the show indefinitely for comments he made about gays during the interview, comments based on his religious beliefs.
The question is whether or not a TV star be allowed to express his religious beliefs if they are offensive to the LGBT community? A&E says the answer is no. They suspended him immediately.
A&E can do whatever they want but whether they did the right thing or not is up to the people.
The A&E network issued a statement.
“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
Robertson expressed his views about homosexuality crudely, quoting the bible, and set off a firestorm of controversy with some saying he has a right to free speech and others calling for him to be fired.
He said this about homosexuality:
“It seems like, to me, a [edited-body part] would be more desirable than a man’s [edited-body part]. That’s just me,” Robertson told the magazine. “I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
When the reporter asked Robertson what he found sinful, he said “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.”
The self-proclaimed religious convert then went on to paraphrase 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.”
GLAAD had called on A&E and its advertisers to “re-examine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.” They said his comments were some of “the vilest and most extreme” uttered against the LGBT community, “littered with outdated stereotypes and blatant misinformation.”
Robertson issued an apology which was not accepted by GLAAD.
“I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”
The show had 11.8 million viewers during its first airing and is in its fifth season. The future of the show is unknown at this point.
It’s not a free speech issue but it is a PC issue. People might not like what he said, but he has the right to say it. In addition, Robertson didn’t say it on the show, he said it in an interview.
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A Facebook page, Boycott A&E Until Phil Robertson Is Put Back On Duck Dynasty, already has more than 65,000 likes. It had 59,000 fifteen minutes ago.
Two minute update: It’s now at 71,322
Two minute update: 76,697
Two minute update: 85,153
21:23 update: 97,348
21:26 update: 101,000
Thursday 07:12 am update: 262K
Thursday 19:15 update: 873K
There is another page now, Phil Robertson for President 2016, and that has 77,000 likes so far. There are at least three others.
I can’t stay up all night, but you get the idea. I think people are sick of the PC, they like free speech, and they like this show.
GLAAD will probably take this as a personal affront. It can’t simply be that people like Phil Robertson and their free speech.
As long as you agree with the people on the left, they are all for people speaking their mind. If you disagree, that’s another story.