Patriarch off 'Duck Dynasty' after gay comments

Phil Robertson suspended indefinitely.
Associated Press
Dec 19, 2013

 

"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson — suspended from the series indefinitely after making disparaging remarks about gays — is getting some support from key followers.

Sarah Palin posted a picture on her Facebook page of her with the reality show clan with the message, "Free Speech is an endangered species." And Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also lamented the suspension on free speech terms.

"It's a messed-up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended," said the governor in a statement Thursday (the show is filmed in his state.

A&E announced Wednesday what it called a "hiatus" for Robertson, 67, after he disparaged gays in the January edition of GQ magazine. He also said that, growing up in Louisiana before the Civil Rights movement, he never saw mistreatment of blacks.

In a statement, A&E said it was extremely disappointed to see Robertson's anti-gay remarks, which it said were based on his personal beliefs and do not reflect those of A&E Networks or the show. A&E Networks, a joint venture of The Walt Disney Co. and Hearst Corp., called itself a supporter of the lesbian and gay community.

The channel's move was lauded by the gay and lesbian media advocacy group GLAAD, which had quickly condemned Robertson's comments.

"What's clear is that such hateful anti-gay comments are unacceptable to fans, viewers, and networks alike," said GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz. Robertson's removal "has sent a strong message that discrimination is neither a Christian nor an American value."

Robertson and his extended family became wealthy manufacturing duck calls and were turned into TV and pop culture stars by "Duck Dynasty," which has set cable ratings records for a non-fiction series. Several family members appeared in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving parade.

In his GQ interview, Robertson was asked his definition of sinful behavior.

"Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there," such as bestiality, he said.

GQ said he then paraphrases a biblical reference: "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 and his family had no comment on his hiatus, A&E said on their behalf. He may be in some previously taped scenes when the show returns Jan. 15 for its fifth season, a network spokesman said.

Robertson did respond to initial criticism of his GQ remarks.

"I myself am a product of the '60s" who indulged in sex and drugs until hitting bottom and accepting Jesus as his savior, he said in a statement. Although his mission is to teach people that men and women are meant to be together, Robertson said he "would never treat anyone with disrespect" because they are different.

In the interview, he also said that in his Louisiana youth he picked cotton with African-Americans and never saw "the mistreatment of any black person. Not once."

"We're going across the field.... They're singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, 'I tell you what: These doggone white people' — not a word!" Robertson told the magazine.

A&E said it had received no complaints about those remarks.

 

Comments

pntbutterandjelly

"Openly Christian?" Who may I ask was Mary Magdoline? What was her lot in life? What high Christian Savior did she hang out with? Did he publically shun her? Why do so many who are "supposed" Christians do the opposite of what the Good Lord said to do and actually demonstrated for us to follow? Why? My theory is, "They are not as Christ-like as they think they are BUT....they MUST exclaim their rightousness to the world for all to see and hear. He11 is full of religious zealots, misfits and wannabes.
Please...re-read the Holy Scriptures with an open mind.

nobodycares

Openly gay

Darwin's choice

Funny isn't it? The morals in our country have definately gone down the crapper.
Or, up the crapper for all you gays....

mikeylikesit

ha! so true. still, I gotta laugh!

JudgeMeNot

The gay lobby bullies are at it again. Conservatives are a very attractive target for the liberal media.

The Big Dog's back

Who owns this "liberal media"?

Darwin's choice

ABC

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And Disney

The New World Czar

...and MSNBC/NBC, subsidiaries of a corporation lead by Jeffrey Immelt, one of Obama's cronies.

The Big Dog's back

All Repubs.

Nemesis

You're delusional.

John Harville

Nope.. All Republicans.

Nemesis

Right, because you've been such a well of accuracy, eh?

John Harville

When you don't have an argument, attack. Right?

pntbutterandjelly

That's because they (the ultra-conservatives)are beyond "conservative" and have found their way to a new all-time low. "The pendulum takes time to re-balance but it WILL re-balance itself. Actually.....the media you referred to heavily tilts toward the starboard side.

Kingsin

I believe its time for anyone who holds to traditional family values in America to come to the sad realization that the progressives who have a lock on the educational community, hold the media within their pocket, and who keep corporations in abject terror of reprisal if they do not uphold their views and values- to announce defeat. We live in a post-Christian society- period. I believe it is only going to grow worse until before long all dissenting views will be deemed hate speech, and they will have the power of the legal system to muzzle and imprison. If you doubt that or feel it's too dark of a picture, simply look to our north to Canada which has already jailed pastors because they chose to express their beliefs on homosexuality in the public forum. The days of the thought police are upon us and damned be anyone that gets in their way.

topcop1991

What ever happened to being able to voice an opinion? Geez, some of these liberals need to get a life and stop being so thin skinned. Personally what anyone does in their lives is their business, but I don't need to hear about it. Don't flaunt it!

The Big Dog's back

So now you want to tell a business how to run their business?

Darwin's choice

Moron. Here's the new obamacare commercial, this should really get the signups going!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a...

Nemesis

"So now you want to tell a business how to run their business?"

Definitely,
-if they expect me as a customer,
-if they advocate something like tolerance, don't practice it, and expect me to accord them any credibility.

John Harville

Especially roaring accolades about the glories of vaginas - apparently more than one. Yeah, Phil respects women,huh?

The Big Dog's back

So true.

Darwin's choice

And yet, other networks keep douche bags such as Piers Morgan in your face......

A and E has cut off their nose.......

Kingsin

Darwin, I clicked your link and watched all of about 25 seconds worth. Thats all just great isn't it. I know many will laugh at this, and its a bit off point- but I remember when I was little my parents not allowing me to watch- of all things- here it comes- three's company! Because it depicted a guy pretending to be gay living with two women- and that was nearly taboo in its day! Now look at whats splattered all over the tube and even endorsed by our government. nice

Darwin's choice

See my post above.

It's truely sad that Phil and Kay are "not the norm", but kanye and kim are......

And, you're giving your age away, that was "way back when people had morals".

John Harville

anye and Kim are 'the norm'.

Whoa are you FOXed.

Barach and Michelle are the norm for those of us who managed to live through the 60s and 70s without having to 'find Jesus' cuz we already knew him; for those of us who still are married to and in love with our first wives; those of us who believe children deserve two parents - instead of steps, and live-ins, and 'uncles' and 'aunts'.... and the 52% of us who believe people should marry whom they love and adopt children and provide stable homes....

Kingsin

agreed I know, I'm a dying breed. Some who have responded to my "outdated views" - want me dead sooner than later.

John Harville

...and look what's splattered all over this blog.

Oh, the morality!!!

oheaglefl

I think this whole thing was a total set up. After all GQ did not have to print what Phil said. I think it was done so they could sell more of there magazines. This was done in a magazine article not a tv program, so what does that really have to do with their show. I love Duck Dynasty(no naked people, no swearing to get bleeped, no obscene gestures with foam fingers and etc.) Just a nice family show, hey some kids might just learn something about family values watching it, cause they sure aren't learning them watching some of the nasty azz shows that are on now. I hope this all blows over and they return Phil or the Robertsons should tell A&E to shove their station up their butts and go somewhere else or just retire the show.

red white and blue

I wonder if our founding fathers are shedding a tear looking down at how we as a country look like spoiled disrespectful brats.That have turned the United States of America in to a anything goes freefall! Those of us us that still have MORALS AND BELEAVE IN FAMILY ARE A DIEING BREED

BadBoys

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eightballcuet1

Duck Dynasty is the most watched cable network series EVER! It has generated millions of dollars in advertising and endorsements for A&E. Seems they are biting off their noses to spite their face.

Unassumer

or are they? maybe this is all a cleverly disguised publicity stunt to bring in more ratings. see how you all are manipulated by the media?

meowmix

Wrong-- I'm thinking the Walking Dead is the most popular cable network series. But, come to think of it, I guess anyone watching DD must be brain dead.

Dr. Information

There's that tolerant left view eh meowmix. Eating your own litter again?

44846GWP

lol!!

eightballcuet1

I'm a Walking Dead fan too but have never heard of them having 13 million viewers tune in on one night like Duck Dynasty did.

pntbutterandjelly

With all that being said........A&E did the moral thing. At least some form and degree of sanity remains on our networks! Thank you A&E. Thank you.

red white and blue

How many more rights can be taken away! I'm surprised that peta hasn't been up in arms.no one saus nothing about tosh.o I guess you have you have to offend everyone to make it fare

John Harville

how many more? Here's one no one talks about.

"No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law" Third Amendment

Folks, we've been 'in time of war' 63 years.
Folks, we're 'in time of war' right now.

Got that extra bed ready?

Nemesis

There's a case currently active for a third amendment violation.

Darwin's choice

The Family answers:

"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"

BadBoys

I wasn't offended at all by Phil and I believe the Robertson family is in for a rude awakening when John Luke figures himself out. As society continues to accept LGBT more and more people will have a relative who identifies as LGBT and will be more mindful of expressing personal beliefs. When you're a public figure personal opinions can cost you. Anyway I enjoyed the show and would still watch it even though Phil disagrees with my lifestyle. I don't throw it at society like some LGBTs and accept that individuals who oppose LGBT are as free to express their Opposition As Some Flaunt Their support.
"The Tolerance Movement" is a process. It's progress can be measured in that This discussion isn't about the fact that the adopted Robertson is black.
I think it should be left up to the viewers to determine if they want to Watch the show or not.
Don't let the small portion of the LGBT community's cause you to pass judgment on the entirety. Me and my boyfriend would watch Duck Dynasty over Broke Back Mountain any night;)

@Thinkagain I don't believe the majority of the LGBT population lead the lifestyle they do in spite of God. As the "Tolerance Movement" continues you will see many Religious individuals are gay or bisexual
I have a Catholic friend who's parents recently divorced after he came out. Divorce is a sin right and no one on this planet is capable of deciding who's sin is worse. But in today's day and age 52% of marriages end in divorce. Divorce is more tolerated now I guess.
But in the end we can only live our lives. We're all Gods children and we're all sinners. My life will not be judged based on my sexuality. Being Gay doesn't overshadow the good I do in life.

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Your right. No sin is worse than the other (besides blasphemy-the unforgiven sin). The only way to be forgiven is to repent.

Unassumer

please put your bible away. no one is going to hell, we're already here. blashphemy depends on a person's perspective and beliefs. if you want to believe that God is recording everything you say against him in a book and you will have to face up with St Peter, you can think that. frankly I believe that there's not much in the bible that came from God or Jesus and that alot of it is still up for interpretation. I also fail to see how any intelligent human being can blindly believe in a book that has questionable origins and authors and purports violence against women and shuns homosexuals. so please, don't feed me that crap.

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I don't read the bible, and I can not consider myself a Christian. I grew up going to church, and I have felt the Holy Spirit. I am a sinner, and I'm not preaching Unassumer, just stating my belief, just as you are, except I'm doing it with respect.

Dr. Information

This is how the left do it. Name call and point fingers. Typical.

Nemesis

Exactly, Unassumer has just accused JMOP of blasphemy.

John Harville

NO sin is unforgiven/unforgivable. Unless you're the 'next' Jesus.

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Please see my response below.

pntbutterandjelly

BadBoys>>>>>After reading every post here on this subject...yours and yours alone stands out far above the others. Yours was written from the heart, with passion, conviction and most importantly...without bias or ill will towards no one. We NEED more people like you with the intelligence, common sense, civility and grace that your post exhumed. Well said. Well written and...."Thank you".
Sincerely,
PB&J

Unassumer

Gays are not a minority anymore. Neither are blacks so I'm not sure who you are referring to by the 'minority'. Tolerance is really a word people hide behind so as not to offend anyone and no one really is completely tolerant obviously. Is Phil your uncle? I think maybe alot of people are way too much into this stupid show. To me that says some poor things about the average American.

JudgeMeNot

That just goes to show how clueless liberals are about Americans today.

Nemesis

"Gays are not a minority anymore. Neither are blacks so I'm not sure who you are referring to by the 'minority'."

Somebody apparently never completed 5th grade math. A minority is less than 50% of a group. The upper estimates of population percentage are 4% for gays and 15% for blacks.

John Harville

Only can categorize openly gay. Doesn't include all the closets, the fathers in hetero marriages, the clergy....

BTW... persons of color or 'claimed' color (Hispanic/Latino can claim Caucasian)... comprise 40% of the population.

Nemesis

Openly is 1-2%. I doubled that, and Hispanics and blacks very pointedly differentiate themselves from one another. Finally, neither of your dubious points, even taken at face value, constitute majority status.

John Harville

Niether are Mexicans and other immigrants... but Phil doesn't same to have any fears/concerns/distrust of immigrants - legal or otherwise.

No Wake

A duck dynasty falls, bringing a close to the cycle of our duck culture. Do not fear endings for they are beginnings in disguise. It is the way of all dynasties that another will rise to lead us into the new age. Like when they had that spinoff show to American Chopper.

Unassumer

what? like Deer Destroyers or something like that? LMFAO!

John Harville

Gay backlash... the Dick Dynasty.

toredown11

This has absolutely nothing to the 1st Amendment and freedom of speech. Redneck Phil can say anything he wants and disparage any group that he wants to - nobody is trying to take that right away from him. Nowhere in the 1st Amendment does it state that there won't be consequences for your actions and the amendment certainly doesn't state that employment is guaranteed should you exercise your 1st Amendment rights.

I have probably signed half a dozen employment contracts throughout my years in the workforce. Each and every one of them have had a morals clause that states that I need to live up to certain behavioral standards and limits what I can do and say publicly. In other words, if I post something on Facebook that disparages a group of people, I can be let go. Not only did Robertson disparage the homosexual community by comparing homosexuality to bestiality, but he also offended many of the African-American race by saying that pre-welfare, pre-Civil Rights blacks in the South "were happy; no one was singing the blues." Are you kidding me? I'm sure Emmett Till, the four girls killed in the Alabama church bombing and the many victims of the Ku Klux Klan weren't walking around whistling Dixie!

A&E owns the show Duck Dynasty and they own the contracts of the performers. Just like MSNBC had the right to fire Alec Baldwin for his homophobic rant and Martin Bashir for his criticism of wacko-bird Sarah Palin, A&E had the right to suspend Redneck Phil and has the right to fire him outright.

And the hypocrisy isn't lost on me that the party that is against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act protecting employees from being fired for their sexual orientation is now all about protecting Redneck Phil for who and what he is.

dorothy gale

^ LIKE

Darwin's choice

A & E hipocrocy: " A little over a month ago, the show's producers, (A&E) wanted them to remove the ending scene of every show of the Robertsons around the dinner table and Phil leading the family in prayer. A&E felt that it might "offend" non-Christians... the Robertsons told them no. Then A&E suggested that they bleep parts of the prayer, like it was some cuss words, again, they told A&E, "No". Then A&E suggested that they use foul language, that they could bleep out, they told A&E that, "We don't talk like that".
Amazing that A&E would try to censor the Robertsons religious beliefs and make them into swearing rednecks and that's OK, but make a comment that offends gays, and you're shut down, immediately"...

And, as far as his comments about blacks, you might want to actually read what he did say!
He said he had not seen any mistreatment of blacks with his own eyes. Everyone got along. Nothing racist there..... but you go ahead and make whatever suits your agenda....

toredown11

I have read ever line that has been posted from the interview and I know exactly what he said and exactly what he was implying (sorry, but I don't have a subscription to GQ Magazine). No agenda here - just letting you know who he offended and the ramifications. If you're really that upset by A&E, pony up your own money and start your own TV show. A&E are the ones that took the risk with the show, they have the legal right to regulate what goes out on the air. Nothing more, nothing less.

Darwin's choice

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once,” he said. “Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field … They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

I don't know what your reading, here's the quote.
I'm not upset about anything except knee jerk people who jump at the first chance to spew crap about "who's offended".

You should take your mind reading abilities on tour with the circus....

toredown11

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once,” - For Christ's sake, I was only about ten years old at the time and even I saw what was going on through TV news and the newspaper headlines. This guy's about ten years older than I am - if he couldn't see past his nose to what was really going on, then those drugs he was taking must have been pretty good.

"I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!" - Did they dare say anything about those "doggone white people"? They were already drinking from separate drinking fountains, not allowed in certain establishments, riding in the back of the bus and denied admission to many schools and colleges. The ones that did speak out were likely to be admonished, beaten or killed (just read about James Earl Chaney, Jimmie Lee Jackson and Medgar Evers to name a few if you're not familiar with what was going on).

"Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.” - First off, he's wrong about the facts. Welfare started in the 1930's as a result of the great depression to help no and low income families. Since the discussion was about Louisiana before Civil Rights, I can only assume that he's saying that African Americans were happier under Jim Crow. I'm pretty sure that most, if not all, African Americans would be offended by the fact that a white redneck is saying that the black population was happier being treated as second class citizens. With this logic, should it be assumed that the Jews were happy to be in concentration camps when they gathered to sing? I think not. More likely, they were making the best of a tragic situation just as the African Americans were before the Civil Rights Movement.

I'm really looking forward to reading your scathing rebuke of MSNBC for their firing Martin Bashir over his comments about Sarah Palin.

Contango

Re: "I was only about ten years old at the time and even I saw what was going on through TV news and the newspaper headlines."

WAKE UP!

It's called editing.

TV and newspapers ain't (bleepin') reality. They're imperfect lenses.

A free press is only as free as the Editorial Board.

Everyone is (bleepin') biased. Objectivity is a fiction believed only by the naive.

Recall what LBJ supposedly said regarding Walter Cronkite and his changed attitude about U.S. involvement in Vietnam:

“If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost America.”

The media is a bought and paid for arm of the American Ruling Class.

And you nabobs are worried about FNC. lol.

The 'picture' and the 'story' are MUCH bigger.

John Harville

Exactly what part of the firehoses, attack dogs, church bombings, lynchngs, marches were EDITED?

Darwin's choice

Wow toredown11, you really missed your calling. You should be a billionaire with all them smarts you got. How do you know they even had a tv, jagoff? You and everyone else thats jumping up and down are making a whole lot of assumptions. I put you and bashir on the same level, right under big dogs tail.....

John Harville

Everybody overlooked the 'white trash' being with the blacks.
White trash is just as foul.
And... 'male prostitutes' will not inherit the kingdom of God but female prostitutes will (well, they do have those glorious things between their legs).
And he only protested a guy's butt... didn't say anything about using a woman's butt.
And he glosses over the part of the scripture where David and Jonathan are in love and enjoy the sheep....

Contango

Re: "pre-welfare, pre-Civil Rights blacks in the South 'were happy; no one was singing the blues.'"

And can the same be said regarding the northern ones too?

Ain't never been no discrimination in the North right?

Educated blacks are having difficulty finding jobs in the North and headin' back South.

It's been called the "Reverse Migration."

http://www.post-gazette.com/Op-E...

Come into the 21st Century.

And 'reality TV' is REALLY 'real' right? lol

John Harville

WRONG Contango. Those of us who live it know all about the ongoing discrimination in the north.

Those of us who experienced 'Whites Only' fountains and restaurants and so on in the Pre-Civil Rights South know how few 'coloreds' were happy with their circumstances. Oh, but they just LOVED those lynchings, man.

Nemesis

Please google the word "sarcasm" before responding to any more of Contango's comments.

santown419

Thank you. +2

lmalley77

Tore down, I just wanted to comment to say that this is by far the best, most accurate comment I have read on this article!!

deertracker

Agreed!

John Harville

AMEN almost.... you didn't mention the conscription of Blacks into the military and the death rate among Blacks in the Vietnam War.

The Vietnam War. Did Phil serve? If he was old enough to do drugs and get sick in the 60s...

Nemesis

toredown, you're confusing hypocrisy and irony.

pntbutterandjelly

Yup. It IS a tad ironic isn't it? (Hypocrisy is a terrible thing to waste)

Contango

Never watched it, don't intend to & don't (bleepin') care.

The man is 'entitled' to his opinion and A&E is 'entitled' to their actions.

This country is goin' down the financial sh*tcan and the discussion 'consuming the nation' is some nabob on TV and what he said?

As the title and subject of a book by the late Neil Postman so eloquently said many yrs. ago, we are:

"Amusing Ourselves to Death. "

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amu...

toredown11

Did I wake up in "Bizarro World"? I completely agree with Contango - that's a first! At least the first three lines..I'm not familiar with Neil Postman's book and I don't have time right now to read up on it. Next thing you know, Ted Cruz is going to be seen having breakfast Maxine Waters!

Contango

Re: "Neil Postman's book."

Which is why I provided the link as a primer.

An extrapolation of McLuhan's: The medium is the message.

“ All technological change is a Faustian bargain. For every advantage a new technology offers, there is always a corresponding disadvantage.”

- Neil Postman

Rep. Waters: A progressive-socialist nut ball

Sen. Cruz: A 'bit' confused in the societal arena.

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But this is just fine? What a world we live in today!

http://seeingredaz.wordpress.com...

meowmix

Unassumer/Toredown-- you people are right on the money! I managed to choke down 15 minutes of Duck Dynasty about a month ago to see what all the hoopla was about. That's 15 minutes of my life I'll never get back. Although, with all this press this idiot is getting, now may be a great time to invest in some of those DD Chia pets. :}

JudgeMeNot

Being family valued oriented is what the liberals hate about the show.

pntbutterandjelly

Agree. Agree. Agree.

mikesee

Rock on Phil! This country has become wussified. Boohoo, get over it gays. If you don't like him exercising HIS rights then don't watch his show.

LabMan

That's a fact..jack

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@BadBoys You are correct, divorce has become “acceptable” in today’s society. Abortion also, is considered a “right” and not a sin. Now homosexuality is being fast tracked to normalcy.

Recognizing sin is the first step to overcoming, no matter which sin is being discussed. But today, many say that homosexual sex is good, right and moral, this is the reason I address it. I attack the sin, never the sinner. God HATES sin, but not people.

We are all given to a variety of worldly perversions, that's why Jesus came to earth to take on our sins.

In Matthew 7:13-14 Christ clearly taught that not everyone will go to Heaven, and that some will go to Hell.

In John 3:3-5 Christ explained how a man can enter the kingdom of God.

Catholic – one who is a member of a particular religion.

Christian – one who is born again, a new creature, by personal experience and revelation of the risen Lord.

Having been raised in the Catholic religion, it wasn’t until God reached down in grace and revealed Himself to me, through His free gift of the Holy Spirit, that I became a Christian.

True Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Yes, it is possible to have a personal relationship with God.

Our Maker is not willing that any should spend eternity separated from Him, but that all should be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

God is holy and our free will to sin against Him has separated us from Him. On the other hand God loves us and has shown His love by sending His Son for our reconciliation and forgiveness.

The answer is Jesus Christ. He is the fulfillment of God's justice and love.

That's why Jesus is the key, and life's supreme question becomes, what will you do with Christ?

Put aside emotional bias on this topic for just a moment, and simply seek God and His direct answer on this issue.

As Christians, the only thing that should matter to us, is what God the Father thinks – not what the politicians think, not what the liberal media thinks, and not what the world in general thinks.

themomx6

Amen!

Kottage Kat

AMEN!!!!!!!!!!

44846GWP

thinkagain: May you meet your maker sooner, than later.

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I’ve already met Him.

pntbutterandjelly

If we were to remove the religious aspects from this subject (as well as "Freedom of Speech) and only focus on what we would want for ourselves, that is to be respected (if disliked) and to be allowed to lead our lives as we best know how to attain happiness, fulfillment and wisdom without infringing upon the lives of others...we would all be better off. It really is all quite simple and "yes" Jesus DID try his Almighty best to teach and display the simplicity, beauty and love of one's brother. NOT to be-little, persecute or admonish each other but to truly help one another. THAT, and that alone, was his shinning example to aid us all in getting through our daily and sometimes confusing, if not humbling, frustrating lives. The real question for "real" Christians becomes, "What WOULD Jesus do?" I know... he would err towards love, tolerance and understanding as any REAL Christian would.

Sam

True freedom of speech is when the most objectionable speech is allowed and protected. I don't watch any "realty TV" including this program but this family who raised themselves from poverty and made their money by hard work well before the TV series is what should be admired not one comment that we agree or disagree with. It seems some people and groups just take every opportunity to be offended. Those who accuse others of being a bigot should look into a mirror to see the real bigot.

meowmix

I'm wondering if he said it because he's really a latent homosexual. Considering he's made a fortune by manufacturing round things you stick in your mouth and blow. :} C'mom people ----it's a JOKE!

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Breasts are round. They are for breast feeding.

red white and blue

Lord help me I never and I mean never thought I would say this but I couldnt agree more or wrote it better myself^^$$mikesee$$^^I worried that we agree but I'm on your side here .What's next peta screaming or maybe the tree huggers

mikesee

Hey you know every now and then we will agree!

LabMan

Hopefully there are no Steeler fans on here hating on Phil. If Phil had not quit football to hunt ducks and make calls, Terry Bradshaw would not have gotten the opportunity to quarterback Louisiana Tech and become a Steeler.

Darwin's choice

Obama: Lies about the healthcare farce, IRS, NSA, Benghazzi, Fast and Furious, etc.

Phil Robertson: Answers a question asked of him.

Wake up America! THE WRONG PERSON IS UNDER FIRE HERE !

mikesee

^^like^^

Dr. Information

Its amazing how many tolerant free speech people get so bent out of shape when they hear something they don't want to. Boo hoo. Get over it, its his beliefs, he isn't hurting anyone and A&E will feel the effects of their intolerant views.

The Bizness

Phil answered something the way he wanted to answer it, and he has to accept the consequences of it.

The twitter handle @s**tmydadsays posted this yesterday, "1st amendment doesn't protect a**holes from criticism. The right to act like an a**hole and be called an a**hole's the same f*****g right."

OH-IO

By today's standard the man is wrong wrong wrong! Where were all his supporters as the gay and lesbian community campaigned for this status and the laws they now have??! When he degraded them he wasn't deprived of freedom of speech; instead he broke the Anti Gay and Lesbian laws that now exist in the US. I'm not Gay or Lesbian but I know how to follow the law. The next generation will grow up and realize without a debate he's wrong and it's a law.

Dr. Information

What anti gay and lesbian laws did he break all knowledgeable one? Having an opinion, citing the bible isn't breaking any laws.

JudgeMeNot

Being family valued oriented is what the liberals hate about the show.

Kingsin

OH-IO, you summed up everything which is wrong with your statement (and with our society) within the first three words- "by today's standards". Absolute truth does not evolve, nor is it relative. The "times" in which one lives does not change the fact that what would destroy a society a thousand years ago will still destroy one today. Neither does a majority opinion on a question of morality matter- fire will still burn you no matter how many may say it won't. If you wish to live your life with a fluid morality which is ever morphing and changing to the environs surrounding you- you will only end up hopelessly confused and lost. The "next generation"- if we as a people allow our voices to be muzzled under threat of law- will wake up one day to realize that they are no longer able to express any viewpoint which the powers that be do not endorse- is that what our founders envisioned? Even if you find someone else's word inflammatory- no matter the subject- at least have some common sense to see what stifling their voice will ultimately bring.

The Bizness

Yep, because things were so much better back during Jim Crow, when slavery was acceptable, before woman could vote, and before woman could be seen as a valuable resource in the workplace. These things all were seen as morally acceptable at some point.

None of us know what the correct "absolute truth" is, you don't know the answer, your church doesn't know the answer.

This is the best thing about our new Pope, he simply said "Who am I to judge a gay person?"

Dr. Information

And if you read the entire interview you would know that Phil R said he isn't judging or discriminating against anyone. He's here to spread the word, be happy and bring people to Jesus. Blame GQ for asking such dumb questions. The man was simply stating his belief when asked in the interview, which is mine also. I prefer a woman and only a woman NOT A MAN. If that offends you, sorry, you are not changing my ways. Im not out to harm anyone who is gay, nor inflict violence, I simply believe what the bible says, am only sexually attracted to women and that's that.

Oh the left really shows how intolerant they really are.

The Bizness

I am sure you are a good person, and don't hate any people based on sexuality, race, or gender. Phil, I hope is the same way. As I have said he can say anything he wants to say but he has to accept the consequences of it.

"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."

I accept his view and I politely disagree with it.

He doesn't know who will go to heaven, and you and I don't know. Noone knows, God may or not be real, noone knows. He should not say something isn't right. Gay people did not choose to be gay, they are born that way.

JudgeMeNot

No doubt liberals hate this show with a passion.

Dr. Information

And they act like they actually watch it, which they don't, yet they are front and center blasting this person they know nothing about.

Nemesis

"I accept his view and I politely disagree with it."

The problem is that most who share your views can't accept that approach.

Darwin's choice

"As I have said he can say anything he wants to say but he has to accept the consequences of it."

Does that apply to the liar in the white house?

The Bizness

Yes

Kingsin

Biz, do you not see your own marked myopia? Read your first paragraph again. Now, tell me, what is God's decision concerning who and who will not inherit His Kingdom? Simple as that. See how easy it is to understand God's Word- the hard part is submitting to it, which I feel is most people's problem today.

The Bizness

I have no idea what God's decision is. None of us do, none of us know if God is even real.

Kingsin

Ok. well at least I see where your coming from. It's truly not my intention to argue with you, it's not. Good luck in your life.

The Bizness

Thanks, and same to you!

I am not here to argue, I honestly debated with myself as to if I should even post about this topic because I have no strong opinion in the matter. It just bothers me when people start using God as a way of justifying a form of hate. I don't think Phil hates gay people, (although he may) but I do think some people posting do.

Nemesis

Why?

Disapproval of people's actions is not hatred of those people.

The Bizness

Sometimes it can be.

Nemesis

No, it can't. They are two different things.
I may not like how you dress, walk, talk, or the way you prepare meatloaf, but is not hatred of you.

The Bizness

Sure you may not hate someone else for disagreeing with them but some people hate gay people simply because they are gay. Does Phil hate guys? I don't know, only he truly knows.

Nemesis

"some people hate gay people simply because they are gay."

That's an assumption on your part. No one can know the state of another person's mind.

Contango

As a long time fan of gay and libertarian Camille Paglia, I TOTALLY respect what she had to say.

The SR spam filter is on, Google the following:

Paglia: Duck Dynasty uproar ‘utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist’

The Bizness

The twitter handle @s**tmydadsays posted this yesterday, "1st amendment doesn't protect a**holes from criticism. The right to act like an a**hole and be called an a**hole's the same f*****g right."

Contango

Did you read it?

She does mention a culture of intolerance for both gays and straights.

The 1st Amend. is never mentioned.

Nemesis

This excerpt sums it up well:

“To express yourself in a magazine in an interview — this is the level of punitive PC, utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist, OK, that my liberal colleagues in the Democratic Party and on college campuses have supported and promoted over the last several decades,” Paglia said. “This is the whole legacy of free speech 1960’s that have been lost by my own party.

“I think that this intolerance by gay activists toward the full spectrum of human beliefs is a sign of immaturity, juvenility,” Paglia said. “This is not the mark of a true intellectual life. This is why there is no cultural life now in the U.S. Why nothing is of interest coming from the major media in terms of cultural criticism. Why the graduates of the Ivy League with their A, A, A+ grades are complete cultural illiterates, etc. is because they are not being educated in any way to give respect to opposing view points.”

JudgeMeNot

A Duck Commander duck call for everyone on the shopping list. I don't care if you hunt or not, your getting a Duck Commander so you can blow it into the face of these liberal socialists.

John Harville

No thanks Judge.... I've had a real man's duck call - and squirrel and turkey - that outdates anything you can get by about a century. You know, when men didn't have to hide behind facial hair.

red white and blue

I think we have enough blowing on here judgemenot

Donegan

Obama watches and thanks his lucky stars he said that, Otherwise people would be reading the new NDAA and seeing how much more of a police state we are. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/poli...

44846GWP

The show has everything to bring out the right wing nuts, god, guns, and gays.

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thinkagain

It was the gays that brought you out. How’s that twink for sale ad on Craigslist workin’ out for ya?

44846GWP

You wish.

John Harville

Whatinhelsdamatter with spending most nights at the bar, appreciatin' some vaginas, maybe takin' one somewhere and enjoying some of those finer points? Long as it's not my daughter or my woman.
What's wrong with decidin' your first woman/wife/mother of your kids was a mistake and gettin' another one... or two... or three? So what if you have several babymamas? What's wrong with hosting a 'key party'?
What's wrong with claimin' to be a Christian?
Guess bein' a female prostitute is okay though... and smokin' and doin' weed and other ways 'defying the temple'?
I can say whatever the fuck I wanna on here - UNLESS the Moderator decides to exercise his/her right as owner of the site and remove me.
What the fuck?
Oh... and those slanderers.

Darwin's choice

Been hitting the pipe today John?

"smokin and doin' weed" gets you elected president....

John Harville

Probably Darwin... Thomas Jefferson wrote in his diary about the joy of a pipeful of hemp and a glass of wine - before he went off to enjoy a slave's vagina...
If it's good enough for the Hero of the Tea Party....

John Harville

"
This is my commandment. I command you to love one another as I have loved you." - Jesus

Darwin's choice

President Obama allows his daughters only a limited amount of television viewing, and Duck Dynasty is one of the shows they are allowed to watch.

pntbutterandjelly

"Freedom Of Speech" What a fickle concept that is. If I say something you dislike... you want revenge. If you say something I dislike...I want war. "Freedom of Speech" Is it kosher, morally correct, intelligent or acceptable to utter words like; _ucK?,Shi_", A$$whole, Nig_er, Wop, Spick, whor_, etc? Are they the words we want our children to hear, learn and use? Of FREAKIN' course there are limitations on freedom of speech! W.T.F.!?! Don't be stupid! Mr. Duck demonstrated his freedom of speech but unfortunately stupid comment. Much as many of you here do. Freedom of Speech my A$$! (LOL) get my drift?

Kingsin

Well we're about to top 250 posts on this article- will we make it to 300? Everybody got everything out of their system yet? You can respond by calling me names if it makes any of you feel better, (and if it helps to get us to 300) then we can get on to the next story.

red white and blue

Well since you asked; Phil Robertson for Pres.lol

mikesee

Hey, two things we agree on!

Sam

Time for everyone on both sides to chill out on this subject. This is not about the First Amendment, which deals with the government and religion or speech, the government is not involved. Its about an employer, A&E exercising a clause in an employment contract with their employee, Phil that they perceive could damage their property, that being the program Duck Dynasty, which they have a right to do. That being said A&E might have made a huge public relations blunder by overreacting to be politically correct. A&E claims it placed Phil on suspension, which will be a PR statement only to cater to special interest groups considering they have already filmed 9 of the 10 new episodes for 2014. This entire incident has people talking about this show, even those who don't watch it with anticipation of record ratings for the program in 2014. Makes one wonder if this was yet another "reality" incident by everyone involved?

John Harville

Yup. Just like Hobby Lobby using its religious freedom to keep its employees from buying abortions in the form of birth control... and refusing to stock craft items for Hanukkah.

The New World Czar

Most if not all those slamming the Robertson family and the show have never watched the show.

It all comes down to this- who would you rather have living in your neighborhood...the Robertsons or the Kardashians?

John Harville

Or a Kingdom Hall? Or Pat Robertson?

Texx Reloader

Hmmm...if I use the same words, and phrases used in the article it triggers the profanity filter. Interesting.

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