‘Duck Dynasty’ Patriarch Draws Rebuke for Anti-Gay Comments

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Phil Robertson of A&E’s reality hit “Duck Dynasty” is under fire for comments he made in GQ that condemn homosexuality.

In the interview, he talks about his religious beliefs and about sin, saying, “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.” Then, the GQ writer paraphrases Corinthians saying, “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.”

“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. 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.”

Wilson Cruz, spokesman for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, issued a statement in which he said that “Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe. He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans — and Americans — who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil’s decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.”

In the interview, Robertson also said, “We’re Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television … You put in your article that the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to be repentant, turn to God, and let’s get on with it, and everything will turn around.”

Through A&E, Robertson released a statement to the media in response to GLAAD. He said, “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.”

Update: The Human Rights Campaign’s Chad Griffin and NAACP interim president Lorraine Miller sent a letter to A&E’s Nancy Dubuc, asking her to disavow Robertson’s “racist and homophobic comments.” This apparently was sent before A&E suspended Robertson indefinitely, although the network’s statements did not cite Robertson’s comments on welfare and race. According to GQ, he commented on growing up in the Jim Crow era in Louisiana.

Robertson said, “I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. 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.”

“When a figure from a popular show like ‘Duck Dynasty’ makes such disparaging remarks about entire communities of people, we cannot allow it to go unnoticed,” Griffin and Miller wrote.

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  1. Hannah says:

    Hi, if we all created in the image of God how does being Gay / Lesbian / Transgender wrong or worse sinful. I doubt our loving God would punish these people because of their differences or preferences, I would hate to hear what the panel pro Phil or Phil say about Transgender people. Its obvious its just his view and comment without any investigations or study (nature v nurture for example)! I see all humans in a equal light with equal rights. They might as well say each physically handicapped human is a second rated human because of their shortcomings without any choice of their own, will be punished and refused entry into heaven. This is not a healthy Christian view its despicable and one that that has no place in our modern world and should be punished but again that’s not our place to decide just a view. Just because you were able to pull your self out of a dark hole (well done) does not give you the right to look down and force your views on the world Phil its being ignorant. Thank you, much Love H

  2. Ron Coleman says:

    I don’t watch Duck Dynasty much. Now and then if I’m flipping through channels I’ll watch a short segment. So I am not a loyal fan. Just think this man Phil expressed his religious beliefs and quoted from the Bible. I stand by freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Phil said nothing that anyone else can’t find written in the Word of God. Which tells me if God said it then it has to be the truth. Who else has the truth but God and Jesus Christ. I hope these Christians stand by their beliefs because other less grounded Christians are looking on and if these fine folks with their deep Christian roots can’t stand up to the devil then what chance do the those with less grounded faith have? You’re setting an example Phil.

  3. Joseph says:

    Well they wanna say God created Adam and Eve.Not Adam and Steve.Let’s look at this.In the beginning.God created the heavens and the earth.Birds and the bees.Day and night.Then created Adam to watch over the creatures.Then Put Adam to sleep And removed a rib from Adam.To create Eve.So by today’s standards.Eve would be a transsexual.So essentially.He did.Create Adam and Steve.Never watched duck dynasty.Just seen the commercials for it.So I don’t really care if taken off the air or not.But I know.I wouldn’t worship a hateful God.Or wouldn’t buy any of their products.

  4. Joe says:

    A&E you are off my watch list unless you reinstate Phil this is a reality show he keeps It real get off your moral high hat and face facts you think it’s ok to create a show about red necks as long as they don’t have issues with gays lol your network is a joke

  5. Miranda & Family says:

    Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve.Go Duck Dynasty,!!

  6. Ronald Hearld says:

    I think its stupid that your doing this for someone speaking there mind A&E should be ashamed of themselves for thisi say boycott A&E until he is back on

  7. Andrew Kaplan says:

    Anyone who disagrees with Phil is not Christain- to say that the christain community doesn’t support Phil is a blatant lie. We do. Non of us hate gays at all. In fact we love them- but just like the sin that is in everyone’s life- we do not approve of it. God has spoken it. It is written. Just because the ideas of a society don’t reflect God’s doesn’t make Gods law wrong- it means that a nation is wrong.

    • zaxtervid says:

      Guess what? The nation decided being gay is not wrong and doesn’t care what you bigots think. We are moving on without you. YOU LOST. YOU LOST. YOU LOST.

      • Marilynn says:

        Well, just as in the biblical days that too shall come to pass. Everything is not alright. That is why this country is in such a bad way now. School children being shot and every bleeding heart out there reaching out to the misfits and not the ones that are trying and being morally correct. Forget political correctness what about moral correctness? A thing of the past. That is why my friend we all have lost. Not just us but everyone!!!! You too have lost. The nation did not decide that being gay is not wrong. The nation decided that they have the right to be that way. I feel the same way the gays and blacks feel, in that I feel my beliefs are being berated. If he was to come out of the closet the world would be “good for him” but since he did not and voiced his opinion and not the one certain people wanted to hear then he is bad. Since when do I have to give up my rights so someone else can have theirs over mine? That is what you are asking me to do. Well, it isn’t right!!!

      • zaxtervid says:

        Hey, when I was young, I believed in Santa Claus too. But when I grew up, I realized he was a fairy tale. Someday, if you have a soul, you’ll see that your God is a fairy tale used by selfish people to justify their hate. That’s pretty much the bottom line. God does not win…noone care what your imaginary friend thinks anymore.

      • Andrew Kaplan says:

        God wins. We are not here on this earth to please men, but to please God. So say I lose; I don’t want the prize that this world offers- All things in this world breakdown and decay- God is eternal- I choose God.

  8. Hakuna Matata says:

    You clearly have no understanding of the bible.
    Leviticus 18:22 says Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Seems obvious there that it most certainly is not okay.
    Mark 10:6-9 says But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife; and they twain shall be one flesh. What therfore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

    • Andrew Kaplan says:

      Just because you don’t believe in God doesn’t make Him fake- But I will warn you- if you flee from God he will Flee from you. I know you want to offend me, but your actually making me care more about you- I have hope for you. I put all my trust in God- I know if you turn to Him for refuge he will be there for you. Test the name.

    • Andrew Kaplan says:

      Leviticus 18:22
      22 “‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.

      Not using the word homosexual or gay- but non the less still very clear.

    • Grace Besaved says:

      Nowhere in the Bible does it say homosexuals are sinful but it DOES say ALL acts of love are good.

      READ the Bible. Nowhere in the Bible does it say homosexuality is a sin, perverse or an abomination. The word homosexuality was added to Newer Bibles after the 1970’s but in Bible times, the words Gay and homosexuality were not known and therefore they are irrelevant to the Bible and God’s teachings. The word sodomy is not even in the Bible there is also no Greek or Hebrew word for “sodomy.” A Sodomite was simply an inhabitant of Sodom, just as a Moabite was an inhabitant of Moab.
      This show is a sin for promotes murdering God’s creatures. These men do not just hunt to eat they hunt for sport. No family could eat as many animals as this family has murdered. This show teaches and publicizes killing and now Phil is publicizing hate.

      These are not God’s teachings.

      Proverbs 12:27; “The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting, but diligence is man’s precious possession.

      Phil says he loves all humanity yet you cannot show love for humanity by publically condemning human kind for acts that are not part of your own personal beliefs and interest now can you speak for a race of people as he spoke for Muslims and African Americans.
      Why did the African Americans have to work for the WHITE farmers? Why didn’t the White farmers help the African Americans own their own farms? Phil evidently did not read the book called; “Roots.”
      To truly love and follow God and Christ we must love and not condemn.
      1 John 4:16: God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”
      1 John 4:12: “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”
      Jesus Christ taught us that if we love one another we are his disciples.”
      John 13:34: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
      Romans 13:9: “Whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
      1 John 4:7: “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”
      Christians need to Concentrate on their own sins and stop determining the sins of others.
      Humans MUST Repent for their own sins and stop seeking repentance from others.
      Concerning those that condemn homosexuals, be certain you too are not involved in sin.
      Are you having sex before marriage? Did you HAVE sex before marriage? Have you had affairs while married? Do you have sex for ANY other reason but the purpose of NATURAL procreation or love?
      Concerning HETEROSEXUAL marriage in the Bible, God makes himself clear.

      In scriptures:1 Corinthians 7:1 (KJ,DR) and 1 Corinthians 7:32 the Bible clearly states it is best for a man NOT to touch a woman and to remain unwed without sex, for only then you can give your full devotion to God:
      1 Corinthians 7:32: “An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world how she can please her husband. I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.

      • Andrew Kaplan says:

        Leviticus 18:22
        22 “‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.

        Not using the word homosexual or gay- but non the less still very clear

      • Andrew Kaplan says:

        God is love- but our God is a jealous God. And he is very specific in what he says- it sounds like you don’t agree with a lot of scripture so your main ideas are focused around their hunting habits- you are right that we aren’t going to win souls by condemning- but he never condemned anyone- he only quoted God- it is God who has spoken. Phil is just a vessel.

      • Andrew Kaplan says:

        Please read your bible- it does say very clearly and all over the place that it is a sin to have sex with someone of the same sex.

  9. Grace Besaved says:

    I’m sure God will forgive Phil and family for spreading false teachings while trying to get support for his personal and religious beliefs.
    Any act or belief that harms and oppresses ANY of God’s creatures is NOT a statement or act of God.
    Using God’s name to speak against homosexuality is speaking falsely on God’s behalf.
    To properly use the Bible we must let the Bible speak on behalf of God as if God himself were answering the people’s inquiries and misconceptions.
    To hear God’s full words you must acknowledge the entire Scriptures inside the Bible.
    John 8: 43: “He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”
    Nowhere in the Bible does God or Christ tell mortal men to go out and judge, condemn and persecute others. God’s wrath and judgment are not yours. God’s wrath and judgment are God’s alone. No mortal man has the right to place wrath or judgment on his fellow man. God did not give man the authority to spread or administer condemnation, exclusion, discrimination, oppression, persecution or subjugation.
    Condemnation, exclusion, discrimination, oppression, persecution and subjugation in God’s name is wrong.
    Proverbs 20:1: “Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.”.
    Jeremiah 7:5: KJ, (NIV) “For if ye thoroughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye thoroughly (change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly,) If ye oppress not the stranger.”
    If we are to teach God’s truth we must release people from oppression we must not oppress.
    In Galatians 5:22-6:5 The Bible clearly states that: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
    If there is no law against love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control then there is no law against ANY human being that acts in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
    Nowhere in the Bible does it say homosexuality is a sin, perverse or an abomination. The word homosexuality was added to Newer Bibles after the 1970’s but in Bible times, the words Gay and homosexuality were not known and therefore they are irrelevant to the Bible and God’s teachings. The word sodomy is not even in the Bible there is also no Greek or Hebrew word for “sodomy.” A Sodomite was simply an inhabitant of Sodom, just as a Moabite was an inhabitant of Moab.
    Although Sodom and Gomorrah is at top of the list for homosexual bashing and condemnation, in Genesis 19: Sodom and Gomorrah were cities filled with sin. The story of Sodom and Gomorrah is about rape, incest, lust, prostitution, corruption, crime and violence, it is not about homosexuality. The story of Sodom and Gomorrah teaches us that through man’s own free will choice to sin, man will destroy their own souls and mortal existent. At the end of Sodom and Gomorrah everything mankind built to house, protect and serve them was laid to waste due to their own corruption. Nowhere in this scripture does it imply or suggest that love between two people of the same sex is a sin.

    Understand what the Bible teaches and Christians like Phil will stop putting words in God’s mouth and hatred in God’s heart.
    In Romans 1:18, 21, 26: it clearly states: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; For this cause God gave them up to vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness.”
    Concerning Heterosexual sex, having sex before marriage and with other people besides your spouse is also a sin.
    In Deuteronomy 22:2 God speaks just as harshly to those that have sex BEFORE marriage as he does to men that have lustful sex with other men and yet heterosexual sex without marriage is accepted today by the church and it is also NOT considered a sin.
    Deuteronomy 22:21 “She shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done a disgraceful thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house. You must purge the evil from among you.”
    The lord did not approve of sex unless it was create the species. The Lord approved of LOVE.
    1 Corinthians 7:1 (KJ,DR) “Now concerning the things of which you wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
    All sex not of love or for procreation are EQUAL sins.
    The homosexual communities are now saying to their persecutors and oppressors:
    Judges 11:27: “I have not wronged you, but you are doing me wrong by waging war against me. Let the LORD, the Judge, decide the dispute this day.”
    Any claim against homosexuality is not biblically sound. They are made up stories with no basis for truth told by false prophets.
    2 Peter 2:3: (NIV): “In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.”

    Those that spread or administer condemnation, exclusion, discrimination, oppression, persecution and subjugation against homosexuality in the name of God are doing this by their own free will Not by God’s authority. Those that spread or administer condemnation, exclusion, discrimination, oppression, persecution and subjugation against homosexuality are swearing falsely and this is a sin against God.
    Leviticus 19:12: “‘Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.”
    Zechariah 8:17: “Do not plot evil against your neighbor, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this,” declares the LORD.”

    • Andrew Kaplan says:

      Sodem and gamora. And the scripture has been put in place to teach Gods law, edify the people and to bring the message to non believers… You can’t teach half. … And yes God will be the judge- but we have a responsibility to attempt direct people in the right direction. And you quoted a great verse Galatians- self control Is an act of love- not giving into lust-
      Galatians: 6
      Doing Good to All

      6 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load. 6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.

      7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

    • Grace Besaved says:

      Andrew Kaplan you are misinformed. Speak to your Clergy, The word sex is not in the Bible and there are absolutely no scriptures that state: “It is a sin to have sex with someone of the same sex.” The Bible CLEARLY STATES:
      “If a man also lies with a man, as he lies with a woman both of them have committed an abomination”
      Homosexuals DO NOT lie with women, so to lie with a man LIKE a woman is not homosexuality.
      All scriptures concerning immorality in the Bible imply prostitution NOT homosexuality. God did not say man could not lie with another man in love.
      God clearly states that he does not want men to treat other men in the same vile and lustful manner in which they have treated women kind.

      • Andrew Kaplan says:

        Please do this- please re-read that passage- obliviously we were created in a way that men and women were made for each other in reproduction- do not lay with a man as you would with a woman- is the phrase you are discussing- homosexuals don’t lie with women; they do however lie with men in the same manner that men lie with women. God is very specific. Try and twist it all you want; the truth is plain and simple.

    • ST says:

      Grace, that’s funny did you forget to read Leviticus 18-22? Guess you forgot that one eh?

  10. cap.steven says:

    Duck dynasty phil robertson is just speaking his opinion. Which we all are entitled to last time i checked. I feel phil is being judged because he is a country person. Is that not discrimantion too? He brings meaning back family and the real american values. Which is family and religon, respect and pride. Real people that help one another. Maybe the show should move to the history channel because people need to know where real americans came from.

    • Grace Besaved says:

      ST Leviticus 18-22 clearly states:“If a man also lies with a man, as he lies with a woman both of them have committed an abomination”
      Homosexuals DO NOT lie with women, so to lie with a man LIKE a woman is not homosexuality.
      All scriptures concerning immorality in the Bible imply prostitution NOT homosexuality. God did not say man could not lie with another man in love.
      God clearly states that he does not want men to treat other men in the same vile and lustful manner in which they have treated women kind.

  11. Rev. Ruben C. Bedwell says:

    Leviticus18:22 states. And you shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God; I AM the Lord. You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. (The biblical definition of abomination is as follows: It is a fetid stink, an abhorrence,; it is idolatry and it pollutes everything. It is morally offensive and is disgusting, filthy and detestable.) Gods word will stand forever and one day we will stand before God and answer him for what we did in our mortal bodies. Jesus Christ is real and means what he says. We are presently in a state of grace, accept Jesus as your Savor now or face him as your judge later.

  12. ST says:

    Enough from the PC AE /Disney nutjobs Militant Gay/Lesbo Christophobes… I used to like my gay neighbors, always treated them with respect, I was never judgmental but when they tried to lay their homophobe crap on me I told them to reconsider their actions and not to undo all things that have been granted to them… they are not special, and do not deserve special treatment due to their choices, it used to be live and let live but if this Gay/Lesbo militant crap continues they may get something that they cannot repair. I’m proud to stand with Phil. He calls a spade a spade and that’s just too damn bad if you have a problem with it.

    • Grace Besaved says:

      You do not understand God’s word.
      All other words in the Bible that people misconstrue to mean homosexuality were in fact not meant to mean homosexuality at all such as the word effeminate back in Bible times was used to describe the self indulgence of weakness.
      The Bible CLEARLY STATES:
      “If a man also lies with a man, as he lies with a woman both of them have committed an abomination”
      Homosexuals DO NOT lie with women, so to lie with a man LIKE a woman is not homosexuality.
      All scriptures concerning immorality in the Bible imply prostitution NOT homosexuality. God did not say man could not lie with another man in love.
      God clearly states that he does not want men to treat other men in the same vile and lustful manner in which they have treated women kind.

      • ST says:

        Grace, It is sad to hear you say what you say, 2 men can not create a life any more that 2 women can create life, if you don’t understand that then nothing will persuade you… God designed a woman from Adam’s rib to help man and to make children , do you think he made a mistake ? Do you think he should have made another man for Adam, if so it would have been Adam and Eddy not Adam and Eve. I like how you added words to God’s – you say “God did not say man could not lie with another man in “love” .. adding the word “love” does not make the statement correct… this is pure bunk, at the end of the New testament Jesus discusses what happens when people take His Word out of contex.. Please read Revelation 22, 18-20 , This is a major warning to all in the world… this refers to people like you.. I will pray for you, time is very short, we are ALL sinners

  13. t b says:

    I have no problem with anything Phil said . every person is entitled to their own beliefs . the word police will attack anybody that has anything negative to say about the gay community. they all need to get a life . I certainly agree with Phil about the vagina and a mans anus comparison . anybody that thinks that’s natural really has drank the gay coolade. live and let live and that includes Phil .

  14. Human Being says:

    I love Phil, I know what he said came out sounding homophobic but if you deconstruct it, it’s actually a universal statement that many can relate to. Here he says that he became a product of the 60’s sex drugs and rock and roll influence. He speaks of his own promiscuity. So he says he does not understand the nature of homosexual attraction. Well, he is a man and a straight man, he is allowed to express his inability to understand the attraction of one man to another man’s anus. And if he had ‘experimented’ with homosexuality during his drug haze back in the 60’s maybe he IS actually qualified to have opinion on topic.

    Phil says he found Jesus and became Christian as a way to bring himself out of the hole of addiction and fornication. Now he holds certain values close and presumably has a need to protect them in order to feel secure, sane and sober. He chose the values that he finds in the Bible. Not everyone interprets the Bible the same way and that is the interesting thing about that book, it speaks to individuals. He wants the world to know that Christianity saved him, that the Bible sustains him, and that he respects what it says. He believes being homosexual is a sin against God. I doubt that God feels that way but it is important to Phil to hold up the values and principles (as he interprets them) of the religion that has saved him.

    Regarding him making ignorant or ‘racist’ comments:

    Essentially what you have is a man who pulled himself up from the gutter, who came from a white trash background and so can comment on the sector of society that he saw first hand. It’s possible that Phil does not realize that back in the day, black folks did not speak one word of their true feelings when ANY white person was present. I dont think Phil was being racist, I think he was speaking from his perspective, and even if it were white trash, it were still White. He did not see any grousing over mistreatment, perhaps he was sheltered from reality because of the color of his skin. I grew up in Texas, not too far from Louisiana, and in the 1980’s I heard about a local black man who was drug from a pickup truck by a rope until he died. That sort of behavior was still common then and still happens today. Out of fear of that sort of retaliation, I dont think Phil ever heard one word of dissent from his black friends, lest he let it slip in front of a redneck hillbilly buddy who had a pick up truck. I dont think Phil is racist based on what he said about black people, I think he was sheltered from the truth by his black friends.

  15. DD says:

    I think this is absolutely ridiculous. The man is a christian with christian believes. Why is he not allowed to openly express his believes? He said nothing to slander the gay community at all. As Christians, we love as Jesus loved us. We don’t judge…we will all have our day of judgement when we stand at the foot of the throne. Phil was not judging, he was merely pointing out what was considered sin in the bible. To each their own. He also said he has nothing against anyone. Why is it that Christians are always “shut up” when they want to voice their believes? Everyone now a days has something new they want to “fight for” – as Phil said, if we all just loved each other as God loves us, this world would be a better place. What about all the TV shows that promote sex or violence – when someone stands up and says they are against it, no one jumps in to shut them up! I personally have nothing against anyone for any reason, but I stand firm in my faith. Matthew 10:33 “But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”

  16. Bruce says:

    . Who’s a spokesman was gay lesbian community on CNN this morning? I forgot his name already. If you could read it back he says to the effect of, the world is changing, United States is changing, The state in which feel comes from is changing “he had better get in line”.
    To be that person has some nerve pretty much demanding that Phil had better change or else! I would’ve loved to see the interview with GQ.
    I never heard any violence or hatred in the words I read by Phil.
    I did feel the hatred in the words of the spokesman for the gay community.
    before I retired I worked with all types of people, black, gay, bigots and such. I’m with Phil on this one. I don’t agree with their position but I’ll stand up for their right to be the way they want to be and say the things they want to say. God be with you Phil. But that’s just my opinion.

  17. James manieri says:

    This is disgraceful ignorant. These people are throwback from some hicktown and have very little impact on worldly views. I do blame
    A&E for broadcasting such an ignorant statement.hey and he will no longer be a part of my watching network. By the way, when is duck hunting season? Smh. What a joke. I woukd like them to quot a statement from Jesus himself condemming homosexualiry. Good luck finding that one.

    • P web says:

      You have obviously never been to a small southern town. These people are not “throwbacks”. They are a somewhat realistic depiction in that they believe in GOD, family and working hard to make a living. And if you are using the argument that JESUS himself never said a word about homosexuality, I suggest to you that the Bible is a WHOLE book and Jesus lived by the word of GOD himself which in Jesus’ time WAS the Old Testament or Mosaic law. I suggest that you read the book of Leviticus and also ask yourself why God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrha by fire. Since you probably don’t know, this can be found in the book of Jude.
      And on a side note just for you, I am from a “hick town” and before you bash “throwbacks from hick towns” you might want to check your spelling and grammar, because even with your superior attitude, we are obviously better educated than you.

  18. cassy says:

    So phil robertson gets fired because of one thing… he didnt say that only homosexuals would not go to heaven.. he included alcoholics,greedy people, etc. But this being the press has to focus on the one thing… you want to say that someone is bad for society look at miley… she twerks on live tv and groaps herself… and she smokes pot but we say oh its freedom of speech for her… guess what.. it SHOULD be the same for phil robertson!!!!! Its was his freedom of speech and now you (the press) are making him pay but you should focus on the ones that are ruining our society not the one who has his own personal oppinon…

  19. Why is it OK for EVERYONE ELSE to be able to say what THEY think about EVERYTHING, except for CHRISTIANS??? Phil called his OWN family growing up “white trash” – he is not taking HIMSELF so seriously, so WHY IS EVERYONE ELSE taking it SO SERIOUSLY??? Oh I know, because it is NOT politically correct and it’s referring to CHRISTIANITY…… Christianity can get slammed, but NO ONE ELSE CAN….. NOW who’s the HYPOCRITE???? Before you see the SPECK in Phil’s eye (so says JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF) TAKE THE PLANK OUT OF YOUR OWN EYE, A&E, and LGBT people and families, and GLAAD!!!

  20. Bobbi says:

    You know what frustrates me the most about all this is all the people acting like Phil said what he said because he’s hateful and racist. If these LGBT spokespeople and whatever actually watched the show, they would know that he doesn’t have a hateful bone in his body and realize Phil was speaking from his religious beliefs. And shouldn’t he fricken be allowed to. Whether you agree with what he said or not, is he not as entitled just as anyone to say what he believes and not be hated for it? Actually, I think all the spokespeople and A&E are worse in that they turned their backs on Phil in a second and made this political PC BS and you know for A&E it’s all about money. Why couldn’t they have just said that he is entitled to his opinion and move on. It probably would make for a better world if people would stop getting offended so damn easily. It’s not like he goes around beating up blacks and gays and kicking kittens. We love Phil for his honest and humble self.
    The quotes I read from Phil were not in the least bit violent, but OMGosh, Wilson Cruz, you spout off hateful vomit from your mouth about Phil. You are way beyond pure evil hatred and you are a total hetero, redneck, religious phobe with a major chip on your shoulder. Watch the show LBGT and maybe you gain insight into the person before you bash on him so viciously. A&E you have no backbone.

  21. marka leonard says:

    Really A&E! your biggest moneymaker to date! Phil Robertson is reality. You investigated him before you decided to air his “story of life.” you knew what you were in for. I am saying if not for “the ducks” you would still be just a mediocre network. they put u on the map. I hope they ALL dump you! ( JUST AS I AM) they are so popular that someone else has just been waiting for you to make a mistake so they can snatch them up! Great Job Phil for standing by what the bible teaches.

  22. Shannan Roberts says:

    Everybody needs to just grow up. Its What he believes and what he thinks. is he right or wrong who cares I have an opinion about people always looking for a fight andways to destroy people. “Grow up”. Do people and rights need to be stood up for the sure do sometimes just sometimes you have to consider the source. Duck Dynasty is about everything, culture, hard work, God, religion and prayer. did you really question their beliefs on Duck Dynasty. Further more what you believe will happen and what you think will happen are probably two different things. A&E I’m just shaking my head. Of anything your ratings will probably increase because if his comments. I promise you their are plenty if gays and lesbians that watch their show; however they are rednecks and that’s why we watch em. You guys should probably go ahead and fix this. Everyone with a brain knew and knows what their thoughts on gay and lesbian relationship.

  23. I feel sure that whoever posed the question to Phil about what sin is, knew he would speak what he believes! So why the big shock? Just as Jesus loves all sinners….which I feel I am first in line….doesn’t mean He condones the sin. My struggle in life is overeating! In the Bible- sin is sin, as I understand it! So we’re all in the same boat! Sinners saved by grace when we receive Christ as Savior! Finally, a Christian stands up for what he believes! WHAT HE BELIEVES! That is it in a nutshell! Hey Phil, wish we Christians would have stood up and said “NO” when they decided to throw God out of our schools!! Funny, we Christians can’t pray in Jesus’ name, but we sure hear His name taken in vain everywhere we turn! My prayer is that we love one another, judge not, but as every other movement, I , as a Christian, must stand with Jesus as my best friend, stand beside my Brother in Christ and his family and say, Hey…..you ask my opinion and I will tell you straight up, but with love, not judgement. I believe the Bible is the Word of God and as my Pastor says, a mirror to look within ourselves to see our sinfulness and His wonderful Grace!!

  24. Yvonne says:

    What happened to “Freedom of Speech” just don’t understand how and when this applies.

  25. Just for the record, regarding all this talk about God and the Bible, the use of the word God risks what the Bible calls blaspheme, whatever that is, by creating an image of God and describing God by claiming to know God’s will, to speak for God, to represent God, to do God’s work, and such, and by classifying books, buildings and cities as Holy, one definitely commits idolatry (by Biblical definition) that hinges on blaspheme (by Biblical definition) especially when one says that the Bible, which men definitely wrote, is God’s Word and written by the hand of God. Considering the psychological influence of religion on human behavior, maybe all religion should be shut down and we start over from the beginning…

    • Nadia Jones says:

      Using the word God is not blaspheme. Using the word God “IN VAIN” is blaspheme. Like saying “Oh my God” or “G** Da**” that is blaspheme. How else are you gonna pray to God without saying God’s name?? How can you talk about the bible and the stories in it, and what God has done without saying “GOD did this or that’ or “Jobe asked God for this or that”? Come on have some common sense. Geez.

  26. lloyd says:

    I think a man should be able to speak his mine and not be punished for his beliefs and I do believe what he says about sexuality is correct and I do believe it also is worded in the bible too but like every book it was written by man and that it should be taken for what it is a book. But to punish a man for speaking his mined well all I have to say is A&E you should get your heads out of your ass and put Phil back on he has done nothing wrong and stop punishing him due to pressure from activists for a belief they have just like Phil has. I watch(A&E) your channel a lot and I’m really thinking of blocking it and never watching it again, I am very disappointed with everyone that does not allow us in this free world to be able to have an a pinion without being punished !!!!!!

  27. Pam says:

    I agree with Phil on this issue. These ARE Christian values, unfiltered by the worlds politicly correct view. No making people feel good by adjusting the Christian doctrine to make people feel good about their choices. I was raised to Hate the sin but Love the sinner. I believe I was born a sinner, capable of all these sins but it does mean I have to follow through and act on my impulses and desires. In the past I have wanted to murder someone (and in Gods eyes this is just as bad as having committed the act). Fortunately I did not act on my desire. You don’t have to act on your desires. It looks to me like the reporter has an agenda and is supported by his network. Not going to watch this narrow minded network. Anyone want to join me?

  28. Paula says:

    I believe we are all allowed to believe the way we want. I do not disagree with what he has said, nor do I think he said anything wrong. I was raised with GOD and I know his WORD and what was set before us to follow and I agree 100% with every word in the Holy Bible!!!!!!!! Way to go Phil for speaking you truth! If hes not allowed to speak his truth then why are we allowed to frown upon him????

  29. Brian says:

    Phil Robinson my hero, people hate truth. They want to change Gods laws to make their sins work, but it don’t work that way. He inspires me to be greater by painting the way. Truth can be scary. In total support of him. Again way to go!!!

  30. Jamie says:

    Why is everyone so suprised? The Robinsons are a Christian family, most Christians do not agree with homosexuality. Phil just happened ro voice his opinion get over it. We live in the U.S. a democratic society. He is entitled to have an opinion.

  31. Dreadlocks says:

    So lets get this straight. 2% of the nation supports GLADD. 78% do not. Which group do you thinks finances the networks? IT SURE AS HELL ISN’T GLADD.

    • Nathan says:

      silly ignorant fool-over 60% support full gay equality-per ALL polls

      • Kate says:

        “Christian” is just a title. A true Christian believes in what the bible says and does their best to live out their faith. Phil is just as entitled to his opinion as anyone else. Christians are not the ones who are hateful and offensive. I can’t begin to recall how many times I have been sneered at, or even yelled at, for simply stating that I am Christian and believe homosexuality is not right. I think I should be allowed to state what I believe. Never have I said anything hateful towards a homosexual; I simply believe that how they are living is sinful, the same as I would believe a compulsive liar would be living in a sinful way. My mom always told me to “love the sinner, hate the sin”. Whoever is writing all these articles need to get their facts straight. Anyone who has read Phil’s actual comments would see that nothing hateful was stated. Just because some people were offended by what he believes does not mean that he should have lost his job. I applaud Phil for standing firm in his beliefs, and I am praying that God will help him be able to face our hypocritical society and media.

  32. Phil Supporter says:

    It is a very sad world when the media and corporate America will side with Sin(and we all know what Sin is) just for wealth and popularity! GOD is REAL! The Bible is Real! ,Sin is Real ! Heaven and Hell are Real! We can all do exactly as we like and justify it in some way “,but it is still Sin!” We are all Sinners and we are not to judge ANYONE and Phil was NOT judging! Phil is just holding Strong To Gods Word , Phil Will be even more Blessed than he already is for Standing Strong for God!!! It is to be expected? ” You Will be Persecuted for Spreading the Truth!!!

  33. Judy Elledge says:

    I hope his family stand by him and they all quit!!!!

  34. Melisa LoFaso says:

    He is not pushing what he believes on anyone. He is simply Stating it. Afterall isn’t the interview a purpose of getting to know the person. This is who he is.. If people don’t like what they hear they can choose not to listen.. He was asked and he answered.. If he’s banned from the show then I hope they all quit A&E and I will as well.

  35. Don Evans says:

    doesn’t sound like a free speech issue to me. A&E is a private company who has the right to choose who they give money to, If one of the criterion they choose is public declaration of viewpoint that they feel doesn’t represent their image that’s their choice and let the market be their judge.

  36. Mike Smith says:

    Anything Pro-Hetero is Anti-Gay? So from now on, will anything Pro-Gay be called Anti-Hetero?

  37. Jack says:

    There’s nothing wrong with honest people speaking their mind. It’s about time that we had good people in this country stand up and tell the truth he’s only stating his opinion and yet we’re supposed to be so politically correct in this country it makes me sick. I think the show is refreshingly entertaining. I think it is a mistake suspending Robinson?

  38. Terry Wells says:

    I love Phil’s Country hick way of thinking and his straight forward way of saying what he says. Its what makes everyone in this country allowed to be FREE to have the freedom of ideals to share and grow in themselves to be all they want to be. We don’t have to agree with his ideals, but its that freedom he has, that allows us ALL to grow our dreams and aspirations as high as we want them to be, to also have the same freedom. Otherwise most people would still live under the same oppression that existed 30 and 40 years ago. Back then YOU were called names for your ideals being different. Today you are calling this man names for his ideals being different than yours. No one was right back then. Today you are wrong.

  39. SHERRIE says:

    CHRISTIANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO SPREAD GODS WORDS ..AND THATS WHAT MR.ROBERTSON SEEMS TO ME WAS DOING .. AND IF THAT IS WRONG THEN MAYBE YOU NEED TO FIND GOD YOURSELF… NO 2 WOMAN NO 2 MEN ..I SPEAK 2 THEM I DONT JUDGE THEM IAM ONLY GOING BY WHATS IN THE BIBLE AND WHAT GOD SAYS ….AMEN

  40. Tap says:

    What happened to free speech? It is just like history; Change it to what you want to hear. If you can find a hot button and take parts of information to emphasize your view then everyone else can not have a point of view on anything.
    Is every point of view acceptable to everyone where you live? If it is let me know where you live because it sure isn’t on earth.

    • D Angel says:

      He still has free speech. Free Speech as enshrined in our Constitution is from the government. He is not being jailed or fined or losing other rights. He still has free speech. What he isn’t entitled to is a job and since his views are not inline with the views of his employer (A&E) he doesn’t get that.

      He is still free to say whatever he wants!

  41. Michael S says:

    To A&E,

    I have decided to suspend your network as it it offensive! Your decision to suspend Mr Robertson for speaking Biblical truth when your company knew well in advance that he is a devout Christian is shameful at minimum.

    Please cancel the entire show so it can be picked up by a network with a backbone!

    You are gutless and cave to a VERY small group of activist

    • Nathan says:

      why would A&E care what some fat trailer trash alcoholic thinks or watches?

      • lloyd says:

        You know Nathan we know your gay and proud of it but grow up these comments are about what your opinions are not to insult people for speaking there mind obviously your mind is still very young and immature so before you spew your bullshit insults grow up dumb dumb

  42. P web says:

    I am a Christian. I am an american also. And that being said, I believe a & e has the right to act in any way they choose, including firing Phil. I also think Phil has a very good case against them. His rights under the first amendment have been violated. Also his comments have been reported on several magazines, and tv news broadcasts, out of context, which brings them in to any action. I love duck dynasty, mostly because it depicts the REAL way that most families in Louisiana interact with each other. The bickering during the week and then the family dinners on Sunday where thanks is given to GOD for just getting us through. Although I no longer live in Louisiana, this show, and mostly Phil, the head of the family, brings me home to a simpler time. And to Phil, you have nothing to be ashamed or sorry for. PLEASE don’t apologize. Use your rights as an American to right this ostracism

  43. trustand obey says:

    the comments on the first duck dynasty article were running about 3400 to 3 in support of robertson, so variety thought they better start a new strand and hope for better odds here?

  44. hugolast says:

    Message to A&E:
    We will vote with out remotes, and it looks like you just lost about 10 million viewers.

  45. Jodi says:

    This is plain ridiculous! Seriously, He is speaking the truth about the Bible. You’re disrespecting the Christian community by choosing to take sides on this! This is one man’s right to speech and he did not say anything directly offensive he stated the Biblical truth and his personal opinion.

  46. grayzel says:

    You can contact A&E by this email address. Mel.Berings@aenetworks.com

  47. Ron says:

    Variety = LIBERAL PHAGGITS censoring America’s opinions.

  48. Ron says:

    What gay slurs you lying communist cowards? He spoke the truth.

  49. Cathy Brigham says:

    Phil Robertson didn’t say anything that most all Americans believe! Why can’t he speak his beliefs and not be afraid to when others spew vile nonsense everyday .

    • JJ says:

      Cathy you state “most all Americans believe” – really could you back this up with facts? Because all the sites I see a little over half the population (50-60%) is for marriage equality and same sex relationships so I think you might be the one who “spews vile nonsense” … references please?

  50. mark dalessandro says:

    bring back phil robertson he is the reason why i watch the show i will stop watching the show

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