Have you been following the controversy surrounding A&E’s reality TV show ‘Duck Dynasty’? ‘Duck Dynasty’ follows a conservative southern family, the Robertson. The patriarch of the clan, Phil Robertson, shared his views with GQ in their January 2014 issue. He’s very religious and shared his views that homosexuality is a sin. GLAAD found his comments offensive, and A&E suspended Phil “indefinitely” from the show. Now the Robertson family has released a statement on their website.
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.
Oh boy. I’m sure the Robertson family signed contracts, so this could get very messy, indeed. Some are arguing that Phil has the right to express his views under the First Amendment (freedom of speech). This is a tough situation. Is there a difference between saying “homosexuality goes against my religious beliefs?” and comparing homosexuality to bestiality, which Phil seemed to do in his interview? I’m guessing Phil will be back on the air, repenting for offending people while making it clear these are his beliefs. I’ve gotta ask…
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