Phil Robertson Suspension From Duck Dynasty: Right or Wrong?

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Phil Robertson has been suspended indefinitely from A&E's Duck Dynasty amid the intense backlash over his recent anti-gay comments in GQ.

The family patriarch is famously outspoken and never affair to ruffle feathers (excuse the pun), but these remarks were particularly eyebrow-raising.

Many were offended, but others are attacking A&E, saying Phil Robertson's anti-gay comments are merely statements of his religious and personal beliefs.

Sarah Palin was one of many fans to take to social media in response, charging that the Duck Dynasty star's suspension is an attack on freedom of speech:

“Free speech is an endangered species. The ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.”

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also voiced support for his embattled constituent:

“Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana."

"The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV."

"In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views."

"In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended."

Many fans of the series took to Twitter to voice similar thoughts, but juts as social media users expressed relief that A&E took action against the star.

GLAAD praised A&E's decision to suspend Robertson indefinitely (though he may still appear in already recorded Duck Dynasty Season 5 episodes).

“What’s clear is that such hateful anti-gay comments are unacceptable to fans, viewers, and networks alike,” said GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz.

“By taking quick action and removing Robertson from future filming, A&E has sent a strong message that discrimination is neither a Christian nor an American value."

The slew of Twitter reactions made Phil Robertson a trending topic on Wednesday, as major uproar ensued following the release of his GQ interview:

At the same time, the pro-Phil hashtag #IStandWithPhil gained popularity.

Among other things, Robertson called homosexuality illogical and cited Bible scripture to compare homosexuality to bestiality, adultery and prostitution.

"It seems like, to me, a vagina - as a man - would be more desirable than a man's anus, that's just me," he said. "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."

Robertson, asked what kinds of behavior he considers sinful, added:

"Start with homosexual behavior and morph out from there ... bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."

Before the suspension, Phil issued a statement in which 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."

VOTE: Should Phil Robertson be suspended for his comments?

 

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NO, PHIL. I THOUGHT YOU WERE A NICE GUUY EVEN IN REAL LIFE, BUT DUDE, YOU SUNK SO LOW EVEN THE PROFESSIONAL PLUMBER I HIRED CAN'T FISH YOU OUT OF MY SINK! BE AWARE, I SHALL NOT BE WATCHING WHEN YOU COME ON WHEN DUCK DYNASTY IS ON BECAUSE OF YOUR NASTY, NASTY COMMENTS!
I AM PISSED AND WALKIN OUT THE FRONT DOOR! FUCK YOU IN THE ASS HOLE AND DICK SO HARD I CAN'T EVEN BREATHE!

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I stand 150% behind Mr. Phil. All he did was quote scripture directly from the bible and he did not mean to offend the black people he was just saying they didn't mope around about Jim Crow laws .

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Too bad Palin wasn't as concerned about Martin Bashir's freedom of speech....

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Phil is an old man. Let him be! He has so many people commenting with so many agendas. He is from a different era. Now he has Sarah riding on this with her agenda and some Governor speaking out for his. Phil really should not need anyone wanting him to change. I mean we had these comedians getting us to laugh on these same comments or issues. Now we have a real person actually stating what he thinks. Now, we want to protect a certain group and stop ones freedom of speech. You know we are going to continue to speak what we want. And Phil should not be silence, because we can't take what he says. It is always good to hear how it was, because we can appreciate how it is now, and we should never forget. There was a lot of rose colored glasses then.

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Its a free world & ev'ryone is entitled to freedom of speech.
From logical perspective he's got a point; man & woman are meant to be together not men of the same sex.
point of correction; those who support gay right, do you support where they engage themselves in indiscrimate act like abusing their fellow male or gangbanging? well i don't think so. Just a Tv speech he gave & its causing alota controversy & everyone is acting out & the media is making such a big deal out of shit; geez! thats why i never like those crackers anyway. Poor Phil my heart goes out to you; i gotta admit that was brave, c'est la vie. And also i found out that majority of comments here are on the objective side; please you really should learn how to tolerate & not being shitty & judgemental about everything.

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We may not like the way he presented one of his thoughts. But for the liberal media to be so intolerant of other views they don't agree with is not Christian either. Phil R has been more misquoted in the last few days - very few people really know what it is he actually said. Before throwing your stones, go read it for yourselves...I'm betting you will be madder at the media for making this much worse than it really was...as usual.

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I'm not saying that phil was wrong, it was just the way he presented himself.

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I stand onehundred percent behind Mr Phil Robertson. I watch the show religiously and share some of his beliefs. What's this country coming to when you can't even share your opinion and have your own beliefs. What happened to freedom of speech or just being free for that matter. I guess all those brothers who fought so hard for freedom and freedom of speech fought for nothing. Think of that people. He said nothing wrong.

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We Love You Mr. Phil and hope you get back on the show and love the bravery you have for expressing your religion on live TV and I know if you don't get back on theres other networks yall can try and be together again

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Father God, in the mighty name of your only son Jesus. I thank you for your humble servant Mr. Phil Robertson for not being ashamed to share the word. "If God is for you who can be against you." No weapon formed against you Mr. Robertson will NOT prosper.
Thanks A&E for sharing a true Christian family. To god be the Glory.
Phil expressed his personal belief system, he did not condemn anyone, he understands that he is not God. Do you?

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