A&E ‘Indefinitely’ Suspends Phil Robertson From ‘Duck Dynasty’ for Calling Homosexuality Sinful


dynastyA&E has indefinitely suspended Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson from the network for speaking against homosexuality in a recent interview with a popular men’s magazine.

The January 2014 issue of GQ features an interview with the famed duck call inventor and reality show star, covering a variety of topics from his personal testimony to health care, to his views on hunting and Creation. However, Robertson’s comments about homosexuality have generated the most controversy—and have now ended up putting him out of a job.

“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong,” Robertson, the 67-year-old elder at Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, Louisiana and co-entrepreneur of Duck Commander Wines, tells reporter Drew Magary. “Sin becomes fine.”

“What, in your mind, is sinful?” Magary, who laces the article with profanity, asks.

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there,” Robertson replies. “Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”

He then quotes from 1 Corinthians 6:9.

“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,” Robertson states. “Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

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Robertson also makes explicit comments earlier in the article about why he believes men should find women’s reproductive organs “more desirable,” and adds, “[S]in; it’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

However, when homosexual activists learned of the popular duck hunter’s comments, they immediately released statements condemning Robertson’s remarks.

“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,” the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) asserted. “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.”

A&E then released a statement from Robertson, explaining his comments in the publication.

“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,” he wrote. “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,” Robertson continued. “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.”

But hours later, A&E also released a statement, advising that it had indefinitely suspended Robertson from the broadcast.

“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty,” the network stated. “His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”

Robertson’s suspension has now generated both applause and outrage, with over 30,000 supporters joining a Stand With Phil Robertson Facebook page within hours of the announcement.

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  • Wayne Duhon

    Stand with the Duck Dynasty Family, and Phil in particular. It is NOT OK for homosexuals or non Christians to be the only ones that can express their views. Those groups want free speech for every one but Christians. A & E Should see the lines that still form at the Chik-Fi- La restaurants after the gays boycotted them! I wonder what the advertisers on A & E will do when Christians quit buying their products because A & E will not stand up for Phil’s right to voice his belief.

  • Sir Tainly

    It’s a commercial show that needs to sell advertising, so the decision is not a surprise to me. However…if CTN has to pick up the show they’d probably be as happy as a pig in slop. :D

    Bottom line, it’s the kind of thing that my Grandpa might have said and probably did.

  • Bill Greenhaw

    How sad that as few as 4% of the population can influence a network when 95% of Americans are opposed and repulsed by Sodomy. Phil just verbally made graphic the truth that the anus was designed for one purpose. God did not design it for sex and in fact calls that an “indecent act” and a perversion ( Romans 1:27 NIV) America, we need to wake up to the fact that there is a war against our biblical values and morals. Church wake up and take a stand!

    • Lauren Bertrand

      Actually, Bill, a growing number of people are repulsed by Evangelical Christianity and its persistent hypocrisy and self-righteousness. This is evidenced by the fact “Sodomy” is now mainstream on highly rated network TV. The reason they have influence is because they have risen to white collar professional positions that demand college education–something Evangelicals have not done en masse. It’s really just capitalist sifting.

  • Mark

    I suspend A&E IMMEDIATEDLY from my tv lineup.

    • Mark

      I actually watched the DD program last night and fun it to be quite funny and entertaining especially the 3 little daughters who were as cute as they come while fishing with grandpa Phil.

      If DD does leave A&E, more power to them. A&E should know their channel is only a needle in a haystack among the hundreds of channels available today DD can appear on.

      When gays attack, they only bring bad publicity to themselves and free advsertising for their so-called adversaries.

  • Webb

    It truly is sinful and A&E will be pulled from my cable lineup. Perhaps the handful of homosexuals have huge sums of money to squander compared to Christians. So be it.

  • James J. Grimes

    No more A&E for me either. I will not support a network that wants to glorify sin and persecute a good Christian man.

  • Karate Kathleen

    I love Duck Dynasty and totally stand with Phil 100%! What makes me angry is when anyone says they feel homosexuality is sin all the networks automatically call it “hate speech”, and react as if the person said all these personal horrible things when all they did is just say they think it’s sin! One guy on Fox news said he thought it was wrong for people to use the bible “as a weapon against people.” Now that goes way too far! And so does this with A&E. Stating one’s own opinion is a 1rst Amendment right. The gay and lesbian community DOES NOT have the right to take that away from people!

  • Eric Kuebler

    A&E is glorifying sin?!?! Get real!! Being gay is the further from sin than condemning people for their choices – anyone who disagree is simply stupid – especially based on some ancient idea that was wrong to begin with.
    Wake up people, Christians are known to glorify sin.. for instance how about we talk about the way Christians massacred people throughout history to be the rich and powerful business that it is today? How about we discuss keeping diddlers/rapists employed through the church? Or maybe the fact that the church hordes gross amounts of riches while a huge proportion of people in the world starve!! You want to talk about propagating and supporting sin take a look at yourselves!!!!

    Have a nice sinful day,

    Eric

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