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GLAAD Responds To A&E’s Phil Robertson Decision

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Phil Robertson should look African American and gay people in the eyes and hear about the hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists.” That’s what the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said in response to A&E’s decision to bring Robertson back to the show “Duck Dynasty.” The story was first reported by ABC News.

Earlier this month the cable network suspended the 67 year old for making what some considered to be inflammatory remarks towards the gay community, and right away many people came to his defense, including a few politicians like Sarah Palin and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

Additionally, Robertson said that he never saw black people unhappy before the civil rights movement, which GLAAD said was equally offensive. “If dialogue with Phil is not part of next steps then A&E has chosen profits over African American and gay people, especially its employees and viewers,” GLAAD said.

It’s been a month of back-and-fourths between Robertson supporters, A&E and GLAAD, and during that dialogue it seems that neither side has budged from their position at all. In fact, the “Duck Dynasty” family threatened to stop filming the show and said they couldn’t see going forward without their beloved patriarch.

And after the controversial remarks were first released GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz called Robertson vile and out of touch.

“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,” Cruz stated.

However, there was very little response from GLADD in the way of defending African Americans until now, and some might believe the organization is only mentioning the black community at this point to rally as many people as it can. If there’s one thing that’s for sure, It doesn’t seem like this debate will be going away anytime soon, and it’s bound to spill over into the new year.

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GLAAD Responds To A&E’s Phil Robertson Decision
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  • Phil Is Crazy

    Phil is a crazy old man. He is exactly like the people who used the bible to justify slavery during the civil war. In fact, many people in the South still talk about the civil war in the present tense. It is such a dysfunctional area of the country, but what do you expect from the area of the world that incarcerates the most people. You heard that right. Not just the United States — but the world. There are tons of prison labor plants making billions off of prison labor. Slavery still exists today. Go to Georgia or Louisiana and look at their prison industries and their laws. What would get you a misdemeanor in California or New York, gets you felonies in those states and it is all because of prison profiteering. Go visit the 23 industrial plants in Georgia and then go see all their work details. Go look. See the truth for yourself.

    Christ spoke of not judging, forgiveness, mercy, compassion, and loving your neighbor. Many Christians do not do that. In fact, that is why Ghandi said — I love your Christ, but not your Christians. I assure you that in many of the bible belt states, very few Christians are leaving their churches to go see the horrors of the prisons that are making profit within their own states. Forgiveness is just given lip service. Mercy does not exist. But boy do those states make a lot of money off those prisoners and the federal funding that comes with them.

    Having said that though, Phil deserves the right to say what he wants. No matter how misguided. If we start telling people what they can and cannot say, then our country is lost. Heck, honestly, our country is already lost, because frankly, the major media is so controlled. But at least, we have to keep fighting for our Constitution. If we limit what people can say, what is next? Do we monitor people’s thoughts and imprison people for thoughts that aren’t acceptable?

    Bottom line is this. There is not a single soul on this planet who knows who goes to heaven or not. Don’t get me wrong. Christ is right about everything. There is no doubt about that. All of us will know this before we die. I promise you this. But as for who actually goes to heaven, there isn’t a person who knows that. Not me. Not Phil. Not anyone.

    Frankly, with all the deception in this world, no one is worthy of going to heaven. We are such hypocrites. Especially, in America. Where everything is so selectively moral. It is okay to bomb a foreign country and kill innocent children. It is okay to commit abortions. But we will turn around and lock people up for decades for getting in fist fights or for smoking a joint. Death is okay. Smoking an herb is not. It is okay for a politician to embezzle millions and they will never see the inside of a prison because of their wealth and status, but the guy who steals a few thousand dollars worth of copper to feed his family becomes a felon and services 15 years.

    So selectively moral in this country. The reality is that if it wasn’t for Christ’s mercy. All of us would go to hell. In fact, people wonder where purgatory is? I have a sneaky suspicion that Earth is purgatory.

    By the way, America. There are 5.5 billion people on this planet that are not Christian. I hardly believe Christ is going to turn his back on those people. It doesn’t fit who he was as a person.

    • Yep

      You are right. I think people in America fail to realize that 5.5 BILLION people in this world are not Christian.

      I think Christ is right about everything, but you are also right, there is a difference between Christ and many Christians. People in America are as you say: Selectively Moral.

      • birt

        but the 5,5 billion are not gay

    • Phana24JG

      Phil is far more cogent and intelligent than you. WTF do prisoner’s rights have to do with this issue? Perhaps if you left your little oasis and went out and saw the devastation these criminal scum are responsible for, you would develop some empathy for their victims, and worry less about multiple felons.

      I am not a big fan of Phil’s religious tenets, but he has every right to them, and I am far more concerned about the social degeneration in our country that can be traced in part to our lack of moral and family values that Christianity can help provide.

      • @Phana

        It is called compassion and forgiveness.

        It is also called the judicial system is so very corrupt. I work in it the courtroom I see it every day. America sends the most people to prison for victimless crimes. Most people are multiple felons because DAs pile on charges.

        See this is the point the man talked about. Christians want compassion and forgiveness for only certain people.

        Your idea of redemption is weak. Very weak. I guess it only applies to perfect people. But go ahead and keep casting stones.

        • its me

          Christian have compassion for everyone. thats why people like you dont like christians because we preach hell fire and brimstone. and you dont want to hear that. We want everyone to enter the kingdom of heaven and gays will not be there. Thats why people like Phil preach this. Turn away from the sin and ask forgiveness is you want eternal life. If you want to live in hell then keep sinning. God gives ample time to repent and if you dont then he dusts his feet of you and moves on. Read the BIBLE.

      • @Phana24JG

        I work in a prison. Many people are innocent of their crimes and many cases are overblown. If you are poor, you go to prison. If you are rich, you don’t. I see it everyday. But I am sure, you visit prisons and actually talk to real inmates all the time, so you know this. Right?

        What does this have to do with Phil? It illustrates the hypocrisy of many people like you. Christ’s whole life was about redemption and forgiveness and mercy. Yet, Christians like you, do not want to give that. Many Christians simply don’t do what Christ asks.

        That man’s post illustrated that pefectly

      • What?

        What does prisoners have to do with Christ? Are you kidding me?

        A. Christ was a convict.
        B. He was wrongly convicted and if they will do that to Christ. Rest assured it can happen to you.
        C. Christ’s whole life was about forgiveness and mercy.

        You just proved that person’s point. You are Christian and no nothing about Christ!

        I am a defense attorney. Trust me. Anyone can go to prison. There are so many laws and in courtrooms, people are forced to plead guilty. Why do you think DAs are incented to force pleas!!

        Grow up and learn about the real world.

    • matt

      People like yourselves are just a bit confused about Christ and the bible. Most people including many, many Christians like to spout quotes from the bible, including the commandment about loving your neighbor. Unfortunately the part about loving your neighbor is the second part of the commandment. The first part and the most important part of the greatest commandment, as it is listed first, is to love the Lord your God with all your whole Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength. Most people go right to the second part because it fits their purpose and helps to justify their actions. To actually love the Lord your God with your whole heart, soul, mind and strength means that you are willing to put your own desires aside to serve God and follow His commands, instructions and decrees. Understanding all of this is difficult and takes a lot of work on our part which is what most people do not want to do so they just spout off about loving your neighbor. Jesus ate with sinners because He knew He needed to befriend them so He could talk to them about their sins. Then He said to “go and sin no more” All sexual immorality, which is any sexual activity outside marriage between a man and a woman, God’s design, is the only sin that is a sin against your own body. That is because God designed our bodies and He designed the act of intercourse to be the most pleasurable act on this planet. There is nothing else you can do to receive such pleasure. He, God designed it that way so that His human race would continue. He designed us and created us to enjoy this please within the confines of marriage between a man and a woman. He designed a penis to fit inside a vagina. He, God did not design a penis to go into a dirty, filthy rectum. If you believe otherwise, you do not know God and His brilliant design. Believing anything else means you believe that humans evolved from animals which may help you to justify these actions.
      So with all this said, I am not saying that I am condemning homosexuals. Homosexual behavior on the other hand is a real problem if you believe in God and not just that we evolved from animals. There is not an easy way to say it. But, there is a solution to this issue. Like following the greatest commandment, it will not be easy. Like following the first and greatest commandment, following the solution will be worth it. If people on this earth, especially in this nation continue to thumb their noses at the wonderful merciful Jesus Christ (God), we will be seeing His judgement soon. There is nothing that angers Him more that to watch daily the disregard for His commandments, instructions, decrees, His Word,His design. We serve a loving, merciful God, but He will not endure this disregard for His principles. I know that if we in America, a country the has received its birthright from God, will not survive much longer by ignoring and actually making fun of our God. The reason that true followers of Christ should be concerned about this subject is for the future of Americans and America.
      I intentionally did not include any of the specific scriptures as if you are truly interested in this subject and not just for your own pleasure, you need to take time to look them up.
      I suggest you get a good bible and commentary book so that you may be able to understand the true meaning of scripture. You will get a true picture. To start with, Read John chapters 14, 15, and 16. Read all of the book of James. Read Isaiah chapter 1. Read Matthew 5, 7, and 22. Read, study and commit yourself to God. Actually do your part and do not just give it lip service. Put God’s first and most commandment into action. If you truly want to be part of something good, work at it, not just put forth a comment now and then. You will be glaad you did.

  • Buzzd

    Wow! That’s one of the best comments in memory from someone who clearly lives what many of us have come to understand is the purpose of Christianity. Not many seem to remember that, these days. Great focus and interpretation of what is going on with religion.

    However, as much as I appreciate your dedication to your chosen Godfigure and his “Son”, I can assure you that the many non-Believers who populate the Planet are in no need of supernatural “help” doing anything, especially after death, and live perfectly fine lives, including serving others because they see it as the right thing to do. Has nothing to do with a supernatural entity, or Holy Book pronouncements of what folks need to do to have a full happy existence. That comes naturally. Enjoy, and please continue to help those who believe as you do, to focus on living a good life and fulfilling the stated goals of your chosen religion. If everyone did so, we’d have a whole lot fewer problems in the World. Nice job.

  • arnoldb

    I’m happy that GLAAD and Jesse Jackson has finally made being black and gay synonymous. As a white male I have always suspected that black men had a different viewpoint on the definition of “gayness” based on the pitcher/catcher relationship. Most white males believe that either act is homosexual behavior and the majority of black males believing that only the”catcher” role is a homosexual act while the “pitcher” is not. Thanks GLAAD and Jesse for clearing this up. The GLBT movement just gained 13% of the American population and blacks can feel oppressed in one more way because they can all claim to be gay too. Brilliant!

    • @arnoldb

      There you go. You just proved what the first commenter —Phil is Crazy — just wrote about.

      Essentially, you are saying all blacks are gay. Bravo.

      This America is why many Christians are crazy and delusional.

  • Karen

    Black and Gay;are they the same thing?Not that I expect an answer, like trying to investigate who I am having sex with so you can determine whether to pronounce me gay or lesbian.Have you installed the cameras yet in our house so there can be evidence?People are not perfect either way and we will continue to have bigots in this world.By the way, were our the founding fathers Christians?

  • Yep

    By the way, go to Change.Org and there is a petition for a man who received a 55 year sentence for a marijuana conviction.

    55 years in prison for something that is legal in most of the world. An herb, which has been linked to many medical cures and benefits. Alchohol, which kills, is legal though. So is abortion. 54 million babies died in America and it is all legal.

    But in America, you can get life in prison for a joint. Although, it is not as bad as the man in California who has a life sentence for stealing a $4 pair of tube socks.

    That is how compassionate America is. Free. Hardly. That is the level of their hypocrisy.

  • Phana24JG

    Who gives a damn what GLADD thinks about any issue? These obnoxious twits represent a small number of radical homosexuals who are terrified of heterosexuals and Christians. A&E caved like cowering rabbits when mainstream America told them to go to hell. These quasi-educated liberal cowards do not have a clue what life is like outside of their little urban shi!holes.

    • @Phana

      Bravo. You are a good example of a “good” and “tolerant” Christian. You prove the points of your enemies well.

      • mdh47

        Phana never said they were a Christian, just made a comment about GLAAD. The poster above needs to stop putting words into people’s mouths.

  • Interesting

    In America, you can abort a baby and it is legal. You can kill 860,000 Iraqi citizens and injure another 1.5 million people, even though not one of the 9/11 terrorists were from Iraq.

    You can steal a pair of tube socks and get life in prison (California) or you can get 55 years for selling marijuana (Change.org).

    Their government spies on them daily, but they think they are free. They incarcerate the most people in the world, but they think they are free.

    What is right and moral in America depends on how much it benefits America. Smoke week and go to jail. Kill a baby or bomb innocent people. Well that is okay.

    That is the level of their hypocrisy. Don’t worry though. Christ sees this. He knows. Christ hears the prayers of all people — not just Americans.

  • Sam

    So GQ magazine interviews a guy who lives in a swamp and makes duck calls for a living. And the gays get their designer panties in a wad over it? What would you expect from someone who lives in that region of the country. West Hollywood does not share the same viewpoints as the rest of America. I think Phil has the right to speak his mind, glaad has the right to not like it and say something. glaad also has the right to crawl back into damage control mode after being slapped around by the rest of America. You’re gay, great, we get it. Stop trying to force us to admire your gayness, we’re not going to.

  • kr

    It seems that GLAAD spends a whole lot of time telling people about their private matters and protesting. I guess many of the people who have a different sexual preference want us all to know (I could care less). Maybe rather than trying to get everyone to agree with their bedroom life GLAAD should try doing public service and help the many people who are actually needy..?

  • lisa

    Well all I can say is his comments have certainly gotten people to draw the line in the sand and if it reaches one person and leads them to Christ then he has done his job. Go out and proclaim his word, that is truly what he did. My job in this life is to love my neighbor as myself and its hard. No one is perfect, no not one! Christian’s are not perfect, not trying to prove anyone right or wrong. It takes all my time to work on my own self cause I am a sinner by nature, but I do know hell is real and I know that my Redeemer Lives… God be with this nation..love the sinner.. all of us

  • walter

    Here is what I got to say to GLAAD and all their supporters, Why in hell can’t you do what the rest of us do when we don’t like something or someone on TV–switch the channel!

    • birt

      they want it on all show the only one left is dd

  • michael huff

    GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!! If you don’t share the same views as Phil, then don’t support the show. You are your own person and by now should be able to make your own decisions. So stop blaming everyone else for your hurt feelings and grow a pair, change the channel!!! You are the same ones that blames McDonalds for the obesity of our youth. REMEMBER YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR ACTIONS!!!! GROW UP!!!

  • birt

    I hope I can still read the Bible.. To GLAAD now we know who you are the real hate group.Next time isee anything with GLAAD I will stand up for all Christians and protest like you are doing..phil 1 GLAAD 0

  • Ross Yerkes

    From Rose Parade to gay Parade

    The homosexual Rose Parade wedding float is like a victory dance, but not to what just appears on the surface – homosexual marriage. It actually celebrates something far more profound, and that is the defeat of Christian, democracy (Rule by the Christian majority) and its replacement by God hating, Bolshevism (Rule by an anti-Christian minority). They might as well put a big finger on the back of that float with the caption: “Take this you Christians !!!”
    This is the culmination of a Fabian, (Incremental) Marxist, revolution which, over the years, has taken over the Federal government and most State and local governments. The laws of the land have become hostile to Christian morals, values, beliefs, conscience, holy days, prayers in public, the Christian Bible and even Christianity’s God. But they have become pro-everything that is abhorrent to Christians, such as atheism, pornography, sex perversion of all kinds, killing babies, euthanasia and a government that rules by executive order and judicial oligarchy. The remarkable thing is that all of these changes in government have taken place while Christians are still the Majority in the population.
    Although this revolution appears to be a defeat for Christianity, it actually confirms the Christian Bible as being The Book of Prophetic Truth. The Bible prophesies that Christianity would cover the whole world one day and then a prominent anti-Christ would arise and war against it. And here we are! Then Jesus would intervene, rid the world of his opponents and turn the world into a paradise for meek and humble people.
    Because the first part of this prophesy is being fulfilled before our very eyes, we can be sure that the last part will be fulfilled too. Because there isn’t much time left for this old world, Christians must zealously and boldly share their faith in Jesus with everyone around them and share the hope that God’s Kingdom will soon make the whole world new.

  • Ross Yerkes

    From Rose Parade to gay Parade

    The homosexual Rose Parade wedding float is like a victory dance, but not to what just appears on the surface – homosexual marriage. It actually celebrates something far more profound, and that is the defeat of Christian, democracy (Rule by the Christian majority) and its replacement by God hating, Bolshevism (Rule by an anti-Christian minority). They might as well put a big finger on the back of that float with the caption: “Take this you Christians !!!”
    This is the culmination of a Fabian, (Incremental) Marxist, revolution which, over the years, has taken over the Federal government and most State and local governments. The laws of the land have become hostile to Christian morals, values, beliefs, conscience, holy days, prayers in public, the Christian Bible and even Christianity’s God. But they have become pro-everything that is abhorrent to Christians, such as atheism, pornography, sex perversion of all kinds, killing babies, euthanasia and a government that rules by executive order and judicial oligarchy. The remarkable thing is that all of these changes in government have taken place while Christians are still the Majority in the population.
    Although this revolution appears to be a defeat for Christianity, it actually confirms the Christian Bible as being The Book of Prophetic Truth. The Bible prophesies that Christianity would cover the whole world one day and then a prominent anti-Christ would arise and war against it. And here we are! Then Jesus would intervene, rid the world of his opponents and turn the world into a paradise for meek and humble people.
    Because the first part of this prophesy is being fulfilled before our very eyes, we can be sure that the last part will be fulfilled too. Because there isn’t much time left for this old world, Christians must zealously and boldly share their faith in Jesus with everyone around them and share the hope that God’s Kingdom will soon make the whole world new.

  • matt

    People like yourselves are just a bit confused about Christ and the bible. Most people including many, many Christians like to spout quotes from the bible, including the commandment about loving your neighbor. Unfortunately the part about loving your neighbor is the second part of the commandment. The first part and the most important part of the greatest commandment, as it is listed first, is to love the Lord your God with all your whole Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength. Most people go right to the second part because it fits their purpose and helps to justify their actions. To actually love the Lord your God with your whole heart, soul, mind and strength means that you are willing to put your own desires aside to serve God and follow His commands, instructions and decrees. Understanding all of this is difficult and takes a lot of work on our part which is what most people do not want to do so they just spout off about loving your neighbor. Jesus ate with sinners because He knew He needed to befriend them so He could talk to them about their sins. Then He said to “go and sin no more” All sexual immorality, which is any sexual activity outside marriage between a man and a woman, God’s design, is the only sin that is a sin against your own body. That is because God designed our bodies and He designed the act of intercourse to be the most pleasurable act on this planet. There is nothing else you can do to receive such pleasure. He, God designed it that way so that His human race would continue. He designed us and created us to enjoy this please within the confines of marriage between a man and a woman. He designed a penis to fit inside a vagina. He, God did not design a penis to go into a dirty, filthy rectum. If you believe otherwise, you do not know God and His brilliant design. Believing anything else means you believe that humans evolved from animals which may help you to justify these actions.
    So with all this said, I am not saying that I am condemning homosexuals. Homosexual behavior on the other hand is a real problem if you believe in God and not just that we evolved from animals. There is not an easy way to say it. But, there is a solution to this issue. Like following the greatest commandment, it will not be easy. Like following the first and greatest commandment, following the solution will be worth it. If people on this earth, especially in this nation continue to thumb their noses at the wonderful merciful Jesus Christ (God), we will be seeing His judgement soon. There is nothing that angers Him more that to watch daily the disregard for His commandments, instructions, decrees, His Word,His design. We serve a loving, merciful God, but He will not endure this disregard for His principles. I know that if we in America, a country the has received its birthright from God, will not survive much longer by ignoring and actually making fun of our God. The reason that true followers of Christ should be concerned about this subject is for the future of Americans and America.
    I intentionally did not include any of the specific scriptures as if you are truly interested in this subject and not just for your own pleasure, you need to take time to look them up.
    I suggest you get a good bible and commentary book so that you may be able to understand the true meaning of scripture. You will get a true picture. To start with, Read John chapters 14, 15, and 16. Read all of the book of James. Read Isaiah chapter 1. Read Matthew 5, 7, and 22. Read, study and commit yourself to God. Actually do your part and do not just give it lip service. Put God’s first and most commandment into action. If you truly want to be part of something good, work at it, not just put forth a comment now and then. You will be glaad you did.

  • christina

    Hey GLAAD – Riddle me this. Why is okay for a homosexual to desire the same sex, but repulsive for a pedophile to desire children ? Answer: Both behaviors (natural or not) are perversions, anomalies, defects in nature. Like it or not, homosexuals ARE different. But thanks to our laws which are based in Christian morality – you are tolerated, while pedophiles are thrown in jail. Seems to me you all should count your blessings and SHUT UP.

  • Billy Bo bob

    I am a born again believer in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross where He died and the empty tomb where He Resurrected!

    So I believe there are people who know Jesus as their personal Savior and are not really a Christian!
    “Christian” means “Christ Like” and most people who say they have received Jesus into there hearts are not living a life that is “Christ like”! Yes that includes me! I try to live “Christ like” but most the time I’m nowhere close! And this is why so many people have such a bad rap on “Christians” because we are all hypocrites! Even you non believers! All of us are in some way or another. Unless your perfect don’t think that this doesn’t include you!
    I believe from Gods word that He created us male and female. Jesus even quoted “have you not read, in the beginning He created them male and female.” I also believe on the conscience of all mankind he or she knows what they are doing is wrong. We all are without any excuse! We can try and justify our actions all we want but our conscience is telling us other wise over and over. Thus producing a angry bitter and hateful heart against anyone who may tell us we are wrong.
    Jesus said ” they hated me they will also hate you”
    Going against what I believe for a moment. Some say we are just animals. The last time I looked across a herd of cattle there is one male and many females. Y? Because you put two bulls together they are not going to mate! They are going to fight! Two male horses! Same thing! I’ve never seen two female animals mating!
    Nature it’s self proves its wrong! So to you that say we evolved are we unevolving? Or are we just that much more superior now that we can go beyond the laws of nature it’s self?! What does your conscience say?
    I use a key to unlock my dead bolt lock on my house. Y? Because it fits and works! I don’t use a deadbolt lock to unlock a deadbolt lock! I don’t use a key to unlock a key! Because it doesn’t work and it never will as hard as I try!

    Male and female. Unlock the key to what God created man and nature to be!
    “Keep it simple stupid” kiss
    “It’s not rocket science”
    Why do we complicate everything? Because we are never satisfied!