I Stand With Phil Petition: Bigotry In Danger?

    December 25, 2013
    Toni Matthews-El
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When people sign the “I Stand With Phil” petition, what is it that they’re actually standing with? You’ve probably heard the following or seen it written: “I stand with Phil Robertson because freedom of speech is under attack!”

The First Amendment of the American Constitution defines freedom of speech as the following:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Despite American citizens repeatedly saying is our freedom of speech under attack based on the drama surrounding a reality television show, this just isn’t the case. Unless Congress and all fifty states passed laws while we were sleeping.

What is being argued regarding Phil Robertson is really about bigotry in America: The freedom to hate and hate openly. The problem is that yes, you are free to do that. This is why the KKK and other hate groups are able to have parades and meetings, despite a history of murder and terrorist-actions orchestrated by persons related to such groups. Yes, as an American you are free to hate other people for any reason you want to or for no sensible reason at all. No one has taken that right away.

Even certain politicians have gotten it wrong on that front:

Millions of Americans being up in arms about a scripted television show is embarrassing enough on the global stage. But up in arms about something that is not true regarding our very own Constitution? A sign that many are either willfully ignorant or just out-and-out uninformed.

Hate speech is protected by the Constitution until it becomes “fighting words” or something that will lead to imminent harm or violence. This was the decision in the landmark 1992 United States Supreme Court ruling on R.A.V. v. City of St. Paul. American citizens are still free to hold opinions that are unpopular.

However, you cannot hold an unpopular opinion and be unprepared to see consequences for that opinion or actions that back it up. The reality is that we are living in a world where people are changing, and the popular opinions of yesteryear are going. Remember, once upon a time it was seen as perfectly Christian to burn down churches or hate someone for the color of their skin. Now, It’s no longer seen as okay to ostracize people for their race. We are increasingly see sexual orientation as something that it is less and less okay to demean or hate without a negative response. And religion is simply no longer seen as a valid reason for justifying this form of bigotry.

Bigotry, when it falls outside of social mores, is often seen also as bad for business. This is why when ratings and advertising dollars are threatened by unaccepted forms of bigotry, the unpopular bigots tend to go out the window right along with their opinions. This is about money for the powers that be, not Robertson and not the people that support him. Most Americans are not opposed to same sex marriage and don’t approve of homophobia. Even if “Duck Dynasty” appeals to an audience that is fine with discriminatory behavior and opinions, the network has other shows, other audiences, and other advertisers to think about. Whether the angry like it or not, their loud voice is but a whisper in the ocean of money to be made and accolades to be had.

People can write as many petitions for Phil Robertson as they want to: A&E is not the United States government or a state government or even a city government. It’s a television network looking to protect its brand and be on the right side of history (and its consumer base). History is never kind to bigotry. You may be proud to put your name on a petition today, but ask the people in photographs like this or this how history remembers them. You should be careful regarding what you sign and why you think you’re signing it: You could find yourself wrong on more counts than you know.

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  • Bob

    Seems like the activist gays have more hate for Christians than they receive from the Christians. It’s OK to bully Phil off a TV show. It’s OK to bully Hobby Lobby into practicing a religion that is not theirs. It is OK to bully the Catholic Church into doing things that are anti-Catholic. But it is not OK for a Christian to say what he believes with no action behind it enforcing it on others.

    • Noneya

      You have every right to say what you believe as a Christian, but once you have done that, other people have a right to disagree. The right to say what you believe goes both ways.

      For example, if you work for a company, try going in to work the next day and go into your boss’s office and tell him/her that they are a “stupid moron”. How do you think that would work for you? Do you think that you would still have a job? More than likely, you won’t.

      The “activist gays”, as you call them, did not get Phil kicked off the show. That was the decision of his employer.

      Also, who on earth do you think is “bullying” the Catholic Church?

      I am a Christian, but I DO NOT agree with what Phil said, but I also do not think that he should have been fired. If he would have just stuck to what the Bible says, he would have probably been ok. And before anyone says that he did, please tell me what Bible verse goes into discussing how much more a vagina has to offer over a man’s anus.

      Not to mention the LIES that he told about black people in the south during the time he was growing up there.

      For all of those Christians out there defending him, if you wouldn’t repeat those things with Jesus standing right in front of you, the message is probably not based in Christianity.

      • Jay

        You say you are a Christian Lots of people do. When the Lord condemns homosexual behavior that pretty much covers the points Phil made on an anus vs. a vagina. If you were a Christian you would know this. I humbly suggest you spend more time in your Bible and less time on the internet.

        • John

          Right, but what about the thousands of other things the Bible condemns that don’t apply to today’s day and age? As a Bible scholar specializing in the Old Testament, I can point out tons of these for you. For example, examine the ban in Leviticus (11:10) on shellfish – how many crawfish boils has this guy been a part of? What about wearing gold or having menstruating women live outside the home?

          Ultimately, Robertson was not expressing his views as a Christian. He was expressing bigoted views based in ignorance, and using religion to justify it. For shame.

          • yjmcb

            That is old Testament,replaced by the NT when Jesus died.Read it.

          • Jz27wk

            Interesting to note that all the “rules” you mention come for the Mosaic Law of the Jewish religion. Robertson’s objection to homosexuality and his reason for calling it a sin comes from the New Testament writings of Christian religion. That is the reason he quoted the New Testament as his source for his beliefs.

            As a “Bible Scholar” you should know something that simple and fundamental. I have to wonder how much of a “scholar” you actually are not to know something that basic about the Bible.

          • relaford

            The old testement? You do kow the old testement was made odsolete when Jesus died for us to pay for our sins right? The old testement is only used as a teaching tool to help understand why Jesus had to die to save us. And so far everything Phil has stood by is scriptually correct. Homosexuallity and adultery is a sin as well as other sins he did not mention. And PERHAPS he was not exposed to the hate and violence of his childhood. I don’t see, that doesnt make it any less real.

          • thera

            John if you read the new testament you might understand the bible better

          • Mike

            If you are a scholar of the old testament then you must know that we don’t follow the law of the old testament. The grace that we live in today is the same then as it is today.

          • Frank

            What is the difference between old testament and new testament in relation to Jesus’s death when they BOTH were written a few hundred years AFTER HE WAS DEAD. How does one supplant the other when they are both based on something a group of people made up.

          • Jim

            How do you know he was not expressing his views as a Christian? How do you know he was expressing bigoted views based on ignorance and using religion to justify it? Is it really not clear that the bible says that homosexual behavior is wrong?

          • JERI

            Jesus may have died but 3 days later He arose from the dead and HE now lives.

          • Chris Newsom

            If you were truly a Bible scholar then you would know that Christ came to fulfill the old covenant and the the old Testament is not the rule of Christians.

            Robertson was expressing New Testament views of Christ and the Apostles. Doesn’t make it hate. Just means that we don’t condone sin no matter how accepted it is in society.

          • Lynn

            Christians follow the New Testament, not the old Jewish laws (the Old Testament) concerning the eating of shellfish, menstruating women etc.

          • http://Yahoo Tisha

            The law of the Old Testament was given to Moses to physically protect the Jews from disease and harm, to morally protect them from the heathen practices of those peoples living around them and to spiritually keep them in right standing with God. Homosexuality was a common practice of the Sodomites who lived in Sodom and Gomorrah, and God destroyed whole cities with men, women, and children because He considered this behavior so vile. Then, Christ came. He offered Grace and forgiveness for sin. But the message about God’s hatred of the act of homosexuality remained, and His (not ours) last word about the eternal consequences of participating in that activity is stated in no less than five places in the New Testament. Phil’s comments were crude. I don’t condone or excuse them, but the point that God views homosexuality as wrong and in all respects harmful is Biblically sound.

          • dwdude

            for shame? what are your credentials? you need to do some re-reading.
            Jude 1:4
            For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

          • fred Camacho

            For those quoting the Old & New Testaments understand Christ did not replace the OT but to testify to it. God’s law is not replaced but laws having Israel look to the Messiah were replaced by Christ.

          • Billy

            John, you need to go back to school and catch up by becoming a scholar of the New Testament. There, my friend, is where Phil was quoting from, or more precisely, paraphrasing from. As for your other comments about bigoted views, again, read the New Testament because Phil believes completely that ALL of the Bible is inspired directly by God, so your assertion that Phil’s views are bigoted are inaccurate, my friend. You need to attribute it to the real author of the passages from the book of Romans, chapter 1, verses 26-32. That author is none other than God, the same God that is the author of the Old Testament of which you call yourself a scholar. And as for your whole post, how can you call yourself a scholar by nitpicking on the examples of shellfish, wearing gold, and menstruating women without mentioning the significance behind all of those? My guess is that you’re an armchair scholar who thinks he knows what is going on and tries to fool others by blasting the Bible without offering any explanation of the Bible’s writings and its meaning. The OT has plenty of things that do not apply to our culture—but they DID to the Jewish culture and some of them are still highly revered even today. IF you ARE an OT Bible scholar, you need to get a refund because you obviously didn’t learn anything!

          • Marty

            So you’re a “Bible scholar” and you don’t even know that the New Testament did away with the Old Law? Seriously?

          • MiBones

            Homosexuality was just not a sin in the Old Testament. Many, for their own reasons, would have you believe so. Here is the list of New Testament scriptures ….Romans1:8-32…1Timothy1:8-10 1Corinthians6:9-11Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people-none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (NLT)

          • George L Campbell

            You equate every one of the 613 commandments of the Jewish Torah/Old Testament? Neither Christianity nor modern Judaism do. Christians only accept those laws that refer to God (the Divine Law) and those relating to morality: sex, robbing, lying, etc. Phil said he preferred a vagina to an anus. That is his choice, so how would that be condemnable? He said that for Christians homosexuality and some other sexual acts were sinful. That is Christian and New Testament doctrine. He paraphrases 1st Corinthians ch 6 correctly. So how is that offensive? Is Christianity offensive? Then you are a bigot. It is ingenuous to say that A&E did what was their decision without the hatred that GLAAD showed by pressuring the company to fire him. These homosexual radical groups promote hatred against Christianity. Queer Nation and Act Up INVADED St. Patrick’s cathedral in 1989, took and spat out communion, and disrupted a mass by screaming and shouting. THAT is bigotry and it is fascism in action. The San Francisco city council condemned the Catholic Church’s doctrine about homosexuality, which is the same doctrine that Orthodox Jews, Evangelicals, most Protestant churches, Eastern Orthodox Christians, Mormons, and Muslims have, so That was bigotry inspired bay homosexual fascists. They are the Haters.

          • http://yahoo jmazzone

            Not only the bible but the constitution

            The right to bear arms in defense of the country against foreign governments written in the time of muskets and cannons does not mean you have the right to an assault weapon to mow down innocent bystanders.
            I am white and straight and I am disgusted by bigots and bible thumpers ( not true Christians but those who interpret the bible for their own ugly agenda) and they have no right to spout their hate on television and influence younger generations who grow up and perpetuate this filth.

          • http://Yahoo Gary

            Read Romans (New Testament) and that will cover the homosexuality issue for you. The Old Testament is pretty much Jewish law, we were talking about Christians. Root word Christ, and Jesus Christ is a New Testament figure.

          • Merri B

            John – Your last paragraph said it all. Most bigots’ views are rooted in ignorance and they always try and use religion to justify it, which is why you probably got a lot of thumbs down. I think you hit just a little too close to home for them.

          • Dp

            You as a Bible scholar should know that God’s laws and views do not change to accomodate the opinion of the majority! He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Be very careful Bible scholar of the things that you espouse as out dated when it comes to the scriptures and deeming it out dated. As far as the different types of foods mentioned, if you look them up in medical or nutritional journals, you will find that those foods mentioned are responsible for a lot of the health issues we as humans deal with only a daily basis.

          • Mark Hamel

            John, Hopefully I can clear this up for you and others about the Old and New testiment ( although I don’t claim to be a bible scolar, I have been studying both for many years ). In Leviticus where it speaks about men lying with men, God calls this an ” abomination “, where the other things you speak of,although it commands them not to do so, he doesn’t refer to them as an ” abomination “. This is the key, what God calls an ” abomination “, is, and always will be, an ” abomination ” to God!. He never changes!. The other things that you mention, God never called them an ” abomination ” ( if he had, then they still would be an ” abomination ” today, and none of us should be doing them ), but since he never called them this,these pratices were done away with, when the New Testiment through Jesus Christ was ushered in ( the book of Hebrews says these other things that you mentioned, were types, and shadows, and patterns of Christ, and were done away with, when he died on the cross for our sins ). Just remember this simple rule, what’s an ” abomination ” to God, even all the way back in the Old Testiment,is,and always will be, an ” abomination ” to God. GOD NEVER CHANGES!. And we have several scripture verses in the New Testiment that varifies how God still feels about homosexuality. One being the text in 1 Corinthians that Phil used ( which I agree that he could have been a little less discriptive in his discribing the body parts of a man and women ),which when you search this scripture, it speaks of homosexuality as a sin. You don’t have to agree with the bible, but please don’t try to stop the rest of us from agreeing with it, this is all we are asking for!.

          • christine

            To those yammering that the Old Testament was replaced by the New and the gentleman is wrong on his biblical scholarship; You are aware that Leviticus is the text used for condeming homosexuality and that Jesus didn’t mention it? That was why the man used the example of the Old Testament. YOU people are using it to validate your beliefs. Or didn’t you know that? And while we are on the subject, I’m assuming none of you ladies cut your hair or attend Church without a headcovering? Or sit with men? It’s in the New Testament. Or if you only want to follow what Jesus himself said, He didn’t mention gays, but he did forbid divorce personally. Twice. Overriding the Old Testament. So I’m sure none of you are divorced.

          • OKieWonderWolf

            Isn’t it funny the Religious nuts can spout the Old Testament all the time UNLESS someone points out how they are not following it. Then these nut jobs are all like “Thats the Old part we dont follow that no more.”

            You are right John. If your going to push something that is in the Bible especially from the old part then deny it you are denying the WHOLE part.

            Robertson lied & attacked a peaceful group of people for NO REASON. Yall dont like same sex relationships? THEN DONT HAVE ONE!!! Yall need to fix YOURSELVES & stop judging others like yas do & please stop attacking others. That is NOT CHRISTIAN!!

        • Jack

          I humbly request, Jay, that you spend more time in a library or university than investing in a spirited defense of an imaginary deity. (You can DO it! My daughter figured out imaginary friends weren’t real at 5).

          • Captain Sidney

            Poor, Poor Jack. There’s an old saying from the Farmers Almanac and it goes a little something like this: Rod did not believe in God. Rod now lies beneath the sod and God does not believe in Rod.

          • jwa


            Prove to me scientifically that God does not exist. Even if we stipulate that the Big Bang was the beginning of our universe, where did the matter and energy involved originate?

            Until you can prove that God does NOT exist, then my faith is every bit as valid as your denial.

          • James


          • jonhn

            found proof of the big bang theory, did you? do you believe in love? no proof it exists either, probably just a genetic response to the need to reproduce, right? I went to high school on a college campus, so I could watch objectively what goes on there really, the biggest brain washing experiment in the world

          • George L Campbell

            Let me see, you are a raging atheist, and your 5 yo daughter “figured out” that there was no God. What a brilliant connection with daddy spouting his ideas. You’re not much better than Frank with his wrong idea that the New Testament was written hundreds of years after Jesus. All scholars or almost all place all the writings of the NT within the first century, although a few writings are thought by some to be from the second century. There are references to several of the New Testament writings in writings from other Christian writers of the early 2nd century. It is not surprising that a 5 yo spouts whatever her daddy says like a parrot.

          • Gary

            You see, Jack, YOUR freedom of speech ends when “christians” don’t like what YOU’VE said.
            Pot, kettle, black. The hypocrisy of “christians” never ceases to amaze me. They believe in the bible because actually thinking about the inaccuracies and inconsistencies in the bible makes their heads hurt. It’s far easier to simply believe an erroneous myth than it is to critically think about said erroneous myth.

        • Noneya

          @Jay…Thanks for the suggestion. I suggest that you follow your own advice and also practice your reading comprehension skills.

          What Phil said was referring to preference and to which one of the two (vagina vs. man’s anus) has more “to offer”. This has nothing to do with what the Bible is referring to. The Bible does not say that it is a sin because the woman’s vagina has more to offer. Phil further illustrates this when he says “There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying?”. That is not of the Bible…that is of the “flesh”.

          If you take the words that Phil said and compare it to what God said in the Bible that you are reading and they MATCH, then I suggest you try a King James Version Bible. The one you are reading apparently has some “additions” not found in any other version that I have read.

          • wisernow

            King James Version is not the only version. God made man and woman to continue our species… this cannot be done in a homosexual relatioship. That is what Phil meant by “more to offer” Maybe if you tried any other version, you would understand it better.

          • Noneya

            @wisernow…that is not what he meant. That is what you want it to mean because you feel like that will make it “more clean”.

            He was not saying “There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes!” because he was talking about a woman’s ability to have children.

            I understand it just fine. As a matter of fact, I own at least 4 different versions of the Bible. I also understand that the fact that you feel the need to try to clean up Phil’s words for him instead of just admitting that those statements were not based on the Bible, speaks volumes.

          • Ari1973

            @Noneya You keep saying Phils comments are not in the Bible but you are not saying what the Bible actually says about homosexuality. You claim you are a Christian as do many on here so let me be clear. The Bible says homosexuality is an abomination before God and punishable but eternity in Hells fires. It does not say its alright part of the time or because you will lose money on advertising for not promoting it. If you own 4 bibles you should maybe go to a bible study or something before telling us how much you say you know.

          • Charlie

            Noneya, Poop does not come out of a vagina. The anus has a purpose, as does the vagina. Poop is gross.

          • Noneya


            “Noneya, Poop does not come out of a vagina. The anus has a purpose, as does the vagina. Poop is gross.”

            I think you are confusing the issue (Just like Phil). You are talking about what you find to be gross as a human. I have never seen in the Bible where God said that it is a sin to have anal sex because “poop” comes out of it. As a matter of fact there wasn’t any explanation given. What you just mentioned is YOUR explanation. If I am wrong, please quote the scripture that says those exact words.

            Also, you do know that there are great numbers of heterosexual men who like having anal sex with women. If your position is that anal sex is the sin, I suggest you start spreading the word to all your straight male family and friends that if they do this (even with a woman) then they are committing an abomination.

          • Noneya


            “@Noneya You keep saying Phils comments are not in the Bible but you are not saying what the Bible actually says about homosexuality. You claim you are a Christian as do many on here so let me be clear. The Bible says homosexuality is an abomination before God and punishable but eternity in Hells fires. It does not say its alright part of the time or because you will lose money on advertising for not promoting it. If you own 4 bibles you should maybe go to a bible study or something before telling us how much you say you know.”

            Yes, the Bible does say that. The Bible says a lot of “Thou shalt nots…”. Do you defend them all so vehemently or just the ones that allow you participate in “mob behavior”? Also, did you read the part of the Bible where it says that our righteous deeds are as “filthy rags”? If sin is what has the potential to send us ALL to Hell then that means that your sin is just as likely to send you to Hell also. What right do you have to point fingers at another human being…ANY other human being…and tell them that they are going to Hell for their sin? You ever heard of somebody called JESUS?

            “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

            Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

            Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”

            Just because you believe that someone has committed a sin doesn’t give you the right to tell another person that they are going to Hell because as long as you are a filthy sinner like the rest of us, you may wind up being their roommate. That goes for ALL of US.

            Lastly, I wasn’t telling anyone what I “know”. I was responding to someone else (not you) about what I read.

        • Russell

          I find it funny in an odd way that people of the age of 15 – 75 seem to know more then a book that has lived and survived thousands of years and a multitude of wars. Poor, sick, young, old, rich, and even non believers still turn to it in there time of need. Not a scholar or a great Christian but I do know that Leviticus 18:22 is pretty self explanatory “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination”

          • Noneya

            You do know that there is more to Leviticus, right?

          • Russell

            absolutely, well of course but those that offended don’t seem to think it’s biblical. I’m pretty sure Mr Robertsons comments went farther to explain the rest of Leviticus but apparently only that small group that were described in Leviticus 18:22 seem to have an issue with his comments. Of courseother comments seemed to bother a race monger like Jesse Jackson.

          • Confused

            I’m very confused..can someone here help me out..I’m reading this thread where there were comments that the New Testament is what what Christians follow, so it means that all those Mosaic laws that prohibit eating shrimp don’t apply once Jesus rose from the dead..

            But Leviticus is quoted as the Christian source that prohibits homosexual behavior. As near as I can tell, Leviticus is the Third Book of Moses, or part of the Old Testament.

            What bible verse from the New Testament prohibits homosexual behavior? Can somebody here quote that instead of using the Old Testament Leviticus?

            Thank you very much.

          • Browncoat

            1 Corinthians 6:9

          • George L Campbell

            Leviticus also mentions incest, adultery, and bestiality besides homosexuality as sexual sins punishable by death. Is that what you are referring to, or are you talking about ancient social, ritual purity, and dietary laws that are no longer observed by many Jews and by very few Christians, since they were abrogated by the Council of Jerusalem and general Christian use?

          • George L Campbell

            Copnfused: Jesus condemned “immorality” (“porneia” in Greek), which for Jews was the morality laws of Leviticus 18 (not the other laws). Also St. Paul condemns homosexuality in Romans 1, 1st Corinthians 6, and 1st Timothy 1. Look them up. In Romans 1, he is pretty hard. Phil paraphrased 1st Corinthians which condemns a series of sinful behaviors and not only homosexuality..

        • Katydid Harper

          I’m going to go sit right down and search the bible for the part where the great anus vs vagina parts are. Thank you for the lesson on the bible. I am going to spend much time studying that

          • JERI

            As a man speaking about male and/or female sexual body parts. I can see why Phil would like a vagina better than an anus. Just saying. A real man that has areal woman I wouldn’t think he would trade for an anus or something up his.

        • 2eREP

          And if you weren’t so “HUNG up” on aunus’es I wouldn’t suspect you were Gay.

        • dave

          You bible thumpers STILL don’t get it. YOU have the right to your own opinion.NOBODY is saying YOU don’t. Are you so special that only your opinion is right and everybody else is wrong??.This is the very reason religion and govt. are separated.Please stop acting like its your job as a believer to judge other peoples behavior,IT IS NOT ?? Nor is it phil’s either!!Why do the ones who act like they’re holier than thou keep trying to run other peoples lives?? Please read the bible you quote so often and so incorrectly about judging others.!!

          • Lynn

            Trying to keep you out of Hell Dave, eternity is a long time to burn in it’s fires. How do you sleep at night?

          • Scott

            All Phil did was give his opinion based on what the Bible says. So many non-Christians always throw around the term “judging” Like they are some kind of a Bible scholar. didn’t judge anyway.

            Fist of all, the Bible does not teach us NOT to judge but to use righteous judgment. That is, righteous based on the Bible. Secondly, Phil didn’t “judge” anybody. He simply repeated that the bible says homosexuality is a sin. PERIOD.

          • Getterdone

            Our nations very fabric was built on Christian values…If you don’t like it, MOVE OUT !! I’d die for your right to dishonor those that gave their lives to make this the greatest nation in the world. Though not perfect, we are a helluva lot better off than anyone else !!!
            Army – 27 years and still proudly serving !!!

          • Doug

            You are correct that everyone is entitled to his/her opinion, but let me try to give an overly simplified example of why Christians get upset in these situations.

            Suppose Gene is a famous rock star and he is notorious for having sex with a different woman in every town he ever visits (and he is in a different town 360 nights a year). Gene says that he has such machismo that he can have any woman he wants in bed within fifteen minutes of meeting her. Gene has a reality TV show where he talks about his adulterous (non-Christian) lifestyle every episode and he openly professes that he is happy he is an Atheist and doesn’t believe in all that “God” crap. Christians may comment about Gene’s conduct, but no group makes an effort to have Gene’s show pulled from TV.

            Bob has a reality show too, but Bob’s show is a silly scripted show about family values and has a dopey little moral message woven in every episode. Bob’s show itself never knocks others for what they do, but one day a reporter asks Bob what he thinks about the state of the world. Bob says that adultery is the thing that is ruining the world and that the Bible says adultery is a sin and that unrepentant adulterers will burn in Hell. Bob also says that the Bible says that those who do not believe in Jesus will go to Hell. Several pro-adultery groups go to the network that airs Bob’s family based TV show and say they will boycott the network and the network’s advertisers unless Bob’s show is pulled from the air for stating these awful things about those who wish to have sex outside the sanctity of marriage or choose not to believe in the Christian God. The network does not want to lose the revenue from these groups that make the threats, so Bob’s show gets cancelled.

            Bob’s supporters, wrongly, state that Bob’s freedom of speech is being infringed upon. What they meant to say is that an unfair standard is being applied to Bob, but they are not lawyers and stated things incorrectly. Everyone understands what Bob’s supporters are talking about, but they would rather point out that the technical error in what they are saying than deal with the reality that the sentiment of his supporters is correct.

            It boils down to this: things that are offensive to Christians are allowed to be expressed without consequence, but a Christian is not allowed to express his/her religious views without being called a bigot or a racist or a hater and other consequences being applied.

            Robertson replied to a question and gave his honest answer. Rather than to let people judge for themselves if they would like to keep watching a scripted reality show featuring a person with these views, leaders of GLADD and NAMBLA and NAACP and whoever else goes to the network with threats of sponsor boycotts unless Robertson is punished for stating his views.

            I personally think Duck Dynasty is a stupid show. I don’t tell the network to pull they show because it is stupid, I just choose to have my TV dialed into another network when DD is on the air. Gene Simon’s Family Jewels is also stupid (IMO), but I do not advocate it being taken off cable. Bill Maher is a jerk, so I just change the channel if he is on instead of insisting HBO ban him.

          • craig lowell

            Evidently Phil doesn’t have the right to express his opinion. You may want to consider why Alec Baldwin can use gay slurs and get a pass, and Phil comments on sexual behavior that is prohibited in scripture and is hammered for it.

          • john russell

            Doug and Craig Lowell stated the case the best. Doug said that things offensive to Christians can be expressed without consequence but Christians cannot express their own religious beliefs without slurs (bigot, racist, hater,etc), and Robertson answered a question with his own opinion (quoting the Bible). He said “Rather than…let[ting] people judge for themselves if they would like to keep watching a scripted reality show featuring a person with those views, leaders of GLAAD and NAMBLA and NAACP…[and others]” threatened the network sponsors with boycotts if Robertson was not punished for stating his views. Craig said that he considered the show to be be stupid and Bill Maher is a jerk so he just changes the channel instead of insisting that HBO ban him.
            In the current World of Political Correctness in the US, “Progressives” demand the Right to Silence anyone whose opinions they dislike. Basically ignorant about individual rights (a cornerstone of American society), they either are not aware of
            Voltaire’s famous quote, “I do not agree with a word that you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Or they understand it and and reject it, preferring a figurative or even possibly a literal auto da fey. Liberals changed the name of their collective group years ago to Progressives signifying that they are the antithesis of Classic Liberals and now seek to impose Soviet rules on Americans. Personally I have never watched the Duck show, watched Maher a short time, am not a Christian, do not consider the Bible a reliable source, do not agree with Phil.
            Is it so hard to just change the channel on something you do not like? That’s the purpose of the gadget. Why can’t Progressives and their ilk use it?

        • Jimmy

          Where exactly does the Bible expound on the pleasures of vagina versus man anus?

          • Confused

            Do you recall the story of Sodom and Gomorrah?
            An Angel(in the form of a man) came to warn Lot and the crowd in Sodom saw the Angel and wanted to gang rape him (his ass I presume)..Lot offered him his virgin daughter..but no they wanted to bang the Angel’s butt..thus proving how decadent they were..

            Afterwards, Lot’s virgin daughter and her sister became pregnant by Lot..which seemed to be OK because Lot was asleep at the time..Genesis 18:30-36 Genesis is the First Book of Moses..Old Testiment

            However this is all Old Testament, which doesn’t apply to the current question..to here the people on this thread, only the New Testament applies, and they like to quote Leviticus, the Third Book of Moses..also Old Testament.

            Leviticus also prohibits eating shrimp and pork, among other things.

        • bill

          I am NOT a christian and I suggest you pull your head out of your fairy tale book and realize what’s going on in the world… bigotry and racism are alive and well with the redneck quaker clan… btw I’m a Veteran, father and law abiding citizen.

          • Mike

            A veteran, huh? EVERYONE’S a vet–so? Were you in a righteous war? WWII? Or were you a pawn in Desert Storm or Desert Shield. You guys make me laugh. “We risk our lives so you can say all this!” Idiot. You risked your life to protect foreign interests. Our freedom hasn’t been threatened by anyone but our government since… the American Revolution. A veteran….. hahaha

          • Mike

            Oh–and libs.

        • Enrique

          Let me stop you right there. The lord, as far as you know, never said that. You were neither there, nor present, and seriously, the printing press was barely even around. If you want facts, I got you brother. Fact: The bible is full of propaganda. Written as words passed on from man to man, you may tell your kids to never believe rumors because they get lost around the way, but you believe your bible because it’s the “right” person? Holy crusades, where the Pope insisted it was SERVICE TO THE LORD to commit genocide on a large group of people. Also, please read ancient Egyptian stories. The Iliad. Anything on the stories of Ancient Greece. Or on the Roman Gods. Better yet, reread your bible, because it’s all the same story. Fact: Easter is a pagan holiday. Celebrates the equinox. Seeing as how this festival existed in B.C. times, it must have come before the bible. Unless Geology in untrue and you don’t believe the linearity of time. Easter in your book is what High School Musical is to Grease. Lion King to Hamlet. But of course, you think what you will. You have your image of Christ, and you pray to who you want, but I believe in the power of no hate…because Jesus never hated. He loved all. Your fear is much stronger than your belief.

          • Noneya


            “You have your image of Christ, and you pray to who you want, but I believe in the power of no hate…because Jesus never hated. He loved all. Your fear is much stronger than your belief.”

            Wise words.

        • DONNIE

          RIGHT ON JAY.

        • PghBruce

          Ah, an extremely common misconception. The condemnation of homosexuals is in the Old Testament and the views of Paul in some of his epistles. But not in the gospels of Christ. The Bible condemns homosexuality; not Christ. Believing homosexuality is a sin is NOT a Christian value. It is belief in the Bible, and I as a Christian have little value for the Old Testament. Jesus is the New Covenant, come to wipe away the old laws. Ignore Leviticus; it’s as outdated as Plessy v. Ferguson.

          • ken

            lie!!!! christ does say homosexualty is wrong,if your going to quote the bible at least be right!

          • John

            2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: Also John 1:14 JESUS IS THE WORD OF GOD. You can not separate the two.

        • David

          could not find the Biblical ref. to vagina and anus. there was a lot of silly stuff about missing the plank in my own eye while seeing the speck of dust in my neighbor’s.

          • Cathy


        • Gage Dent

          To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

          “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
          “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

          Luke 18:9-14

      • Surveyor

        #1) The activist gays did call for him to be punished in some way, preferably by being suspended or fired, and they (GLADD) called several of his sponsors in an attempt to stop them from sponsoring him.

        #2) He did state what the Bible says, and he stated why he did not understand why any man would be attracted to another man, in a rather coarse way. I think I would have limited it to scripture.

        #3) He told no lies at all about black people in the South. Please read his comments about them again. He very implicitly said that with his own eyes, he never saw one black person mistreated. He was poor, and grew up working the cotton fields right along with them, and apparently had great respect for them by the compliments he gave them. The NAACP along with several other people (including you) have attempted to say that he was commenting about the treatment of black people all across the South, when, as I mentioned above, he specifically stated, so as to leave no doubt at all, that he was only speaking of what he saw with his own eyes. Not one person commenting here on the internet knows what he saw, other than what he has said, so no one can know if he is lying or telling the truth. However, I tend to go with innocent until proven guilty. Also, his family was so poor that they had no electricity, which means they had no TV or radio to see what was going on across the country at the time. Their world revolved around Podunkville, LA, and all 500 of its residents.

        • tracy Smith

          To Surveyor, so he didn’t read newspapers either? Even by word of mouth you will hear what goes on with the mistreatment of black people, come on now.

          • jj

            @Tracy smith: The interviewer asked what Phil Robertson’s personal experience had been.. and Phil’s answer was limited to that.

            I never saw blacks mistreated in my youth– the reason I knew there was racial unrest in the 1960’s was because of TV– newspapers did not give a lot of space to the civil rights movement.

          • Surveyor

            Our local paper didn’t publish much outside our county. Even today it only comes out once a week.

      • http://wbpronews.com Leanne Wheless

        I’m sick of those who keeping saying the lies Mr. Robertson said about the south. What lies? Did you live his life? Did you experience or saw the things he did? No you didn’t. I was raised with Jim Crow laws. I was born at home because the nearest hospital wouldn’t take “our kind” My father was drug out of our home by the Klan and beaten. Swastikas were painted on my sister & me. Crosses burned in our yard, yet we were happy. We saw the hate that made others miserable & we celebrated our blessings. It makes me sick to see how far the race baiters have fallen. Go back into your hate filled holes with the rest of the Klan because you have no clue in which you speak.

        • Noneya

          I think that we can read your comment and conclude that you are most likely a liar, just like “Mr. Robertson”.

          Blacks “celebrated their blessings”, but they did NOT celebrate being killed, raped, maimed, beaten and etc. They also did NOT celebrate the fact that if these things were not (at that present time) being done to them that it could be done to them or their children, at any time and for any reason at all.

          Just to be clear THAT is why I feel that you are lying…because for someone who claims to have experienced what you claim in your comment above, you do not seem to be able to differentiate between the two.

          Lastly, since you seem to be psychic, please tell me what period of time I grew up in and whether I am going to have chicken or fish for dinner tomorrow. Thanks!

          • Surveyor

            How did Phil lie? He only commented on what he physically saw in his little community. No one on this board was there to see anything. How can you accuse a man of lying when you have no possible way of knowing what he saw or experienced?

        • Jimmy Krac Korn

          You are so full of crap the closes thing to the Klan you ever saw was the clean sheet on your bed people like you make me puke making up all the lies you can while playing your video games get a new controler. If you are black and donot like what is going on grab a gay and both of you go back to Africa. I am white and have seen more discrimination to me done by blacks and gays then the other way around everyday you can say anything you want against me but if I make a comment against you it racist the gays can tell you where they want the comment stuck up. LOL LOL

          • Cathy

            Maybe it’s because you call yourself Jimmy Krac Korn

      • wisernow

        Did you grow up in the south? I did and I never saw any black person mistreated either. In fact we played with the black kids as well as the white kids. Maybe the very wealthy had servants,but some of those were white. Even MLK jr. said the town that had treated him the worst was Chicago, not the south. Unless you were here, do not comment

        • Rap

          Wisernow, I guess, in your mind, if I shove your kid off the bus with “No whites allowed” that you would tell your kid to quit crying cause that isn’t him being mistreated? Your kid, told he can’t eat at the counter because his skin color makes him too unacceptable and you would be *proud* to tell him to buck up because he’s being treated decent by the black folks in that they didn’t beat the snot out of him for even entering the restaurant?

          Stand up and proudly say you’d tell your kid how he *wasn’t* being mistreated.

          • tracy Smith

            You know if it was them, they wouldn’t be the racists that they are.

          • ironworker

            you all act liked it happened to you it did not maybe to your ancestors not you man up and go on thanks

        • Dana

          Well Phil really stirred up a mess. However the only way I see to resolve the problem is for the gay community to prove him wrong with the bible. I think if they could show him were he quoted the scripture wrong it may stop all the hatred they say he has..

        • John

          when i was on greyhound bus in 1963 going from pittsburgh pa to houston tx i stopped in a middle south station where there were colored and white bathrooms and places at the counter marked colored only. the bathrooms for the blacks were outside, the white only bathrooms were inside. the blacks were moved to the back of the greyhound bus when we crossed mason-dixon. if you stupid shit didn’t see that, you were hopefully only blind.

      • Cliff

        Your right the employer has the right to respond to his comments and the people can respond to the employers response. Then you can respond to that and I can respond to you, GOD bless the Constitution. A&E will decide what is best for them when the numbers come in. I bet that they decide in favor of what benefits their bottom line. FREE market in action.

        • relaford

          I can say one thing , Cliff, if A&E decides to not bring him back, it will cost the nearly $400 million dollars in lost revenue. I’ve already heard some stirring about other channels will pick them up right away. Money can make things all better!!

        • Noneya

          @Cliff…that is right. Everyone has a voice. If you read what I wrote, I said very plainly for everyone to read (for those who can), that I did not feel that he should have been fired. A white southerner who has views such as his is nothing new. Bringing him back maybe the best course of action if that is the only show on their network that brings in any real money. Only time will tell.

      • relaford

        You are right. If he did walk in and call his boss a moron he should be fired. However, dork, he was talkig to someone else thar told others what he said. That would be like someone seeing me shooting shots of whisky on Facebook, then running to the boss aying I’m a raging alchoholic.
        Maybe if he would of said the A&E homchos were a bunch of idiots or something directed at them I could see all this happening. But to say he doesnt agree will inapropriate behavior??!! C’MON MAN!

        • Noneya

          His job is to be in the PUBLIC eye on behalf of the show. The whole reason why GQ wanted to interview him is because of his EMPLOYMENT WITH A&E! Without the show (i.e. employment with A&E), GQ would never have even known he was alive. When he held that interview he was doing so as a representative of A&E because he is associated to them because they own the show that he is on. Without A&E, no Duck Dynasty.

          • Tom

            GQ…what about GQ? Phil is not exactly GQ material so why on earth did they want to talk to him anyway. idk but I smell a GLAAD-GQ setup

          • James

            Then they should not have asked him for his “OPINION” that’s personal, And besides, mabe you should read the whole statement. You can talk all you want, but just because you do all the “talking” does not make you right.

          • Papa Jeff

            Noneya Did you even read the GQ interview? Drew Magary interviewed Phil Robertson and the Duck Dynasty gang for GQ to find out “How in the world a family of squirrel-eating, Bible-thumping, catchphrase-spouting duck hunters become the biggest TV stars in America” not because they are spokesmen for A&E. The Robertson Family have three main stipulations in their contract with A&E, and one of them is that they are free to discuss their religious beliefs. Phil’s interview was clearly not done as a representative of A&E, and it is safer to say Without Duck Dynasty, no A&E because “A&E isn’t going to walk away from ‘Duck Dynasty,’ they can’t afford to do it,” the insider said.

            Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/ae-network-executives-messed-duck-dynasty-article-1.1557868#ixzz2oYv1rg2U

          • Noneya

            @James…that is what they do in an “interview”. They ask you for your opinions and thoughts.

      • Jim

        as far as I can tell, no one says that others can’t disagree. But, GLAAD is researching to ensure that Robertson can’t work in the future. This “retaliation” in order to intimidate those who don’t agree with you was a favorite tactic of the Brownshirts in 1930’s Germany.

      • John

        1st it was an interview w/GQ not an A&E management office.2nd GQ asked a question, they got an answer. That’s when the activist groups got involved and put pressure on A&E to can Mr. Robertson. OK fine. So when the family says can’t go on without Phil A&E figures they are going to lose a lot of money. Bottom line is everyone has an opinion and everyone has a right to disagree with it. I am tired of someone that disagrees with homosexuality being labeled as homophobic or a bigot or uneducated.

        • Browncoat

          I’d be ‘happy, happy, happy’ if they’d come up with something besides “homophobic”. I’m not scared of homosexuals. It’s the radical PC police that gives me pause… but it’s not fear.

          • David

            not how latent homosexually works. look it up.

      • Jimmy Krac Korn

        You cannot be a Christian if you donot believe in what Phil said he is quoting from the bible and that is what true Christians are supposed to go by. That is whats wrong with fake Christians they only want to have the bible say what they want not the truth. It is a abomination to be gay and it is in the bible and I guarantee that if you ever get to heaven which I serious doubt you will not see any practicing gays there they will be somewhere else I believe is called HELL no judgement here just true facts.

      • Betty

        How can you say you are a Christian and NOT believe with what Phil said. He did indeed stick to what the Bible says and as a Christian you should know that. Leviticus 18:22 says “You shall not lie with a man as with a woman, it is an abomination.” “If a man lies with a male as with a women, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death.” You as a Christian can also look up Romans:26-27, 1Corinthians 6:9-11 and 1Timothy 1:9-10. After reading these scriptures there is NO WAY you can call yourself a Christian and not believe Phil is right in what he said. As for your other questions, there is nothing in the Bible about these things. They would fall under the fact that God gave us “free will”, that is why people “bully” others and treat them the way they do.

      • http://webpronews ken

        Phil never said any of this was IN the bible. What he said about prefering a vagina to an anus, was simply that his preference.Never said it was from the Bible. He was stating what he thought, not declaring it as God’s word. As for lies, what did he lie about? I gre up in the north, and in grade school many childred of migratory black workers filled our school.many be it was simpler times, but they were happy. I have several black friends now, and they are always bemoaning their plight in the country. Certainly you would agree that the times are better for the African-American, but some are not happy. I think this is what Phil was trying to say. his main defense was he was not saying it as part of the show. this was a private interview for a magazine. My gay friends are bent out of shape over these comments,but feel it Ok to hate and be anti-straight, , its mind boggling

      • Russell

        Did you actually read the article about what he said about black people or are just regurgitating what you’ve been told?

      • tracy Smith

        That is so true, they just don’t get it!

      • tracy Smith

        This is so true, they just don’t get it!

      • Mister Dontgiveadamn

        There is no God. And if there were, you would be one more confused sheep. The “bible” stands in stark contrast to queers, gays, dikes and greasers. It has to be the most contradictory mass of jumbled bullsh ever known. For the record, never mind Phil being a religious zealot, he exercised his constitutional right to free speech, and now he is a martyr for it. Welcome, my friend, to false prophets and false democracies as well.

      • subduedjoy

        Most likely it the “activist gays” or Phil’s boss who got him kicked off the show. Most likely Phil’s boss was pressured by the company’s sponsors to fire him. We now live in a world in which we are told what to do by those above us. I have trouble more with the fact that Phil got fired than by what he said. If someone above us doesn’t like what we say, we are ostracized. Fine, he said someone anti-gay. What if he had said something anti-government? Today, he might not get fired for it, but what about tomorrow? If we can have people fired from T.V. shows from saying something anti-gay, then we have have people fired for saying something anti-government. It’s only a matter of time.

      • jj


        Phil did not tell LIES about black people nor did he deny racism existed– he was asked: “Did you see racism when you were growing up?”

        To which he replied that he personally had not seen or experienced racism towards blacks.. Phil grew up in rural Louisiana in a poor, white trash family who worked in the fields alongside blacks– and Phil personally never saw racism or saw blacks who were unhappy at being black.

      • sheesh

        what she said.

      • http://yahoo Crystal

        Noneya I feel that you must not have read what he said. When he spoke of blacks he was talking about what he personally saw. What he personally experienced. The problem with a lot of people today is there is this idea that whites can’t even talk about their experiences in regard to any other race whether good or bad. His memories where of his family working and worshipping along with them. That they were all Godly and happy. What was the harm in that. But as being white perhaps in this nation I shouldn’t even discuss it.

      • James

        Sounds like you are a “Lukewarm” Christian. mabe you should go back to the book of Revelation chap 3 vs 14-17.
        You are supposed to love the man but hate the sin. And if the sinner refuses to change then be away from them.
        Homosexual falls under 1 Corinthians chap 6 vs 6-10.
        GO buy you a Bible and read it. Obviously you profess Christianity and don’t own a Bible.At Judgement we will see how THAT works out for you.

        • Noneya

          I am not sure if you are referring to me, but if you are and if you have any reading comprehension skills you will know that I own at least 4 different versions of the Bible and I also read and refer to them.

          Yes, at Judgement we will see how it works out for ALL OF US SINNERS.

      • Chris

        Were you alive in the 1940’s south in the neighborhood he grew up in? every part of the south wasn’t as bad as the “race baiters” like Jessie Jackson bring up every time they need a few donations. Some slave owners took care of their slaves and treated them like humans. but the Reverend Jessie Jackson can’t let that believe stand it doesn’t fit with his agenda. Also how can someone call themselves a reverend and then defend homosexuality no matter how much you want to skew the dozen verses that condemn homosexuality you can’t find 1 verse where it was condoned or supported by god.

        • Noneya

          Yes… So, slavery was good especially at the hands of the good kind-hearted slave masters, but homosexuals are all going to hell. Riiiight. Got it! Thanks for the Bible lesson.

          • Mark

            Noneya, explain to me which plantation you worked on and how many stripes you have on your back by some white slave owner who beat you?. Most ( not all ) of the black people who cry out against racism today, only know about it by what they have been fed by their parents or elders who was fed by someone else. As long as Black people keep this slave mentality, they will always be slaves. Yes racism still exist, but I find it in blacks more then I do whites now days. It seems to me that black people don’t mind racism, they just don’t like racism that is directed towards them. Racism is wrong no matter what color it is directed towards, Black, white, brown, red,its wrong and should end!. I have often thought about what Martin luther King jr. would think about, if he could see the way his race has turned out and the racism that is seen in and by them today!. Fact, Almost, if not, every race has experienced racism at some point in their past. The key is, are you going to keep living in the past, or move on and enjoy the future you can have. Your decision!.

      • Randall Jewell

        “I am a Christian, but I DO NOT agree with what Phil said, but I also do not think that he should have been fired. If he would have just stuck to what the Bible says, he would have probably been ok. And before anyone says that he did, please tell me what Bible verse goes into discussing how much more a vagina has to offer over a man’s anus.”
        No way you are a Christian. This posting isn’t even worth more of a comment than I have given. Oh, I lied. One more comment. The anus is for getting rid of, expelling stuff, not accepting anything. Check out basic biology

        • Noneya


          “No way you are a Christian. This posting isn’t even worth more of a comment than I have given. Oh, I lied. One more comment. The anus is for getting rid of, expelling stuff, not accepting anything. Check out basic biology”

          I already answered this kind of response by somebody named Charles.

        • Papa Jeff

          Randall, The GAY Police are not pissed off because Phil said he thinks that sin is not logical and he provided a graphical example. They are having there hissy fit because he was asked What, in his mind, is sinful? and he answered by quoting the Bible which includes adulterers, idolaters, prostitutes, homosexual offenders,greedy people, drunkards, slanderers, and swindlers. That quote is what they are pissed off about, they feel guilty about their sin and don’t want anyone to point out they are sinners that choose to continue to sin.

        • David

          have you ever seen what comes “out” of a vagina? totes McGroats

          • David

            My daughter came out of my wife’s vagina. Pretty awesome moment.

      • Diver2456

        Well when people misquote people you get the wrong information. If you look how the question was framed and his answer. Next were you there when he was working side by side with blacks I think not. Again should their be repercussions for his beliefs no. Should the Gay and Lesbian groups be making such a fuss over what he said no.Remember opinions are like assholes everyone has one.

      • Billy

        Noneya, Phil DID stick to what the Bible says…and more people agree with me than they do with you. Phil was saying a paraphrased quote from Romans chapter 1, verses 26-32. As to your other non-sensical assertion, his talking about a vagina and an anus was speaking purely from a natural distinction between a man and a woman and of the natural inclination to want to mate with each other instead of man to man, woman to woman. This was also in GQ magazine, a magazine devoted purely to male concerns and that also has a decidedly high male readership…it was kind of like “locker room” talk, which a woman just simply wouldn’t understand the crass and crude remarks that guys typically engage in…kind of like a guy simply wouldn’t understand the “girl talk” that happens when they get together. And as for the “lies” you say he told about blacks, did you read the article? At no point did Phil EVER say that his observation and experience with blacks in his hometown was typical of EVERY PLACE in the country…for goodness sake, get over yourself and read what is actually there!

      • MiBones

        GLAAD went to A&E and complained about Phil quoting scripture. Also Rainbow Push. For some reason saying homosexuality is a sin and you can go to hell bothers them. Phil did not preach any kind of violence towards gays in fact, he loves everyone and will let God sort out judgement. He told no lies about what he experienced with blacks in the South. I know people who had the same experience. Back then in the rural South, poor was poor, white and black they both hoed the same fields. Life was not the same as in the cities at the time.
        The complaint is that A&E knew that Phil preached the gospel. He even has a sermon on You Tube along the same lines. This whole ruckus was from a GQ interview with the A&E pr people there. No one complained and if A&E was so outraged, why are they running Duck Dynasty marathons over the holiday and Phil is already in nine of the ten shows that have already been taped for next season. Hypocrisy reigns supreme at A&E, GLAAD, and Rainbow Push.

      • Methos

        Romans 1:24-27 , Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts , to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
        Who changed the truth of God into a lie , and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator , who is blessed for ever . Amen .
        For this cause God gave them up unto 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 recompence of their error which was meet .
        I Corinthians 6:9 & 10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God ? Be not deceived : neither fornicators , nor idolators , nor adulterers , nor effeminate , nor abusers of themselves with mankind ,
        Nor thieves , nor covetous , nor drunkards , nor revilers , nor extortioners , shall inherit the kingdom of God .

      • George L Campbell

        Phil spoke about the black people he knew as “white trash” who worked in the fields with them and were his friends. He did not give an overall historical view but spoke of HIS Experience.

      • Jim Honaker

        No you are wrong about a lot of people not minding same sex marriage.
        lt’s the other way around.
        A LOT OF PEOPLE –DO NOT== Want or like, same sex marriage.


        • Cathy

          How do you know what “our” Lord wants?

      • larry

        If your going to talk about morons you probably shouldn’t be one. If you check your facts you will find the uproar started over the GQ article. FACT The criticism came BEFORE the GLTB and GLADD HAD EVER HEARD ANY THING ELSE. The spokesman for GLADD call Phil Robertson a bigot and racist even before they had found the interview and sermon in which said he didn’t see the mistreatment of blacks when he was growing up. I d think you should do some research on Jim Crow laws and as where and how they were uses in different parts of the south. In LA it was dramatically different than say AR or AL. What he said he saw may very well be true.
        Same goes true in the northern states. I lived in rural Ohio and never saw the mistreatment of blacks. That said many black living 20 miles away probably saw a completely different situation. That however doesn’t excuse the oppressed community mistreatment of segments of society that weren’t directly involved in the original oppression.

        Just because Joe Blow mistreats you doesn’t give you the right to mistreat me. Period
        That is the type of situation you and the GLTB and GLADD are doing.

      • Joe

        You need to find out the difference between being a Christian and Catholic.
        The Catholic church has been under attack for years. For The reason of tearing down morals,values,families and THE VOICE OF PEOPLE.Separate people and you conquer them and control them.

      • dm olsen

        just plain bs from those offended by his remarks.

        no tolerance at all in their hearts.

        does the church consider it a mortal sin leading to damnation if there is no repentance: yes it does.
        like hell pressure was not brought to bear on A&E…. get a grip

      • Terry

        And why did A&E fire him I ask you because they were bullied into it by the gay and lesbians so shut the F up until you know what the hell your talking about moron..

      • Name

        Phil was asked a question and he answered it honestly. Calling him a bigot for believing that homosexuality is sin, not understanding the appeal of homosexuality, and for saying that the black people that he knew in the 60’s were happy is frankly stupid. He talked about his own beliefs and experience and nothing else.

        It may not be a first ammendment issue, and his employer has every right to handle the situation however they want, but calling this man a bigot, a racist, and accusing him of hating these people is a slanderous and false accusation. You also have to ignore the fact that he said it’s not his job to judge anyone, but he loves all people.

        The only reason he said the things he said is because he was SPECIFICALLY asked about them. If GQ didn’t want the answer, they shouldn’t have asked the question.

      • FRANK


      • Thomas

        Why do you say he LIED. He said he did not see any racism or beatings, he worked along side them in the fields. He did not say that it wasn’t happening, he said he didn’t personally see it himself. So you LIED, not Phil.

    • EK

      You mean the same Christians who called for boycotting TV stations that showed Ellen? Give it a rest..there are consequences for actions. This is not a 1st amendment issue this is an employer/employee issue…

      • dave

        Most of these so-called christians seem to have little compassion or ability to separate their religious beliefs from reality.Even the bible says love thy neighbor,not hate him/her because you don’t like what he/she is or does.!!

        • Chris

          We don’t hate gays we just know that if they are not shown the error in their ways they will burn in a fiery hell for all eternity.

          • Jules

            This thread is very sad and obviously the author hit a nerve. Truth hurts. I can’t imagine who would want to believe in a god who is followed by the likes of the folks on here. The buybull is fiction but the hatred on display here isn’t…unfortunately.

        • dw

          Was once told God understands the flesh is weak, but that doesn’t mean He condones it. The 1st
          commandment is to love God with all our heart. If i live in open rebellion, how can I truly say I love Him. Homosexuality is in the same list as murder, gossip, lying(1 Cor.6:9-11). Do we call it hate when we warn against such behavior? Some evil sociopaths do. The Bible says there are those who stand against good(2 Tim, 3) and wander around as truly lost embodied souls. Chaos is their destiny. They hope to drag as many down as they can. We can’t always tell who they are, so those who have a concern for souls will have enough concern to at least warn. The Bible calls that form of love agape. Far above the cheap pseudo-love shown by PC flatters and those bereft of truth.Those who use such events to make a name for themselves. Whether they use the title Rev. or not the Word says they have their reward here and not to count on the hereafter.

          • Papa Jeff

            Very will put, DW

    • Rob

      What an ignorant comment. What hate are you receiving? Don’t be upset just because your opinion repulses the majority of Americans. And cry me a river, boo hoo, you expressed hateful opinions and now people are turning against you… It’s you with the problem, not everyone else.

    • randi

      Uh hum… I would like to point out the movie franchise to be called the ‘Golden Compass’.
      You remember that?
      Well let me tell you. It was a series of movies that were to be made based on the books that were written.
      Except, these books were written by an atheist.
      They got the first movie made, then the christians came unglued.
      They protested and protested until they got the rest of the movies canned.
      Do you see the hypocritical nature that we are talking about now?
      No? Well, that’s your fault.

      • doug

        to be fair, that movie also suffered from a confusing and, at times nonsensical plot

    • Melkie

      The censorship liberal-Gays and feminists- put white trash on tv and then get shocked when they say redneck stuff?

    • Randy

      Jesus was brilliant, enlightened, pacifistic, non-materialistic and politically alienated- the exact opposite of these right wing “Christians” who praise his name and insult his teachings

      • kay

        I think it’s important to say that God is not going to be defeated. The “world” can do all it wants to but it’s just not going to happen. That’s REALLY what all of these conversations is all about.

    • 2eREP

      And was it okay to “bully” the Dixie Chicks for hating on your boy GW? What goes around comes around! Free Speech works both ways; not just for the haters that YOU like.

      • Lynn

        Dixie Chicks weren’t bullied. Their fans liked George W. and stopped buying their music and attending their concerts. Country radio stations listened to their fans and stopped playing the Dixie Chicks music. That is what A&E should have allowed to happen. If the viewers stopped watching the show, then Duck Dynasty should have been cancelled. Censorship is the problem. A small fringe is dictating what the rest of us can watch on TV. It’s the reason Cracker Barrel backed off, they realized the people who eat in their restaurants are the ones watching Duck Dynasty. You wonder who is running that company if they don’t know their customer!!

    • brando

      Wow, Bob, did you even read the above article? No, activist gays don’t hate Christians, but they are tired of being told by those “Christians” that they, (gays), are evil and sinners. Like many, you’re attempting to create a false equivalency where one doesn’t exist, i.e. Christians and gays have an equal amount of power in our society. Christians aren’t beaten to death for being Christian, but gay people are. Christians have been held up for centuries as model citizens, while gays have been held up as deviants and mental deficients. Therefore, gays aren’t “bullying” Christians, they’re simply standing up for themselves; they are refusing to be classified as second class citizens. Maybe you should bone up on the social history of our country, not to mention the real meaning of Christianity.

      • Janice Gore

        @Brando-And I think Christians are tired of being called ignorant, uneducated, redneck bigots if they don’t agree with the gay lifestyle. It’s ironic how many comments there are in which people who are NOT Christians will quote the Bible and tell Christians HOW THEY SHOULD LIVE.

      • Ari1973

        Wow Brando have you ever studied History Christian have been killed and still are being killed for their beliefs. Maybe not on your street, neighborhood, or even country. That doesn’t make it a lie however. Christians and Muslims were fighting in S. Africa a month or two ago. The news report said the bodies piled in the streets as it was too dangerous to collect the dead. Maybe you should know your facts before coming on here and spouting off!!!

      • dw

        I Know many Homosexuals who are brilliant, talented, kind and easier to be around than a lot of heterosexuals. But their lifestyle is still wrong. Nicodemus was a great guy, but without Christ he was lost. Christ told the adulteress to quit sinning. Did He hate her? He told Roman soldiers to quit stealing? Did He hate? Christians should never abuse anyone, but if I want to hold on to a pet sin, the easiest thing to do now is cry abuse. Where do our children learn to abuse abuse for personal gain? The Word says if we see someone astray we are to let them know they are in danger(James 5:20). They may not like it, but.

        • http://wbpronews.com Alex Cunningham

          Your the one whose wrong. Your lifestyle isn’t “wrong” unless your breaking the laws.. That’s what America is. Who the hell are you to determine right and wrong when it comes to how you live your life? Just because you’re heterosexual that means you live the “right” life? I’m not gay, and I don’t have many gay friends, but this is 2013, we accept people for who they are if they live within’ the laws of our state our country. The Bible does not teach you to hate homosexuals. There’s not 1 word in the Bible regarding hate for homosexuals. So that’s you’re own prejudice, ignorant opinion. And when you say dumb things like that you shouldn’t be surprised when people say “who the hell are you to judge me”

    • Bobby

      Most people don’t care to continuously read and/or hear about this topic. I know… I know! I am the one reading this article, therefore I’m part of the problem, sorry I disagree. The neo-socialist party (democraps) and tea-party (republicons) are feeding the media monster with divisive propaganda to draw attention away from the “real” issue that is the stale economy and near-future unprecedented taxation. No one “really” cares about some Louisiana rednecks and their obvious beliefs, did we really think these gun toting duck hunters would be accepting of urban norms? What most yappers care about is that these bigots have an audience and that audience is not drinking the “correct” kool-aid.

    • Your’e missing the point

      Gay or straight, people who lick anus are sick… I too am entitled to my opinion…

    • You’re missing the point…

      Gay or straight, people who lick anus are sick… I too am entitled to my opinion…

      • Dj

        jesus was a gay man he hung out with 12 dudes

    • Tammy

      I saw the so called offensive video. It was from his church in 2010 before the show was on tv. Seems like when we have a good family oriented show, everybody wants to take it off. Any Bible believing church believes what he believes. I think the real reason they are after him, is because they say the prayer over their food at the end of every show

      If Hulk was still wrestling, I guess they would be after he for telling kids to say their prayers

      • http://wbpronews.com Alex Cunningham

        Any Bible believing church would call you an ignorant fool. The Bible does not preach hate. If you use the Bible for hate then you are twisting it into your own hateful fantasy book. The Bible says nothing about hating homosexuals. Try reading it before you follow it. If you break down the new and old testament it comes down to this. Treat people how you want to be treated. Love and forgive thy neighbor. Be a good person. Do things for other people. Preach love and forgiveness to anyone who will listen. Nowhere in the Bible does it say, “hate people whose lifestyles you don’t agree with” “hate people who are homosexual” So no that is not a belief of Bible. I mean for God’s sake.. Jesus forgave the people who nailed him to the cross.. you think he wants you to hate homosexuals?

    • joel

      Well Bob, I don’t know if gays have more hate than christians but I do have a question for you, Bob… just who are these “christians” of whom you speak. Their savior is not Jesus because they do not follow the teachings of Jesus. I can only surmise that they have a different christ who they worship… a savior of bigotry and hatred because it is not the gays who say they hate christians but these christians – your “christians”. Bob. Phil is the bully. Phil is a bigot. Phil fits the definition of a bigot. He may be educated – as he says- but he is ignorant. Phil has a right up to a point to spew hatred and bigotry but there may be social consequences attached to that right. Ponder that.

    • http://wbpronews.com Alex Cunningham

      Hey, you ignorant fool, There is not 1 single word in the Bible regarding homosexuals or God’s hate for them. So stop hiding behind Jesus, just admit that you’re a prejudice idiot who can’t accept people for who they are, because that’s about as far as it goes. God has nothing to do with it. And if you really followed “Christianity” your first thought would be forgiveness.. not hate.

    • Ginny Roberts

      Very well put!

    • Dave

      It is the same as it ever was. The only difference is now the people that Christians, Catholics, ect… were pushing around are speaking up for themselves and holding the real bullies accountable for their actions.

    • pat

      Most Americans are not opposed to same sex marriage and don’t approve of homophobia.


    • Meg

      Maybe one should follow the ” if you can’t at something nice, don’t say anything at all” rule. Worked just fine for Thumper and falls more in line with the message of Jesus than “burn in hell fag”.

    • Jeff

      Not true! Christians boycotted FORD a few years ago when they advertised to gays and boycotted IKEA a couple years ago for including a gay couple in a commercial. Christians have also been threatening to boycott stores that use the “Happy Holidays” greeting. None of these companies said anything derogatory toward Christians to deserve these boycotts.

    • Cathy

      It IS OK for Christians to say whatever they feel. The point is when you say what you feel, others have the right to say what they feel about what you’ve said. When more people disagree with your opinion and it is going to cost a business money, guess who will lose? You have to be prepared for the consequences of your speech.

    • JohnniE

      Bob, From where do you think the hatred began? Name one person harmed by Gays because they thought he was Christian.

  • Ken

    Phil did not say he hated these people he simply said that the bible teaches him that homosexuality is a sin. He did say he loves all people you can love someone but not accept everything they do. And I think you have it wrong most people do not accept same sex marriage. In every state that has put this to a vote same sex marriage has lost every time. Only the liberal courts have overturned these laws.

    • Harry

      Most Americans are opposed to same sex marriage and just try to ignore it as long as It don’t affect them.

      • Yames

        Most Americans are opposed to same sex marriage? Really? I think you better check your facts and figures again before you post anything else.

      • bruce

        It’s interesting to note that most Americans, by EVERY recent poll, are in favor of allowing gays to marry. And, on this website, the ones agreeing with your incorrect comment outnumber those disagreeing by at least 5 – 1 as I post this. I would guess that most of the people posting here are DD fans and don’t want to hear (or to know) that the rest of the world isn’t like them and doesn’t agree with their opinions and doesn’t really like what the Robertsons think. The fact is that DD is minor-league stuff and the casual bigotry the Robertson patriarch is pushing is material the rest of the world got over a long time ago. I didn’t LIVE in the south, but I visited for extended periods of time, and I will tell the small-brained Mr. Robertson that any black who said a cross word about whites in the presence of a white might well pay for it in blood. And not just his, either. And if Robertson doesn’t understand that yet, he hasn’t gotten a bit smarter.

    • Janet Dial

      This isn’t a matter of whose opinion is right or wrong, nor of free speech. Simply a matter of economics. As the article states, Phil can say whatever he wants — and A&E can then act according to what is in the network’s best interest. We’ll see how it works out.

    • http://wbpronews.com Alex Cunningham


    • Cathy

      Ken – I think YOU have it wrong. Massachusetts voted that same sex marriage is OK. I actually think a few states have voted it in

  • JJ Birdwell

    Freedom of speech has been hijacked by radical left wing groups such as Glaad, etc. Whenever anyone publicly expresses their traditional views, the lefties are well coordinated to come at us with their charges of bigotry, racism, intolerance, etc. They target our speech by threatening to boycott advertisers on the programs we watch and the programs who dare to express a differing view from their own. The mainstream media refuses to accept that there can be legitimate differing opinions, for fear of themselves being called bigots, and targeted by these groups. Conservatives need to form their own groups, and turn to the same tried and true techniques used by these groups to go after the people, groups and networks who deny our constitutional right to free speech, and deny us the right to speek our minds. There are many more of us than there are of them. We just need to assert ourselves.

    • Merlin

      I don’t need a bible to tell me that having sex with an anus is disgusting. If you like it have at it. Just don’t demand that I approve or want any thing to do with it. It sounds like you are demanding that everyone approve of something they find disgusting.

    • dw

      Return not insult for insult, but overcome evil with good. Prayer and kindness can do alot in certain situations. Only God can truly soften a hardened heart. But if that heart has been given over(Romans 1)it will yield the fruit it chose.

  • David

    The ‘haters’ here are on your side of the aisle Ms. Toni. They HATE heteronormavity. And ‘hetero’ is NORMAL, according to Mother Nature. ‘Hetero’ is fecund, unlike ‘homo’, which is sterile. Mother prefers fecundity. And gentlemen prefer vaginas.

    • Yames

      “Hetero is fecund?” Why do people like you make it sound “fecal?”

      • David

        ‘fecund’ and ‘fecal’ are OBVIOUSLY different words. English not your first language?

    • John

      This too, is viciously false. Homosexual relationships have been commonplace not only throughout history, but are also found in all types of relationships throughout the animal kingdom.

      Terrible, terrible job being right, good sir.

      • Surveyor

        Actually, you are incorrect about homosexuality being common in the animal kingdom. I’m a biologist, and animals use what we would consider “sexual” acts in a wide variety of ways that have absolutely nothing to do with sexual gratification, procreation, or anything else we engage in sex for. Unlike humans, animals will breed/have sex due to scent stimulation and many other factors. That is how horse breeders get stallions to have sex with a pipe in order to gather semen. The apparatus looks nothing like a mare, but the scent overtakes the stallion, and his breeding instinct kicks in. Seemingly sexual acts are also used as a form of domination over subordinate members. Female Bili apes will dominate other females and then rub their vulva on them in order to show dominance. When a new male hippo takes over, he will bite the tail off the fallen leader (keeps him from marking his territory) and will mount him in a show of dominance. Those are just a few of thousands of reasons animals use seemingly sexual acts for very non-sexual purposes.

      • David

        Nobody said homosexual relationships haven’t been found throughout history. What was said is that by the standards of biology they are not normal. They are deviations and outliers.

        Good job of being terribly right, you mean.

  • John

    I think the author has misjudged Americans here. People are outraged over the bigotryj(hate & intolerance) displayed TOWARDS Mr. Robertson, his religion, his redneck lifestyle, and his supporters.

    If anyone actually read his quotes, he explained (albeit graphically) his beliefs that homosexuality is a sin, but ALSO explained that he loves all people, and that it is not his place to judge people, that is God’s job.

    In the meantime, others denigrate Phil Robertson and religion in general. They call him names, make fun of his rural redneck lifestyle and make fun of his show. Thats what makes the rest of us mad. And when you consider that their show, one of the most popular shows around, is also one of the few wholesome and clean shows on television, it makes it all the worse.

  • Debbie Lamb

    Phil Robertson only quoted what the Bible states. Its too bad that all these liberals are so quick to react to anything that they don’t like, whether they have facts or not. I am a Christian, and I will remain a Christian until the day I die. Homosexuality is wrong socially, religiously, and morally and I am sick and tired of having it shoved down my throat. Where are Phil’s rights, and my rights to say what we think? Everybody else does. Why are we not allowed to quote the Bible? This country was founded on Christianity, and its time that Christians take this country back. Our own President has stated that this country is no longer a Christian nation, and he should be ashamed of himself.

    • Yames

      How do people with such closed, hate-encrusted minds go about their daily lives, always passing judgement after judgement on anything “out of your warm sphere of existence.” You clearly have had no spiritual awakening as a result of reading your “Bible”. There is a bigger message in the Bible than being judgmental, and as long as people like yourself, God’s lost little lambs can freely spout hateful and divisive opinions, you will remain farther from the truth of what The Bible is really all about.

      • Gypsy

        You give people a computer and who knows what will come out of their mouths. What I read on here are a bunch of C- history students who don’t know anything about the founding fathers. One lady said Lincoln was one of the founding fathers! this country was not founding as a Christian theocracy. “The 1796 Treaty with Tripoli states that the United States was “not in any sense founded on the Christian religion” (see the image on the right). This was not an idle statement meant to satisfy muslims– they believed it and meant it. This treaty was written under the presidency of George Washington and signed under the presidency of John Adams.” Learn your history people. You sound completely ignorant.

      • http://yames James

        you cant keep walking knee deep in S—t ad not start stinking

    • Yolo

      Are you serious? This country WAS NOT founded on Christianity! Maybe if we were a theocracy, bu we are a democracy. This country is full of different religions and to go out and say that this is a Christian nation is just a statement of ignorance.

      • Jackson

        Hey Yolo, guess who said this. “One cannot possibly expect to lead a country properly without the God of the Bible.”
        I’ll give you a hint, it was the first president of the U.S.
        Does that change your mind?

        • Shadow

          George Washington also owned slaves throughout his life.
          He’s not exactly a great example of moral character, like many of our past Presidents and Statesmen.

      • CONNI

        George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were two of the many foundiong fathers that were Christian and read their Bibles. The Bible was one of the main books used in our school system. Now that it is not being used the GUN has taken over our schools.

        • bern

          Conni.. Linclon a founding father really !! please take a 5th grade history course.

      • Ono Meia

        Kido, the United States is Republic. Thinking we are democratic not a republic in incorrect. Go do your research from books not just the internet things happened prior to the internet that have not made it to this wonderful tech-o-world we have access to that has not made it to the internet. North America was first populated in the Northern shores on freedom of religion protesters you could call the first pilgrims protesters as they were trying to find a place to practice religion of their choose and had been to find a new location to practice their religious views. Why do you think we had such a time forming our county,not because we were in agreement but what to we were as states then citizens agreeing about. When our views are narrowed down and we think we are being free thinkers, open thinkers, accepting we are then what we started out not to be. Think about it.

      • D. Masters

        @GYPSY…The United States of America WAS founded on Christianity. The “GOVERNMENT” maybe wasn’t, but this country WAS. It WAS founded on Judeo Christian Principles. I just went and read the 1796 Treaty with Tripoli and this is what it says…THE GOVERNMENT wasn’t founded on Christianity.

        @YOLO…This country isn’t a democracy, it is a “Republic”, that is why the Pledge of Allegiance that we were taught to recite years ago in starting school and still recited today at baseball games, etc…states, “I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the United States of America, and UNTO THE “REPUBLIC”, for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

      • D. Masters

        @GYPSY…The United States of America WAS founded on Christianity. The “GOVERNMENT” maybe wasn’t, but this country WAS. It WAS founded on Judeo Christian Principles. I just went and read the 1796 Treaty with Tripoli and this is what it says…THE GOVERNMENT wasn’t founded on Christianity.

        @YOLO…This country isn’t a democracy, it is a “Republic”, that is why the Pledge of Allegiance that we were taught to recite years ago in starting school and still recited today at baseball games, etc…states, “I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the United States of America, and UNTO THE “REPUBLIC”, for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

  • Anita Harvey

    Faith my faith is in God and the truth is what should matter. The word of God will stand when this world passes away. This world now makes wrong to be right and right to be wrong, and when you stand up for God he’s pushed aside. REPENT – Gen 1:27-28, Lev. 18:22, Lev. 20:13, These scriptures clearly inform you that God says that people of the same gender are not suppose to be together sexually and it’s many more. Many go to church and say they love God but they still want to live any kind of way. If you really love him the bible says to keep his commandments. It doesn’t matter if your rich, and no one owes anyone an apology for the true word of God. The word of God says not to add anything to or take anything from his word or you will be cursed. Ask God to come in and change you to be what he has called you to be.
    God bless

    • Larry


    • Danielle

      I really hope you don’t consider yourself a Christian, since none of the passages you’re quoting have anything to do with Jesus. Try this one: Matthew 5:10 – “Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” It sure sounds to me like you are on the persecuting side of this coin if you are judging anyone but yourself. Only god can judge which means YOU CAN’T.

      • Lynn

        Danielle, you just judged me by saying I can’t judge. Think about it.

  • Ted

    This editorial misses the whole point!!! It is only a smoke screen designed to disguise the truth. A & E wants us to believe that Homosexuality is “healthy and normal and acceptable behavior in today’s complicated society.” Phil Robertson never mentions the word hate! What he says is: he does not understand homosexuals. And for this, he is suspended? He is not being suspended because he is expressing an unpopular belief. He is being suspended because he is expressing a popular belief. He is not a bigot. The editorial states “Bigotry, when it falls outside of social mores, is often seen also as bad for business. This is why when ratings and advertising dollars are threatened by unaccepted forms of bigotry, the unpopular bigots tend to go out the window right along with their opinions. This is about money for the powers that be, not Robertson and not the people that support him……..” And that is not why 1.7 million people will boycott A & E. I do not want a television network telling me how to think or how not to think. Their beliefs are their beliefs. We are not protesting the treatment of bigots! We are protesting the suppression of the truth!!! If A & E can attack Phil Robertson for his beliefs, they can attack me for expressing the truth on Facebook!! Readers of this editorial are not fooled!!! All we want is the truth!!! Let people express it and let the readers and listeners decide what the truth is…not A & E……Thank you!!!

  • joel

    The premis of shows like these is bigoted . Honey boo boo, Duck Dynasty moonshiners ect. The producers and directors are trying to make the shows all about how stupid and ugly white southerners are. They really need to look in the mirror , They make a show about how crazy and ignorant they think these type of people are but when it goes a little to far and hurts profits they start acting like they are champions of tolerance and reason. HYPOCRITES!

    • mike

      when you learn to spell we will consider your opinion

  • http://yahoo george charland

    our country has gone to hell. We have the government controlling our every move anyway, it doesn’t matter what statement a person makes or says.These days we can’t fart without them stepping in and try to tax us on air pollution. I thought we lived in America not Russia!!!! we all need to take back our country and take care of our own and stop being in every ones business and being the big baby sitter!!!!! we need to get rid of corrupt government who steal from us and lie to us every chance they get. we have so much more important crap to worry about then some guys remarks!!!! get it together people

  • http://www.webpronews.com William Allen

    As a Vietnam Veteran I fought for Freedom Of Speech and Freedom of Religion.

    • corbin douthitt

      Bless you for your service. I doubt you served to promote socialism in this country either..I know I didn’t serve for a Government that has abandoned the Constitution.

    • bruce

      Look: I also served 1966-1968 (Korea) as a draftee. And this has nothing at ALL to do with either freedom you mentioned. It has a lot to do with Robertson being pretty stupid.

  • http://yahoo zappo777

    I stand with Phil He is Right On!!As far as “BIGOT” goes—The Gays are the Bigots due to the Fact they act like they are bigger than GOD. They have a mis-perception of who they are– a creation of God–Creator knows better than HIS creation!!

    • Bobby

      I stand against you You Are dumb ASs! U spell like a mor-on and god HATES you zappo777!!!?!!!!!

      • JERI

        God is a proper noun, and He hates no one. He loves everyone, it is sin that He doesn’t love. That’s why He hung on a cross to forgive all that commit sin and ask God to forgive them.

  • Smartr N U

    When did it become “hateful” to answer honestly when asked an opinion question? I’ll bet if you asked most people how they felt about homosexuality they would say similar things. Clearly the “I stand with Phil” campaign is an opportunity for people to commisurate with Mr Robertson. He refuses to accept that a LGBT lifestyle is mainstream or normal – so do most people. He also said that as a Christian he shouldn’t judge but leave that up to God. Doesn’t seem liek a very hateful person to me.

    • Noneya

      It’s not hateful to honestly answer an opinion question. It is hateful if you chose to answer the question in an insulting and crude way.


      Example Question: How do you feel about homosexuality?

      Answer 1: I am a Christian. According to the Bible the act of homosexuality is a sin, but the Bible also teaches us that we are not to judge one another and to hate the sin but not the sinner.

      Answer 2: 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.

      Which one would you choose if Jesus were standing there right in front of you?

      Would you honestly go in to a rant about vaginas and anuses?


      Lastly, you don’t have to accept that the LGBT lifestyle is mainstream or normal. No one is making you. Just go about your life and stop obsessing about it. People are dying all over the world, for crying out loud. Try to do something to help humanity instead of looking for something to complain and rant about. As evident by the comments on this board alone, no ones freedom of speech is being violated. Acting like it has, is a slap in the face to those in other parts of the world who truly have no voice.

      • Keith DeWeese

        Noneya, thank you for bringing some sense to this forum; and, thank you for expressing your views with compassion. If Phil truly “loves” the sinner, then he should use words that are loving, and he should act in a loving way. Haven’t seen any of that yet.

        • Noneya

          Thank you Keith.

      • jwa

        WRONG Noneya! It’s clear that you DO have to accept and support the LGBT lifestyle. GLAAD’s whole attitude is obviously “If you’re not with us, you’re against us.”

        Phil stated his views, and his reasons for them, without calling for any negative action toward gays, yet they went to his employer and sponsors demanding he be punished.

        They are thugs and bullies who will do their utmost to ruin the life and career of anyone who speaks against them. They are extremists who have no respect for religion, morality or free speech and will tolerate no view but their own. They represent a group that totals well under five percent of our population, but insist that they are “mainstream”. Christianity, by contrast, includes 75-80% of the population of the US.

        GLAAD is the group that must be brought to heel, not Christians. GLAAD must understand that their lifestyle contradicts the Bible, a book revered by an overwhelming MAJORITY of this country. Like Phil Robertson, I do not advocate violence or discrimination against gays but, in a democracy, a tiny minority does not deserve such power to vilify the views of the majority.

        • Noneya

          If someone goes to your boss demanding that you be punished for something that you did, the decision is left up to your boss as to whether or not your actions warrant that. If your boss does punish you at another organization’s request, but they did so unjustly, then you have a right to pursue action against your boss.

          GLADD does not own A&E. GLADD can not FORCE A&E to do anything. If A&E said no, then GLADD or whoever had a right to impose other means of making their voice heard (as long as it is legal). No one is asking Christians to “heel”, but freedom of speech works both ways.
          Even if the majority does hold a particular view that does not nullify the views of the minority.

  • Bobby

    Hey check out my new website, it’s called iamaracisthillbilly.com!

  • http://yahoo roger

    Hey Toni…..you classify PR’s words as HATE is a typical liberal- Hollywood and GLADD response. Which category do you fit?

  • http://yahoo.com Nancy McGowan

    I beleive in the freedom of speech. This country was built on freedom of religion. The problem today is there is no freedom of relgion or freedom of speech. If A&E takes off Duck Dynasty than I have the right not to watch their channel anymore. You can’t take that right away from me. Phil is a great man in what he beleives and I stand behind him 100%. It is the only clean program on TV to watch.

  • mik

    you all get a frickin life,Theres alot more important things in life than a guy who is a racist.

    • Harry

      He is not a racist.

    • Mark

      Mik, You say Phil is a racist!,which race are you refering too?. Homosexuality is not a race, its a lifestyle which some members of other races chooses to live!. Just trying to help you out buddy!.

  • http://yahoo roger

    GLADD isn’t striving for EQUALITY…..what they DEMAND is special preferential treatment which Hollywood and the liberal media enforces.

  • Janice Gore

    Bigotry and hate. It seems those two words have been regurgitated a lot lately. Bigot: A person who is intolerant of another’s creed, BELIEFS or OPINIONS. Phil Robertson stated honestly in an interview what his OPINIONS were based on his BELIEF in The Holy Bible. The gay community then set out to destroy him. Ironically T.V. personalities such as Ellen and Neil Patrick Harris have been free to express their values without reprisal, yet Phil was suspended, so who’s the true bigots and haters?

    • Rob

      Probably because Ellen and Neil Patrick Harris don’t discriminate against anyone. What exactly have they even said that was offensive or are you just another typical conservative idiot speaking without actually knowing.

      • Janice Gore

        @Rob-Please read my comment again and tell me what you don’t understand. Also, you should read what Phil said as in he loved the sinner but hated the sin. He never said he hated anybody. He never said attack gays, etc..He just expressed HIS BELIEF based on the Bible. Your comment,”Typical conservative idiot.” Now who’s showing hate?

  • Troy

    Toni, I realize that your Delaware surroundings don’t give you much insight into “fly over” country. The fact that you don’t get it, explains so much.
    Please pick up a book on journalism and read it so that you don’t write any more embarrassments in the future.

  • Lorraine

    The fact of the matter is that the majority of the people are against same sex marriage. It’s the Liberal legislators who push for passage of such “rights.” It’s to the point where the decent, moral people who take the stance of the Bible and God on immoral issues such as homosexuality and abortion, simply give up and don’t bother voting.

    So, what SHOULD have been said is that “one can’t express a POPULAR viewpoint that is offensive to Liberal OFFENDERS” or they will risk ramifications.

    Bottom line: Nothing this man said was incorrect. I don’t care if Jesse Jackson was offended – I’m offended by all of the blacks in jail. What has Jackson done about THAT?

    It seems that if one speaks the truth that is interpreted as being disparaging to minorities or gays, the speaker is automatically branded a “bigot.” That’s crap.

  • corbin douthitt

    Sounds like starry-eyed Liberalism to me, Toni. Mr. Robertson didn’t just give an opinion he paraphrased the Holy Bible. Whenever social mores are at conflict with scripture- the Left gets all upset and makes excuses and deflects the real point in order to keep the agenda moving. No amount of blather can make Homosexuality ‘normal’. They may ‘feel’ that they cannot be other wise, but it is a choice to LIVE a homosexual lifestyle. They may desire to be normal, but passing laws or making Homosexuality socially acceptable still doesn’t make it normal- or right or anything less than a sin.

    As for his comments about the black people he worked WITH- that was certainly the impression he was given by these people’s actions and words. They may not be indicative of their TRUE feelings or even the feelings of the majority of black people that lived during Jim Crow times. To denigrate him for SAYING what he did, is the true make of the bigot and racist- as well as the mind of the Liberal.

    • Rob

      yeah, being a slave owner was also considered the norm…

      Things change, evolve or suffer.

  • James

    It’s not bigotry in danger, it’s the First Amendment that is. Like it or not, Phil has the right to say it.

  • Mike

    White America is fed up with being the reason for everything wrong in the lives of minorities.

    NEWS FLASH…You pushed us to far…what you have been seeing and hearing from white America amounts to this…
    Just go away and let us bring America back to what she was. The home of hard working Americans that do not think…
    “what will my country do for me” instead of
    “what can I do for my country”

  • Sulanda

    So we are now saying that God is a bigot? It seems to me that the gay rights agenda has become more precious then the Word of God, which was written by the direction of the Holy Spirit through chosen human beings. And the Word of God is Jesus (Yeshua) in the flesh! We who are the body of the Christ(HaMashiach) on earth are the ones who are being attacked by this group, who are trying to claim that they are not a minority,but a force to be reckoned with. They are (with the help of highly paid lawyers)forcing our kindergarten, pre-kindergarden, and up children, without their parents consent to forcably be taught that homosexuality without substantiated proof IS NORMAL. Why can we not have the freedom our forefathers fought and died for us to have be protected by every group who has the cash to fight us? Let’s face it we do not all agree on everything, it is our God given right to have free-will. What we really need is better protection for homosexuals against harassment and physical attacks, we need to learn to get along with each other and respect the options of others not fight to have those we do not agree with silenced!

  • lrsen

    It seams that the freedom to express one’s opinion only works one way for liberals, their way!! Why can we not express what ever views we have and if you don’t care for those views don’t listen. Or in the case of phill robertson change the channel!! I don’t think that is so hard

  • http://theinformedconservative.weebly.com Chris

    Anyone classifying Phil Robertson’s comments as hate speech is either illiterate or intellectually dishonest. I won’t venture a guess regarding the author of this trite garbage.

  • http://webpronews.com cyndee

    Don’t presume to tell me why I signed the petition. I am tired of people proclaiming to “speak” for the majority of Americans. These groups very often DO NOT. This is wrong and it disingenuous (sp?) – stop trying to make everyone think the same. Just because you say something very loudly (crowding out anyone else’s way of thinking) and over and over again, does not make it true. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and beliefs even when they fly directly in opposition to your own.

  • Jay

    I would simply like to remind the readers that tolerance is not acceptance. You can tolerate a lot in life but most often you don’t have to accept it. I tolerate the law that says a man can be with a man or woman a woman but I do NOT accept that it is moral, righteous, or natural. It simply isn’t. God told this but even if He hadn’t, it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to know that men and women fit together and were created to be together.

  • Ronnie

    Its amazing how you have changed Gods words to Phil’s opinions, you say “Even if Duck Dynasty appeals to an audience that is fine with discriminatory behavior and opinions.” Most of their audience is fine with the word of God, the rest just like watching everyday people who live a good life.

  • Dave P Lockwood

    Bigotry on display is from the Media and LGBT community. Funny how they want everyone to be tolerant of their views, but will not give equal consideration to those who do not share their views. Typical liberalism on display. The majority have been pushed far enough in their direction – time for the pendulum to swing back the other way.

    • MickeyT

      You’re on the wrong side of history stranger. You have the right to your opinion, but the gays and liberals are fighting for civil rights/equality these days. What blacks and women had to do a few decades ago…What was said was NOT hate speech it was his opinion, plain and simple while quoting the Bible. That’s not ok to do when you are a public figure. A&E owns him and they need to do right for their brand and their audience as a business. Let’s quote the Bible to bring back slavery or rape. C’mon. Most of the Bible is incompatible with contemporary society. Civilization evolves. The conservative side will always resist any change. The Bible will go on and so will Christianity. Everyone should worry about themselves. No need to worry about saving other’s souls. Worry about yourself. Homosexuality being “accepted” does not affect you. Christians might be the majority of the country, but media is based in more progressive metropolitan areas. These are places where tolerance flourishes. There are plenty of billionaire conservative Christians. You should start your own major tv networks and have your own shows on there. Everything in this country runs as a majority rules. We will never co-mingle or agree, so we should just have our own programming options that cater to select audiences. Entertainment is moving towards an individual preference already with streaming services and on-demand. This country is about freedom and pursuit of happiness for all. No one is hating on Christians. We should hate any hate. “Love thy neighbor” – JC

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    • JERI

      I pray for you. If you aren’t a born again believer and haven’t ask God to forgive you for your sins. Judgment Day will be a bad day for you.

  • lab13

    poor little rich bigot…lol. yes please lets start a petition for another dumb cause…GTFOH

  • Steven Manson

    So….you can not like the Gay lifestyle and it’s Bigotry.

    But if Gays don’t like the Christian Lifestyle it’s not?

    Bigotry is Bigotry period!! And those of you just throwing it out there should REALLY look up the definition.

  • http://yahoo.com Tom

    Leave it to Toni Matthews-El to spread her hate.

  • http://IStandwithPhilPetition david

    I love those people who holler bigotry, if don’t agree with them or
    condone what they do. Sorry that I agree with Phil for speaking the truth. You must be one of those people who have trouble with the truth, just like a lot of other people today.

  • nunya

    The problem is that not enough Christians stick together anymore. You’re suppose to be ONE but you ain’t. You’re Babtist or this or that and you think only your doctrine is right. Well, that’s not what christianity if all about. Take up the sword don’t be a denomination but be a Godlike creature. All for God and ONE for HIM. Support Phil, down with gays. I don’t mean fight or hate them but do not condone them because this is the 21st century or something. The good book says it’s WRONG to be GAY so Phil said it too. Therefore Phil is RIGHTeous and correct. He didn’t do anything wrong but deliver the WORDS of GOD.

  • Antonio Reis

    Quote: “American citizens are still free to hold opinions that are unpopular.

    However, you cannot hold an unpopular opinion and be unprepared to see consequences for that opinion or actions that back it up.”

    These may be true in general but don’t apply in this case because:
    1- The opinion is not unpopular. For men, the majority has a believe that a vagina has more to offer than anuses. This has nothing to do with hate towards homosexual males.

    2- The man has a remembering of the mood of black people when he worked in the cotton fields and in his opinion it was more positive than that of today.

    We can discus the moods and get different opinions but there is no “KKK” relations in the opinion.

    The author is providing an opinion not related to the events.

  • wayne

    Nowhere..do I see the ablolutely viscious, rage, utter hatrid that I see in these left wing nutjobs…..and no.the douchbag “jounalist” that wrote this is wrong…Palin and Jindal are spot on.

  • Jim

    While the author wants to equate GLAAD’s attack on Robertson with racism, the fact is that he wasn’t advocating segregation or violence. He was talking about his religious view of sin. These snide little neo-Nazi types who want to force him to conform have more in common with their segregationist (yes, the segregationists were mostly Democrats) forefathers and need to be resisted.

    And, if Twitter is blocking access to the petition website, then they are also behaving like bigots.

  • Rebecca

    First of all I am NOT as you put it neither willfully ignorant or just out-and-out uninformed. And I don’t appreciate you calling millions of Americans willfully ignorant or just out-and-out uninformed for doing something they believe in.

  • Sam

    In this article it says “Most Americans are not opposed to same sex marriage and don’t approve of homophobia.” If most Americans are not opposed, then why is it still illegal in the majority of the states? We voted on it in North Carolina, as have most states.

  • Jean

    Very bias article. The problem that happens nowadays in the age of polarized media, is that people who aligned themselves with a position, either conservative or liberal, are always trying to equate who stand in the opposite side with something far more radical than what they’re really saying. For example if a liberal say something relating to health care, he/she is automatically branded as a socialist, or in this case a conservative makes a comment about gays, he’s automatically labeled as a bigot, hateful person. In reality there’s a huge grey area, I personally have friends who are gay and I don’t wish them anything bad, but I still believe being gay is a dysfunctional behavior.

  • Peter Lines

    Since when and by whose decision is telling the truth hate speech? The haters are those who try to bully people who know the truth into staying quiet. It’s not hate to tell the truth! Long live the ducks!

  • Surveyor

    This is not about bigotry or promoting hate or hate speech. This is about having the right to have and express a belief or opinion that is completely different, even opposed to another point of view without being labeled as bigots, haters, being engaged in hate speech, or have groups try to get you fired, have sponsors drop you, etc., over your beliefs. America has room for many different beliefs systems. We do not have to agree with one another in order to live next to each other or tolerate each other.

    I like the quote by Evelyn Beatrice Hall from her 1906 book The Friends of Voltaire: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”. THAT is what the foundations of this country were built on! And THAT is what is missing today. Instead of getting offended everytime someone says something that we don’t agree with, why don’t we cherish and promote the rights of others? Why make everyone believe what you believe? If what you believe is so good, those who are lost will come see what makes you so happy anyway. We don’t need everyone to be salt in our big melting pot of beliefs and culture. We need salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, a little creole – celebrate what we are instead of making everyone conform and crying foul when someone thinks you’re wrong and voices it.

  • http://webpronews.com AE

    Will someone please tell me what “the right side of history” is? This article stinks!

    • Rebecca

      What it amounts to is every article writer cant stand it they all just have to write something about the Phil controversy. And this guy is just one of many.

  • Rebecca

    I just want to say one thing He without SIN cast the First STONE !

  • Sheila

    It seems Toni writes her articles based on media opinion instead of doing research. GLAAD made the comments and started screaming about bigotry, however, since they didn’t bother to listen to what Phil actually said, nor have they even bothered to do so they are still clueless. He said he didn’t understand why a man would choose and anus over a vagina, he went onto list those things listed in the Bible that those that commit adultery, steal, lie, cheat and are drunks will not inherit the Kingdom of God, and he went on to say that he loves humanity and it is Gods place to judge.
    So Toni, next time you go to write a piece of journalism for the masses get your facts straight. We are fed up with the news media lying and misrepresenting facts.

  • Melin

    The dumbing-down of America at its’ finest.

  • Tom

    Is there anything more flabbergasting than reading the rantings of these morons who have difficulty deciphering the complexity of the McDonald’s dollar menu yet somehow feel qualified to lecture people on the freakin’ bible?

    • boatater

      I’ve never seen the show but, it’s a huge success and if a+e wants to kill the show because the media instigated a reaction, let a+e suffer the consequences. a competing station will pick them up. he is entitled to his beliefs and opinions. if you are that offended, it’s on you. don’t try to ruin the man because you don’t like what he says. suck it up (pun intended) and get on with your sorry life.

      • Jeff

        Way to say it, Boatater! Tom must work at McDonalds. The shoe fits….

        • George L Campbell

          Don’t knock McDonald’s. It’s very popular and what do you hate about McDonald’s employees? You’re a hater.

      • Art

        It’s one show. If they take it off the air, the network will survive. It’s owned by Disney. You know the place where you rednecks take your fat ass kids to get fatter.

        • Uncle Slam

          Get back in your basement and let your uncle ass rape you, Art.

    • George L Campbell

      There are people on both sides of the argument talking about the bible. To whom are you referring as “morons”?

  • B&C

    This article is pathetic, Phil never said he ‘hated’ gays. This is typical of media outlets these days to distort what someone has actually said. There is more ‘hate’ coming from ‘Rev’ Jackson, Charlie Sheen, etc. Jackson, Sheen, etc comments are downright vicious and attack Phil Robertson on a very personal level. Phil stands by his biblical convictions; the bible clearly show that homosexuality, murder, adultery are sins in the eyes of God. Perhaps ‘Rev’ Jackson can explain how a Christian is to ignore God’s word?

    • Art

      If you don’t believe in God, you CAN ignore his word. You are not allowed to tell me or anyone else what to believe.

  • Heather Lemieux

    Sorry, this cheap badly written story isn’t flying. They talk also about hate of God, Jesus, but when that happens, I don’t see any stories like this standing for, worrying that our God is under attack. This story is written by someone worried that gay people were called “gays” or whatever they are, not worried about true freedom of speech. If they the writers were sooooo worried about that, then they would not see a problem. The guy in duck dynasty was excercizing freedom of speech (and I might add, WITH responsibility) because the guy was standing for morality!!!!

    • Art

      Morality? That’s laughable. Phil Robertson is the same guy who used The Bible to justify Jim Crow, racism, etc. You are doing the exact same thing with LBGT. You are bigots. Accept that as a Christian, you are a bigot. And based on The Bible you ARE made in God’s image. He’s a bigot too. If he existed that is.

  • Penny

    The best day of my life was when someone ask me for my opinion. The worst day of my life is when I gave them what they asked for.

  • Ed Kyle

    The editorial states that”[w]hat is being argued regarding Phil Robertson is really about bigotry in America: The freedom to hate and hate openly.”

    Phil’s comments came from the Bible. The versus speak of sinning by all and of forgiveness for all. Isn’t the bigotry coming from those intolerant of others religious beliefs?

  • JB Andew

    I have been reading the other news sites. Comments in favor of Phil are running more than 100 to one in his favor. The most anger is focused on GLAAD for their long history of Gay Extremism and their bullying of Christianity and American traditions. You will note that
    GLAAD has a lot more enemies than it realizes. And GLAAD deserves every one them. There is more than one petition to defund them. And many Christians who have never heard of GLAAD now know to oppose them at every opportunity. And five days later this is still #1 on Yahoo.

    The Gays/GLAAD have gone too far on this and their is a ground swell
    of Push-Back coming their way.

    • Jeff

      Great comment, JB! Unfortunately sweet Toni is the bigot along with glaad. They’re both like Nazi’s without guns. No one has a right to speak except them and if you do they call you names and make up lies about what you said. She must be new at this or lacking in education. Same as glaad.

    • Cathy

      There are A%%holes everywhere, including the Christian faith. Everyone needs to take a step back and look within. Find your own moral compass and realize that not every opinion needs to be aired.

      • john russell

        Then who decides?
        On TV, generally the audience determines whether the sponsors will continue to advertise their products. This called “The Marketplace.
        Then if people are not interested the show disappears.
        FYI I have never watched the show and do not intend to. But that is my decision. Others can decide for themselves. I read about other shows or watch them once. Then I decide. There are numerous offensive shows on American TV but I do not demand that they stop. I just don’t watch them.
        How hard is that to understand?

  • Captain Sidney

    Toni…I respectfully suggest that you might be the bigot. Religious Bigot that is. Your article incorrectly refers to Mr. Robertson as delivering Hate Speech. Read the GQ article missy. He said he bore no ill will toward anyone. You see, agnostics and atheists must get it through their heads that Christians are taught to operate on “Loving the Sinner, but not the Sin.” Christian means Christ-Like. Jesus teaches us to not give in to or sponsor sin. We’re to understand that sin is perpetual temptation and we’re to do our best to avoid it. The Holy Bible lists many examples of what Sin is. That way we can be sure and that we don’t try to use “loop holes”. ALL of US have sinned and come short of His glory. All of US are sinners. Jesus died for us and has provided us a path to meet eternal salvation through believing in him. He teaches us to love each other but not to love the sin. That way we don’t become corrupted by it. The Holy Bible teaches that ALL premarital physical relationships are sins. As well as those out of wedlock. The Holy Bible also states that homosexuality is a sin and referred to as “unnatural” and as an “abomination unto God”. No matter what today’s people think, God says that homosexuality is an affront to Him because it is a perversion of the natural order. Christians, for the most part, have been quietly accepting this media and worldly onslaught of attention and acceptance for homosexuality. All the while praying. Now this gay lobby (Glaad) has forced the hand of many folks to unite and speak the truth! We see that even if a television personality at the height of his popularity can be persecuted so strongly for his beliefs. Then what chance do we have individually. GLaad has awakened a sleeping giant and I think they will wish they had thought the better of their interference before all of this is over. It does not matter if you don’t believe in God. We Do! That’s what you all need to understand! And we will love y’all and we’ll continue to pray for you…even if you don’t want us to. Merry CHRISTmas!

    • Justin Avery

      Captain Sidney paragraphs are our friends I love what you said but it was so hard to read.

    • Tammy

      Amen brother. Tell it like it is. When God detroys America like Sodom & Gamaria maybe it will make believers out of them.

  • Mike Daniels

    First of all, I am not sure why everyone keeps reporting the “Freedom of speech” remark.
    We refer to this, not freedom of speech, rather, freedom to speak ones own opinion and belief without having to have some special interest group or some wanna be journalist on the other side of the spectrum using liberal media to make this an “attack”.
    People have finally become tired of the political correct movement, tired of having to watch their words, and tired of everything that is said taken out of context. Get it now?
    This is what this is about.

    • Art

      So people who disagree with you and your shared imaginary friend should be silenced because you can’t take the heat? Yeah, you might be a Christian.

      • George L Campbell

        Art: Your people are the ones who are hating and trying to force their way and fire people and put down Christianity. Face up to your bigotry and the fascism of GLAAD which is so Saad.

  • cat miller

    “you cannot hold an unpopular opinion and be unprepared to see consequences for that opinion or actions that back it up”. Toni, you are right, in this particular case it is your opinion that is appears to be “unpopular”. One can disagree with PR beliefs and be a Christian. One can also agree with him and not subscribe to the KKK. You want to lump everyone into the “hate” group if they disagree with you and that is absurd.

  • Mike

    I noticed the author made sure to include the KKK by name in her article. Why couldn’t she also include the Black Panthers or the Black Muslims by name?

  • JERI

    I disagree with the statement that most people are ok with same sex marriage. If that were true then why is it that most states voted it down. Only because of scared and cowardly government officials and judges is why that have overruled the voters wishes. Makes you wonder why we vote if a bunch of people can yell, jump up & down, close a pocketbook or billfold, and throw a few words around, and the government is ready to jump thru hoops. Yes, I have family members and friends that are gay. I love them but I do hate the sin. All I can do is pray for them. And if they were to get married in a state that allows this sin I would NOT go and support them. All these states that are allowing this, are they going to change all the 10 commandments. Is stealing and killing going to be permitted as well? A lot of ways it already is. Unless it is an animal, then you get life in prison. I’m glad this subject is getting addresses so much, thanks PHIL, maybe one will change their life through all of this and get saved. That will be one less that the devil gets. Praising GOD for being such a loving and caring GOD.

  • Carolyn

    I don’t get where you all are saying this was HATE speech. Last time I checked, Phil Robertson (or any other Christian I know, for that matter) did not say he hated gays or that they needed to be treated bad. He said he didn’t get it(the lifestyle). Well I don’t understand it either. I think the person who wrote this article doesn’t understand the difference between “hate speech” and “different opinion”. But then again, she apparently lives in Oz, because she “hails from the land of chunked pumpkins and people who come to a complete stop before making any and every turn.” So, I guess everyone is perfect and believes the same way she does.

  • Mark Christner

    I read what Phil said and I did not come away that he was calling for violence direct at any one. they were not his word they were GOD word. Sex with any one at side of marriage between one man and one women is sin as well.

  • Gary Bronson

    A person’s opinion is just that, their personal opinion. By Suspending Phil Robertson, A&E have violated his free speech. If you do not believe this is true, do the following:

    1. Take an American Flag to a cemetary where one of our troops has come home having paid the highest price,
    2. Walk into the ceremony, light your flag on fire and toss it on the casket…
    3. When you wake up in the hospital, talk to me about whether or not your “free speech” was honored.

    On top of this…The ever illustrious Rev. J. Jackson has decided to bash Phil. Obviously “Reverend” Jesse Jackson has not read 1 Corinthians 6: Vs 9-20 or Romans Chapter 1, Vs 20-32. Talking about the Jumping on the Bandwagon…How can this “preacher” not know the scripture on this?

    Something else…Saying that every “African American” in Louisiana before the civil rights era was mistreated is a lie. YES, there were abuses, and YES, there were families who treated all people working on their land as equals, not slaves.

    Here is a bombshell…My Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather owned over 1,500 Slaves in Hampton Roads, VA. Does that make me guilty of his or other Slaver’s crimes? No. It is a part of my past that I am not proud of, but GOD has handed out the appropriate justice to the appropriate personnel. The only way we can get over this is by “MOVING FORWARD SIDE-BY-SIDE”. The past is just that…The past.

  • Tom

    I’m tired of the tail trying to wag the dog, and oh yes, I’m “offended by the PC Police, GLAAD and GLBT!! Live your life, be happy and leave me alone. I don’t insist you agree with me so stop trying to make me agree with you! It’s not going to happen and besides, you’re only about 2% or 3% of the population anyway. Get back to me when you figure out how to naturally procreate.

    • Art

      And exactly what was that justice? The social equivalent of compounded interest that you benefit from to this day? You mean that kind of justice.

      Take all seats sir.

  • Leigh

    I, myself, am tired of political-correctness. We all have our opinions and are guaranteed the freedom to express ourselves. Simply disagreeing with the opinions or lifestyles or choices of others does not mean that the one in disagreement holds hatred for those with whom he disagrees.

  • Mark

    What a pathetic left leaning article. Where do I even start to break down your nonsense??

    Phil Robertson speaking his mind is “hate speech”?!?! Are you an imbecile? Do you even know how to read?

    Comparing the show Duck Dynasty or anything that happens on the show to the KKK?

    You are an idiot, you and your pathetic little “special interest” groups are destroying this country.

    Here is a question for you Ms. Mathews-El, are you and your groups purposefully trying to destroy this country, or are you just plain dumb?

  • crittergirl

    I’d rather be a homophobe than a homosexual. I’d rather follow GOD than be a sinner. If this makes me a bigot then so be it.

  • arlo

    There is no god. Merry Christmas anyhow though!

    • DAD

      Prove it.

  • cooter

    I support Phil it is time white American Christians take back our country. We have been the minority too long. It is time gays n blaks go to the back of the bus. Jesse jacson cant keep his own son inline. But yet he talks about everyone else

    • NOW

      You sound ridiculous. Supporting Phil is one thing but this “white American” statement lets me know that you are a stone cold racist. America is a melting pot of many colors, creeds and like it or not, Religions.

  • Craig Robberts

    Phil’s comments were not made on a scripted TV show but were made while giving an interview totally unrelated to the A&E scripted TV Show.

    Take the time to do the research before you try to educate people who know more about the subject than you think you do.

    A&E reacted and now the silent Majority who is the Majority has had enough and is reacting. Get used to it. I hope this is the turning point to ultimately bring back a strong decisive America.

    The founding fathers and Supreme Court,I believe. Would take exception to Your interpretation of Free Speech.

    Jesse and Al can and do say what they want whenever they want.
    Why should Phil be held to a different Standard?

  • Robert

    I have lifelong friends who I disagree with on subjects from politics to homosexuality and other issues but even though we don’t agree on some issues we are still friends. I personally like the show Duck Dynasty and will continue to watch it whether I agree with Phil’s personal beliefs or not. My suggestion would be that if you don’t like the show or the cast punch some new buttons and watch something else it is easy I do it all the time.

  • Stan Himes

    Why is there so much focus on this man living in the woods? This is so blown out of proportion. Christians should be focusing making the world a better place. He said what he said as part of free speech his opinion let it go. Go help help someone in trouble, he doesn’t need your help, he rich and famous.

  • http://webpronews Camden Ripley

    Okay, we understand that the fact of the government and freedom of speech wont be the savior of this. But we all have the right to our own opinions. However, always under the scrutiny of the society we live in, people don’t know how to move on. We watch movies that show bullying, murder, gambling, gays and lesbians (treated in good light or bad light, race,etc… Do we all remember the movie ‘american history x’ with a scene when a individual gets curb stomped, made as a statement of a guy who was against all races and beliefs, white power motive. Was the country up in arms about that movie when it came out, possibly but to this day the movie still sells and shown on cable tv! So, in that being said, other movies showcase the murder, race situations, depicted in any way it wants, and nothing is said about that. We as a country need to stop riding the fence on what we find offensive.

  • JusJam

    “However, you cannot hold an unpopular opinion and be unprepared to see consequences for that opinion or actions that back it up. The reality is that we are living in a world where people are changing, and the popular opinions of yesteryear are going.” Liberals like to think that the majority stand on these issues with them. If they will just look at the responses to this article, they can see they are not in the majority. Those in favor of Phil greatly outnumber those against. We do not speak up because we are busy living our lives the way we believe and not trying to force these beliefs on them, whereas the liberals make so much noise they cannot hear our silence.

  • DAD

    How about our right not to be forced to believe only what liberals tell us?

  • Donna Pitts

    For Christmas, I would like to wish Phil to be a black homosexual in the “pre” Jim Crow laws days…bet he would change his mind pretty quick!

    • Justin Avery

      Little donna I am sure you and the lying author would get along just fine seeing as you are both filled full of hate and bigotry. I think you are probably lovers or something because you both sux.

      • Donna

        Really Justin??? You have the nerve to refer to me as “little Donna” you don’t even know me. I was merely suggesting that Phil go back to that time and era and be what he condemns. No one should judge another until he has walked in their shoes.
        John 8:7 “So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her”

    • Tammy

      What does the Bible say about homosexuality. REad it, and then make your stupid comments.

      Where I am different from you is that I still believe you have the right to your opinion & I have mine. I won’t try to force you to change yours if you don’t try to change mine.

      I believe like Phil does and I have a family member that is gay. I love him not his love life no more than I love his drinking. They are both sinners. Remeber God destroyed the town of homosexals.

      Read your Bible and see if you still stand behind your statement. Why is it ok for you to have an opinion but not Phil. Go Phil!!!!

  • http://none No Body

    This is about discrimination. Phil gave an interview to GQ Magazine. Phils answer’s to the questions put to him by the GQ interviewer where based on Phils religious beliefs. Now! He was basically fired from his job on A&E’s television network.

    So! Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)
    This law makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. The law also makes it illegal to retaliate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

    Nancy Dubuc is President and Chief Executive Officer of A+E Networks, she can be sued, along with the A&E television network! Dubuc never took this into consideration when fired Phil, now she can be held responsible for her termination of Phil from employment.

    • Justin Avery

      Cool I hope Phil sues her and A&e and that the settlement is huge. In addition I hope they move on to a more favorable station that isn’t run by racist, bigoted idiots.

    • Art

      So in addition to believing in a shared imaginary friend, you know absolutely nothing about contract law. Good to know bloke.

  • Mike

    I was shocked when I started reading this article. How someone could not have a clue about free speech without themselves being a bigot and racist. The I finished reading and see the author is black. Wow, ya’ll are all racist and bigots. It’ ok, right? You re black. You have been oppress for over a century, right? Wrong! When you racists get your acts together and teach your children real social skills, and see the same treatment, then you can complain. Until then fuk off.

  • Jerry Stanford

    Why does Phil’s views considered hateful? Does a person not have the right to have a different view? If I oppose a war am I then a bigot? A person that does not believe in homosexual acts is not a form of bigotry. It is that persons right under the constitution of the U.S. The author of this article is truly a bigot of free speech. You call Phil a bigot yet you only show bigotry to those that oppose Homosexual acts.

    • Red Seagrass

      Go get a brain.

  • Jim

    If he had been in Russia, he would have been applauded for being against homosexual’s. The Muslim’s and the Islam religion put people to death for homosexual acts or speech supporting homosexual. Yes, homosexual acts are a sin and God is not a bigot. You can support man’s worldly views or you can be on God’s side. As for me I am no fool, I stand with God. People hate being confronted about their sin and would rather continue with their free life style.

    • Art

      Then he should move to Russia. Get it?

  • http://yahoo DynoDoug

    right or wrong..A & E owns the network and rights..they can fire whom ever they want..it is private industry,,not government..
    phil has the right to his opinions,and the right to suffer the consequences..

  • Dave

    A&E will either get rid of the show or keep it the same. The reason will have nothing to do with what is right or wrong or gays or Christians and everything to do with money. So this argument is meaningless.

  • wildcat

    so unless you are an “anything goes” type person then you are a bigot? that’s really what antireligious people are saying. my Bible IS a good enough reason to hold onto a belief. It predicted this day and your spirit of rebellion.

    • Red Seagrass

      Shove your bible and fart a new tune.

      • James Hoffa

        I’ll shove it down your throat if I ever see your whiny little punk ass.

  • Justin Avery

    Toni what’s her name is s bigot and a racist from the looks of things. Her rant is laced with lies and and half lies. We all know liberals hate facts and they burn like acid when spoken by their lying lips.

    What I find so funny about Lying Toni and her buddies is their attempt to rewrite history. Their twisted and evil actions come right out of Orwellian novel. The fact that their claims never happened and that this is just another forwarding of the Homosexual Agenda stinks of liberal hate and bias.

    Toni word of advice get a job at the carnival because you and your clown act fit right in.

  • doc

    I find it, both , amazing and amusing that Toni Mathews-El seems to go to great, quasi-literary lengths to equate Robertson speaking his faith and mind with “hate” speech because it doesn’t fit her viewpoint and narrative.
    This is a pathetic and somewhat Goebbles like attempt to vilify Robertson and his views without coming out and actively saying it. That takes no class, talent and courage as a writer.
    I’m amazed that you worked so hard on this, and that your editors went for it, rather than just standing up and voicing your own beliefs.
    Be who you are but don’t you dare try and make others see Robertson’s expression of his Christian faith and “hate speech”. The only hatred I see flowing on this page is contained in your words.

  • Nelon Wright

    Socialist Liberals always call people names whom don’t agree with them. What should we call gay people? Fags? Lesbos? How is that different than Homophobe? Welcome to Socialist America..

  • Bkm48198

    I believe gays are the ones spreading hate, if anyone disagrees with their lifestyle they attack the person. I don’t hate gays and I believe marriage should only be between a man and a woman. I’m not against gays having a way to have the same rights as married couples do but call it a “Gay Union” or something other than a marriage. The reason for a different name is so if a gay goes straight after being married ( gay union) and then has a divorce, the next person they would get in a relationship would know they were gay at one time and could always go back to a gay lifestyle. If a gay man went straight,married a woman to have kids but was also still having gay sex and bringing home STD’s to the female, at least she would know to watch for signs that he was having gay sex, if he was able to just say he was married and divorced and didn’t talk about his ex the woman would assume he was 100% hetero and not worry about him hanging out with guys.

  • Hoodoo

    I have been saying and continue to say this is a fake controversy, a prevarication, a manufactured crisis, a false hysteria.

  • http://YAHOO LONNE


    • Red Seagrass

      Idiot, shut up!

  • Barbara Bowman

    My parents were Goldwater Republicans, but they had critical thinking skills and were not paranoid. Obviously neither of those traits is allowed nowadays in the Republican party.

  • Red Seagrass

    Yes sign up for bigotry and hate, you pack of morons….

  • James Hoffa

    I was reading your article thinking “WTF are you talking about?”, But then when I caught your photo at the end I knew you were a flaming liberal Socialist. A few facts for you Toni from the land of chunked pumpkins. When you go outside of the cozy slums of the city you enter into rural areas where the majority of the people think and believe like Phil does. The majority of the country does not accept your Socialist president or his socialist viewpoints and your going to find that out much sooner than later.

  • john

    I don’t stand with Phil. I don’t doubt that he is a loving family man, but he is ignorant. I am a white southerner and I know for a fact that racism is alive and well in the south. We have come a long way, but we don’t BBQ together much, go to church together much, have family meals together much or do anything together unless the law mandates it (such as school). To say that he didn’t see any black people upset with their social status as a child demonstrates his ignorance. Oppressed black people knew complaining or whining to white folk was a waste of time. He is even more ignorant on sexuality. It is very frustrating when people read one book.. the BIBLE… and take a few verses out of it to support hatred. They should focus on the thousands of bible verses that discuss love and kindness instead….. and possibly read one or two more books as well.

    • Robert

      Rom 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
      Rom 1:27 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 recompence of their error which was meet.

      John 5:14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

      Mark 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

      Mark 9:45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

      I guess God and Jesus are haters too.

  • Robert

    He didn’t say anything hateful. The man is full of love. Who are the REAL haters here?

  • Mike

    Since when does disagreeing with someone’s lifestyle amount to “hate”? The reverse bigotry at work is astounding.

    • Robert

      I guess God is a hater too:

      Rom 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
      Rom 1:27 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 recompence of their error which was meet.

  • JOHN

    Phil’s view and comments were not “BIGOTED” they were his opinion and are the biblical view, the popular view of homosexual sin and conduct in America…YOU are trying to blacklist him as Senator Joe McCarthey blacklisted known communists in the 1950’s…If he couldn’t do that then you and your gay lobby will not get away with doing this…For every 10,000 gays who think this is a bigotted view, there are still 300,000 Americans who think it is the correct view. And I agree with them.

  • Chris

    You just compared people who believe the bible and don’t budge to pressure to make them overlook the dozen verses that condemn homosexuality. to KKK members. congratulation you are the most fucking retarded person on earth

  • Barry Schier

    Not that long ago, Michael Richards’ (better known as Seinfield’s Cosmo Kramer) performance at the Laugh Factory included a racist rant, complete with the epithet “nigger.”
    This afternoon, as I entered a show at that comedy club, I was greeted by its owner (Jaime Masada); he thanked me for coming, and I thanked Masada for his decision to consider Richards as “persona non grata” (i.e., banned bigot) if were to ask to perform at that venue ever again. Masada told me that Richards since ceased doing stand-up comedy.
    Whether in the heart of Hollywood or deep in Duck Dynasty land,
    bigoted rants are NOT exercises of “free speech,” but attempts to set the clock back on giving social acceptability to bigotry AND rants against “minorities” whether spoken / written. (That Duck Dynasty dude outdid the other racist ranter by being an anti-gay quack as well as opponent of civil rights for racial “minorities.”)

  • Jonathan

    And yet, when Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks spoke out against President George W Bush at a concert in Europe and was heavily criticized for having an unpopular opinion and was unprepared to see consequences for that opinion or actions that backed it up, there was a huge outcry from the left, and the Dixie Chicks appeared on the cover of Entertainment Weekly magazine completely naked with the words “freedom of speech” tattooed all over their bodies as an act of protest against how they were being treated. Even leftist journalist Alan Colmes stated afterwards that the First Amendment protected people from being criticized or ridiculed for expressing their opinions. So apparently people on the left have no understanding of the First Amendment either. I’ll bet that Toni Matthews-El was one of those people that backed the Dixie Chicks back then, and criticized the backlash they received from fans and conservative groups. Toni Matthews-El and her ilk should be careful about adhering to their double-standards and remember what “hypocrisy” is. They should also know that political correctness, which the left seems to rely on more than anything, is dying in this country because average people cannot tolerate it anymore.

    • Art

      Then why didn’t you and your ilk defend Martin Bashir?

      And average people are average because they’re not smart enough to be anything else. If you believe in God, you’re probably not that bright. Let’s all agree on that.

  • Scott

    GLAAD should mean Good Luck At Atonement Day! They are going to need it!

    • Art

      Then why not commit suicide and get a head start so you can meet your maker? Why stay here with the gays when you can join the rest of the bigots in Heaven?

  • Roy Blizzard III

    Homophobia is a lie. It doesn’t exist. If you believe it you have bought the lie. http://thecenterforbibleandbusiness.com/2013/12/22/the-fallacy-of-homophobia/

    • Dougau (@dougau)

      It exists alright, Homophobia (the fear of Homosexuals) just look at A&E and Cracker Barrel.

  • http://Yahoo Jeffrey

    This show plus Honey Boo Boo should be canceled!

  • shawn

    One thing is for certain after reading comments over the past few weeks,,,the moral majority still rules, the immoral minority does not!
    Thank God!!!

  • Corn Bread

    Typical 3rd rate liberal blogger

  • david

    Racism is alive and well…such a shame…

    • David G

      You could always repent of it, david. You don’t have to be that way. And the ugly bigotry the liberals are pouring out on Phil Robertson is the norm, not the exception.

  • David G

    The ONLY bigotry here is the patented liberal ugliness and hate directed at Phil Robertson.

  • http://therighttodefend.com Larry S.

    I agree the constitution only restricts the “government” from limiting speech and says nothing about private industry or ? However, should it be applied in the reverse would it be right to throw Oprah off her show because she wouldn’t endorse the right to possess firearms or to pray in school? How about if she called the Robertsons rednecks and got her show pulled? Does your double standard only apply to white conservative people??? You’re pitiful and ignorant of our freedoms and a disgrace to the country you attempt to subvert.

    Larry S.

  • bill ding

    This article was written by another of the worst, biggest, uninformed,bigot that apparently sniffs too hairspray. He has right to his opinion, but you want to deny him that. He has a right to his religion, but you want to deny him that. He has a right to his heritage, but you want to deny him that, too. He has a right to display the the Dixie flag (the Civil War was NOT just about slavery), but you want to deny him that, too. But you want him to recognize Quanza, some crap you invented just recently and has no “history” or “legacy”. So who is wrong here? YOU!!!! Go back to your hairspray sniffing , and your whack head sports team until you have a true thought .

  • James K

    I would like to address the Writer of this article. Talking about changing ways in this country. How about adding labels to people who do not agree with your opinion. Just because I go to church and believe in the bible and you don’t does not mean that I am a bigot. You also go by some of the same polls that Obama goes by the New York Polls or the Los Angles polls those polls overwhelmingly believe in Gay Marriage. But in the heartland the southern states and just in case your wondering the RED states they don’t believe in Gay Marriage. As far as the labeling why do you label your intellectual enemies. Just because you went to school does not mean your smarter than the general public. How about work have you ever put in a days work other than typing a story? Talk about Gay Marriage. I will tell you why its a bad Idea. That is just a single sample of what the bible says we should not do. They say no Man on Man and woman on woman. It also say no Brother and sister much less brother and brother. How about Man on Sheep? Hey that could happen. How about man and object “Rubber Doll” ? How about Polygamy? is that admissible. Where do we stop when it comes to equal rights. Oh I hear 2 consenting adults argument but really. Polygamy how about incest they are consenting adults don’t know about the sheep thing. If you start with Gay marriage then you have to OK all the others EQUAL RIGHTS!!!! RIGHT? Well if you give me a good reason to allow all the other Abominations then I think Gay Marriage would be ok. But until someone shows me how it is ok with out breaking the Lords commandments then I am with PHIL on this one and you can disagree. The Gay community is taking the propaganda up to much and that is what is pissing off all the straights. So I am willing to agree to disagree as long as you leave people alone if you want us to leave your talkers alone don’t go after the people that we support or we will wage war. Tell Jessie the dirt ball Jackson that. War of words not guns and bombs…Give me a brake

    • Jason

      Thank you James. Very well said.

    • Art

      Give you a brake? How about a brain instead?

  • t

    u can always say what u want to say. no one is stopping u from doing that. its just that a price u shall pay. lolololol.

  • Wayne

    Toni Matthews-El are You just a complete idiot or is that just how Your articles sound like, the Phil Robertson story is about one group of ” people ” making their Minority Views as in these Gladd Clowns or however they initial their retarded cause, as the law of the land, bullying ignorant A&E into falling for their perverted ways. It is about the First Amendment and Freedom of Speech, period. And ” gladd ” F U You perverted sissy ass bitch’s, punks.

  • Jason

    Just because you disagree with someone’s life style does not mean you hate them. Phil said that himself. I can love a person and still disagree with some of the things they do. I know the media likes to put the term “homophobic” to situations like this, but that is just their way of trying to make people seem like haters when that is not the case. Besides, the term makes no sense at all. It literally means “fear of man”. God loves all people, but He does not love everything they do.
    As Christians, we can do the same thing.

  • LISA

    Has anyone ever noticed that Phil’s grandson is black ? Yes, Willy and Korie adopted young Will when he was just weeks old. He is African American and he is loved by the entire family…including his Grandfather.

  • Carm

    I am confused. Why is believing that homosexuality is wrong automatically equivalent with hate? Why is not agreeing with same sex marriage automatically malicious? I do not agree with crimes motivated by hate. An opinion you have that you do not force on others is not always hateful. I just think people are on one side or the other and they do not stop thumping their tub long enough to see all the gray are.
    Agree with or disagree with WHATEVER YOU WANT, just don’t hurt anybody. Sad this stupid show and stupid situation actually is newsworthy. Stay classy USA.

    And if in the end, MONEY is the power that directs everything, SHAME ON ALL OF US!

  • Clarence Nicks

    Time to shut Twitter down! Another Anti-American company will bite the dust! Time to Twit the Twitters!

  • cg

    Those so-called religious individuals that use the Bible as a basis to condemn what they don’t agree with obviously have no problem exhibiting wrath or pride, two of the seven deadly sins, while they stand on the soapbox and point a finger.

  • Donny Reb

    Toni, you’re so off base on this the right fielder could run you own and tag you out. Where is this “hate” and “bigotry” of which you speak? He never said he hated anyone. He never said he didn’t want to be around homosexuals. The statement he made about a vagina and anus is spot on. When in the world a man would want to lay with another hairy ass man, instead of a nice, soft, beautiful woman with a vagina specifically designed for a penis, complete with self lubrication, is absolutely beyond my imagination. But that in now way indicates I “hate” homosexuals. I have several homosexual friends who know how I feel but they’re still my friends, because they know I genuinely love them and because they genuinely love me. Since when can we not disagree with someone without it being labeled as hate?

    How do you feel about interracial relationships/marriages? Frankly, I have no problem with it, especially if they are both believers and act like it. But I have a few black friends (I’m Cherokee and Irish) who are stone cold against it. Doesn’t bother me in the least. That’s their belief and that has nothing to do with the way they feel about me or the way I feel about them. BUT if anyone other than a black person made such a comment, oh Lord help us all. Jesse and Al and the Black Pansies would all be down here in a New York minute.

    One of the problems with the liberal mindset is that you can see everyone else’s fault but you can’t see your own. You labeling Phil Robertson a bigot and hater is doing EXACTLY what you accuse him of doing, except he never did or said anything bigoted or hateful. You don’t know the man. You know nothing about his character in the least. He’s ask straight by a GQ reporter how he feels on a particular subject and he answers as boldly and honestly as he can, pretty much paraphrasing exactly what the Bible says. And somehow that makes him a bigot? My homosexual friends don’t think I’m a bigot. They know damn well if they needed me I’d come running, regardless of where they were or what time it is.

    And I can say the same thing about those against interracial marriage, both black and white. They know I don’t agree with them, but they in no way think I’m a bigot or hater. Nor do I feel that way about them. I have a white friend who has a very close friend/coworker who is black. They hang out all the time. Neither of them believe in interracial marriage. They love one another to death, but either one of you will tell you they don’t want their children marrying the other’s children.

    Phil never once implied he was any better than homosexuals or that he hated them or would make sure he wasn’t around them.

    The only hate and bigotry I’ve seen in all this is coming from the left. Not the right. Before you write a column accusing someone of being a bigot and say he hates some particular group of people, I highly suggest you pretend you’re a real writer and actually do some research. Like ask his associates about him. And, a really novel idea, pick up the phone and call him yourself. Journalism has gone to hell in this country because writers don’t research anymore. They just regurgitate what they see on social media and/or MSM. Daddy always told me if you’re gonna do something, do it right. That’s good advice for anyone. I believe your career would benefit from taking such an approach.

    Good day.

  • jwyoming

    Your article is typical of the left wing media who always jump on the homosexual bandwagon and ignore all of us normal people. You want to be able to say anything anytime but when we want to express a differing opinion we are mistaken and wrong.
    Why not spend a an hour finding out what is wrong with your viewpoint.

  • Lolo Jenkins

    Even in the old testament history and God was not kind to homosexual behaviour. He destroyed the whole city of Sodom and Gomorrah.

  • Bob

    I guess you don’t have to have much of an IQ to write articles for this website. Please go read the article before you write this garbage.

  • Beckus

    For @Confused and all that are just reading the old testament…… In the New Testament (NT) there are at least three passages that refer to homosexual activity: Romans 1:26–27, 1 Corinthians 6:9–10, and 1 Timothy 1:9–10. Old testament or New testament sin is sin. No matter how a person may twist it to make it right for them. We also have to remember that Phil is an educated man but he is still a back woods country boy and he says things one way when a lawyer may have the same point but chose different words.

  • Ron Joseph

    Once the Muslims get stronger here they will take care of the gays. Then the gays will run to the Christians for protection and we can say.. sorry for your luck. End of that problem and then we can start to fight the real enemy.. The Muslims.. the ones that hang the gays unlike the Christians who just don’t agree with the lifestyle.

  • Joe

    See, people, you need to look at the bigger picture of things. All these little bickering and arguing and pointing fingers is because of one thing…what is right and what is wrong. This is what the battle is all about. When you get to the root of all this, it asks the question, “What is truth?”…really…who is right and who is wrong? Why do some people think same sex marriage is wrong and why do some people accept it? What is moral and what isn’t? What is good and what bad? You see…truth has to be absolute, it can’t be relative. For example, if I ask you, “Is truth absolute?” and you answer, “No, it’s relative (it can be changed)”…well, is that the absolute truth? It’s a self-defeating question. My point is, there has to be a reference point where we can all turn to discern between right and wrong, good and evil, etc. What human flesh, a mere mortal can sit on his throne and decide what is good and what is evil, what is right and what is wrong, etc. If you believe something is evil, then you believe something is good, which means that there has to be a moral law that discerns between these two, which means that there has to be a moral law giver/creator. This moral law giver is the point of reference, the source we need to seek to find the truth, absolute truth…and that is God. Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” He is the truth and He said that I’ve written the laws in man’s heart. People, God didn’t create these laws for us to obey it, He created them to show us that we are not able to obey it because that’s the sin that dwells in us. The things you want to do, you don’t do…the things that you don’t want to do, you do them. I stand with Phil because he stands with the truth that is in Christ Jesus. He is not condemning anyone, He voiced the truth.

    • Necola Tull

      I agree with you. There’s just one thing, though. It was “light” not life that Jesus spoke, but it really does sound as if life should be there. God bless :)

      • Joe

        You are correct, Necola, Jesus is light. He is the light of truth. But I was quoting Jesus in the Bible when Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” The word used is “life”. :) God Bless you, too.

  • Rightyo

    But he didn’t say anything hateful. He said he didn’t see it, it’s not his preference and according to his religious beliefs that they will be judged by another authority as “sinners” according to that religion. He didn’t say they would or should go to hell or have anything harmful done or occur to them. So you pint is based on a false premise, much more so than the point you are trying to make that he doesn’t have the right to express his views which would be his exercising his religion (as one of their tenets is to proselytize). Your wrong and you are the one who is promoting “hate speech.”

  • Necola Tull

    I just wanted to comment on this article and its references to times when things weren’t so equal and fitting for blacks. My signing the petition shouldn’t be compared to the rallies against mixing races and segregation. Look around – not everyone agrees with mixing the races today, and there are even people who still don’t like having to be around black people in public forums, i.e. schools. This being said, I support the Duck Commander’s beliefs because I agree with what’s in the Bible. Popular or not, believing in Jesus and the teachings in the Bible shouldn’t swerve yet stay steadfast and strong. Discrimination because of skin color isn’t something Jesus taught us. Regardless of what back draft may or may not come from signing the petition for Phil Robertson, I won’t feel ashamed with siding with Jesus on any count.

    Jesus may not have said it exactly as Mr. Phil did, but it’s the same principle. Many people have spoken out against homosexuality and other discriminatory topics before, so this shouldn’t be so alarming. Jesus didn’t agree with Mary Magdalene’s adulterous behavior, but He didn’t go out and throw stones at her. He chose to love her regardless.
    This story is very tiresome and unnecessary. Charlie Sheen and now Jesse Jackson? When shall we expect Al Sharpton to hop on board?
    I’m just a black woman that wishes people would leave Phil be.

  • KAW

    Again, there was NO hate in his comments. This simply disagrees with the gay lifestyle. His reasoning for his beliefs are because he believes what God teaches in the Bible. This world has a difficult time with morality-that’s the problem. We can disagree with someone’s lifestyle and still love them. That’s all he was saying.

  • Brad Cole

    What a star-spangled, gold-plated, diamond-encrusted BORE this whole thing is!

    It’s not about the artificial redneck Phil Robertson, or the gays, or the Bible, or Jesus Christ. It’s about money. The making of money by the A&E television network.

    Because the only power people have is economic, A&E worries about their ability to charge advertisers the big bucks, if one of their stars is blabbing about how a significant portion of their audience has morphed from bestiality.

  • http://yahoo Janelle

    I see nothing wrong with Phil’s comments. It is his beliefs and opinions! Which, we are all entitled too!

  • Kenny

    Toni Matthews is the bigot. It is interesting that the writers opinions are factual and any other opinions are bigots. Why is that? Why is the writer so absolutely right and everyone else is wrong? I for one believe I can stand against Homosexual marriage but still love the people. Loving does not mean that I have to agree with everything that someone I love believes.

  • Rightyo

    Wow Toni – trying to be relevant. Of the 53 articles you’ve “written” this one has more responses than the other 52 put together. Why – because you just want to ignite another fire and get some play so you look like you are in the fray. Your point is ridiculous, poorly researched, and badly presented and of course hardly timely. So please slink back into oblivion where you were and stop promoting yourself as anyone other than one who wants to profit from the commotion.

  • Joe

    The greatest trick the satan pulled is to convince people that it doesn’t exist. It’s not about straights or gays, politics, media, freedom of speech, etc, it’s how the devil (the prince of this world and air) to steer people away from the truth that is in Christ Jesus. See, people, you need to look at the bigger picture of things. All these little bickering and arguing and pointing fingers is because of one thing…what is right and what is wrong. This is what the battle is all about. When you get to the root of all this, it asks the question, “What is truth?”…really…who is right and who is wrong? Why do some people think same sex marriage is wrong and why do some people accept it? What is moral and what isn’t? What is good and what bad? You see…truth has to be absolute, it can’t be relative. For example, if I ask you, “Is truth absolute?” and you answer, “No, it’s relative (it can be changed)”…well, is that the absolute truth? It’s a self-defeating question. My point is, there has to be a reference point where we can all turn to discern between right and wrong, good and evil, etc. What human flesh, a mere mortal can sit on his throne and decide what is good and what is evil, what is right and what is wrong, etc. If you believe something is evil, then you believe something is good, which means that there has to be a moral law that discerns between these two, which means that there has to be a moral law giver/creator. This moral law giver is the point of reference, the source we need to seek to find the truth, absolute truth…and that is God. Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” He is the truth and He said that I’ve written the laws in man’s heart. People, God didn’t create these laws for us to obey it, He created them to show us that we are not able to obey it because that’s the sin that dwells in us. The things you want to do, you don’t do…the things that you don’t want to do, you do them. I stand with Phil because he stands with the truth that is in Christ Jesus. He is not condemning anyone, He voiced the truth. We need to stop at one point and ask ourselves, “really, who is telling the truth?” Nobody has the truth, only those who seek truth with all their hearts, minds, soul, and strength…that will lead to Jesus Christ. Paul says in Ephesians, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Satan is trying to win people’s souls over and will use people and media to steer people away from the truth, that is Jesus Christ.

    • Joe

      Correction from above: self defeating statement.

  • je123

    It seems to me that a Gay reporter (who asked for an interview, he was not invited I’m sure) who works for a urban publication went to backwoods LA to speak to a redneck hardcore Christian in his home. Did this reporter ask about family togetherness, which is what Phil’s Family TV show is about? No the reporter asked about all the hot button issues that would inflame readers–How many Gays do you think read GQ? Just for good measure the reporter made sure a race card was tossed in. My guess is the reporter was hoping for a Paula Dean repeat, the fall of a celebrity to pad his resume.

  • larrywheeler

    this hillbilly redneck is not a historian-his commnents are just his opinion. the fact that so many “fans” of his reality tv show put this guy on a pedestal where if he says something ignorant he becomes a heroic figure to them. if this guy ever really was interviewed and his views really drawn out, it would even more racist and homophobic. in fact you’d probably find out the guy is a homosexual.

  • Dicky Ray Bass

    You would serve this article so much better by declaring in the first sentence, “I hate RedNeck Bigots..” Now, it may not be a freedom of speech issue, but here one issue they got them with.Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers with at least 15 employees, as well as employment agencies and unions, from discriminating in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. It also prohibits retaliation against persons who complain of discrimination or participate in an EEO investigation. With respect to religion, Title VII prohibits:
    •treating applicants or employees differently based on their religious beliefs or practices – or lack thereof – in any aspect of employment, including recruitment, hiring, assignments, discipline, promotion, and benefits (disparate treatment);
    •subjecting employees to harassment because of their religious beliefs or practices – or lack thereof – or because of the religious practices or beliefs of people with whom they associate (e.g., relatives, friends, etc.);
    Title VII protects all aspects of religious observance and practice as well as belief and defines religion very broadly for purposes of determining what the law covers. For purposes of Title VII, religion includes not only traditional, organized religions such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, but also religious beliefs that are new, uncommon, not part of a formal church or sect, only subscribed to by a small number of people, or that seem illogical or unreasonable to others. An employee’s belief or practice can be “religious” under Title VII even if the employee is affiliated with a religious group that does not espouse or recognize that individual’s belief or practice, or if few – or no – other people adhere to it. Title VII’s protections also extend to those who are discriminated against or need accommodation because they profess no religious beliefs.The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.

    Religious Discrimination & Harassment

    It is illegal to harass a person because of his or her religion.

    Harassment can include, for example, offensive remarks about a person’s religious beliefs or practices. Although the law doesn’t prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that aren’t very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted).

  • Koob

    There is nothing bigoted–and something very Christian–about hating people’s orientation to lie, boast, steal, and, yes, commit sexual sins. So I’m sure that Phil hates the fact that some people’s sexual orientation (however it was acquired) draws them to the same sex. Phil expressed a hatred toward evil behavior and evil desires, but no hatred at all toward people. Had he done the latter, I would want him off the air too. But I certainly don’t want him off the air for believing what every true and knowledgeable Christian in the world believes.

  • Rhonda

    It’s kind of humorous from a Phil supporter point of view. The fact that this man can (and is) hurting the A&E “brand” is funny. A&E is looking at it as if what Phil said was wrong and hurts them. In actuality, what A&E did by removing Phil is what REALLY hurts them. I stand with Phil.

  • Tedd

    Jesus quoted the old testament often.Enough said.

  • Richr

    Freedom to hate, eh? Well then, I guess that means that Glaad nd LGBT are off the hook for all their hate speech.

  • Art

    I love how Christians put the The Bible on a pedestal as if it has anything to offer the world anymore. The fact that you believe a poorly written book about the creation of mankind and its maker is downright preposterous. The Bible was written by a bunch of sexist, misogynistic, egotistical, maniacal, homophobic, racist bigots with the self-control and IQ of farm animals. These MEN didn’t even understand the concept of gravity back then. And to trot out this nonsense as a defense for bigotry is not only insulting to modern day humanity, but also pathetic attempt to rationalize human behavior on every level.

    Evolution is a slow process that can never be stopped. Even by religion. It’s a powerful force that changes the shape of everything on Earth. You religious types want to believe that the world started and stopped in The Bronze Age. Especially straight males. It was your first and worst attempt at trying to understand the world you live in. But every aspect The Bible and its nonsense have been debunked.

    If you are like Phil Robertson, you are raging against the dying of the light. You can call yourselves persecuted all you want, but you’re being decimated by evolution. Your myopic view of the world is being thrown on the scrap heap with the rest of the nonsense that we as humans have now discovered to be false. You want to believe that a bunch of Bronzes Age idiots should determine how all people should live their lives. You are intellectual terrorists of the first order.

    You wax poetic about how the Old Testament doesn’t apply to Christians, but that is also nonsense. Your God made laws for all human beings that he created, not just Jews. You rely on The New Testament because it allows for the worst kind of humanity to be justified under the guise of obedience. It’s pathetic in every aspect of its hypocrisy and simple-mindedness.

    People who support Phil Robertson’s version of the world are not just on the wrong side of history, they are on the wrong side of humanity and evolution. And you will be crushed by the weight of its progress. Zeus used to be very real for humans. But now, it’s a joke. It’s part of history that we call fantasy and mythology. All religions will end up in the same pile of intellectual rubble. Religion has nothing to offer humanity because it doesn’t grow, change, and evolve to advance humanity. Evolution eliminates anything that hinders its progress. It is non-discriminating. It has no respect for your God. It will not yield to your threats intellectual terrorism.

    You will be eliminated – one way or another.

    • mark jenkins

      yeah spoken like a true self made intellectual. you obviously have a incredible intelligence, but it is too bad that all your words are dribble promoted by some historical fantasy team
      right from darwin right down to the producers at a&e.
      we will see who is eliminated in the end. and who prevales.
      I pray for you just as Phil prays for all those that are doing wrong. that they find their place with their svaior and find eternal life.its not too late yet..but one day you will stand before a fair and loving God that is prepared to judge you for your actions..good luck

  • Dougau (@dougau)

    The Gay & lesbian Christian bashing bigots have badly miscalculated and exposed their true nature for all to see,and America doesn’t like it!

  • Nat

    Hey wise guy please do me a favor and show me Phil’s interview and point out to me exactly where it says that Phil hates “gays.” Please find another job you are just embarrassing yourself. You just proved to the whole world you don’t know how to read. Just for the record Phil never said he hated anyone, he spoke the truth. True Christians don’t hate my friend they love. You are right history changes but God remains the same and His word remains the same if He said that homosexuality is evil, than it is evil. I am sure down deep in your heart you wanted him to agree with the things that are going on right now in this world but than that would have made him a liar. God does not like liars. Liars do not inherit the kingdom of God. LOVE THE SINNER BUT HATE THE SIN what does that mean to you. I would greatly appreciate it if you can explain that to me. I am sure when KKK existed someone stood up and said that such things are unacceptable, don’t we have that right today? I am proudly going to sign any Phil’s petition because He speaks the truth. He is a citizen of this country and he has every right to say how he feels.

  • Rob

    Your text refers to most Americans being in favor of same sex marriages. This puts your article in the same light as any other main stream news bull. It is completely biased and doesn’t deserve to be published but our liberal media feeds on this crap. Report the truth or be held accountable.

  • Chris L.

    “Toni Matthews-El hails from the land of chunked pumpkins and people who come to a complete stop before making any and every turn. When she isn’t contributing articles to WebProNews, she spends her time freelance writing, cheering Liverpool FC, and enjoying life as a hair flower connoisseur. Disclaimer: Written opinions do not necessarily reflect that of WebProNews or its affiliates Google+”.

    Sounds like a real legitimate journalist here, and of course she’s a black women…

  • Dougau (@dougau)

    “Millions of Americans being up in arms about a scripted television show is embarrassing enough on the global stage”
    Yep, and the homosexual community started it! They look pretty ridiculousness don’t they?

  • ken

    are you really saying their are no black,gay,feminist bigots on tv in music or in the movies? if so you are ignorant as well as liar

  • Eli Walker

    I hear so many Christians now a days claim that the Old Testament is defunct for Jesus was the “lamb” to clear away its rules and regulations. This is just another lie that Christians use to ignore the atrocities and bizarre laws commanded by their god. Their preachers spoon feed them that the Old Testament is no longer binding so that they can excuse the majority of evil that the bible promotes. I am so tired of Christians manipulating the scriptures that I have assembled a BRIEF list of verses which clearly show that the Old Testament is not to be ignored. Its laws should indeed be adhered to, for the New Testament demands it! After this section I shall list where the Bible contradicts itself concerning other laws.

    1) “For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:18-19 RSV) Clearly the Old Testament is to be abided by until the end of human existence itself. None other then Jesus said so.

    2) All of the vicious Old Testament laws will be binding forever. “It is easier for Heaven and Earth to pass away than for the smallest part of the letter of the law to become invalid.” (Luke 16:17 NAB)

    3) Jesus strongly approves of the law and the prophets. He hasn’t the slightest objection to the cruelties of the Old Testament. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest part or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place.” (Matthew 5:17 NAB)

    3b) “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness…” (2 Timothy 3:16 NAB)

    3c) “Know this first of all, that there is no prophecy of scripture that is a matter of personal interpretation, for no prophecy ever came through human will; but rather human beings moved by the holy Spirit spoke under the influence of God.” (2 Peter 20-21 NAB)

  • Eli Walker

    For those of you Christians who disregard the Old Testament (even though Christ said it was forever binding), I have gathered together a great law from the New Testament. Romans 1 :29-32 “Those filled with unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, hate for god, despite, proud, boasters, inventions of evil things, disobedience to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, unnatural affection, implacable or unmerciful nature: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death”.

  • George

    Toni Matthews is a foot soldier in the liberal army of shut up and do as we say. But we won’t bend to your BS and will continue to fight the good fight against the bigotry spewing from the liberal media and their coked out Hollywood cohorts. We stand with Phil – like it or not.

  • John

    Toni Matthews-El You are lost.. period.. Phils comments are based on his beliefs that many share. You watch A E will cave in and prove that his honest comments were twisted by the wacos that are pushing there agenda.

  • George Casey

    Your quote, above: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech . . .

    Phil said that he believed homosexuality is a sin and in a setting that had no connection with A&E. A&E said that Phil could not express his beliefs publicly, and dismissed him.

    A&E’s action abridges his freedom to express his exercise of religion. That should not be so difficult to understand.

    • Steven

      And by labeling his opinion as “hate speech” it gives the company a way to circumvent these rights. Whether people agree with Phil or not, the majority clearly does not think this is hateful.

    • http://gapoblog.wordpress.com/ Gary

      There is a widespread and prevasive misunderstanding of what constitutional rights are. Constitutional rights are the guaranteed protections of the people’s rights against infringement of those rights by city, county, state or federal government. Constitutional rights do not apply to the actions of businesses and individuals. The rights of businesses and individuals interacting with one another are not governed by constitional law but by contract law and civil statutes. The “right to free speech” only means that no governmant can pass laws that curtail the right to free speech. It does not mean that a businees cannot sack one of its employees or terminate a contract with someone because of something the person has said.

      • http://gapoblog.wordpress.com/ Gary


      • JohnC

        True Gary, except when a private business does not want to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony, right? Funny that government intervenes in those affairs.

  • http://yahoo Dina

    Calling someone a bigot because they don’t agree with homosexuality is like calling someone who doesn’t agree with other groups of sinners a bigot – such as adulterers – If I speak out against the act of cheating on ones spouse, am I a bigot? Or drug addicts, if I speak out against their habits and forms of pleasure, does that make me a bigot?

    • Steven

      I agree Dina. Classifying what Phil said as “hate speech” is a reach, but I feel the people attacking him need that him to have that label to justify their outrage that he doesn’t share their beliefs. A problem is some of his supporters are relying on some very offensive language to defend him. I wish that wouldn’t occur.

    • bow bforeme

      It is when you try to stop them from having the same rights we do, like getting married, the problems occur.

  • Three

    God is GREAT
    Man is not
    Man made whisky
    God made POT

  • Molee

    bigot: a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc. : a bigoted person; especially : a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group)
    The left wingnuts are absolutely the most vehement bigots. They went on the attack, but now the Christians are seeing how vicious the left is and they’re sick of being told that they have to call evil good.

    • Leo

      but by speaking of homosexuals they way that the majority of christians do they are being bigots. dissagree with homosexuality fine but there is no need to hate them as a majority do

      • DONNA


      • Mike A

        YOU MISSED IT ENTIRELY……Phil never said he hated Homsexuals, he sad they were sinners and needed to get with Christ according to his teachings, he said he loved them as himself and prayed for them!!!! HOW IS THAT HATE???? He has never advocated discrimination or harm to come to them!!!! But that doesnt further your agenda so you attac him

        • Facepalm

          You know, priests who burnt heretics also said they loved and prayed for their salvation.

          Phil is a hypocrite. First, he says that men should all enjoy vagina more and how he doesn’t get homosexuality, then he says he loves them. Then he says: they will not inherit the kingdom of heaven. (aka they will burn in hell, only in softer tone, since you know, there are only two places to get, heaven or hell’)

          Phil is an ignorant bigot on top of that.

          Bible lists jealousy, debating, pride etc as sins (same chapter of Romans as Phil quoted) and all sins as equal. This guy, as many before him, separated homosexuality into unforgivable sin, deciding instead of God who will or will not inherit the kingdom of heaven.

          Yes he is bigoted. And nobody denied him his rights.

  • gail

    However, you cannot hold an unpopular opinion and be unprepared to see consequences for that opinion or actions that back it up.

    Freedom of speech means being able to speak of your opinion and be allowed to do that with out retaliation. True diversity is the acceptance of others not just for their color or sexual orientation but also of differing beliefs and opinions. Otherwise its a bullying if we must all think the same.

    • Mike A

      Gail, looks to me like Phil is petty popular!!!!

  • mark jenkins

    is the author here insane?? living in the dillusion that homosexuality is the popular view ..and even though it is more widely accepted it still is not the most popular view. we have been too long told that if we disagree with someones sexual preference that we dislike them , or hate them, or that we are afraid of them, maybe we are afraid of the popular machine that has to twist the truths to try to tell everyone that they are alright. Our freedom of speech that is under attack, how can you deny the argument that you have used for many years to promote your own unfortunate views.Also the argument you present about the hatred or bigotry is so far misplaced and again puts out there the popular dribble that says that the majority of the population has to accept or even love this lifestyle is disturbing. when has t become necessary for every gay man to enter a room and tell me about it..i don’t announce nor promote my straightness every time i get the urge . and to say that there is any bigotry when the statements made showed a love for these people. and a desire to show them their errors, god is a god of loves , but he does despise and wil udge against what is wrong..read the book sometime.

  • johnny

    A&E may not be the United States government..etc…but they are bound by rules as employer and employee….as defined by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act…

    SEC. 2000e-2. [Section 703]
    (a) Employer practices

    It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer –
    (1) to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, “RELIGION”, sex, or national origin; or

    (2) to limit, segregate, or classify his employees or applicants for employment in any way which would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect his status as an employee, because of such individual’s race, color, “RELIGION”, sex, or national origin.

    A&E knows they may have a bad lawsuit on there hands….that is why they placed Phil Roberson on “indefinite suspension”…..that means WHAT??….Sounds like A&E is a fence walker…..or are they just chicken.

    I say …sue them!

  • BE

    “Remember, once upon a time it was seen as perfectly Christian to burn down churches or hate someone for the color of their skin.” To the author-This is your quote and you, excuse me, are a bigot.

  • Blake

    Remember, once upon a time it was seen as perfectly Christian to burn down churches or hate someone for the color of their skin. Excuse me, your quote is ill informed at best, and bigoted at worst.

    • Leo

      at one time it was socially acceptable and there fore considered to be christian. It was all about social behavior…still is.

  • Michele

    “Written opinions do not necessarily reflect that of WebProNews or its affiliates” – under the writers bio. I guess she can say whatever she wants and not be fired or held accountable

  • Dana

    Phil really stirred up a mess by giving his understanding of the scripture. Here is the way to resolve this problem if the gay community would prove Phil wrong on his interpretation of scripture and use the scripture to show him he is wrong this would heal this problem. If they cannot do that the problem will always be here as long a men believe the word of God.

  • doesntmatter

    i don’t read the bible never have because theres no point in believing in something that u can’t see and that lets kids die of horrible diseases like cancer and for that i will never understand you people….. however phil has the right to say what he believes just as much as a&e has the right to fire his ass because of their beliefs. we all have the right to say what we want on here as well, just as the gay communities have the right to do what they believe is right its funny that if you people had kids that turned out to be gay they be removed from your families or your beliefs about being gay would change and I’m sure that I’m gonna get ahhh ur stupid no they wouldn’t because god said its bad and i believe in him well i don’t care he also said that you should treat those as you would want to be treated so if being complete dicks to people who have different views than you do then take what u dish out and stfu about it.

  • Michele

    Under the writers bio at the bottom of the article.”Written opinions do not necessarily reflect that of WebProNews or its affiliates” so it translates to “She can say whatever the hell she wants without repercussion”

    • Steven

      She is just writing from her perspective. It is our job as supporters of Phil to present a case to open her mind to the opposing viewpoint and that is Phil’s words were NOT hateful. To become angry and attack the author is the easy way out. It keeps the cycle alive. To persuade her to see Phil’s words for what they truly are is what our goal should be. I could are less about everyone having Christian views or supporting homosexuality as much as I’d like to see a good man’s name cleared. There are battles to be waged on both sides, but this is not one of them.

  • Davidjoseph

    Why can I say bigamy, incest, bestiality, adultery, and pedophilia are wrong, yet I’m labeled a bigot and homophobe if I disagree with homosexuality? Am I not allowed to disagree? Then what about them that disagree with me and think that homosexuality is normal behavior? Are they then bigoted heterophobes? The author of this article seems to think she has the right to disagree with Phil, but he’s a bigot for not agreeing with her. And yet, homosexuals demand equality…

  • Nat

    I am a christian and I am so proud to say it. I love my life, my family, friends that I am surrounded with. I know that God exists because I feel Gods presence in my life every single day, Every time I read the bible I am so at peace and if I miss it for a day, I feel the difference I get mad faster upset angry. God exists and his bible is sooooo true. Everything that was prophesied in the bible many many years ago even up to this day things are being fulfilled. As a matter a fact the bible is the only book that has actually lasted for many many decades. Have you ever wondered why? Hitler and many other like Hitler tried to destroy it and none of them were or will ever be successful because that is God’s word and His word like I said before is very much alive. Jesus is LOVE so we must accept and love homosexuality that is what I have heard many times said by unchristian people when it comes to a topic such as homosexuality. What people also need to remember that yes Jesus is Love but he hates the sin. God clearly states in the bible and I have heard many people say before that oh it does not say anything about homosexuality in the bible, oh yes it does. You must have not read the bible than. People need to understand when God created man that was not his intentions. He first created the man than created the women to be mens helper. He created them both in His image and told them to multiply. How can a man with a man or a women with a women multiply? But what I was trying to get to I have noticed this happening since Phil Robertson’s interview is that many people created articles saying that he hates gays. Clearly He did not say that he hates gays. So if Jesus is Love and someone gives his/her life to Jesus Christ. If Jesus enters into their life Love will too. Because how can someone accept Jesus into their life and have hate at the same time. It is irrelevant. You either have Jesus (Love) or Satan (Hate) you cannot serve two masters. When someone has Jesus Christ into their heart, they love the sinner because that is what God created and hate the sin which comes from the Devil. Do you think that God wants you to go to hell? absolutely not but you are the one who ultimately makes the decision. True followers of Jesus Christ will speak the truth, we will not shove our belief down your throat. God wants you to come to him willingly. Satan on the other hand roars like a lion looking for someone to devour. Do not be deceived. Phil spoke it like is it that is why I applaud him because He is not afraid to speak the truth. Jesus says in Mathew 10;32 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven.

    • kevin


  • Nat

    I am a christian and I am so proud to say it. I love my life, my family, friends that I am surrounded with. I know that God exists because I feel Gods presence in my life every single day, Every time I read the bible I am so at peace and if I miss it for a day, I feel the difference I get mad faster upset angry. God exists and his bible is sooooo true. Everything that was prophesied in the bible many many years ago even up to this day things are being fulfilled. As a matter a fact the bible is the only book that has actually lasted for many many decades. Have you ever wondered why? Hitler and many other like Hitler tried to destroy it and none of them were or will ever be successful because that is God’s word and His word like I said before is very much alive. Jesus is LOVE so we must accept and love homosexuality that is what I have heard many times said by unchristian people when it comes to a topic such as homosexuality. What people also need to remember that yes Jesus is Love but he hates the sin. God clearly states in the bible and I have heard many people say before that oh it does not say anything about homosexuality in the bible, oh yes it does. You must have not read the bible than. People need to understand when God created man that was not his intentions. He first created the man than created the women to be mens helper. He created them both in His image and told them to multiply. How can a man with a man or a women with a women multiply? But what I was trying to get to I have noticed this happening since Phil Robertson’s interview is that many people created articles saying that he hates gays. Clearly He did not say that he hates gays. So if Jesus is Love and someone gives his/her life to Jesus Christ. If Jesus enters into their life Love will too. Because how can someone accept Jesus into their life and have hate at the same time. It is irrelevant. You either have Jesus (Love) or Satan (Hate) you cannot serve two masters. When someone has Jesus Christ into their heart, they love the sinner because that is what God created and hate the sin which comes from the Devil. Do you think that God wants you to go to hell? absolutely not but you are the one who ultimately makes the decision. True followers of Jesus Christ will speak the truth, we will not shove our belief down your throat. God wants you to come to him willingly. Satan on the other hand roars like a lion looking for someone to devour. Do not be deceived. Phil spoke it like is it that is why I applaud him because He is not afraid to speak the truth. Jesus says in Mathew 10;32 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven.

    • Leo

      Eve was the second woman He made. Lilith was the first. A being of evil if i am not mistaken.

      • JohnC

        You need to do some research. No wonder you are confused.

  • Buck Mojo

    I’m not sure why you brought bigotry and hate into this.

  • Leo

    For everyone wishing to argue abomination and bible quotes the original hebrew word in the bible actually translated into un-clean not abomination. It was a mis-translation. This arguement all started over a reality tv show. i shudder to think that we have nothing better to do with our lives then argue over tv show.

    • JohnC

      Leo, there are multiple passages from Genesis to Jude making clear God’ stance on homosexuality. There is no debate over that. The fact that God created man and women uniquely compatible in and of itself reveals his intention. You can use a wrench as a hammer but that is not it’s purpose.

  • Steven

    The question is whether or not what Robertson said was hateful. I do not believe it was. He equated homosexuality with bestiality and womanizing as examples of sexual compulsion and the temptations people face. It isn’t who we chose as partners as much as the carnal drive within us that we must learn to control. And the “racist” comment was based on what he saw from his own experience and not at all commentary on how he thinks society should be as a whole. It was about one group of people, at one time, and how their belief in God gave them more strength than public assistance ever could.

  • Chris

    If I said, I think people from Louisiana are a bunch of intolerant, backwater, bumpkins, the Governor of Louisiana would tell me it is wrong to think like that. Despite the fact that it is true. You just can’t win some days.

  • John

    If someone doesn’t agree with something but feels it’s immoral or unethical according to their religion it doesn’t mean they “hate” the person or has made any prejudice against them. Bigotry? When has Phil ever discriminated against someone who is gay? He’s simply saying from his religious perspective it’s wrong. He has never promoted hatred or violence towards anyone. The person who wrote this article needs to know what the words “hate” and “bigotry” mean before they throw those words around.

  • Jakester

    The issue of Phil being kicked off the show is not even related to an argument about religion. OKAY, we get it, the Bible isn’t down with homosexuality. It’s his right to believe what he wants.

    BUT, he is basically an employee of a network that bases its livelihood on being popular and watched by as many people as possible. SO, he can say whatever he wants, but that doesn’t mean people have to/are going to like it, and they have a right not to. Frankly, it seems like his attitude is that he is okay with that because his beliefs are very important to him, as they are to everyone.

    However, he may have made himself unpopular among some or a lot of people, and no large successful company tolerates things that may make the show and/or their network less popular. Unless they want to lose viewers, they are likely to react negatively. This is especially true of a show as popular as Duck Dynasty that has a huge fan base, which most likely includes those who may find his statements offensive. You don’t hire salespeople or people whose job is to keep the customers happy if they *more or less* insult certain customers because of their personal beliefs. It doesn’t matter whether he said it on TV or not, he still (whether he wants to or not) represents his employers in some way when outside of the show and in public.

    It’s. that. simple. He will undoubtedly still be successful and liked by many, but being surprised or offended that A&E responded the way they did doesn’t make much sense.

  • Ted

    Hey Toni – a different opinion is not bigotry. His comments were not hateful but differing from what is today’s “politically correct”. He was very specific that he disagreed with certain lifestyles but did not feel animosity – unfortunately you come across as being biased and unopen to different opinions and quiet frankly, don’t deserve an open forum – a laptop and a website does not make a journalist –

  • Mark

    All of you supposed Christians who argue that bigoted behavior and attitudes are supported in the Bible would probably be very happy to live in a country that is governed solely by religion and religious councils, where anyone who sins according to holy scripture is duly punished. And just remember, according to your own scripture, and many other holy scriptures, adultery with a woman is on par with homosexuality. So, many of you hypocrites would have to do a better job at keeping it in your pants. But if you think you have what it takes to live in such a society, there is such a country that you can try right now: Iran. Enjoy!

  • kevin

    Since our founding fathers came up with the idea. Americans have fought and died for freedom. I don’t care if I agree or disagree with Mr. Robertson. I have fought in a war to defend his right to say it.

  • Jeriah Knox

    All I see is homosexual bigotry and hatred of Christians. This is nothing new and probably stems from their hatred of God, His law, and His creation. God is not mocked, the sinful lifestyle, which homosexuals live shaking their fist at God, is actually a judgement God gives them over to. They are trapped by their delusions and the only way they can become unchained is by seeing God for who he is and worshiping him. Read the Bible folks, behold the lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world.

  • JohnC

    Bigotry In Danger? Well, it is either that or fascism coming from the other side. Yeah, Robertson’ comments are a little on the edge but he is advocating violence. You cannot suppress every form of speech that may be the slight bit offense to a group of people.

  • Tami

    What the author of this article doesn’t realize is that this has nothing to do with “hating” anyone. As a Christian I should treat everyone equally no matter what their race, religion or sexual orientation. That doesn’t mean however that having ANY sexual relationship outside a man and woman in marriage is not a sin. Phil is free to believe that and to say it. Yes A&E has the right to fire him should they choose but lets be honest if he had said I think a man and women having sex outside of marriage is a sin would anyone of cared? Of course not. The point is he is immediately labeled homophobic because he believes what the bible teaches. It’s ridiculous you can believe what is in the bible and still treat others respectfully it doesn’t have to mean you “hate” people and it’s offensive to myself and many others to say that.

  • A. VanEss

    This lady says ‘people are changing’, well , not so much — and they don’t like being forced to change — what idiot gave this shallow jerk a forum? she says at one time it was okay to burn down churches? What would happen if she actually complained about Muslims burning them down in today’s world? or is she too ‘chicken’? She is picking a target that will not fire back BECAUSE they are Christian and believe in TOLERANCE, but not FORCED ACCEPTANCE.

  • bow bforeme

    It seems like Christians only follow the rule they like. Does Phil eat shrimp, Wear blended fabric clothing? Does his wife ever wear pants? Does he stone to death anyone working the Sabbath or an unruly

    • Dad

      @ bow bforme…. Do not speak of something which you know nothing about. You need to know what those verses mean and who they were for. You can not just pick a verse and use it as you see fit. You need to read the full paragraph/chapter and sometimes other parts of the Bible to get the full and correct meaning.

  • Kelly

    Hate groups like the KKK and how about the Black Panther Party. Why is it the only group you have the balls to mention is the KKK? How about Louis Farrakhan’s group? OK now to the point. A&E should have let the country make the decision of what needs to be done instead they have to play thought police. State your opinion and where you stand then allow the rest of the people the ones who are watching the show the ones who are buying the product being sold by the store let them decide what needs to be done if anything to Phil. I guarantee you would have heard something. But on the other hand I guess A&E is hearing plenty right about now.

  • Skip

    This is an article obviously written by a person with bigotry in her heart and no first hand experience as to what the majority of Americans think about gay issues. The truth is that here in America the majority of people are against “gaydom” being forced down our throats so that it can become the new norm. Live your lives and answer to your faith, but quit insisting that we live the gay life vicariously with you… the majority of Americans do not want to be mandatorily indoctrinated into the gay lifestyle.

  • James

    What the MSM fails to recognize, as usual, is this backlash isn’t so much about free speech as it is being fed up with the homosexual agenda. And their minions in the MSM serving them. Lies, being accused of being bigoted, hateful, ignorant, etc is the mantra chanted at anyone who doesn’t fall in line with the sodomites’ demands for unconditional and absolute acceptance and agreeance of and with them.



  • Uncle Slam

    Love to see anti-free speech little faggots like this person getting their panties in a tight wad over someone on a stupid tv show saying what they feel.

    If you don’t like it, turn it off, you stupid little bitch.

  • http://gapoblog.wordpress.com/ Gary

    So many incoherent beliefs stated here are contradicted by the selfsame scripture upon which the beliefs are supposed to rely. Some are saying that the Old Testament (Mosaic) laws represented the old covenant between God and the Israelites that they therefore only apply to Jews but not to Christians and that, by extension, all that applies to Christians is the new covenant as expressed in the new Testament. However, both the Old Testament and the New Testament and indeed the very words of Jesus himself in the New Testament irrefutably contradict each and every fundamental aspect of such claims. Jesus makes it indisputably clear that he did not come to abrogate any of the old Mosaic laws but rather to uphold, clarify and elucidate each and every one them (which is exactly what he then proceeds to do for the whole of Mathhew 5). Jesus therefore goes on to uexplain that even the most minor of the Mosaic laws must be obeyed in both spirit and in letter by anyone who claims to follow his teachings. Finally, the Old Testament prophecy by the prophet Jeremiah of a new covenant to be fulfilled by Jesus makes it irrefutably clear that the new covenant is also between God and the Israelites.

    “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel” [Jeremiah 31:31-34 KJV]

    “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” [Matthew 5:17-18 KJV]

    “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” [Matthew 5:19 KJV]

    “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:” [Matthew 5:27 KJV]

    “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” [Matthew 5:28 KJV]

  • Susan Kilian

    Obviously from the uninformed an bigoted assumptions given by the author of this article it is obvious that hatred and bigotry are in no danger of becoming extinct

  • Karen

    Bigotry??? NO I to am a Christian and believe everything Phil had to say, Homosexuality and Bestiality is a sin, and as Christians we are to preach the gospel giving sinners the opportunity to repent! I hear this conversation every where I go and on every site, and the conclusion is there is a lot of conviction going on, I have first hand seen what the HOLY SPIRIT can do!!! my own sister in law and best friend was gay, when she accepted Jesus and the Holy Spirit came upon here she was saved and realized the sin she had been living, and turned her back on that life! Jesus can save the sinner, only Jesus, but we are to bring others to Him, preaching and living the life he made the example of, being His disciples, but also at the same time loving and respecting all men and women. I feel if you or anyone has a problem with what Phil said , you have something in your own life you are feeling convicted for out of all this, He did not judge, just spoke the word of God!!!

    • Facepalm

      Yes, bigotry.

      Read the Bible since you’re a Christian. “26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

      27 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 recompence of their error which was meet.

      28 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;

      29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, DEBATE, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

      30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

      31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

      32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

      You’re worthy of death for just pridefully debating on this thread. Being prejudiced against homosexuality out of all this list is bigoted and hateful and there is nothing you can say against it.

  • Kevin

    It seems that no one is understanding this issue, as everyone continues to site freedom of speech being violated, however this is not correct, in fact, it is the exact opposite. Phil has decided to exercise his right to free speech in spite of a contractual obligation that he had willingly signed up for, to represent the brand of his employer, and his employer has taken action. According to their contract, they had the right to act in the way they did. If you stand on a soap box in the middle of your hometown and talk in a manner that offends your employer, or worse, the customers of your employer, you stand to be fired. You are risking your own job to exercise your right to free speech, and your employer has the right to act on their own behalf to protect their brand/company/customers. You cannot have your cake and eat it too, if you want corporations to be considered a person (the current law of the land), then they also have an absolute right to free speech, as was made abundantly clear 3 years ago in a speech by Mitt Romney. So here is your recourse… stop watching the channel because you do not believe in their views, or stop using the companies that pulled duck dynasty stuff off the shelves for the same reason, and well, that’s about it. Nobody is attacking your constitutional rights, please stop using the argument in order to insight a favorable reaction and attack theirs. Feel free to speak the truth, something I am sure you stand firmly behind, and shout from the mountaintops that you are not watching A&E or going to Walmart because they believe in supporting and defending the rights of those citizens in the community engaged in homosexuality, and be the judge that Phil claims only god can be.

  • http://gapoblog.wordpress.com/ Gary

    The objection to Phil Robertson’s comments about his experience of the South is that they were disingenuous. Is he saying there was no segregation in his town? Is he saying that Blacks and whites were equal? Is he saying that there was nowhere in his town where blacks were not permitted to go? Unless he is also claiming all of the above, then his statment that he saw no evidence of the mistreatment of blacks in his youth is a lie. Lying is specifically prohibited in the very Bible that he claims provides him with his moral compass. In any event, even if the town in which he grew up in was indeed some sort of multi-ethnic miracle of the era, does that mean what was happening elsewhere in the South meets with his approval? If someone has never witnessed a murder in his home town, does that mean that the crime of murder does not exist?

    • JohnC

      He said he didn’t witness it with his very own eyes. I grew up in that time period and I didn’t see it either. That does not mean it did not exist. It just means he did not see it in his community. We all know it was there.

  • Dad

    The writer of this article is a stupid F. There is nothing in Phil Robertson’s words even hinting at Hate. And if you have been alive and breathing in the last 10 or so years then you would know that there are such laws as hate crimes, whether you kill someone or not.
    And when companies are allowed to remove/fire someone for what they say elsewhere besides on the job then it is just the beginning of the end of Freedom of Speech as we know it. The difference is that the people and companies are doing the job for the government as they sit back and enjoy the fruits of the peoples labor.

  • Steve

    This author gets 0 points for originality as I’ve basically read this same article 100 times from the left-wing blogs and newspapers. And it is fundamentally wrong entirely.
    First off, sure technically and legally speaking A&E’s actions are not against the 1st Amendment as they are not government. But if we want to get legally technical, I see their actions as violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which says you can not base hiring or firing on the grounds of race, color, RELIGION, sex, or national origin. You can also not base any terms or conditions on employment based on those things, so it would cover a suspension, in my opinion.
    A&E’s actions are not legally against the First Amendment, but they are fundamentally against Free Speech and Religious Liberty that is covered in the 1st Amendment. Just like Stalin, the Militant PC crowd wants to not only silence, but punish all those who have a difference of opinion in these matters. And from the sounds of it, they want to call the quoting of the Bible, “Hate Speech.”
    Phil Robertson simply quoted the Bible, then expressed his views on his interpretation of 1st Corinthians. He is entitled to that opinion, and he is entitled to his religious beliefs, and that is protected in the First Amendment and the Civil Rights Act.
    So,a more accurate statement would be: If you stand with A&E, you stand with Stalin, and stand against the Civil Rights Act.

  • Dave D

    First of all, I wish to say I am neither for nor against the “Duck Dynasty” decision. It is a private business matter involving case law and that is all.

    However, I simply cannot let one callous, bigoted, and absolutely shameful comment made by this author pass. And I quote, “Remember, once upon a time it was seen as perfectly Christian to burn down churches or hate someone for the color of their skin.” Let me say, it was NEVER considered perfectly Christian to murder. It was NEVER perfectly Christian to burn down houses of worship. It was NEVER perfectly Christian to hate any human being. There are those vile sinners and blasphemers who committed acts of atrocity falsely in the name of Jesus Christ, but never with His consent and never with the consent of any true Christian Church. True Christians (even in those days, in dark corners of the country and the world) knew this was wrong and sinned for not speaking their hearts, though many did. Please select your words more cautiously, though I do not, in my heart, believe you meant exactly as you wrote. If you did, as the Holy Spirit calls me, I forgive you.

  • Mike A

    Toni, what you fail to get even now!! Is that Phil was expressing his Religious Beliefs, no where did he advocate predjudice or violence against people who he deemed “Sinners”, in fact he stated you should love them as your self!!!! But people like you on the other side want to attack he Christian Religiou Beliefs…..IT IS YOU THAT IS THE BIGOT AND INTELORANT !!!!!! THAT IS WHY PEOPLE SUPPORT PHIL

  • Dave

    This article is correct that it has nothing to do with freedom of speech, however it has everything to do with freedom of religion. The bigotry that is going on here is everyone that is saying that the Christian religion and The Bible is outdated and needs to be changed. Try to tell that to Islam. Better yet, ask for same sex marriage or even let then find out your lifestyle, punished by death! (Or try it in Russia) All Phil said was the acts are a sin, but he loves all people no matter what they choose!

  • Brian

    OK, it is not bigotry but an accurate assessment of homosexuality. A man has genitals that we clearly designed for the female’s genitals. To believe otherwise is a perversion, Phil just told the truth, so the real bigotry is calling the truth bigotry because it comes from a religious belief. so GLAAD is a hate group.

  • Jesus

    “Though shalt not bear false witness”

  • Tom H

    Straight from Wiki….”Bigotry is the state of mind of a bigot: someone who, as a result of their prejudices, treats or views other people with fear, distrust, hatred, contempt, or intolerance on the basis of a person’s opinion, ethnicity, race, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.”

    Sadly the definition of Bigotry makes nearly every American a Bigot. Name calling and divisive expulsions of hate are toxic, and destructive for our country.

    Duck Dynasty is the most valuable asset that A&E owns. IF they let it go, networks will be lined up to sign them on. So this whole thing is a non issue.

    These demonstrations are all about gauging power. When a group can successfully remove an individual from power or from the media, they will use that precedent for their next Coup D’etat. This whole thing is about control, from the guise of a controlled victim. That will be fine with many, until it is their beliefs that are on the block.

    • Facepalm

      Exactly. Almost everyone is guilty of it, only most of us don’t go on national TV professing them to the whole nation and thus inflaming the community against that which we believe is ‘wrong’ and should be ‘condemned as wrong’.

  • Mark

    It seems to me the author of this story got it wrong. As I understand it Phil was asked what he thought sin was. His answer was based entirely on what is in the bible. Just like when a California beauty pagent contentestant was asked what she considered marriage to be, when the answers didn’t embrass LGBT she was criticised. Phil didn’t talk of hating LGBT’s. only what he understood sine to be. When you ask someone what the think it is a free speech is the issue, not bigotry.

    • Facepalm

      Except that almost every friggin Christian deems ‘homosexuality’ to be a sin, but being a ‘jealous and prideful debater’ not. See the problem? The Bible lists both of them as sins and every sin as equal and punishable by death.

      He is prejudiced because he separated homosexuality into a ‘worse kind of sin’ and passes his own judgement and condemnation on a whole group of people that they will not enter the kingdom of God bc they are sinners.

      (whoops, everyone is and it is not up to Phil to decide who will or will not enter the KH, but up to God)

  • tim

    all glaad is doing is CREATING bigotry through their own intolerance.

  • Howard Pennington

    Toni, you have to be kidding. Did you even read the entirety of what Phil Robinson said? If you did, how can you possibly have compared him to the KKK. He has a crude way of speaking, but clearly wishes no harm to anyone. They are simply his beliefs.

    • Facepalm

      Oh dear…

      How to put it to you? I don’t care what his intentions were. So shouldn’t you. You have no way of knowing what transpired in his head. The only thing that we know is what he said. And what he said wasn’t just crude. And it has nothing to do with God’s message.

      So let’s see what he says: “It seems like to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me.”

      Let’s break it down. It seems to him that there is something wrong with homosexuality because a man should desire a vagina (what about a woman’s ass, sorry couldn’t resist). If that doesn’t spell homophobia, I don’t know what does. He doesn’t say: I personally prefer vagina and it’s just my belief. His belief is that every man should prefer a vagina and there is an abyss of difference.

      If a gay person would go on TV and say that every Christian is a bigot and nobody should be Christian anymore, and that is just his personal belief , he’d get the same treatment as Phil and that’s how it should be.

      He adds, “There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on dudes! But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man.”

      He continues to point out that homosexuality is somehow less enjoyable and still wrong.

      Phil continued his verbal attack by claiming society’s become too accepting of sin. He says, “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and those men … they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. It’s not right.”

      What Phil fails to understand here are the following:
      – it’s the age of official separation of church and state and freedom of religion. If you want to live by Christian morality, no one is stopping or persecuting you.
      – it isn’t Phil’s business to judge who will or will not enter the kingdom of God. It’s God’s. By his own religion. Again, separation of church and state. It isn’t up to him to dictate what’s universally right or wrong and if he is so certain God will judge everyone by the end, why should it bother him if this particular homosexual would enter the kingdom of God or not?
      – he almost compares homosexuality with bestiality. An equal loving relationship of same sex between two men or women to screwing a mindless beast. Wow, Phil.

      Shall I continue of adding what is just wrong with Phil’s words and how they have nothing to do with message of God?

  • Tom

    Spoken like a true liberal. Phil is not a member of the KKK so why bring that into the argument. The guy thinks that what is “socially accepted” is wrong. “What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right”

    • Facepalm

      KKK members think that there is something wrong with having a particular skin color and Phil think there is something wrong with particular sexual orientation. Perfectly sound analogy.

      Again, jealousy, debates and gossiping are also socially accepted and have been socially accepted much longer than homosexuality. In fact, it has been socially accepted since the beginning of time. And these are things that are called ‘sin’ in the Bible and ‘all sin is equal’.
      You know why almost no one speaks about those? Because everyone is guilty of those particular sins and it’s just ever so hard to look at yourself and admit you’re no better and have no higher moral standing than those ‘other’ minority of people (here: homosexuals). And it isn’t just the homosexual’s fault that ‘perfect moral Christian ruled’ society exist.

      So yes, Phil is clearly prejudiced against homosexuality and is a bigot.

      • Facepalm

        ‘doesn’t exist’ I meant about ‘perfect moral Christian’ society.

  • John

    every “civilization” had it’s “God(s)”, some lasted for more years than others, all are an attempt to control society and explain the nature of the human experience. We are really clueless about the true nature of the universe, use a very small percentage of our brains, probably for good reason. We invent these fantastic stories to describe our god(s) powers to justify what we want, and our beliefs are based on where we live. If you think your god was right, so does every other culture who ever had a god. Were they right? Where is the truth? Jack N. had it right in “A few good men”….you can’t handle the truth. So believe what ever you want that makes you feel special, just don’t expect to be right, no one else has yet..

  • Kim

    YOU should be careful regarding what you write and why you think you’re writing it: You could find yourself wrong on more counts than you know.

  • John

    They stone women in some countries today for certain acts, the Mayans and Incas sacrificed thousands of people, the Romans slaughtered countless numbers of people and animals, the list of human abominations goes on, in the name of their god(s). I may be wrong on many things, but the belief in one deity over another is based on the real estate mantra “location, location, location”

  • Tracy Savage

    It is about time someone stands up for Biblical truth no matter what the cost, but A& E should be ashamed and they will answer to God. Blessed are those who bless Abraham’s seed and cursed are those who curse Abraham’s seed. Jesus contend with those who contend with Phil Robertson, take out your fiery arrows and shoot at them according to your word in Psalms 34. You hold your word above your name and it changes not, as well is your word Oh God is forever settled. I am so proud that someone outside a pulpit is taking a stand for the Bible real Christianity in action. God said it and that settles it. Also, why has someone not done something about stood up for his First Admendment right to freedom of speech. Sin doesn’t want to be outed but accepted and that doesn’t change the Word of God. Galatians 5 will tell you if you are going to make it or miss it. This damnable doctrine everyone is going to heaven is from the pit of hell, believe a lie and be damned. Everyone is going to heaven one time but to those on his right he will say well done good and faithful servant enter in but to those on his left he will say Depart from me into everlasting darkness where men will gnaw their tongues for they will cleave to their mouths. Heaven is real and Hell is hot. Repent and be saved, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. But he stands at the door and knocks, if the big question is “if” we will open up our hearts and ask Him in and turn away from our sinful ways he will come in and make us a new creation, and forgive our sin, it is an exchange of lives. I give up my will for Him and his ways, and he will help me to live a godly life. He will throw your sin as far as the east is from the west and remember it no more. We are separated without him, he offers the free gift of grace/salvation but will not force it upon us to accept it. It is not a feel good gospel but an exchange of lives and thank God someone will not fear man what he may do to him but fears (reverences) the God who can destroy both body and soul. I praise God for such a Godly example as Phil Robertson and A & E executives should get right with their maker and repent and not only reinstate Phil but know they are only blessed because of a righteous man had been placed in their lives to bring about the favor of God on His Servant. Continue to stand Phil and don’t let your plow be moved from the Gospel. There are millions standing with you. God loves sinner but not the sin and to call it a hate message or bigotry the truth (THE GOSPEL) is outrageous rather ludicrous. Blessed are those who are persecuted for His namesake. God you said in your word Psalms 34 you would contend with those who contend with you go ahead Jesus. Some are standing whether men want or don’t want to hear the truth but we are no better than our example you, for you were persecuted to death by religious folk but then again you chose to die for man kinds sake to make a way to be restored back into fellowship due to the fall of man by his rebellious way and choosing to act of their own free will against you. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son that who would believe on Him would not perish but have everlasting life. Call upon the Lord and be saved. This is not a feel good gospel, you can’t have your life and his. My question is who master do you serve, there is God and then the Anti-Christ if you are not for him you are against him. His Word settles it and is unchangeable. His Gospel is not a feel good gospel but is the only Gospel that will stand forever and He is coming back soon and very soon. Today is the day of salvation, why there is still time he reaches out to all and says will you be my child, no one is promised tomorrow. Backbone for the Gospel will always bring those out with opinions standing up for everything but holiness, but it is time and high time “Christ-Like” one’s stand up for the Gospel that claim to be “Christian” and that is exactly what Phil Robertson done, not a bigot, nor hate message, nor racist message but Gospel truth. Thank you Phil Robertson and I stand for you.

  • Facepalm

    You people got it all wrong, unlike the article. How more wrong can you get is the question.

    Yes, the Bible calls homosexuality a sin and a shameful act. Multiple times in both OT and NT. Also the Bible calls divorce a shameful act, adultery, pride, gossiping, malignant attitudes, murder, AND DEBATE.

    So to you all prideful Christians involved in this debate, I as a non-Christian no less proudly announce: by your own religion, we’re all sinners in God’s eyes. Even as you debate and call each other names and spew out contempt and hate for anyone. Guess what? You’re no better than homosexuals. Not by single little bit in God’s eyes.

    But there is Jesus through whom, if you believe in him earnestly and sincerely, you will be granted forgiveness. And still enter the kingdom of heaven if you do believe in KH as it is written in translated and over-translated versions of the Bible. That isn’t mine or anyone’s business.

    What you don’t seem to understand is that it isn’t you who will render judgement upon people who will or will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. By your own religion, God will. Phil made a mistake so many Christian bigots do. Phil confused himself with God. Who is Phil to judge ‘what’s better, anus or a vagina?’. For him it’s vagina and God bless him. For other people, it’s anus and they don’t believe in God or salvation or Kingdom of heaven, and they have the constitutional right to do so.

    The problem isn’t with Phil’s opinion, but how he chooses to voice it out and what consequences it will likely have. You can have a view and present it in a respectful peaceful way. He certainly didn’t think that some bigoted Christians repeatedly took upon themselves the role of judge instead their God and humiliated, beaten, and driven to suicide many LGBT people.

    Officially, we have separation of state and church and any words of potentially inflammatory content, as the article says, whereas can be spoken and will be heard, will not be met with a kind reaction and you have nothing to complain about.

    And somehow I just don’t see too many Christian speeches on TV dedicated to questions of pride, debates and jealousy. Why the poor homosexuals? Don’t you think that jealousy, pride and hatred and debates are a much more prominent problem?

    • Steve

      Where you have it wrong is where you said Phil, and Christians judged anyone. Phil admitted as much after making these statements. Phil also talked about many other sins, as well.
      The question here isn’t: “are we as Christians right that gays will go to hell for what the bible calls a sin.” It’s: “Does Phil Robertson have the right in America to quote scriptures, and form his opinion around those scriptures.” The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is pretty clear, that you cannot fire or discipline anyone for expressing their religious views. Also, nobody is telling gays that they have to believe in Christianity. They have every right as Americans to form their own beliefs. So, why do they care so much about what the Bible says, and what parts of the Bible are appropriate to quote?

      • Facepalm

        And I responded not to the article, but to the people who responded to the article and I made it perfectly clear in my first sentence.

        The article is about freedom of speech, but people made it about gays and the Bible and I commented on that.

        Also yes, Phil has the right to quote scripture. But he wasn’t fired for quoting the scripture. He was fired for making homophobic statements. Needn’t I quote them again?

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

        2)“There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on dudes! But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man.”

        3) “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and those men … they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. It’s not right.”

        It is homophobia in its finest and has nothing to do with spreading God’s message or quoting any scripture. The man says plainly: homosexually is universally wrong, not giving a single crap that not everyone is Christian or can be non-Christian. And he was punished for it, not for expressing his Christian beliefs.

        And as for speaking about ‘other sins’: like… adultery, divorce, homosexuality… nobody speaks about jealousy, pride, gossip and debates, choosing somehow those as more wrong and more prevalent, which is contrary to the Bible.

  • Steve

    If we are “on the wrong side of history” for defending a man for quoting scripture and basing his opinion off those scriptures, does the author think Josef Stalin was on the right side of history in the Soviet Union using the same tactics?

    • Facepalm

      Again, once again, Phil wasn’t fired or bashed for quoting scripture.

      Phil was fired and bashed for making homophobic statements and I am tired of repeating there is a different – pls, read all my comments above.

      You can be a Christian, believe homosexuality and other sins are shameful, live the life according to your own morals, AND STILL NOT BE HOMOPHOBIC!

      wow how can that be?

      Literally, do not judge. It’s plain and simple. Do not take it upon yourself to judge others on how right or wrong their lifestyle is. your God will do it for you. your own God gave ppl freedom of will to choose whether to be a Christian or not, how can you go ahead and just say – everything non-Christian is wrong and ppl will not inherit kingdom of God which isn’t right.

      Consider this. How many Christians have ever shamed or ostracized publicly ‘jealous gossipers who are ardent debaters’? And yet the Bible condemns those equally just as they do homosexuals. Society has somehow decided that ‘homosexuality’ is a ‘more wrong and worse sin’ than the former. Somehow you have no problem living with jealous gossipers debaters without saying there is something awfully inherently wrong with them that you just don’t get and even if you think it’s wrong, you don’t ostracize them, don’t not understand them, and most likely have been in their shows more than once. ‘oh it’s just human nature’ you say. But somehow that doesn’t apply for homosexuals, there is just something awfully wrong with those who ‘prefer man’s ass to vagina’. That’s the whole difference, you see. You can call homosexuality a sin as much as you do divorce and adultery and jealousy and gossiping and debating and still understand and accept every single one of people without passing judgement on them whether or not they will enter kingdom of God and how wrong it is or it isn’t in your opinion.

      • Facepalm

        Besides, how is it different ‘all gays will burn in hell’ from ‘gays and people who screw beasts won’t inherit the kingdom of Heaven’? Same goddamn bigot thing, only worded a little ‘softer’.

        Like Phil reads God’s mind who had specifically told him that God just hats all homosexuals and won’t ever accept them into his kingdom under any conditions. But jealous ardent debaters he will cause well…

        The hubris here is sickening.

      • Steve

        Somebody asked him a loaded question. He then quoted 1st Corinthians. Then he gave his views which are based on that bible quote. You are suggesting that he does not have the right to form his opinion or express his opinion on how interprets the Bible.

        You are wrong. A&E is wrong. This is not Stalin’s Communist Russia.

        • Facepalm

          An opinion can be ignorant and bigoted and homophobic and this is exactly the opinion that should get a negative reaction. You start talking about ‘I know what’s right’ and you get your Communist Russia.

          Again, explain to me, where does the Bible say that a man or a group of men will be deciding to will or will not go to heaven? Or to hell? This wasn’t an opinion, this was a judgement and condemnation. And explain to me, how by the Bible the ‘sin of homosexuality’ is ‘worse than jealousy, debating, and pride’? How homosexuals won’t ever be forgiven and go to kingdom of heaven, but murders and other will? The separation of the ‘sin of homosexuality’ into an unforgivable category is human doing. Like Phil’s. Like you. And everyone who listens to ignorance.

          You also know nothing about Communist Russia. Joseph Stalin exiled, imprisoned and put Christian people into slave labor. You compare that to being fired from a reality show for having an offensive opinion towards a persecuted group of people with no restrictions of being hired by anyone else who likes him. Your ignorance is astounding.

  • John

    the aliens will bypass this planet, “NO intelligent life” . We are saved to continue out self-destructive behavior until we toast or infect everyone and everything on it, then maybe they will start it again with a different set of elements and hope for a better outcome. time has no meaning in the greater universe, so we can continue to wait for the fairy tale ending you religious zealots expect. fools, this is all you get, and if you keep putting your teeth under your pillow, soon you will be toothless. make this world your heaven, and you will be fulfilled.

  • joel

    Just because god hates fags doesn’t mean we should.