Phil Robertson Speaks Out Following Suspension

    December 23, 2013
    Erika Watts
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It has been just under a week now since the GQ article featuring Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty started making waves. As most of us know, Robertson expressed his view on homosexuality, which prompted A&E to suspend him from the show. After hearing from the network and family, Robertson has spoken out on the issue and says he isn’t backing down.

To backtrack a little, Robertson was asked about his view on modern sin during the GQ interview, which he readily provided. “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” Robertson said. “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers–they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

While Robertson touched on a few different sins, the one that caused the uproar was homosexuality. GLAAD quickly condemned the comments and asked A&E to rethink their relationship with Robertson. Hours later, the announcement came that the duck hunter was suspended from the show.

Despite all of the uproar, Phil Robertson has said that he isn’t changing his mind on where he stands. Phil Robertson gave Daily Mail exclusive access to a Bible study he led at his home in West Monroe, Louisiana on Sunday, where he talked about the controversy.

“I will not give or back off from my path,” the head of the Robertson family said. While many folks have jumped to the conclusion that Robertson meant his comments in a hateful manner, he says the opposite is true. “I love all men and women. I am a lover of humanity, not a hater,” Robertson said.

The bearded duck hunter was also upfront about his own sin. “I have been immoral, drunk, high. I ran with the wicked people for 28 years and I have run with the Jesus people since and the contrast is astounding,” Robertson said. “Jesus will take sins away, if you’re a homosexual he’ll take it away, if you’re an adulterer, if you’re a liar, what’s the difference? If you break one sin you may as well break them all.”

It was reported today that Phil will be on the new episodes of Duck Dynasty that air in January and that A&E may back off after the holidays. “There’s no negotiation to have; we’re doing the show,” the source said. “We’ll figure out a solution. It’s just not going to happen overnight. Everybody will take a break for the holidays and regroup afterward. That’s probably the smartest thing for everyone to do. Time heals a lot of wounds.”

A&E might cave and take Phil Robertson off suspension, but will the Robertson family want to continue working with the network? Only time will tell.

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  • Probablynobody

    Ma’am your article is clear and concise. However the video that plays has a condescending tone to it especially at the end. I think everyone knows by now that the first amendment only applies if government is involved, the readers are informed. However I believe the anger is more directed towards GLAAD for telling A&E to fire Phil. They are not the PC police.

  • Casey

    I think anyone who shares the opinion that homosexuality is akin to bestiality needs to shut the hell up. Unfortunately for Phil, he doesn’t have the right to spew his hate speech on a privately owned TV channel or use that platform to stir up even more hatred for a population who is frankly tortured on a daily basis by self-rightious bullies and aholes using religion as a means of disparaging an entire demographic.

    Hate speech has no place on any privately owned television channel. If he wants to continue whipping the sadly misinformed and flat out ignorant sub-section of America into a frenzy then he best do it with his own money and buy himself his own TV network. Until then, A&E has every right to bar his disgusting self from the show because this has nothing whatsoever to do with free-speech and it’s a travesty that our first amendment has been twisted and used this way.

    Go march on Washington all you want, Phil and stay the F off my TV.

    • seemstome

      the thing is, he didn’t “spew” anything on TV. His remarks were made during an interview with a magazine reporter. And he does have a right to his opinion however backwards and wrong it may be.

    • Pa

      He did not spew anything on a TV Channel you ignorant bitch. He also has the right to his views even if they conflict with yours, sorry. There is an on and off switch on the TV.

    • David

      He has every right in the USA to say what he wishes. If we want to be known as a land of the free, then all of us have to allow people to speak about things that you may have spent a lifetime opposing. THAT is freedom and it works both ways. Does A&E have the right to set policies? Sure. I get sick of groups wanting the freedom but not allowing others the same.

      Hate speech, in my mind, incites people to violence. His words did not call for violence against anyone. He did not whip anyone into a frenzy, with the exception of those that would exercise a right they try and deny others. As far as I know, his words did not cause conservative, religious America to go out and persecute or kill anyone.

      On a separate note, if you think this is not at all about business, you are sadly mistaken. A and E took something that was controversial(I am not stating I agree with what he said) and is making millions off of it. They knew that by banning him, the viewing audience would double because of the controversy. They also knew 9 of the 10 episodes for next year had already been filmed and they stated they will NOT edit him out of any of them, so the ban is really meaningless. Third, his comments were a bit inflammatory and they appeased the section of people he offended by doing what they did. The fact that they are not editing any of the taped episodes totally proves my point here!! Wake up!! You are being USED!!!

    • http://twitter.com/d4m_d33zy Deezy

      Wasnt really a “hate” speech. He said he doesnt agree with gay ideas. Im not shocked, he’s a 67 year old man from the boonies. Not only that, he’s also a spiritual man and believes in the unity of a Man & a Woman. Another thing to not disagree with… though I’ll admit some of his verbal expression was a bit vivid but not false about a man sticking in thing in another man bootyhole. Turns my stomach. He views that as well as sex with animals and anything “unnatural” as a Sin in the eyes of Man & God. But in my opinion, Humans do weird stuff, why is beyond me, I think some of it is just str8 mental. Added, these views arent shared by him alone or anyone of a Spiritual nature. You kan accept something but not agree with it. As most people are doing now.

    • Phil is RiGHTEOUS

      I’m a homophobe and a bigot. I am coming out of the closet. Finally!!! It feels so good to confess that I hate homosexuality. Those that practice this perversion should have to register as sex offenders!

  • Casey

    Yes, I realize he didn’t spew his initial comments on the show. What I meant (and I think this was obvious when I wrote it), was he has no right to continue on the show after his remarks were known. It’s a privately owned and operated television network and his so-called “free-speech” is not appreciated by them or any other person who doesn’t believe in hate speech. That’s why he was fired. It had nothing whatsoever to do with free-speech.

    And again, as I said, if he wants to utilize his free-speech, he can go buy his own network and say whatever the hell he wants to to all the idiots are out there who listen to him.

    • http://msn Tracy

      you know what, I can’t stand your type. Everybody is too politically correct today and it has gone overboard, he DOES have a right to his opinion and I respect that, so shut your mouth along with your worthless comments

    • David

      He did not speak his piece on the TV channel – was done at an interview with a reporter. People need to get their facts straight. As you said, A&E is a privately owned channel – what gives you the right to determine their policy? He NEVER made any disparaging comments on the show or on A&E. You know you cannot have it both ways, although you are trying. If it is privately owned, they have the right to determine policy – not you. You can voice your anger by not watching the channel – or by writing them and voicing your frustration. But just for discussion, why should your views, your ranting, your opinions – WHY should they matter more than his? Content aside – why should you matter more than he does???

      From what I have seen in your posts, if anyone should be labeled for their hateful speech, it is you…not him…

    • Heather

      Its not as if he was slamming his views down ones throat. Hes a very religious man. In the interview he was specifically asked, and he told his opinion. (not to say I at all agree with it) but he is entitled to said opinion, it is the same as all of us coming on here and saying how we feel about this issue. I feel like he was set up for failure a bit, and they focused on one thought on the entire interview for publicity. He has been on the show for YEARS and has never been politically incorrect with millions of viewers of all ages. I think people need to relax.

    • Scott Devers

      Casey, I have read all of your posts while I very much disagree with your position of this subject I respect that it is your opinion and I respect you right to get on here and voice it. But let me say a few things. Based on your comments, from this point on those of us that have read your comment with expect that the next time someone, (family, friends, a person on the street, a reporter, a news anchor) ANYONE asks you your opinion on homosexuality that you will politely say “no comment” and walk away! I say this because you have plainly stated that it is not OK for ANYONE to give there opinion even when specifically asked!! And the other thing, YOU ARE the very thing you are ranting about! YOU are the spreader of hate!!! Phil Robertson DID NOT in any way state his opinion in the manner that or with the obvious “HATE” that you have on this site. The real person that is spreading hate and discontent is staring back at you in the mirror!!

    • Phil is RiGHTEOUS

      You are missing the point. Here is the point: We are sick of nasty-assed homo’s pushing a perverted agenda down the throats of descent Americans. This abomination has been tolerated ’cause people are busy with life. Piss us off enough, though, and we drop everything and kick some ass. Bottom line. Nothing has really changed. Homosexuality is just as disgusting as it ever was. It’s a sickness…get help!

  • brooklyn

    what Phil said shouldn’t have been said publicly. And how ever Phil does have freedom of speech. But he kind of said gay people should not be aloud. And he may dislike gay people. But honestly I think A&E shouldn’t of suspended him off Duck Dynasty. And I think Gay people are totally fine!

  • http://msn irvcar

    The view s expressed have been known for thousands of years. They are that a believer must hate the sin and conversely love the sinner that is hard to do but there are millions of CHRISTIANS that attempt to do this very thing in our modern world as they follow their faith. That is what he was talking about. Many of the modern liberals can not seperate the hate the sin from the love the sinner concept because contempt or ignorance or whatever. This viewpoint although loudly expressed hazs a very limited and shaky logic base because it is basically who shouts the loudest and nothing else and its base is maybe 10% of the public no matter the noise compared with the millions of christians and others that do not themselves have the courage that has to say what needs to be said.

  • http://MSN ruvain

    1ST Admendment applys to all, not just Libs’
    America: founded by men of Religious presendance
    Homsexuality:founded by Satan(hasatan-Heb)

    The Pink Triangle ..formed from Nazi S.S…revives
    itself in lingo…Gay” enviroment
    Is it no wonder G-d destroyed Sodom? Don’t like His message
    don”t listen
    The Robertson’s should start their Own network
    dump A&E!

  • http://twitter.com/d4m_d33zy Deezy

    I just hate that as a State we let issues effect our rights… say being gay is wrong.. and its Hot Coal down your back.. say anything Spiritual or Religious.. and its Hot Coal down your back. It use to be one nation under God and ‘In God We Trust’ …that was removed. Prayer at schools was removed. I think the US is turning into a _trashy_ nation, moral wise. Its making people afraid to stand up for what they believe in or feel.. specially the good stuff. In the end, it makes for poor leaders and role-models …something about what happened to Phil just doesnt feel right.

    • dayne

      When people can not voice their own opinion with a tidal wave of negativity then this has cease to be America as it was suppose to be.