Sheriff takes a stand; announces department will no longer assist A&E during filming

The local sheriff in a Georgia county where A&E has filmed several of its programs has publicly announced the network will no longer receive the assistance of his Sheriff’s Department due to A&E’s “unreasonable” punishment of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson.

Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller posted the following statement on his personal Facebook page Friday announcing his own “business decision, saying, “It is time for someone other than Hollywood and the news media to stand up for what is right!”:

Miller said while it was A&E’s “prerogative” to indefinitely suspend Robertson over his comments on homosexuality, his decision to no longer give the sheriff department’s assistance to the network was “what he thought was right to show how he feels,” the Douglas County Sentinel reported.

According to the Sentinel:

“I guess I need to learn to keep my mouth shut too,” Miller said in a phone interview Friday night. “But they are punishing a man for being honest and answering a question that he was asked. When he answered and gave his understanding, pulling from his Christian beliefs, this happens. It’s not right and I had to say something about it.

“I don’t hate anybody and you can ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you the same thing. But where we are in this country now, where you are punished for simply saying what your understanding of your Christian beliefs are is just too much for me.”

Related: Family hints Duck Dynasty may be finished; see who offered them new job

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  • Ed Richardson

    It IS about time.Kudo’s to the Sheriff.

    • TBW

      This is what a God-fearing Sheriff looks like! We need more like you in this country to pull it back from the socialist and perverse direction it’s headed. May God bless you, sir…

      • John Richter

        I was taught it was a sin to eat meat on Friday. The bible says not to eat shellfish. It also says we should put to death anyone that curses their mother or father. I hope this guy is ready to stand up and fight these perversions.

    • Chris

      Before praising him, you should know he is the one who implemented forced blood draws for dui breathalyzer refusals. Here is the fox news article in which he was interviewed in.

      http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/22706519/georgia-counties-seizing-dui-suspects-blood#axzz2oJ5cyARk

      These are the kind of people we do not need in law enforcement, his stance on Duck Dynasty should not earn him any kudos.

      • Debbie

        no need for a forced blood draw if you let them do the breathalyzer. Drunk driving is a serious infraction, one that can kill innocent people. If you have nothing to worry about, let them do the breathalyzer. I applaud him for being strict on the DUI laws and have no issue with the blood draws! You shouldn’t either!

        • theone

          Actually I do have a problem with it, I do not think its right for people to drive drunk, but do not agree with taking away peoples freedom to enforce it.
          “Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” -Benjamin Franklin

          • from_Chicago

            Tip ~~~~ They didn’t have drunk drivers in Ben Franklin’s day!

          • from_Chicago

            @ theone ~ Another tip ~ Once you have broken the law…you have no rights other than the right to an attorney and the right to remain silent….oh, and a baloney sandwich.

        • hardhardedhanna

          agree with you Debbie. there is no reason that they cant do a forced blood draw if someone wont do a breathalyzer test after being stopped for the possibility of being drunk. this is not a small issue at all and too many families have someone dead due to drunk drivers. it is not an issue here about anyones rights at all. take the breath test, shut up and either go home or go to jail but stay off the roads.

          • theone

            The NSA spying on everyone is fine right, because if you aren’t doing anything wrong what do you have to be afraid of?

            Or how about, “you don’t mind if we search your vehicle, your not doing anything wrong right?”

            It’s this mentality that is ruining this country. I know that drunk driving isn’t right, and I am not defending it. But you can’t take peoples liberties and justify it with, “well you MAY be drunk and hurt someone.” Guess what people die everyday, you can’t protect everyone from everything.

            If you would rather live in a police state where the police are allowed to do anything they deem necessary under the guise of “public safety,” well, I feel sorry for you.

          • disqus_xLftgdo9WL

            Oh good Lord – theone, hopefully, is one of the few!

          • theone

            Clueless. Stick your head back in the sand ostrich.

          • from_Chicago

            @ the one ~ Do you have any clue what a “police state” is??? Do you know that cops have been searching vehicles since forever? Nothing has been wrong with this country until the whiners like you come around. YOU are what is destroying this country. YOU and your elected president.

      • from_Chicago

        I DO praise him! If you are driving drunk you have broken the law and you have no rights!! He is protecting the lives and rights of others because of you idiots that like to drink/drive and kill the rest of us that abide by the law. There are thousands of cities that take blood if one refuses or is too drunk to blow.

    • Sunshine43

      Thank you Sheriff Miller! So nice to see a law enforcement officer standing on the right side and not afraid to say it out loud!!! Makes me believe yet again in the greatness of some Americans!

  • justamom

    Brave man.

  • Jimmie Robinson

    Thanks Sheriff Miller..

  • rkmazle

    Looks like A&E could be Sued or charged for Extortion or an attempt to violate his Right to Freedom of Speech and Religion. He has or is suppose to have the Right to Free SPEECH and Religion without persecution.

    • Joanne13

      We’d like to think so rk but I imagine he signed a contract that mentions such things (since they represent the company). Either A&E will rescind their ‘judgment’ or DD will probably be gone OR move to another TV station (which would make more sense since they are loved by so many people nation wide).

      Besides that… don’t you KNOW that Christians no longer HAVE free speech rights? Our rights have been transferred to the TINY little LGBT faction in the U.S. After all they have done SO MUCH for our nation…. said NO one ever.

      • Ronald R. Johnson

        They were hired because of their Christian way of life so what did the Homosexual loving Jerks expect of him!

        • xlthim

          NO, A&E originally wanted the Robertsons to come across as a bunch of boobs, like Honey Boo Boo, but the idea backfired on them and it became the #1 show on cable TV. The Robertsons required three things in the original contract, one being no filming during duck season, another being they are Christians, they speak at religious gatherings, and will continue to speak about their faith.
          But, A&E knew up front about their religious views.

          • Joanne13

            I completely agree that they were hired as a ‘laughable’ reality series, something the public would watch because they are ‘unsophisticated hicks’.

            And yeah… it CERTAINLY DID backfire on them! They didn’t count on the millions of Christians who relate to them on one (or more) levels and watch faithfully…. their mistake!

          • princesssong

            Its ok, God will find them a BETTER place for sure!

          • patsy1715

            I’m sure they could leave the show now and be the same as they were before. They certainly have enough money as they did before the show. The loser would be the audience. And the people who were learning of God’s love through their example.

          • princesssong

            There audience can follow them to another station Patsy !! That is what I would do!!

          • John Richter

            Lol so A&E is anti Christian and had no control over the content of their show?

          • TIMedWork

            According to the article, A&E was present during the interview, heard the questions, and Robertson’s responses, and chose to not make any objections, or try to control how their contracted representative was speaking. Clearly, if this article is accurate,
            this is not as up and up for A&E as they would want it to appear.

          • Joanne13

            Where did I say A&E was ‘anti Christian’?

          • John Richter

            The bible says women shall be quiet, subservient, and never hold authority over man, woman.

          • Joanne13

            Proverbs 24:7 (ERV)
            7 Fools cannot understand wisdom. They have nothing to say when people are discussing important things.

            “It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.”

          • Nightfallz

            Exactly. The goal was the further some backwards leftist stereotypes about conservatives and christians. For communists, the goal isn’t to make money per se, it is to push a narrative, control the message and steer public opinion. This show backfired big time.

          • rhodes autry

            astute observation

          • John Richter

            Disney is not about making money, but about thought control?

          • capers2

            What does that have to do with the price of rice?

          • John Richter

            The poster inferred A&E’s real goal is not money, but brain washing.Disney owns A&E…. understand now?

          • capers2

            I was not referring to your remark…Disney’s sole purpose is about the money. Understand?

          • Nightfallz

            I never said they weren’t about
            making money. My point was simply that leftists aren’t about making money as an
            end unto itself. Money is simply a means to an end and the ultimate end for
            leftists is always power. Always. Obviously, money is required to achieve their ultimate goal. However, if one of their endeavors is not furthering their
            objectives, or worse is outright counterproductive then they will not hesitate one
            second to terminate it. This should not come as any surprise. This is precisely
            how communists treat their useful idiots, and even fellow communists. When you benefit their cause, they sing your praises and hoist you up, once you cease being useful you are
            lined up against the wall and shot. (Your next question should not be …so Disney wants to line us up against a wall? …)

          • Sunshine43

            Very well stated Nightfallz!

          • Nightfallz

            You forget, or more likely never realized that communists targeted our institutions in order to subvert our culture. They collaborate on how best to utilize their control of academia and the media (be it the news media or the entertainment industry) in order to further the cause of communism. Typically, their strategies are designed to make use of ignorant people. You will never understand because you refuse to accept that communists have infiltrated and subverted our unions, our education establishment, the media, the entertainment industry etc. The concept is alien to you and as such we may as well be speaking different languages. I will attach these links that explain where I am coming from, but I know full well it is an exercise in futility.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZnkULuWFDg

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3qkf3bajd4

          • Sunshine43

            Bingo!

          • John

            I thought it odd that some rabble rousing liberal had to go back three years to find something that “offends” them. a set up from the start, but A&E is learning quickly that many people who have watched the anti America ACLU and others with liberal agendas silently have now had enough, and are stating quite clearly that they will no longer be silent. Freedom of Speech is for everyone, not just liberals who are permanently offended.

          • rhodes autry

            maybe so, poor a/e… someone will need to call them a whaaaaambulance

          • pen44

            Exactly, xlthim, and a&e has already been nicking at the family for saying prayers at meals….the family refused to stop the prayers. So a&e went for the Robertson’s throats….but a&e have wound up cutting their own.

        • jimletchworth

          ..wait a sec,on one hand you say – if someone loves a homosexual they’re a ‘jerk” – but Christians are supposed to love everyone, even their enemies…does that mean you’re not a Christian or does it mean you’re a jerk?

          • Lolly

            you mis-read him on purpose, I think. He was not even remotely saying that people who love homosexuals are jerks, but–instead–that these particular jerks (as evidenced by their behavior in firing Mr. Robertson) were also lovers of homosexuals. And–just for your information–since Christians are human beings subject to sin and foibles, along with every other human being, they can soemtimes be jerks, also. The only difference is that–when they repent–they are forgiven.

          • jimletchworth

            ..well, thanks for telling me how I mis-read him on purpose. i’ll have to go back and re-read exactly what he wrote…..nope, the epithet he used was “Homosexual loving jerks”, not just jerks. growing up in the south, I remember when any real Christian, who stood up for blacks’ civil rights were labeled “nig#er-lovers….even by other so-called Christians. same thing 50 years later.

          • TBW

            A&E execs are jerks for making a stupid decision and reacting to a few liberal goofs, not for loving fegs. Christians must love the person not the sin they commit. We don’t love sodomites, we love the sinners that perform it hoping they will see the error of their ways and repent from their unGodly and perverse ways…

            Hope that clears up your twisted mind…

          • Doug

            That’s a very enlightened stance. If it were only the case on this site as “Christians” throw around some of the most horrible epithets towards those that disagree with them.

          • HonestToAtee

            Maybe we should all take a hop on over to your talking points staging grounds like the HuffPo or DailyKos and see how nice and sweet your people truly are! You can’t even be honest!

          • Doug

            Don’t read them. Just This one.

          • TIMedWork

            Everyone can learn something. Refusing to is the mistake.

          • TBW

            Doug, you should define “Christian”. As for me, I love those that disagree with me. It shows me my work here is not yet done…

          • Doug

            Most of them identify themselves as Christians.

          • jimletchworth

            ..lots of name-calling there…all in the name of Christian love i’m sure.

          • freewheelinfranklin543

            No,people are tired of people being fired and ostracized because of their religious beliefs. I think some in the LGBT community are very intolerant and you folks are seeing the beginning of a backlash.
            Most people are getting tired of your whining and they sure don’t like their children being taught that that lifestyle is okay.

          • TBW

            What? What name calling? I didn’t call anyone by a bad name only descriptive and direct nouns and verbs…

            Thin skin much?

          • jimletchworth

            ..” jerks” “stupid” ” liberal goofs”,”fegs”.”sodomites”, “unGodly” “perverse” “your twisted mind” – but, yes, i can clearly see that you love your fellow man…

          • TIMedWork

            To be clear, Christianity teaches to love the sinner, but hate the sin. Not to judge the sinner, but to recognize sin for what it is: defiance of God and His plan and design for mankind. Any Christian who recognizes that the Father sent his Son to die for the sake of our sinfulness, understands that to be a Christian and to honor Jesus’ death and resurrection, loving a homosexually inclined person is what is required by all the teachings of Christ and Christianity. However, loving his acting on that sinful inclination is wrong, and is considered so.
            Homosexuality as an emotional and psychological inclination is not a sin. Few among us are not inclined towards sinfulness. If not, Jesus’ becoming man was not necessary. The sinless do not need Jesus or salvation. However, acting upon that inclination is a sin, according to any and all Christian teachings; whether it is homosexuality, drunkenness (alcoholics) or even anger issues. Feeling anger is not a sin. However, acting on that anger often is.

            So, Christians do not view homosexuals as “the enemy” as you put it. The are viewed as beloved brothers and sisters, who need help and salvation, apparently more than they know.

          • jimletchworth

            ..assuming you are addressing the above post to me: 1) I don’t recall any saying attributed to Jesus about “hating ” anything. until you can prove to me that his ministry, in his own words, was about anything but love for each other and our “father in heaven”, i will avoid following the teachings of anyone who preaches hatred of anything. If you truly want to follow the teachings of Jesus , you would freely associate yourself with all sinners and “shine your light” on them without qualifications or judgement. If God Hates sin, i’ll leave it up to God who created us in his image to judge my heart and the heart of my fellow man
            2) if feeling lust for your neighbor’s wife is a sin, and coveting his new car is a sin, how can you say anger,which i consider hatred, is not a sin? 3) don’t know where you got me saying anything about homosexuals being “the enemy” of Christians. if that is the case, there are likely many “enemies” in your very midst who fear your judgement if they were to reveal their true feelings. 4) you seem to be a gifted communicator. as such i hope you will also communicate true Christian values to some of the more hateful remarks on this thread.

          • jimwilson81

            Anger is not a sin. If that was true then we definitely sin everyday. Hatred by definition is the lack of compassion,disdain, wanting to do harm or destruction. Hatred is the opposite of love and is the means of creating chaos.

          • jimletchworth

            ..we will have to disagree. when i’m in my car and someone cuts me off or runs a red light in front of me, the things that go thru my mind are definitely sinful. maybe you’re different.

          • hardhardedhanna

            I have to agree jim, I too have gotten frustrated for the same reason and my anger gets such and I know it is a sin for reacting that way and I work on it and have gotten better but agree it is still a sin with the word sin meaning disobedience. being human we will deal with these issues till we pass but as Christians we know that forgiveness is ours from our lord and savior jesus Christ.

          • taliesin319

            One must have respect and compassion for sinners but not for the act of sin. One does not have to change one’s religion to suit a group of people and make them happy. We are free to have opinions and to air them. If one doesn’t agree one can offer a reasonable explanation of why one does not. One sometimes must simply agree to disagree and move on. Gays can and do love whom they choose, live with whom they choose, enter into civil unions if they choose and enter into a State defined union the State has called a marriage. None of that seems to satisfy them. They insist that we all change the definition of traditional marriage and those opposed will never concede them that. By them they are married by the rest of the population that opposes them they are not. The next thing on their agenda will be to vilify any clergyman who refuses to perform a religious ceremony and they will do everything possible to make those clergy comply. Some may. Christian Clergy who believe in the Ten commandments cannot. Not will not comply. Cannot
            comply.

          • jimletchworth

            ..most biblical references to marriage requirements refer to one man and, (conveniently for the man), more than one woman, including his slaves, concubines, women captured from the “enemy”, his wife’s sister, the woman he raped, etc. marriage has evolved to this time when it is between one man and one woman. emotionally, it is a happy occasion where partners affirm their commitment to each other and agree to be faithful. practically, it serves to inhibit raucous and casual sexual behavior. nothing is said in the ceremony about any sex practices that will occur in the couples bedroom or elswhere. if a priest doesn’t want to marry a divorcee they aren’t required by law to do so. so why would he be required to marry homosexuals? why would you want to deny two human beings that ceremony?

          • Sunshine43

            Oh good grief…….another one to add to the dense populace!

      • Misty Sue Roads

        It would be interesting to see if a “moral” clause is in their contract. This would tend to favor A&E, but they might be stretching its interpretation too. Great comment.

        • xlthim

          The Robertsons required three things in the original contract, one being
          no filming during duck season, another being they are Christians, they
          speak at religious gatherings, and will continue to speak about their
          faith.
          But, A&E knew up front about their religious views.

          • Misty Sue Roads

            That sounds like something they would want in their contract. Thanks!

          • John Richter

            If Phil had stuck to scripture, he would have been fine. When he rambeled on then about blacks being happier in the cotton fields in the good old days, anuses, and vaginas, I bet some Disney execs jumped. This is not Phils rodeo—- Robertson in 2010: ” Women with women, men with men, they committed indecent acts with one another, and they received in themselves the due penalty for their perversions. They’re full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant, God-haters. They are heartless, they are faithless, they are senseless, they are ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil.”

          • xlthim

            OK, if Phil said this in 2010, then A&E KNEW what they were getting themselves into. I would imagine they(A&E) would have put some stanard representative clause in the contract, but Jase has already said there were three specific things that would be in the contract, or no deal. One was no filming during duck season. They speak all the time about what they believe and they had no intention of stopping, so another thing in the contract was their freedom to continue.
            Now, their speaking engagements are in demand on bigger stages, and that is a direct consequence of being on A&E. It is amazing how much they earn now for speaking. Somehow, I am sure if the term Duck Dynasty is used, then A&E is going to some kind of cut.

        • Ed Richardson

          A morals clause? We are talking about A&E right?

          • Misty Sue Roads

            I think that is what it is called. Something to the effect that if they say anything that will damage A&E’s reputation that they can fire the person. But I am told that Duck Dynasty had in their contract that they could express their religious convictions and that would not void the contract. So, we will see what happens.

        • Burn_the_Witch

          There is no legally binding contract that abridges your constitutional rights on your own time.

          His comments on sin did not include the network, so A&E has no legal right to punish him for exercising his first amendment rights.

          • Doug

            The Constitution does not apply. It protects your speech from the government silencing you not your employer.

          • Burn_the_Witch

            Incorrect. There is long established legal precedent that clearly restricts contracts from discriminating based on individual religious expression. Or are you suggesting that an employer can fire you for your religious beliefs?

          • That Guy

            His employers have every right to punish him for making statements that may reflect badly on them. Freedom of speech is not freedom from consequence.

          • Burn_the_Witch

            Employers definitely do NOT have the right to fire someone for expressing their religious beliefs on their own time. This is pretty basic stuff actually.

          • John Richter

            This has nothing to do with constitutional rights. The freedom of speech clause in the first amendment refers to congress making laws, not a Corporation making a business decision. Unless A&E somehow became Congress, it has nothing to do with free speech rights.

          • Burn_the_Witch

            Incorrect. You do understand that employers cannot discriminate based on religious views right? What, precisely, do you think is the basis for those laws?

          • John Richter

            Have you ever seen the show? It is deeply rooted in his faith. If he would have stuck to scripture he would have been fine, but he rambled on about anuses, vaginas, and how blacks were happier in the cotton fields singing, now they want welfare.

          • Burn_the_Witch

            Yes, I’ve seen the show. You clearly haven’t. The show is deeply rooted in family members screwing around with one another. Phil’s a minor character that talks about his faith every once in awhile. If it were “deeply rooted” in his faith, I wouldn’t watch because that turns me off.

            Have you even read the interview? He mentioned anuses and vaginas maybe once or twice. Big deal. You get more than that watching an episode of Family Guy. His comments concerning blacks were not how they were happier, but how in his personal experience he didn’t see a lot of animosity. Again – big deal.

          • John Richter

            Robertson in 2010: ” Women with women, men with men, they committed indecent acts with one another, and they received in themselves the due penalty for their perversions. They’re full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant, God-haters. They are heartless, they are faithless, they are senseless, they are ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil.”

          • Burn_the_Witch

            You should try making a point.

          • John Richter

            Have you seen the show? If you think he could make a case he was fired for his religion, you have to be ignoring the content of his comments.If he stopped at scripture instead of going on about anuses, vaginas, and blacks being happier in the good old days he would have been fine.

          • Burn_the_Witch

            I already addressed this in my other comment to you.

        • TBW

          There was an A&E rep sitting next to Phil during the interview and he remained silent and never protested or interrupted.

          This fact makes the A&E decision all the more unpalatable…

      • Richard Bohlman

        You can not sign your legal rights away nor can they be taken from you!

        • TBW

          Untrue, we do it every day. Through the use of birth certificates, marriage certificates, drivers licenses and a plethora of other contracts we give up our God given and UNalienable rights all the time…

        • Joanne13

          I have to disagree with you Richard. Our rights to free speech certainly CAN be taken away! If you really don’t believe that just give it a bit more time. If things don’t radically change from the direction America is heading in, Christians ‘rights’ to free speech will CERTAINLY be removed and given to the LGBT faction in our nation. It’s already happened in Europe and WILL happen here also if things don’t turn around abruptly!

      • Burn_the_Witch

        Contracts that violate your constitutional rights are considered invalid. Phil exercised his rights on his own time, not A&Es; so this is a clear violation of his rights.

        If he were the type to, he could sue them, but I doubt he will.

      • John Richter

        Or… the show will always be remembered for some redneck rambeling about gays, blacks,anuses and vaginas.

      • That Guy

        You have the same free speech rights as everybody else in this country. What you don’t have is the right to bring your religion into government affairs: school, court, congress, etc. And if you do, then you have to allow other religions to do the same thing. Do you want your children praying to Vishnu in school? No? Well some people don’t want their kids praying to the Christian God in school, either.

        • Joanne13

          It’s not about having the right to ‘bring your religion into government, etc’. We HAVE that right, afforded in the Constitution. We have the right to FREE SPEECH in ANY forum of our society, except for the PRIVATE arena. Children HAVE the RIGHT to pray in school, to read their bibles in school (or elsewhere), teachers have the right to do the SAME.

          The problem is people such as yourself who are misled into thinking those rights DON’T exist. EVERY TIME those rights are brought into question and it’s fought legally, freedom of speech WINS OUT. It wins out because it is and ALWAYS HAS BEEN Constitutional.

    • Sean Ryan

      That would be without Government Persecution! You’re saying the folks at A&E Have No Rights??

      • xlthim

        This is not a first amendment issue. This is an EEOC issue because A&E took action due to religious beliefs.

        • Jaime Wissner

          Lolololol, film and television is not covered under EEOC. And they signed a contract saying they would respectfully represent the station, and not bring negative association. That’s an absolute standard for network shows, especially highly rated ones.

          • Burn_the_Witch

            Have you seen the terms of the contract? Contracts that abridge your constitutional rights on your own time are not legally binding. Since Phil was on his own time and didn’t mention the network in his comments, A&E exposed themselves to liability on this.

          • TBW

            Then why was an A&E rep sitting next to him during the interview?

          • Burn_the_Witch

            To ensure he didn’t misrepresent the company. Which he clearly didn’t.

          • JustFatOlMe

            Tell me then oh wise one.How is Miley Cirus still able to “perform”?

          • Jaime Wissner

            Because the networks that employ her enjoy the attention. She brings in viewers, and therefore money. Now Robertson may bring in viewers, but A&E doesn’t want it at the expense of their reputation. They don’t want to be the company that’s all about money even if what it shows isn’t right.

    • Dwayne Jackson

      RK, I am sure the cast signed a moral clause which if so gives A&E the right to suspend or fire him.

    • isawsasquatch

      I’m always amazed that the party who claims to hold the Constitution and Bill of Rights most sacred, who claims to understand and respect its words most thoroughly, could time and again demonstrate how utterly inept and ignorant it is of the actual documents’ meaning, both legally and morally.

      You and all those who reply in the affirmative to your post sound like idiots.

      • Doug

        Go to work tomorrow and say something vile to your boss and see how far the Constitution protects you.

        • isawsasquatch

          My point exactly.

          Though, for the record, I’m self-employed and own my own business, so I don’t have to worry too much about what I say to my boss (which is lucky, because I talk a lotta s__t).

      • Cuda

        and it shocks me that the people of the party of the people so easily tramples the rights they claim to support so easily ( until they are the target)

        • isawsasquatch

          Both parties claim to be “of the people”. Total crock.

    • Annegelinas

      it is time to turn the tables and sue those who take away your civil rights to free speech no matter what is said. the pornography on television and movies is also getting pretty disgusting so I don’t watch them. Don’t watch Duck Dynasty if you don’t like what they say. Shut off your TV. but don’t take the liberty to shut people up.! Bad, Bad, Bad.

  • John Smith

    Nicely played Sheriff. It’s time for A&E to hear all sides of the issue, not just those of their Disney (which owns them) masters.

    • Sean Ryan

      So A&E has no rights?? Is that what you’re saying??

      • Ronald R. Johnson

        No they don’t unless they have a signed contract saying they wont pray, talk about god and his teachings and word and unless he signed something saying he would lie when asked about Queers!

        • Jaime Wissner

          They do. Trust me, they do. This is not a persecution on Christians. This is a persecution on bigotry.

          • Lolly

            so the disapproval of someone’s actions is bigotry now, hmmmmm? So, anti-Christians can now reasonably be called bigots, too, yeah?

          • Jaime Wissner

            The disapproval of the integrity of one’s character and charity simply because of who they are and who they love is bigotry. And yes, you are absolutely correct. If someone were to say that Christians as a whole are a demonic race, and they, simply because of what they choose to believe in, are less of a human being based on a subjective scale because of it, yes, that would be bigotry. It’s not about who’s bashing on who, and who thinks they are the moral “right”. It’s about love, and dismissing condemnation. Not dismissing belief, but living truth in love, and accepting everybody’s worth as equal. Anything else, ironically, would be un-Christian, and quite dehumanizing.

          • Burn_the_Witch

            Calling someone a sinner is not bigotry.

          • dalek1967

            Actually, Phil was pointing out what was a sin. He wasn’t calling them a sinner, God did. God will be the judge when their time comes too.

          • JustFatOlMe

            You’re not a Christian so how would you know?

          • Jaime Wissner

            And how do you know I’m not a Christian?

          • JustFatOlMe

            If you are in fact a Christian,then it seems you’ve lost your way!

          • lynda klodt

            Finally I can whole-heartedly agree with something stated on this comment thread. Christians who claim to stand on Gods word and yet cheer this duckhead on as if he were some hero of the Bible need to reassess their fundamentalist “one true religion” thinking. This was full on hate speech and his employer has the right to shut him up. As a christian this whole persecution fantasy makes me laugh.

      • xlthim

        A&E violated EEOC due to taking actions against religious beliefs.

      • John Smith

        Nope – only that they have no right to assume that their actions will be consequence-free. A&E and other media companies typically get help from lots of entities during the production of a show – traffic, expedited permits, street closings, etc. Tey are often provided as a courtesy, other times for a fee. The Sheriff merely is acquainting A&E with the full costs of doing business. It’s not a “rights” issue – it’s just business.

  • tonya

    way to go Sheriff.

  • Ed Sager

    You are SO right! It is long overdue for the core of our great country to stand up for what is right. A&E made millions because Americans were hungry for a show that advocated family values, hard work, and religious values. I salute you sir for taking a stand!

    • Corey

      Americans just wanted another show to laugh at, like they did at Palin’s reality show. Their is big business at showing the world just how stupid many people in America are…and what ideogy they follow generally, think of it as the educated sending a message to the world saying “Not all of us are like the circus clowns that vote for people like Mitt, Palin, GWB, or any of the other waks” by doing this, it may keep Americans safer actually people of the world can see first hand we don’t a hate all non-Christians and brown skinned people or immigrants

      • TBW

        Corey, please get back on your meds…

        • lynda klodt

          TBW if only there were meds for christian fundamentalists, what a loving non-judgemental world it would be

          • TBW

            Yes, the mooslims, progressive socialists and Jews could all live happily ever after…

            LOL. Please share whatever you are drinking…

      • Burn_the_Witch

        Trolling in your non-native language? You get extra points for that.

      • RE Hafner

        Cory-Still ranting your left wing nonsense? Take an aspirin.

      • eaglestalon

        LOL, you liberals are soooo predictable!! Whenever you are slammed and shown to be in the great minority as far as public opinion (as here) your response is ALWAYS the same. Those who disagree with you are “stupid”, “uninformed” or otherwise lacking. However when the public supports your kind it is because they are suddenly “informed” and “progressive”

        What a pitiful bunch of whiners you all are.

      • John Campbell

        The only people laughing at Sarah Palin’s show are those who had fun making it and enjoyed watching it. The rest are claiming they laughed, but their visceral hatred is so obvious that everyone knows it’s a lie.

        You are right about this much. There is “big business at showing the world just how stupid many people in America are”. We call it the DNC. At the DNC an island can actually capsize.

        We got the message. Socialists are liars as well a traitors and wannabe dictators.. Message received.

        • Doug

          My sources say her moose chili is delicious.

          • John Campbell

            I just can’t go moose nor bear. Too gamey and too greasy, in that order.

      • common sense

        I think people can figure out by now, Corey, the race card is history; or didn’t you notice we have a brown skinned president?

  • clhuntling

    A man with a backbone, your breed is rapidly becoming extinct. It is beyond ‘past time’ for some to speak up! We thank you for courage and Douglas County, GA is lucky that have you as their Sheriff.

  • Joanne13

    Sheriff Miller . . . sir . . . YOU ROCK!!

    • Doug

      Sheriff Miller for President and Phil for Secretary of State and Billy Graham for Attorney General.

  • linda1234567

    applaud**