A&E suspends ‘Duck Dynasty’ star for ‘unacceptable’ views on gays; conservatives rally

The patriarch of the A&E series “Duck Dynasty” is in the middle of an entertainment world firestorm after being indefinitely suspended from the hit show over a magazine interview where he condemned homosexual sex.

philrobertson1219According to the Hollywood Reporter, A&E issued a statement late Wednesday branding “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson’s statements to GQ unacceptable and indicated beliefs that “in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who [sic] have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.”

“The network has placed Phil under indefinite hiatus,” the statement said.

In the GQ interview, Robertson called homosexual activity not only sinful, but illogical.

“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” Robertson said. “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.”

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He paraphrased the Bible’s condemnation of the practice.

“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,” he told the magazine. “Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

The comment drew its own condemnation from the gay activist group GLAAD, which issued a statement Wednesday accusing Robertson of engaging in “vile and extreme stereotypes” of gay people.

On Wednesday, Robertson issued his own statement that didn’t deny the comments to GQ, but said he was only performing a duty to spread the word of the Bible.

“I myself am a product of the ’60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together,” the statement said.

“However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”

In a statement released after Robertson’s suspension, GLAAD praised A&E for squelching “unacceptable” views.

“What’s clear is that such hateful anti-gay comments are unacceptable to fans, viewers, and networks alike,” the statement said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “By taking quick action and removing Robertson from future filming, A&E has sent a strong message that discrimination is neither a Christian nor an American value.”

But conservatives reacted quickly, taking to Twitter to support Robertson and criticize the suspension.

Here’s a sample from Twitchy.


Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].


1,288 thoughts on “A&E suspends ‘Duck Dynasty’ star for ‘unacceptable’ views on gays; conservatives rally

  1. ellowe13 says:

    Apparently you lacking in reading comprehension. I NEVER said murder is worse, I asked how many people who claim to be christians have killed someone?! I’m also not angry at christians, in fact I’m not angry at anyone…just don’t like hypocrisy.

    1. ort says:

      A person can claim they are anything. So what? We were told “by their fruits you will know them.” Born again believers do not murder.

      I don’t see you ranting against Buddhists, Hindus or muslims who murder. You just have your knickers in a twist because you DO have a bone to pick with Christians. Have the guts to admit it.
      I’m not the hypocrite here.

  2. ellowe13 says:

    So tell me…if you “think” and I use the term loosely, that homosexuality is a choice….when did YOU choose to be straight?!

  3. ellowe13 says:

    So if you think homosexuality is a choice, when did you choose to be straight?

    1. GlennBillings says:

      I said homosexuality was a choice, not heterosexuality. Heterosexuality in a stable F/M marriage is what God intended. Homosexuality is a deviant sexual practice. God made humans in male and female form. In the Old Testament God commanded that those performing deviant sexual practices were to be executed by stoning. if homosexuals had “been born that way” God would be contradicting himself. By logical conclusion if homosexuals were NOT born that way, during the OT era, then they were NOT born that way under the New Testament era.no where in the Bible is homosexuality accepted and not condemned. Homosexuality is a practice that is contrary to the design that God intended. Annal sex, practiced mostly by homosexuals, a very risky sexual practice because of all the dangerous bacteria that lives there. Most STD’s are spread by risky annul sex.

  4. ellowe13 says:

    So I’d like to know, all of you who think homosexuality is a choice, when did you all choose to be straight…hmmm?!

    1. ThomasCollins1 says:

      You might as well say someone is born insane, and when did the rest of us “choose” to be sane.

  5. Wraith Against RichOligarchy says:

    The Founders on Homosexuality
    by Dave Miller, Ph.D.
    Of those living today in America who were alive 50 years ago, few could have imagined, let alone predicted, that homosexuality would encroach on our culture as it has. In fact, it would have been unthinkable. The rapidity with which homosexual activists continue successfully to bully the nation to normalize what once was universally considered abnormal is
    astonishing. And toleration has not satisfied them. Allowing their views to be taught in public schools has not appeased them. No, they insist that societal endorsement extend to redefining marriage to include same-sex couples. A pernicious plague of sexual insanity is creeping insidiously through American civilization. Far more deadly than the external threat of terrorism, or even the inevitable dilution of traditional American
    values caused by the infiltration of illegal immigrants and the influx of those who do not share the Christian worldview, this domino effect will ultimately end in the moral implosion of America. Indeed, America is being held captive by moral terrorists. The social engineers of “political correctness” have been working overtime for decades to restructure public morality. The Founding Fathers of these United States would be
    incredulous, incensed, and outraged. They understood that acceptance of homosexuality would undermine and erode the moral foundations of civilization. Sodomy, the longtime historical term for same-sex relations, was a capital crime under British common law. Sir William Blackstone, British attorney, jurist, law professor, and political philosopher, authored his monumental Commentaries on the Laws of England from 1765-1769. These commentaries became the premiere legal source admired and used by America’s Founding Fathers. In Book the Fourth, Chapter the Fifteenth, “Of Offences Against the Persons of
    Individuals,” Blackstone stated:

    IV. WHAT has been here observed…, which ought to be the
    more clear in proportion as the crime is the more detestable, may be applied to another offence, of a still deeper malignity; the infamous crime against nature, committed either with man or beast…. But it is an offence of so dark a nature…that the accusation should be clearly made out….

    I WILL not act so disagreeable part, to my readers as well as myself, as to dwell any longer upon a subject, the very mention of which is a disgrace to human nature. It will be more eligible to imitate in this respect the delicacy of our English law, which treats it, in it’s very indictments, as a crime not fit to be named; peccatum illud horribile, inter chriftianos non nominandum [“that horrible sin not to be named among Christians”—DM]. A taciturnity observed likewise by the edict of Constantius and Constans: ubi fcelus eft id, quod non proficit fcire, jubemus infurgere leges, armari jura gladio ultore, ut exquifitis poenis fubdantur infames, qui funt, vel qui futuri funt, rei [“When that crime is found, which is not profitable to know, we order the law to bring forth, to provide justice by force of arms with an avenging sword, that the infamous men be subjected to the due punishment, those who are found, or those who future will be found, in the deed”—DM]. Which leads me to add a word concerning its punishment.

    THIS the voice of nature and of reason, and the express law of God, determine to be capital. Of which we have a signal instance, long before the Jewish dispensation, by the destruction of two cities by fire from heaven: so that this is an universal, not merely a provincial, precept. And our ancient
    law in some degree imitated this punishment, by commanding such miscreants to be burnt to death; though Fleta says they should be buried alive: either of which punishments was indifferently used for this crime among the ancient Goths. But now the general punishment of all felonies is the fame, namely, by hanging: and this offence (being in the times of popery only subject to ecclesiastical censures) was made single felony by the statute 25 Hen. VIII. c. 6. and felony without benefit of
    clergy by statute 5 Eliz. c. 17. And the rule of law herein is, that, if both are arrived at years of discretion, agentes et confentientes pari poena plectantur [“advocates and conspirators should be punished with like punishment”—DM] (1769, 4.15.215-216, emp. added).

    How many Americans realize that while serving as the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the
    Revolutionary War, the Father of our country was apprised of a homosexual in the army. The response of General Washington was immediate and decisive. He issued “General Orders” from Army Headquarters at Valley Forge on Saturday, March 14, 1778:Here was the law of England—common law—under which Americans lived prior to achieving independence. That law did not change after gaining independence. To say the least, such thinking is hardly “politically correct” by today’s standards.

    At a General Court Martial whereof Colo. Tupper was President (10th March 1778) Lieutt. Enslin of Colo. Malcom’s Regiment tried for attempting to commit sodomy, with John Monhort a soldier; Secondly, For Perjury in swearing to false Accounts, found guilty of the charges exhibited against him, being breaches of 5th Article 18th Section of the Articles of War and
    do sentence him to be dismiss’d the service with Infamy. His
    Excellency the Commander in Chief approves the sentence and with Abhorrence and Detestation of such Infamous Crimes orders Lieutt. Enslin to be drummed out of Camp tomorrow morning by all the Drummers and Fifers in the Army never to return; The Drummers and Fifers to attend on the Grand Parade at Guard mounting for that Purpose (“George…,” underline in orig., emp. added).

    Observe that the Father of our country viewed “sodomy” (the 18th-century word for homosexual relations) “with Abhorrence and Detestation.”

    Homosexuality was treated as a criminal offense in all of the original thirteen colonies, and eventually every one of the fifty states (see Robinson, 2003; “Sodomy Laws…,” 2003). Severe
    penalties were invoked for those who engaged in homosexuality. In fact, few Americans know that the penalty for homosexuality in several states was death—including
    New York, Vermont, Connecticut, and South Carolina (Barton, 2000, pp. 306,482). Most people nowadays would be shocked to learn that Thomas Jefferson advocated “dismemberment” as the penalty for homosexuality in his home state of Virginia,
    and even authored a bill to that effect (1781, Query 14; cf. 1903, 1:226-227).

    In the greater scheme of human history, as civilizations have proceeded down the usual pathway of moral deterioration and eventual demise, the acceptance of same-sex relations has
    typically triggered the final stages of impending social implosion. America is being brought to the very brink of moral destruction. The warning issued by God to the Israelites regarding their own ability to sustain their national existence in the Promised Land is equally apropos for America:Where did the Founding Fathers and early American citizenry derive their views on homosexuality? The historically unequivocal answer is—the Bible. “Traditional” (i.e., biblical) marriage in this country has always been between a man and a woman. In the words of Jesus: “Have you not read that He who made them at the
    beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?” (Matthew 19:4-5, emp. added). He was merely quoting the statement made by God regarding His creation of the first man and woman (Genesis 1:27; 2:24). God created Adam and Eve—not Adam and Steve, or Eve and Ellen. And throughout the rest of biblical history, God’s attitude toward same-sex relations remained
    the same (Miller, et al., 2003).

    You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination…. Do not defile yourselves with any of these things; for by all these the nations are defiled, which I am casting out before you. For the land is defiled; therefore I visit the punishment of its iniquity upon it, and the land vomits out its inhabitants. You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations…lest the land vomit you out also when you defile it, as it vomited out the nations that were before you (Leviticus 18:22-28, emp. added).

    Mark it down: THE GOD OF THE BIBLE WILL NOT ALLOW THE ABOMINATION OF HOMOSEXUALITY TO GO UNCHALLENGED AND UNPUNISHED. Unless something is done to stop the moral degeneration, America would do well to prepare for the inevitable, divine expulsion.

    1. ThomasCollins1 says:

      “…homosexual activists continue successfully to bully the nation”

      The homosexuals have as much to do with this as do women have to do with women’s “liberation”. These are projects of the mind doctors at the CIA and Ford Foundation, who have planned and executed this for the past 50 years, with the help of psychotropic drugs. The purpose is to turn the population into passive, impotent masochists.

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