Suspended Duck Dynasty Star Defends Anti-Gay Remarks

"I am a lover of humanity, not a hater."

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Phil Robertson in Hawaii on 'Duck Dynasty'

Recently-suspended Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson defended the anti-gay remarks that got him suspended last week while leading his local church’s bible study group Sunday, saying “I am a lover of humanity, not a hater.”

Robertson incited a media hailstorm after likening “sins” of homosexuality with that of bestiality, swindling, excessive drinking, prostitution, and terrorism. On Sunday, Robertson noted that he has been making speeches on this subject matter for years, and isn’t going to stop, the Daily Mail reports.

“I will not give or back off from my path,” Robertson told his congregation at White’s Ferry Roach Church of Christ in West Monroe, Louisiana. “I am just reading what was written over 2000 years ago.”

While he was reprimanded by gay rights groups like GLAAD and by A&E, Robertson has also found support. Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin tweeted that “free speech is an endangered species,” and West Monroe locals are also rallying behind Robertson.

“A&E reacted entirely too quickly,” Richard Laban, owner of Redneck Roots, told AP“They really treated Phil as if he was a terrorist.”

146 comments
SnowCoby
SnowCoby

The first amendment protects you from the government meaning that the government can't do anything to supres your speech.

pgarrison1983
pgarrison1983

Let A&E make the biggest mistake of their existence and keep Duck Dynasty suspended. If A&E is going to be foolish enough to blow this way out of proportion and make Phil Robertson out to be guilty of some crime, then go right ahead and end the show that draws in the largest number of viewers in reality tv history. I just hope that another tv station is able to bring on Duck Dynasty to their channel. I am getting sick and tired of hearing about the gay community (sorry if I was not politically correct for saying that, but guess what? I don't have a tv show you can kick me off of, so deal with it) fighting for the right to same sex marriages. Which I personally do not agree or disagree with, I do not care if you want to marry Joe or Jane, that is your business and your decision it is not going to alter mine. But the gay community has every right to speak out and fight for what they believe is right. So why is it that when Phil Robertson is asked what he thinks of this subject (and I do believe he was walked right into a trap with this question) he is suspended from his show and paraded around the media for what he said, as if it was going to be a huge surprise that a devoted Christian is going to say that the Bible says homosexuality is wrong. Why is it wrong for Phil to state his beliefs, it is only Phil's BELIEF that homosexuality is wrong, it is the BIBLE that says it is so. It is YOUR BELIEF that the Bible is truth or fiction. There should be absolutely no penalty that anyone should have to face by coming out and saying what it is that they believe in. Whether you agree or disagree with it, only one person is going to judge us all, and we will answer ONLY to Him. But then again that is my belief.

DenaDavis
DenaDavis

Phil= showcase of ignorance.  The wrong side of history

FreeSpeech97
FreeSpeech97

And what side of history are you on? Homosexuality is wrong. However, if you believe in gay mairrage then by all means promote it. If you do not believe in gay mairrage then do not promote it. Both sides have the right to free speech and yes that includes the Christian side. YOU are NOT preaching tolerance if you can only tolerate your own way of life..

johnklein2020
johnklein2020

Way to go Phil Robertson ! Phenomenal courage to say what you believe and do away with all of the media sponsored "political correctness" propaganda. Lev 20:13

bobbarnes355
bobbarnes355

@johnklein2020 You guys need to make up your mind, does OT Leviticus count or not. Otherwise give up your bacon, hypocrite.

SunGazer
SunGazer

Stick to your guns, Duck Commander.  The Almighty God of the Bible is watching over you.  The word of God is your sword.  Keep fighting the good fight, soldier, for the Lord is with you.

KevinJackson
KevinJackson

UnniN?  thats not how you spell UNION!  you guys do not mistake freedom of speech to hate and hate and hate the human race! it simply means you will not get beheaded because you guys do not love president Bush.

KevinJackson
KevinJackson

like i said rogerdavidson, its a good thing white hate whites,  this country would be like the middle east if it wasnt for blacks people forgiving and just go ahead and win the olympics come home and get hated on in the usa . then go and win the olympics, come home and get hated on in the usa, then go win the olympics, come home and get hated on in the usa..............the usa should have helped africa , defeat the racist british and ... and.... and....i mean africans learned  the english language from bubba, who is white and he cant even read. africans spoke italian portugese spanish french ZULU, my point? north america should have stayed in europe., and let the native indians have fun on this north AMERICAN continent!!!!!!!!

FreeSpeech97
FreeSpeech97

Hmm.. You talk of winning the Olympics like it's some great contribution to America. Don't get me wrong, everyone loves sports, but winning the Olympics is nothing compared to what America needs to worry about...not to mention all the white American Olympic medalist... Also let's not forget that blacks make up 13% of America, yet commit 56% of our murders. Numbers ( not skin color ) show that they are not the forgivers nor the peace keepers in this country.

UnniN
UnniN

What Mr Robertson says is not the law. It is his opinion. There are no right or wrong to an opinion. And if in America a person cannot voice his opinion for whatever it is worth, then how do you say that America is a country that endorses free speech no matter what is said? We cannot say we allow freedom of speech and in the next breath say that it is not absolute. Freedom of speech IS absolute. The right to disagree with an opinion is also a right we have. Exercise it. No one should be judge and executioner against a man's opinion. 



texasteel
texasteel

He stated his opinion. Then A&E stated theirs. Seems like free speech for both. One said vulgar things and the other said we disagree. With that said there is no such thing in America as absolute free speech without consequences. Many cases have been decided so I won't bore you with the specifics.

dlmaher
dlmaher

@UnniN The notion that an opinion cannot be right or wrong is empty pablum.  Opinions can be wrong and frequently are.  As an example.  Your notion that freedom of speech is absolute.  I assume that it is your opinion and it is, in fact, dead wrong.  Freedom of speech does not include the right to threaten, to incite riots or to libel.  It is also irrelevant to this issue since no one has threatened any kind of government sanction. Actually on that narrow interpretation I would agree with you; if the question was should Phil Robertson be prosecuted for his statements, then yes, he is within his free speech rights.  If the question was if he has a right to continue to be broadcast on A&E than no.  Your "opinion" is specious.  A&E has Free Speech rights too.

resil@sbcglobal.net
resil@sbcglobal.net

give me a break, right is right and wrong is wrong...people have no morals nowadays thats for sure....we truly are living in the last days as the Bible says...

RogerDavidson
RogerDavidson

way to go Phil. stick by your guns and I am on your team. I think its called Freedom of Speech and last time I checked we can say what we want. the world is made up of many strange animals and people and that's variety. if we were all the same, life would be pretty boring. God happened to put a safe guard in place for some "varieties" and luckily these genes aren't often passed on. Good for God!

texasteel
texasteel

Disgusting response. Sad that your genes might be carried on.

dlmaher
dlmaher

@RogerDavidson You think it is called Freedom of Speech?  What do you think Freedom of Speech applies to?  IS Phil Robertson being prosecuted by the government?  Or is A&E using their Free Speech right to not broadcast him?

KevinJackson
KevinJackson

Phil? no syzzrrup before church bro ! it makes you run your mouth, now come sit next to me in the unemployment line!

KevinJackson
KevinJackson

at least Phil got paid.  white people should leave Phil alone and let him get paid and act. he is a great actor, he probably looks like Brad Pitt under his mustache!


keith.aquino
keith.aquino

The perfect test of free speech and expressing feelings. I'm not against homosexuality. But anyone forcing private morals on someone else will end up failing.

rpearlston
rpearlston

Yes, the man has the right to freedom of speech, but it's not an absolute freedom.  In fact, there is no such thing, because yours ends where mine begins, and vice versa.  This one negatively affects about 10% of the population, both of the US and of the world.  Legislating away the gay doesn't work any better than "praying" it away.  


"I am just reading what was written over 2000 years ago.” - prove it.  Cite the book, chapter and verse, in which you find that in any translation of the bible.  In fact, I dare you to find it, and I'm comfortable doing so because IT'S NOT THERE.  Stop hiding behind that highly erroneous myth.


Still, I defend my right to not watch known racists, an apt description of this twit.

FreeSpeech97
FreeSpeech97

It's almost funny when people who are obviously not Chtistian try quote our holy book. Contrary to your own personal wrong belief, the Bible does say that homosexuals WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD. It says this in Corinthians 6: 9-11. Btw why would you write a long post about how homosexuality is not in the bible if you don't even know?

SnowCoby
SnowCoby

That was actually a typo they ment to put " homosexuals will not inherit the condom of god" thus meaning they canot get pregnant so there is no need for condoms.

Dumbass

stopthehate1980
stopthehate1980

In my opinion, this was a publicity stunt and Christian fundamentalist's bought into it lock, stock, and barrel. This is not a matter of 2nd Amendment Rights. A & E is a private corporation that has the right to suspend or fire an employ for any reason.

dlmaher
dlmaher

@stopthehate1980 Is someone trying to take Phil's guns? (You might be right about PR even if you are confused on the Bill of Rights)

resil@sbcglobal.net
resil@sbcglobal.net

there is no God so shouts the fool....Pharoah in Egypt had the same attitude until God destroyed him and his men in the Red Sea.