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.”

127 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

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

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!!!!!!!!

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. 



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!

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.

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.

eagle11772
eagle11772

Well, in protest of this ignorant nut's comments, as a gay man, I'm going to start preaching against DUCKS !  How do like that ? !

Lebow-Ski
Lebow-Ski

American Evangelicals. Got their dirty little hypocritical fingers in everybody's pies.

Telling us what to believe.

Who to have sex with and in what position.

How to act.

Who to hate.

Who to fear.

Who to vote for.

What to watch.

Who to trust.

How we should define this nation.

Etc....

They are the highest examples of hypocrisy....ever.

You folks are a dying breed :-) Please move to Idaho and give the rest of us some peace.

norman.wheelers
norman.wheelers

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



Everyone knows that only gays, blacks and others that the rednecks don't like can be treated as if they are terrorists; not a good ol' redneck! They're pure.......... ;)

GrantHaertter
GrantHaertter

Those who publically put down Blacks, Jews, Latinos, or Gays, will invariably pay for those comments in today's society.  I don't think that is a bad thing.  Let's try to love and understand each other, not attack each other for no good reason.

cannibalofthetrees
cannibalofthetrees

Forced conformity. Same thing the gay community has been fighting for years and have now become champions of the art. Times sure do change, huh?


"Believe what I believe, or else!" I had no idea that's what I've been supporting all these years.

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..

bobbarnes355
bobbarnes355

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

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.

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...

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.

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

@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?

texasteel
texasteel

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

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?

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.

resil@sbcglobal.net
resil@sbcglobal.net

maybe you should preach against the Bible....tell God he doesn't know what he's talking about..

stiltzca33
stiltzca33

@eagle11772  Go ahead, its called Freedom of Speech.  Which everyone is "supposed'" to have a right to. 

GayleLoveland
GayleLoveland

@Lebow-Ski ---You have some serious personal issues....MOST fighter pilots, army officers and naval officers SHARE the "repugnant" positions you describe....Of course, you're so much more "manly" than any of them....Let me guess: a short, creepy, angry little man, posting in a dimly lit basement.....YOU are the "dying breed"....if not, heaven help ALL of us..............

roknsteve
roknsteve

@Lebow-Ski And they get their moral authority from a bunch of primitive nomads who lived in the desert over 2,000 years ago.  

FreeSpeech97
FreeSpeech97

'Pubically put down' huh? That, my fellow American, is called freedom of speech. Phil was NOT calling for violence to be taken against the gay community and that is why his remarks are protected free speech. The constitution protects freedom of expression and not the way a person or group of people may react to someone elses beliefs. Speech that offends or is wildly unpopular is still protected free speech. ( although considering Phil's remarks unpopular is a stretch, since most of America feels the same way. This is a classic example of a small majority attempting to control an unwilling majority, which is very scary.)

mak4374
mak4374

@cannibalofthetreesBeen intolerant of the intolerant does not put one in the same level as them.  To criticize anyone, is one's right.  To hate anyone, is one's personal level of ethics.  To be looked upon and treated accordingly by society, is the society's standard of ethics as a whole.


Try and think of other examples of intolerance that society once did, but no longer tolerates.  Bashing gays or other minorities, for whatever reason, is and should not longer be tolerated.

MarkMcGovern
MarkMcGovern

@cannibalofthetrees Believe what? That people are gay? What's to believe already? There have been always been gay people, always will be.


How is defending oneself from being accused of bestiality in any way equated to demanding conformity?


Your comment makes no logical sense. Are you saying you would you not defend yourself if accused of a sexual impropriety you were innocent of?


The gay community (rightly in my view)  complained. The employer fired him. 


If you think for one minute we have come so far to allow people like Robertson to publicly disparage and lie about us, you are right. Your support has been misplaced, if indeed it ever existed. 




CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@cannibalofthetrees 

Being gay is not a "belief" -- it is not a "choice" -- get educated on the physical-biological differences between gays and straights. (see below for a basic list)

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

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@GayleLoveland   "MOST fighter pilots, army officers and naval officers SHARE the "repugnant" positions you describe"


The officers I know are far more tolerant than your fantasy imaginings. You will find more intolerance among enlisted men and religious fanatics. Obama's statement about "guns and religion" while ill-advised, was spot-on.

Lebow-Ski
Lebow-Ski

@GayleLoveland@Lebow-Ski 

As long as these folks (who I do not hate BTW) mind their own business they will have my RESPECT.

As far as your description of me....you probably got that in Church :-)


No surprise :-)

FreeSpeech97
FreeSpeech97

Primitive? You must not have taken any sort of history class or opened a book in your life have you? Also, Christians believe that the Bible is truth and no amount of time will change our minds. Living with tradition creates culture. You are probably one of those liberals willing to edit the past to fit today's agenda. When the past is forgotten you get a bunch of people with no purpose in life and no idea how they got here. Its discusting and America seems to have a lot of those people.

Lebow-Ski
Lebow-Ski

@roknsteve@Lebow-Ski 

Even worse, they wrap themselves in the flag and rant on and on about "freedom". 


These theocratic fascists know nothing of freedom.   nothing.


They are the "Tyranny of the Majority" that Jefferson warned us about.

cannibalofthetrees
cannibalofthetrees

@MarkMcGovern

Phil Robertson expressed his belief. The gay community expressed their belief that marriage should be universal. I happen to agree with the gay community on that issue, but I don't believe in abusing a person because they disagree with you...about anything.

Defending? Defending what exactly? Phil didn't attack anyone; he expressed his beliefs. The employer was absolutely justified in dismissing him, but attacking a person for being different is just low-handed. I don't care what the issue is. If you don't see the hypocrisy in this issue, then I'm not sure what to say.

cannibalofthetrees
cannibalofthetrees

@CarlLegg

I did not comment on it being a "choice". I commented on forcing others to accept, or not accept something. Frame it semantically all you'd like, but it doesn't change what is happening here.

Lebow-Ski
Lebow-Ski

@GayleLoveland@Lebow-Ski@roknsteve 

I care not for cultural definitions. If you choose to reject the whole of the human experience in favor of your own myopic values then you are free to do so...


Manly or Emotional.... as long as they get their fingers out of everyone's pies I am cool with it :-)

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@cannibalofthetrees

In the USA it's your "right" to think anything you want, but you should also be prepared for the push back.

cannibalofthetrees
cannibalofthetrees

@GrantHaertter

You're right. I now hate everyone that eats Brussels Sprouts. They are evil sinners and will take down the world as we know it due to their abundance of flatulence. They must be stopped no matter the cost!


I'm not saying certain people should be denied rights. I'm saying other people share those same rights. People should be free to express themselves, including racist scum (see, I expressed myself). If you don't agree fine, but it is still my right to say so just as it is yours to dissent.

MichaelSmith7
MichaelSmith7

@CarlLegg One simply is not born gay, it is impossible.

I know many gay people who have turned straight, thus throwing your claim of being born gay, right out the window :D

tom.litton
tom.litton

@cannibalofthetrees@CarlLeggI see your point and I agree with you.


However, you can't insult your employer's customers without consequences. Whether you are right or wrong, open minded or bigoted, you can't cost your employer money or tarnish what ever image they have set out to create.  If you do, don't be surprised if you find yourself in the unemployment line.

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@cannibalofthetrees

How can you not accept something that a person is born with? That is SO cruel. It's like schoolyard bullying, only even more hurtful.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@cannibalofthetrees@CarlLeggThe concept of hating on other groups for being the way they are is actually not a good thing.  Gays aren't demanding that you believe or approve of them.  They're simply saying that it's wrong to deny them the same basic civil rights as everyone else.

The same thing can be said for any other race.

Unlike being gay, religion IS a choice, therefore "beliefs" are choices and when religions are used as a shield to justify the prejudices, hatreds and intolerance of a person, they become flaming hypocrites because the religion they used in this case doesn't differentiate between saints or sinners, the righteous and the unrighteous or the gay and the straight.  If they were Jewish, that would be a different story since all of the "biblical" quotes against gays were taken from the Torah.  Jesus said none of them, and "Christian" implies a follower of Christ.

As you said, frame it semantically howsoever you can settle it with your sense of what's in keeping with the intention of the Constitution and whatever lets you sleep at night.  But if you don't acknowledge that it's a civil injustice to treat people differently based on how they are, you become the problem instead of part of the solution.