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Duck Dynasty Star Suspended After Homophobic Remarks

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Phil Robertson, the main character on A&E's hit television show 'Duck Dynasty,' has been suspended indefinitely after delivering extremely homophobic remarks in a recent interview with GQ Magazine. The so called christian conservative didn't hold back in his disdain for homosexuals and equated them with individuals that have sex with animals. A&E didn't wait long to condemn Robertson and said that they were "extremely disappointed" with his comments. They also insisted that his views were personal and did not reflect the channels stance on gay rights.

    It is no surprise that conservative activists are rallying to Robertson's side and framing his homophobic views as a free speech right. They are correct in their view that he has a constitutional right to say whatever his heart desires, but that does not mean that he is right in any way whatsoever. His views are vile and hold no place in modern society. Robertson is entitled to his own opinions, but he does not have the right to use his newfound celebrity to push his anti-gay agenda.

    Is it me or is it terribly sad that conservative activists have no problem with the star's comments? I understand that conservatives are anti-gay marriage and anti-gay in general, but it is so sad that they rally to his defense. Instead of condemning him, they use him as a cause celebre to push their anti-gay agenda. Thankfully the majority in our country recoil at these kind of comments and push back against this hateful rhetoric.

    What does everyone think of Robertson's remarks? Is it sad that it's 2013 and there are still people that have this kind of celebrity in our country or should I just accept that there will always be homophobic individuals in our country?
  • Liberal
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    I never heard of this idiot or the dumb show he is supposedly a "star" of, but I read about him on the HufPo this morning. He made a statement that he did drugs, sex & R&R until he found Jesus, now he is a wonderful, clean living good person! Give me a break this sicko doesn't have a clue about life, good or bad, God, Jesus or even Lucifer ;)

    Scum bags like him should only be ignored and we shall all go through life very well without them!

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  • Democrat
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    I've never watched this show either but if A & E is going to suspend someone for having views contrary to the Stations views, will then they also suspend any show that espouses Christian views? There was nothing hateful in his answer to a question posed by a GQ interviewer nor was it vile, this is nothing more than PC running amok again.
  • Liberal
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    I see you still have a lot to learn about life JC. This could gave been your big chance and, unfortunately, you blew it! I'll keep prayin' fer ya tho;)
  • Democrat
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    Mr. Robertson only commented on the Christian viewpoint on Homosexuality, and that it was a sin as is adultery ,promiscuity, and beastality , these are the same viewpoints that the Pope espouses, but the Pope also said not to be obsessed with homosexuality as it is nothing more than one more type of sin. Is this any different that when Ed Schultz called a fellow political pundit a "slut, or when Rush Limbaugh also called a political activist a "slut", both of these men kept their jobs. Now to show just how offended A&E really is , they are running a marathon of that show this weekend, gotta make that money, also the show is in the can up to 3 shows in 2014, none of those show will be cancelled, BTW, Mr. Robertson will appear in those shows also. As I said before, this PC bullcrap is just that BS.
  • Democrat
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    Mr. Robertson doesn't have a clue about being Christian. He is in his pseudo-Christian belief which is more liken to falling into the trap by Satan. If this world, inclusive of Mr. Robertson, was Christian along with the entire nation the following would be the law of the land:
    -A living wage would be equitable to all to raise a family, allow health, welfare, and benefits that equals what politicians receive in America.
    -Our employer would allow time with family and friends giving respect to all and keeping sacred our holidays.
    - The nation would not allow our earth resources to be contaminated ruining our land, water and air. The corporate character would be save our earth instead of making destruction for the purpose of making money. Corporations would not be people and money would not be their speech.
    -Our businesses would listen to people and provide food distribution that is healthy and prove to the consumer what is in their product.
    -Climate change would not be a real threat because our nation would have already reacted with industrial improvements eliminating pollution.
    -Our land would be held in high esteem that includes animals, forests, water and air, much like how the Native American characterizes. Our nation would know that all life is connected and interdependent for survival.
    -Our seniors, teachers, health-care personnel, public service, police, fireman, military, ministers, would be revered and treated with much respect and support.
    -People-to-people interaction, much as, how a Union participating within the careers of workers would be encouraged.
    -Justice would be accepted and required demanding bringing to judgment those that cheat, steal, commit fraud, and harm other people.
    -Our Christian nation would honor non-Christians, non-believers, alternative lifestyles, other cultures, gender difference and languages.
    -Our nation would recognize we are in this life together, our common welfare is in our hands and our Public Servants have an obligation to serve the people.

    Knowing Mr. Robertson is due in having acceptance because of his beliefs in our nation, Christianity does not give him the right to condemn, make fun of, or ridicule any person that does not have his lifestyle. He indicates a changed person from the drug crazed years of his youth and is a Christian. I'm afraid he is severely short of the elevator that doesn't go all the way to the top.
  • Democrat
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    AC, you have the absolute right to interpret Mr. Robertson's remarks any way you choose. however ,in his comments he did not condemn anyone, but merely quoted what to him the Bible says and his Christian belief system, he not only spoke of homosexuals not entering the Kingdom of God, but also the adulterers, the idol worshipers, the thieves, the promiscuous, both male and female would not also enter the Kingdom of God, we have to be very careful here in this Political Correctness World, when someone can be punished for having an opinion and for answering a question honestly, we are heading in the wrong direction, this has nothing to do with acceptance of a particular life style but of demonizing someone who has an opposing point of view. This is pretty much saying that someone can be tolerant until someone disagrees with them, then they become intolerant. Your description of a good Christian Nation is nothing more than wish list, good ideas and ideals, but still a wish list.
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    In America Mr Robertson has the right to believe what he wants. He also has the right to say what he believes. A&E has the right to take him off their shows. Each of us has the right to agree or disagree with all or part of what he said, and to be outraged by his words. Or not outraged...it depends on each of us, and what we believe.

    His problem is that in an interview he told the truth instead of what he was "supposed" to say. He failed at giving "politically correct" answers to questions that he was asked.

    In other recent incidents, Alec Baldwin and Martin Bashir also used politically incorrect language in the past few weeks. Three different guys, all in trouble for what they said. All apologized, and as of now, none of them is still on their TV shows.

    This Duck Dynasty show is reportedly very successful, so if A&E cancels this show wouldn't another network give them a chance, with or without this one guy? After all, there are lots of networks and if this show makes as much money as I think it does someone may give them another shot.

    I do not watch the show, so it's not important to me either way. All "reality" shows are a waste of time.

  • Democrat
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    Johnnycee, The wish list is not my life and I'm as socially in-contempt as Mr. Robertson. What I am saying that for every Christian it is a hard burden to carry and not even the Pope is the sinless God favored person that Christianity demands. I made a contrast to Mr. Robertson's call out on homosexuals and being a Christian conservative. His belief what a Christian should be is not what is clearly written in the New Testament and what the ultra conservative groups hammer on homosexuals, women, and non-Christian people. That is what I call pseudo-Christianity or a false belief system. I listed several qualities of our Nation to be truly Christian. Mr. Robertson has his own beliefs, but they are not Christian. A&E did the correct response for Mr. Robertson's public announcement. He, and many politicians, like Rep. Akins should learn to keep there beliefs separate from informing the public about their character. It's like foot-n-mouth disease that will catch all kinds of public reaction. A good motto to live by, "keep from saying bad things about people, than people will not know your poor character". Mr. Robertson is probably paid well for his Duck Dynasty episodes, but it's A&E who is the management and they can have him removed very easily. I think we all can name many celebrities that say stupid stuff and pay for that stupidity with loss of their celebrity status. The world is changing and being anti-gay is not being correct anymore. I just hope A&E will keep their stand on the decision and not back down from public pressure. There has to be standards to live by and being anti-gay is not cool anymore and especially it is not against Christian values. More Christian ministers are understanding this (even the new Pope), so the evolution of Christianity is evolving for a better humanity.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    johnnycee Wrote: I've never watched this show either but if A & E is going to suspend someone for having views contrary to the Stations views, will then they also suspend any show that espouses Christian views? There was nothing hateful in his answer to a question posed by a GQ interviewer nor was it vile, this is nothing more than PC running amok again.
    Click here for the entire interview, johnnycee. I don't believe that this is the majority of Christian's viewpoint on homosexuals. I believe that most Christians don't put homosexuals in the same camp as those who have sex with animals.
  • Democrat
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    You are mistaken about the Popes views on Homosexuals , it has not changed or lessened ,what he did say was that the sin remains the same and not to obsess over it, as there are plenty of other sins to contemplate, no matter how you slice it, A&E did a knee jerk reaction to the political correctness crowd, To believe that being a homosexual is a sin as your faith espouses likens one to be homophobic about it, that's not right, it's stupid. I mean you invite a supposed red neck with deep Christians values to a Q&A session and then ask him religious themed questions and you're appalled at his answers, what did they really expect him to say. Whether or not you believe his born again Christianity is genuine or not does not matter, it's what he believes is what matters, and he believes that being a homosexual is a sin and being one will not gain them entrance into the Kingdom of God, that is what he believes, so why demonize him., what happened to that tolerance we should have towards one another, does it not extend to one with an opposing viewpoint, as far as sex with animals you are taken his statement out of context, there was a period at the end of his discourse about homosexuals, he then went on to extend the list to sins of all perversions, don't look for what is not there, he never likened homosexuals as the first step to having sex with animals, I believe he was talking about the decline of our society as it pertains to becoming a hedonistic society.
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    I think what Phil said was amazing and that he hit the nail on the head. just my opinion

  • Center Left
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    Holy crap. My Facebook feed is blowing up with this and there is a lot of misinformation and crap being spread around. I figured I would address some of the most common misconceptions:

    Glen Beck stated this is fascism, said A&E is trying to protect their revenue, and said that Duck Dynasty can move to The Blaze. Glen Beck is partially wrong. Yes, A&E is absolutely trying to protect their revenue stream, in the same way that The Blaze is trying to increase their revenue stream by offering Duck Dynasty a spot. In no shape, way or form is this Fascism. The government hasn't stepped in at all. Two private parties are unable to reach a agreement and decide not to do business with each other. This is the very essence of Capitalism! This is what Glen Beck claims to stand for all the freaking time!

    Justice Scalia has said that what A&E is Unconstitutional and endangers freedom of speech. This is 100% wrong. A&E is not a government entity. They are a private company, they are going to do what is in their best interest. The first Amendment protects individuals from government censorship. It does guarantee you a platform to speak from and it does force people to accept your ideas.

    Sarah Palin jumped to defend Robertson and said free speech was in endangered. Again, this is not a free speech issue. I've explained that above.

    Personally, I think A&E probably made a poor business decision. They air a show about rednecks being rednecks then they get upset when one of the rednecks say something that a redneck would typically say. What he said wasn't even that terrible. I disagree with Phil's views but just cited what the Bible teaches, then said he doesn't understand the appeal of homosexuality. As far as homophobic hate speech goes, that is REALLY REALLY tame. Just my 2 cents.

    Hopefully, people will see reason and realize that this is NOT a political issue. It's NOT a government issue. It's NOT a Constitutional issue. and it IS a capitalism issue. Sides will be taken and people will either take their patronage somewhere else or they won't.
  • Center Left
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    jaredsxtn Wrote: It is no surprise that conservative activists are rallying to Robertson's side and framing his homophobic views as a free speech right. They are correct in their view that he has a constitutional right to say whatever his heart desires, but that does not mean that he is right in any way whatsoever. His views are vile and hold no place in modern society. Robertson is entitled to his own opinions, but he does not have the right to use his newfound celebrity to push his anti-gay agenda.
    Gonna have to disagree with you on this bolded part Jared. He has every right to use his celebrity however he chooses. Just like A&E has a right to not let him use their network as pulpit for his views. I might agree with what he has to say, but I will gladly defend his right to say it.
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    Also, apparently I just noticed, that he said that African Americans were happier under Jim Crow laws. Why is this getting so little attention? Saying that is far worse than saying "homosexuality doesn't appeal to me"