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Allen West: ‘Duck Dynasty’ Suspension May Violate Civil Rights.


A&E may have violated the civil rights of “Duck Dynasty‘s” Phil Robertson when it suspended him for making anti-gay remarks in a magazine interview, former Rep. Allen West of Florida says.

‘We cannot start censoring people like this,” West told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“As far as A&E . . . it’s their business. I don’t know what’s in the contract, but if they suspended someone for their religious beliefs, that’s a violation of the Civil Rights Act.”

Last week, Robertson, 67, star of A&E’s smash reality show, was suspended for criticizing the homosexual lifestyle in GQ magazine, comparing it to bestiality.

He quoted passages from the Bible to back up his beliefs.

“GLAAD [founded as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation] and other organizations such as them, they want freedom from any dissenting views,” West said. “The majority that is out there are in concert with Phil.

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By Bill Hoffmann

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‘Duck Dynasty’s’ Phil Robertson: I’m Not Backing Off Comments.


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By Sandy Fitzgerald

A defiant “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson told a Bible study class in Louisiana Sunday that he isn’t backing down from his anti-gay stance, saying his controversial GQ Magazine comments came from the Bible and he’s not sorry he said them.

“I will not give or back off from my path, because you conquered death, Father, so we are not worried about all the repercussions,” Robertson, wearing his trademark camouflage headband, told the class at White’s Ferry Road Church in West Monroe, La., reports The Daily Mail.

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The A&E Network suspended Robertson from his family’s hit show last week after his comments in the magazine interview. Among other things, he said: “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong…start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Beastiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and those men.”

Robertson told the Bible class that he was “just reading what was written over 2,000 years ago. All I did was quote from the scriptures, but they just didn’t know it. Whether I said it or they read it, what’s the difference? The sins are the same. Humans haven’t changed.”

In addition, Robertson denied that he is “a hater.”

“I love all men and women,” he said. “I am a lover of humanity, not a hater.”

He also said that “sexual sins are numerous and many” and admitted he has “a few” himself.

“We murder each other and we steal from one another, sex and immorality goes ballistic,” Robertson said. “All the diseases that just so happen to follow sexual mischief…boy, there are some microbes running around now.”

But he said that Jesus said, “‘It is a man and a woman.’ But we looked at it and said it was an outdated stereotype. When you look back at the human race, the sins have always been the same. We get high, we get drunk, we get laid, we steal and kill.”

After the class, Robertson, 67, stayed for services, during which his oldest son, Pastor Alan Robertson, mentioned the controversy.

“Well, we’ve had quite a week. Shot some ducks, done some shopping, ignited a national controversy,” the pastor said.

Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said Saturday he’d help the Robertsons find a new deal for their show if it leaves the A&E Network,according to The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. 

“Regardless of one’s views on Phil Robertson’s statements, ‘Duck Dynasty’ has been an important representation of the state of Louisiana, inspiring prospective visitors and investors since its debut,” Dardenne said.

Meanwhile, the controversy has just made the Robertson family — which was already wealthy because of its duck-call business — prosper more. Walmart late last week reported Duck Dynasty’ merchandise is selling rapidly online as the furor continues.

According to Forbes, the Robertson family’s merchandise empire is worth $400 million, with Walmart sales totaling half of that amount.

The family also won’t be losing its Cracker Barrel sales. The restaurant chain caved in to pressure on Sunday and said it would put the “Duck Dynasty” merchandise back out for sale.

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Bozell: Hollywood ‘Gay Lobby’ Behind ‘Duck Dynasty’ Suspension.


Hollywood‘s “gay lobby” is to blame for the suspension of A&E TV’sDuck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson, conservative media analyst Brent Bozell charged in an interview with Newsmax TV on Thursday.

“This is A&E making a decision because the single most powerful lobby in Hollywood is the gay lobby. It’s a reality. They are hugely successful,” Bozell, founder of Media Research Center, said in the exclusive interview.

In Hollywood, “If you are not supportive of the gay issue, there is something fundamentally wrong with you,” Bozell said. “There is something fundamentally wrong with religion. This is why so many few people are practicing Christians in Hollywood. They don’t believe in it.”

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Robertson, the dad on A&E TV’s wildly popular “Duck Dynasty” was dumped indefinitely for attacking homosexuality in a January GQ magazine interview.

“So you’ve got somebody who comes out – perhaps inarticulately – but he comes out expressing his Christian faith and he was banned from the network,” Bozell said of Robertson.

The Duck Dynasty dad ruffled some feathers in an interview for the January issue of GQ, calling homosexuality a sin and equated it with bestiality and promiscuity.

Asked what, in his mind, is sinful, Robertson replied: “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”

Bozell acknowledged, “A couple of thing he said were inarticulate, but, on the whole, what he said was accurate.”

Bozell said Hollywood has been successful in pushing a gay agenda.

“They have understood the power of culture far more than conservatives have ever understood it and they have been very effective. They put themselves onto the sets, literally onto the TV sets and production. They participated in deciding a quota system on how many gays were going to be in there, whether something was ‘homophobic’ or not. And how many gay characters are there now? How many times out of nowhere, for no reason, is there a gay scene? Why? Because they are pushing it.

“It’s a very dangerous thing … do not be surprised if … the Christian belief on homosexuality is going to be branded as a hate crime,” he warned.

“Why is Phil Robertson popular? Because he evinces a culture and a worldview. It’s not because people are duck hunters. It’s because they like him. They like the things he believes in. They like the things he says. That’s why he is so popular. So why did they do this to him? Because it doesn’t matter. He’s unpopular to the people that matter.

“Bill Maher goes on HBO and says things far more offensive than this about people of faith. He is a radical atheist who loves to insult people. That is celebrated as tolerance. But have somebody do the opposite and express his faith and he’s suspended.

A&E issued a statement on Robertson’s suspension, “His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”

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‘Duck Dynasty’ Fans Rally Behind Exiled Robertson With #BringPhilBack.


Phil Robertson’s suspension from “Duck Dynasty” has led to widespread backlash toward A&E from his fans, after the network announced he would be indefinitely suspended following his remarks about homosexuality.

Robertson’s fans used the hashtags #BringPhilBack and #StandWithPhil in tweets to A&E, voicing their opinions.

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The tweets, compiled by Twitchy.com, are just a small sampling of the outrage by some after Robertson’s dismissal on Wednesday, stemming from an interview the 67-year-old gave to GQ magazine in which he referred to homosexuality and bestiality in the same thought.

Robertson’s granddaughter, Sadie Robertson, who appears on the show, also subtlety weighed in on the controversy on Wednesday.

A&E has yet to react to the online protests and appears to be standing by its decision to put Robertson on an indefinite hiatus.

In his interview with GQ, Robertson’s anti-gay comments included a paraphrasing of biblical passages that opposed homosexual behavior.

“[You] start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there — bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” Robertson told GQ.

“It seems like, to me a woman would be more desirable [than a man]. … That’s just me,” Robertson added in the interview. “She’s got more to offer,” he continued. “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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The comments were met with immediate criticism from the gay rights organization GLAAD, a spokesperson for which said that Robertson’s remarks were not reflective of how “true Christians” view gays, considering “Phil and his family claim to be Christian.”

Robertson subsequently issued a statement through A&E, in which he said he “would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me,” however his “mission … 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.”

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By Michael Mullins

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