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NOM’s Brown: ‘Duck Dynasty’ Support Shows Americans Don’t Want Gay Marriage.


Americans showed how much they oppose gay marriage when they overwhelmingly supported “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson through his battles with the A&E Network, says the president of the National Organization for Marriage.

“We got a powerful demonstration of where the American people stand over the past 10 days,” Brian Brown wrote Thursday in an opinion piece carried in The Daily Caller.

“There’s a reason why gay marriage advocates have focused much of their attention on forcing a redefinition of marriage through the courts. They realize that when the American people get involved, they consistently demonstrate their support for true marriage.”

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The NOM president said when Robertson expressed his views about homosexuals, “he expressed a traditional Christian viewpoint on human sexuality. For that matter, it’s a viewpoint shared by virtually every major religion.”

Robertson was suspended from the reality show because of the remarks, but Brown said his family “stood strong and announced that they could not imagine the show continuing without Phil at the helm. And the American people rose to support them.”

NOM launched a petition drive and A&E brought Robertson back despite pressure from gay rights groups.

“This is not the first time the country has reacted to homosexual activists’ bullying with a show of support for true marriage,” Brown wrote in the conservative Daily Caller.

Brown also wrote that he expects the issue of same-sex marriage to end up back in the Supreme Court, despite the court’s “terrible ruling” last year effectively allowing it.

A decision by the court could come as early as Friday afternoon, based on an appeal from Utah officials of a federal judge’s decision striking down the state ban on gay marriage.

“If SCOTUS accepts the appeal, we may have a definitive ruling on the constitutionality of marriage sometime in 2014,” said Brown.

But regardless, he added, the “survival of marriage as the nation has always known it” may depend on whether Americans take action.

“They’d need to do more than sign a petition — they’d need to demand that their political leaders amend the US constitution to preserve marriage,” he wrote.

There are two ways that can happen, Brown said. Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp and 60 other lawmakers have proposed an amendment for states to ratify, he noted, or states could “take matters into their own hands and call a constitutional convention to preserve marriage.”

Americans, he concluded, are “fed up with the elite telling us marriage must be abandoned in the name of ‘equality.'”

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Franklin Graham: ‘Duck Dynasty’ and the Ducking Church.


 

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I appreciate the Robertson family’s strong commitment to biblical principles and their refusal to back down under intense media pressure over Phil Robertson’s comments in a recent interview. As the Robertson controversy winds down—at least for now—I have been amazed at how many churches have apparently “ducked” out on the issue (sin). Some were even quick to condemn Phil Robertson.

If we Christians banded together and took a stand, perhaps we wouldn’t be losing so much ground in what the media is calling the “cultural war.” However, it is not a cultural war—it is a religious war against Christians and the biblical truths we stand for. Some churches have fallen into the trap of being politically correct, under the disguise of tolerance.

God is not “politically correct,” and He is certainly not tolerant of sin. The Bible tells us that He is going to judge all sin one day; and anyone who is not found under the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, will face an eternity in hell separated from God.

Scripture says, “So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 13:49-50). But today God is willing to forgive anyone who truly repents (is willing to turn from their sin), asks for His forgiveness, and believes on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (“For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” Romans 10:13).

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

Franklin Grahamson of evangelist Billy Graham, is the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse.

LGBT Group Fails To Get Phil Robertson Fired From Duck Dynasty.


Hollywood Reporter – Phil Robertson, the patriarch of A&E’s Duck Dynasty clan who was suspended from his hit reality series on Dec. 18 following some incendiary comments about gay people, won’t be put on hiatus after all.

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The network and the Robertson family announced Friday that Phil will still be part of the series — and since he didn’t miss any filming, his temporary suspension will have no effect on the upcoming fifth season.

An A&E statement to The Hollywood Reporter read:

As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s homes, and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principles.

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That is why we reacted so quickly and strongly to a recent interview with Phil Robertson. While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the “coarse language” he used and the misinterpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would “never incite or encourage hate.” We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article and reiterate that they are not views we hold.

But Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man’s views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family … a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A+E Networks also feel strongly about.

So after discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family.

We will also use this moment to launch a national public service campaign (PSA) promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company and the values found in Duck Dynasty. These PSAs will air across our entire portfolio.

In addition, an A&E source says the family and the network are going to work together to promote tolerance.

Robertson’s comments in GQ magazine, which included the 67-year-old likening homosexuality to “bestiality,” prompted an almost immediate announcement from A&E.

“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty,” read a network statement at the time. “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.”

A&E’s swift reaction to the comments, praised by some, prompted objections from many fans of the show. Prior to his reinstatement, a petition started by Christian fans gathered north of 200,000 signatures demanding he be put back on the series. The organizers of the petition, IStandWithPhil.com, praised his reinstatement, though questioned if their voices had been heard.

“Despite our celebration, we remain uncertain of A&E’s true intent. Today, in the network’s statement of their core values – centered on ‘creativity, inclusion, and mutual respect’ – Faith Driven Consumers are left wondering whether A&E considers us to be a part of America’s rich rainbow of diversity,” said a satement from Chris Stone, founder of Faith Driven Consumer.  “Do they also now embrace the biblically based values and worldview held by the Robertson family and millions of Faith Driven Consumers?”

Robertson and the rest of his family have stood by the controversial comments that prompted the media furor, putting the future of A&E’s top-rated series in question.

On Sunday, Robertson delivered a sermon at his West Monroe, La., church. “I will not give or back off from my path,” he told the crowd — though he did seem to soften a bit, adding, “I love all men and women. I am a lover of humanity, not a hater.”

The political fallout has also been significant. Following initial calls to action from GLAAD, people from both sides of the political spectrum have weighed in on Robertson’s comments and suspension. It’s been a popular topic of debate on Fox News, and Louisiana’s Gov. Bobby Jindal was among the first to come to Robertson’s defense.

The Robertsons’ somewhat vague initial reaction to Phil’s removal — “We cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm” — prompted many to suggest that the cast would not continue filming. But the Robertsons also recently re-signed to stay on board A&E’s top-rated series. After settling a months-long salary standoff in August, A&E signed the entire Robertson clan to a multiyear deal worth more than $200,000 per episode.

For its part, A&E did little else in the wake of Robertson’s comments beyond the initial suspension. Encores of the series have continued to air, including a marathon on Christmas Day. Canceling or delaying the Jan. 15 season-five premiere never seemed to be on the table.

Duck Dynasty is a huge asset for A&E. In addition to being the top-rated reality program on cable, second across all of cable to only The Walking Dead with an average 13.4 million viewers and 7.6 million adults 18-49 in live-plus-7 ratings, Duck Dynasty has multiple brand tie-ins. Duck Dynasty gear is available in retailers across the U.S., including Walmart, Sears and Cracker Barrel restaurants.

The entire Robertson family has been on hiatus for duck hunting season, a contractual stipulation, which continues through Jan. 26 in their native Louisiana. source – Hollywood Reporter.

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‘Duck Dynasty’ Family ‘Excited’ Over Robertson Reinstatement.


Phil Robertson’s “Duck Dynasty” family is excited to return to work next spring and resume filming its hit show with its patriarch back on the job.

The family is “excited to keep making a quality TV show for our dedicated fans, who have showed us wonderful support. We will continue to represent our faith and values in the most positive way through ‘Duck Dynasty’ and our many projects that we are currently working on,” it said in an exclusive statement to FoxNews.com.

Friday night, A&E announced it would bring Robertson back onto the show, reversing its decision to suspend him after making comments in a GQ Magazine interview about homosexuality.

Robertson’s hiatus brought outrage from many conservatives, who said the network was curbing his rights to freedom of speech and religion. Political figures such as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also spoke out against A&E’s decision.

“The outpouring of support and prayer has encouraged and emboldened us greatly,” the 67-year-old family patriarch’s family said in its statement to Fox.

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The reality show’s fifth season was to have started on Jan. 15, but the family had said it could not fathom continuing the program without Robertson at the helm.

A&E, while announcing it would allow Robertson on the show, noted that his comments in the GQ interview reflect his own beliefs and personal journey.

“He and his family have publicly stated they regret the ‘coarse language’ he used and the misinterpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would ‘never incite or encourage hate,'” A&E said in its statement.

Further, the network noted that its top-rated show is not only about Phil Robertson, but “resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family, a family that America has come to love” that often comes “together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance, and forgiveness.”

“Duck Dynasty” is cable television’s top-rated show, averaging 13.4 million viewers and presiding over a marketing franchise involving Wal-Mart, Sears, and Cracker Barrel restaurants.

While Cracker Barrel pulled the merchandise for a few days, Wal-Mart kept it on the shelf, selling out  many of the T-shirts, hats, and other paraphernalia in the last shopping days before Christmas.

The Robertson family has a merchandise empire worth $400 million, according to Forbes, with sales in Wal-Mart acounting for about half of that amount.

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

Jindal, Cruz See ‘Duck’ Result as Win for ‘Liberty’ Over PC.


By Cathy Burke

 

Conservative groups declared victory on the “Duck Dynasty” controversy on Friday and hailed the quick reinstatement of patriarch Phil Robertson — less than two weeks after he was yanked from the A&E hit show for anti-gay remarks.

Louisiana’s Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal called the network’s decision a victory for “the freedoms of speech and religious liberty,” the Daily Caller reported. 

The reality series is filmed in Louisiana, where the Robertsons live, and Jindal was a vocal critic of A&E’s decision to suspend the family elder Dec. 18 after an explosive GQ magazine interview in which the 67-year-old patriarch compared homosexuality with bestiality.

“I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment,” the Republican governor said at the time. “The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with.”

On Friday, he released a statement saying he was pleased with the reversal.

“I am glad to hear that the folks at A&E came to their senses and recognized that tolerance of religious views is more important than political correctness,” he said. “Today is a good day for the freedoms of speech and religious liberty.”

“The left is going to have to get accustomed to the fact that it does not have a monopoly on free speech and is not the only group who is permitted to voice its opinion in the public square. The left may control Hollywood, but they don’t control the hearts and minds of a majority of Americans.”

Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, also applauded the decision, but noted the network announced its decision late on the Friday between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. “Better late than never,” Reed said.

“A&E Networks belatedly came to their senses,” he said in an e-mailed statement. “Their rash suspension of Mr. Robertson threatened to destroy the most valuable franchise on cable television and alienate 40 million evangelical Christians in the process. While Mr. Robertson used some admittedly ill-advised language in the interview, he said nothing that justified this punishment. He simply quoted the Bible in answering a question about his faith.”

Reed said he hoped “the network will never again take the bizarre step of sanctioning someone for expressing their Christian faith.”

Organizers of a petition started by Christian fans, IStandWithPhil.com, were wary of the reinstatement, The Hollywood Reporter said.

“Despite our celebration, we remain uncertain of A&E’s true intent,” said a statement from Faith Drive Consumer founder Chris Stone, according to the Reporter. “Today, in the network’s statement of their core values – centered on ‘creativity, inclusion, and mutual respect’ — Faith Driven Consumers are left wondering whether A&E considers us to be a part of America’s rich rainbow of diversity. Do they also now embrace the biblically based values and worldview held by the Robertson family and millions of Faith Driven Consumers?”

GLAAD, however, was not appeased.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the pro-gay rights group said “If dialogue with Phil is not part of the next steps, then A&E has chosen profits over African American and gay people — especially its employees and viewers.”

“Phil Robertson should look African American and gay people in the eyes and hear about the hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, Politico reported Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz lauded the news with a tweet of the Drudge Report‘s home page splash:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who also rushed to Robertson’s defense after his suspension, did not post any immediate reaction to the reinstatement.

Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the network’s change-of-heart, noted the bearded clan recently re-signed to stay on at the top-rated series in a deal worth more than $200,000 per episode.

The hit is a big asset for the network, the Reporter noted; it’s second in popularity on all cable channels only to “The Walking Dead,” with an average 13.4 million viewers, and it’sgear is sold by retailers including Walmart, Sears and Cracker Barrel restaurants.

The Robertson family is off during duck hunting season, which the Reporter noted was a contractual stipulation, through Jan. 26.

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America Supports ‘Duck Dynasty’ Values.


America can thank A&E for the 2013 holiday blitz surrounding “Duck Dynasty.” Seems everyone is heard repeating, “Hands off the duck men!”

The cultural left has tried for decades to silence middle America under the guise of political correctness. Finally, they get a show and a main character they can relate to — and the cultural left attacks it unmercifully. In this case the left has turned its venom on Phil Robertson. They say, “He can’t have audience of 14 million and say these things.”

The irony is that A&E, the network that produced “Growing Up Gotti,”stepped into the great American divide. The Robertson family represents values that are mirrored by millions of Americans. Can A&E get real with America and be honest?

A&E can cry ignorance all they want but the public is seeing through the noise. The “Duck Dynasty” fan base continues to cry foul on Twittter and Facebook. The fans even got Cracker Barrel to return Duck Dynasty merchandise to the shelf. A&E’s executives and producers had to have known about the Robertson’s faith. A&E’s publicists had to have known about the GQ interview and now we know that the interview happened over three months ago.

The Robertsons pray after every meal on the show and end the prayer with, “In Jesus’ name, Amen.” A&E tried editing out “in Jesus name” but found out the audience actually loved it. Hmm? A&E even produced many of their shows at the church.

How may countless hours have A&E producers spent with the Robertsons? Yet they act as if they didn’t know anything. Two of the last Christmas shows were done at the church.

The Robertsons have been upfront with their faith. Can A&E really claim ignorance when a simple Google search would have clearly explained their faith? The fact is, A&E figured out what America really wants and was afraid to say it: faith, family and yes — ducks.

Here are some reasons why Americans are in love with the Robertson family:

  • The Robertsons represent simple values of faith, family, and a normalcy that many Americans long for after a long period of uncertainly. In fact, millions of Evangelical Americans are a built-in audience for A&E and the Robertsons’ simple message has skyrocketed them to the No. 1 phenomena cable show with over 14 million viewers. It is as if America was just waiting for something better than all the rest being offered in the media.
  • Phil Robertson doesn’t preach to America — he lives it. He is comfortable in his own skin. Yes, there are some in America who aren’t comfortable with the word sin; however, it seems that many are. Finally there is someone on television who has stayed married to the woman he loves through good times and bad and is someone who just lives his life and is, “happy, happy, happy.”
  • Phil Robertson never says, I am better than you. He has never said that he hates this group or that group. Phil lives a humble life and knows what it means to be poor. He has openly admitted to his own issues of living through the 60s with “Sex, Drugs and Alcohol.” In this YouTube video Phil Robertson and members of his family candidly discuss their own struggles of who they are today.
  • Willie Robertson’s faith is a big part of his life and is seen in the show. Willie has not hidden his roots. Willie ends each show with a simple lesson of family and values just after Phil’s prayer of thanksgiving. In this YouTube video, Willie Robertson openly discusses the network and how his faith was formed speaking at Harding University.
  • The Robertsons’ lives show how they love their neighbors. We see them in the show living in their community. Suddenly, the charges of racism are being hurled — maybe because the earlier charge didn’t “stick.” Many don’t even know that Willie and Corrie Robertson have an adopted son, “Lil Wil” who is African-American and is sometimes seen on the show. He was seen in the picture of the family response standing next to Si and Willie.

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Duck Dynasty Merchandise Flying Off Shelves.


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By Melissa Clyne

While there has been a widespread media backlash over anti-gay remarks made by “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson, it doesn’t look like demand for the hit A&E show’s merchandise is waning.

“Most people who are buying the brand, they are like-minded to Phil anyway,” Hans Wilz of Great Ideas LLC, told USA Today. Wilz’s company helped create Duck Dynasty-scented candles that are sold across the country. “That demographic is not offended by what he said.”

Cracker Barrel initially pulled the show’s products from shelves only to return them days later following a barrage of emails, tweets and phone calls from Duck Dynasty fans threatening to boycott the 625-store chain. Upon resuming sales, Cracker Barrel issuedthe following statement, Forbes reports.

“When we made the decision to remove and evaluate certain Duck Dynasty items, we offended many of our loyal customers. Our intent was to avoid offending, but that’s just what we’ve done.

“You told us we made a mistake. And, you weren’t shy about it. You wrote, you called and you took to social media to express your thoughts and feelings. You flat out told us we were wrong.

“We listened.

“Today, we are putting all our Duck Dynasty products back in our stores.
And, we apologize for offending you.

“We respect all individuals right to express their beliefs. We certainly did not mean to have anyone think different.”

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, has not commented on its future with the show, even as T-shirts bearing Robertson’s image, bobbleheads of the family and scads of other merchandise soar in sales.

Forbes reports that Duck Dynasty merchandise, which includes a Catnapper camouflage recliner for $899.95 and a 400-page book of devotional prose that goes for $16.99, will bring in some $400 million in 2013.

This despite Robertson’s inflammatory comments to GQ magazine that lumped homosexuality in as a sin tantamount to bestiality. The network suspended him but fans have voiced their support in droves, taking to Twitter to defend the show’s lead character.

“You can tell that they are Christians and they live it out. praise God,” tweeted one fan from Elverson, Pa.

Robertson, members of his West Monroe, La. family, and fans across the country are not backing down from his remarks.

“I love all men and women. I am a lover of humanity, not a hater. … I have been immoral, drunk, high,” Robertson said. “I ran with the wicked people for 28 years and I have run with the Jesus people since and the contrast is astounding.”

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