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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.

by NTEB News Desk

With ‘Duck Dynasty,’ A&E Offers a Beardseye View of Intolerance.


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Tony Perkins

A&E wanted a reality show. Trouble is, they weren’t ready for the realities that came with it. Anyone who’s watched Duck Dynasty (and there are close to 90 million of you) knows the Robertson family stands unapologetically for Christ. And if they didn’t know, they found out in May, when patriarch Phil Robertson told the network, “God and guns are part of our everyday lives [and] to remove either of them from the show is unacceptable.”

For four years, Duck Dynasty has been a lifeline to Americans tired of television’s steady diet of liberal propaganda. In an industry trying to out-sleaze the competition, the Robertsons had a different formula for success: speaking and living the truth. It’s a decision too many Americans have been afraid to make in our culture of political correctness. That all changed with this show, when the Robertsons gave viewers the courage to make the right choice.

Today, that courage has never been more essential, as a group of extremists set out to destroy Duck Dynasty—and with it, the family’s powerful platform for faith.

Yesterday morning, the Internet was bursting with stories on Phil’s marriage comments—which, for all the hysteria, could have been boiled down to this: A Christian believes what the Bible says. Apparently, it’s headline news these days to actually embrace the teachings of your religion.

In the GQ interview that kicked off the controversy, the family patriarch was blunt about his support for natural marriage and used the first book of Corinthians to explain it: “Don’t be deceived,” he said. “Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

Of course, the millions of people tuning in to Duck Dynasty would find Phil’s comments completely consistent with the values they expect from the Robertsons. The reason the Robertsons and others have come under attack for speaking openly about biblical truth is because too many Christians have been intimidated into silence by the cultural elite and vocal homosexual activists. And the evidence suggests the left wants to keep it that way.

Anxious to keep the liberal bullies at bay, A&E’s knee-jerk reaction was to drop Phil from the show.

“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 said. “The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”

In case Americans missed it in the firing of Craig James, the suspension of Dr. Angela McCaskill and the persecution of wedding vendors across the country, these are the totalitarian tactics of the left. Phil spoke directly from Scripture and said not only what most people believe but what’s obvious from nature and common sense.

But these activists are so afraid of the truth that they’ll do anything to silence it—including becoming an enemy of the very freedom they claim to champion.

“I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says. “It is a messed-up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh and Phil Robertson gets suspended.”

The left knows that if it can intimidate the Robertsons, stars of the most popular cable show in TV history, no one will dare challenge the lies liberals are spreading in our schools, the media, our public policy and even in some churches. Unlike other attacks, this one gets to the heart of the debate, which is the freedom of Americans to articulate biblical principles on any issue. In this brave new world of selective tolerance, have Christians lost the right to quote from the Bible? If so, then there’s a clear double standard at work.

GLAAD, the same rabidly pro-homosexual group targeting Phil Robertson, didn’t seem to mind when extremist Dan Savage cursed at Christian teens during a high school journalism session. In fact, six months later, GLAAD gave him an award. Yet when the Robertsons, who don’t have a hateful bone in their bodies, express their sincerely held religious beliefs, it’s grounds for suspension.

“Phil and his family claim to be Christian,” the GLAAD organization says, “but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe.”

In the end, this is about a lot more than A&E’s hit show. It’s about who we’re going to let define Christianity: GLAAD or the Bible.

Despite the criticism, Phil has been unbending.

“My mission today 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,” he says.

The left can hunt these hunters, but if they think they can intimidate this family, they’ve got another think coming. By taking on Duck Dynasty, they’re “taking on all of us,” Sarah Palin warns. So far, she’s right. Thousands of people are racing to the Robertsons’ defense. You can too! Click over to FRC’s petition and take your Duck Stand.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

Tony Perkins is president of Family Research Council.

‘Duck Dynasty,’ Gay Activism and the Clash of 2 Cultures.


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You knew it would happen sooner or later. An outspoken, wildly popular, conservative Christian who doesn’t give a hoot—or in this case, a quack—about political correctness would air his views about homosexuality, and overnight, Hollywood hell would break loose.

To catch you up on the latest events, earlier this week, the text of Phil Robertson’s interview with GQmagazine was released online, containing controversial comments about homosexual practice, among other things. (For those who have been living under a rock, Phil Robertson is the patriarch of the Duck Dynasty clan, and he is a self-proclaimed “Bible thumper.”)

Shortly after the interview was released, and quite predictably, GLAAD issued a statement condemning Robertson’s remarks as “some of the vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication” and said “his quote was littered with outdated stereotypes and blatant misinformation.” (Reminder: GLAAD officially stands for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, but I have long suggested that a more appropriate name would be the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Disagreement.)

GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz says, “Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe. He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans—and Americans—who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil’s decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors, who now need to re-examine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.” (Note to GLAAD: The majority of Louisianans do not support same-sex marriage.)

This was followed by a clarification and apology of sorts by Robertson: “I myself am a product of the ’60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today 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.

“However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and, like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”

The Human Rights Campaign, the world’s largest gay activist organization, also condemned Robertson’s remarks and called for A&E, the cable network that airs Duck Dynasty, to take action: “The A&E network should take immediate action to condemn Phil Robertson’s remarks and make clear they don’t support his views.”

Later the same day, A&E issued its own statement: “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. 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.”

In support of Robertson, the Faith Driven Consumer Facebook page started an “I Stand With Phil” campaign, while another Facebook page, “Boycott A&E Until Phil Robertson Is Put Back on Duck Dynasty,” had more than 100,000 “likes” in a matter of hours. Talk about a clash of two cultures!

What did Robertson actually say that was so controversial?

First he remarked, “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.”

Was he accusing all (or most) gays of engaging in bestiality or of sleeping with multiple women? It appears not, although I can easily see why his critics would think otherwise, and in that context, he was right to clarify his comments.

What he was saying, though, was that gay sex should be seen as part of the “anything goes” mentality of the sexual revolution of the ’60s, and in that regard he was right. In fact, while gay activists emphasize homosexual identity, placing the gay rights movement in the context of the civil rights movement of the ’60s, Robertson and other conservative Christians emphasize homosexual behavior, placing gay activism in the context of the sexual revolution of the same era.

Robertson next quoted from 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, a famous passage in Paul’s letters in which he clearly states that practicing homosexuals, along with practicing heterosexual sinners of various stripes, will not inherit God’s kingdom. (For the record, despite frequent objections to the contrary, the Greek text is quite clear in terms of its overall sense.)

Was A&E genuinely unaware that Phil Robertson held to these views? I seriously doubt it. My guess is that they were just glad (not GLAAD) that he hadn’t aired them publicly.

Finally, Robertson suggested (speaking first for himself) that the female sexual organ was “more desirable” than a man’s rectum and that a woman had “more to offer” a man.

And for these comments he was promptly suspended.

The fact is, though, no matter how much two men may love each other, it remains indisputably clear that men were biologically designed to be with women, and vice versa. In that regard, no matter how crude Robertson’s comments may have been, they were correct.

As for his quotation from 1 Corinthians 6, did anyone really think that Robertson would say, “You know, now that I’ve become a TV celebrity, I’m going to revise my views on God’s intent for human sexuality and marriage”?

Personally, I don’t believe for a moment that Robertson will bow down to A&E and compromise his convictions, although I could see him offering a further clarification of his statements, explaining, for example, that he was not accusing homosexuals of practicing bestiality any more than heterosexuals engage in such perversion.

And I don’t see how A&E can back down from its position regardless of how popular the show is. The gay lobby is far too powerful. (I imagine that Alec Baldwin has an opinion on this as well, although, to be clear, I am not comparing Robertson to Baldwin.)

In fact, I don’t see either of them about to blink, which means the culture wars are about to hit the fan, and this could get very ugly very quickly.

I suggest that those of us who agree fundamentally with Robertson make clear that: 1) We are unashamed of our belief in Jesus and in biblical morality; 2) we stand against the mistreatment of all people, including gays and lesbians; and 3) we will not support the radical redefinition of marriage, regardless of the cost involved, nor do we see cultural capitulation to gay activism as inevitable.

Now would be a perfect time to take a stand, but with grace, precision and wisdom.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

Michael Brown is author of Hyper-Grace: Exposing the Dangers of the Modern Grace Message and host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show The Line of Fire on the Salem Radio Network. He is also president of FIRE School of Ministry and director of the Coalition of Conscience. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or at @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.

‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Phil Robertson Suspended Over Anti-Gay Comments.


Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson has been suspended from the A&E reality series, following anti-gay remarks he made in an interview with GQ magazine.

In a statement, A+E Networks said he had been placed on indefinite hiatus.

“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,'” the company said. “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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Robertson caused controversy with his comments, in which he grouped gays with “drunks” and “terrorists,” and said that they won’t “inherit the kingdom of God.”

Asked what he considered sinful, Robertson told the magazine, “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 has described himself as a product of the ’60s who engaged in the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, but has since embraced Jesus Christ as his savior.

GLAAD excoriated Robertson for the interview, accusing him of pushing “vile and extreme stereotypes.”

“Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe,” GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz said. “He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans – and Americans – who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil’s decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.”

“Duck Dynasty” has been a ratings smash for A&E, amassing 11.8 million total viewers with its Season 4 premiere in August.

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Duck Dynasty Told To Stop Praying In Jesus Name Because It Offended Muslims (VIDEO).


Duck Dynasty features a number of things that run against the grain of popular culture. They’re a strong family that runs their own business, which is based on their patriarch’s invention. They go to church. They don’t engage in microwave marriages to pop stars. Their daughters aren’t famous for sex tapes or appearances in men’s magazines. They hunt. With guns.

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They also pray, and according to two of the show’s stars, Phil and Willie Robertson, the prayers caused some problems with the producers.

click-here-to-read-the-rest-of-this-story-on-before-its-news-from-now-the-end-begins-nteb-geoffrey-griderWhen the producers of Duck Dynasty asked the stars to stop saying “in Jesus’ name” during prayers because it might offend Muslims, Phil Robertson stood his ground and gave an eye-opening response.

“So they would just have me saying, ‘Thank you Lord for the food, thank you for loving us. Amen.’ So I said, ‘Why would you cut out ‘In Jesus’ name?’ They said, ‘Well those editors are probably doing that. They just think that they don’t want to offend some of the Muslims or something.’” source – PJ Media.

by NTEB News Desk

The Gospel of Duck Dynasty in 15 Seconds.


The Gospel of Duck Dynasty in 15 Seconds

Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty is an entertainer who looks like Moses and jokes like Bill Cosby. But having a quick wit isn’t a bad thing when the message is sin, righteousness, and judgment—a.k.a. the gospel of Jesus Christ.

“Apparently something rather large must have happened two-thousand and thirteen years ago, or we wouldn’t all be counting time by Jesus of Nazareth,” Phil Robertson dryly remarks during one of his messages at Saddleback Church in Southern California on July 21, 2013.

Laughter erupts.

“So, what happened?” Phil continues, imitating a conversation.
“Uh, that’s the year Jesus showed up.”
“Oh, no. You mean here I am, an atheist, I don’t even believe in Him and I have to be reminded of the date He showed up every time I write a check?”

More laughs. Phil then delivers the Bible’s big, offensive message with the kindness of a grandfather.

Here’s the 15-second recap:

·         Why did God become human? Because He wanted you to understand that He loves you. He needed to pay the price for your sin.

·         We all know we’re guilty of doing wrong. The question is what can we do about it?

·         Let’s not justify ourselves and try to pretend what good people we are.

·         Let’s compare ourselves with Jesus. He never violated the law.

·         He died so that all of your sins could be forgiven.

·         And because Christ rose from the dead, He can give you victory over death too.

          (Hey, eternal healthcare that’s free. Sounds a whole lot better than Obamacare!)

·         So, what’s wrong with Jesus? Why not trust Him?

Does that sound like the historic Christian gospel to you? It should. Sometime around 54 A.D. Paul the Apostle said as much to the early Christians in Corinth, Greece (1 Corinthians 15:1-26). He was beaten, jailed, and eventually executed for that message.

Yes, it might be technically true that the gospel doesn’t get preached on the show Duck Dynasty (as some have pointed out). But we see a number of interesting people who are impacted by the gospel. Duck Dynasty is just plain old, good TV. It is entertainment, and that’s part of God’s common grace to all people (Acts 14:17). We can enjoy shows like Duck Dynasty with thanks (1 Tim. 4:4).

A lot of funny things happen in the day-to-day lives of this rare, intact family called the Robertsons. Along the way, we catch glimpses of the gospel’s footprint in people who are redeemed by Christ. And because they’re interesting people, they’ve earned a platform in pop culture that allows them to proclaim the gospel message broadly and more clearly when opportunities arise.

Phil likes to keep things simple at such opportunities.
1)      I’m a guilty sinner.
2)      Jesus is the sinless sacrifice, who died for me and my sins.
3)      Forgive me, Jesus. I trust you.
4)      Lord, remember me after Your resurrection. Take me to be with You forever.

In other words, Phil sticks to what the thief on the cross next to Jesus would have understood. Maybe it’s because that’s what anyone hoping to beat death needs to hear and believe.

Yes, the gospel does go deeper. But Phil isn’t leading a church. He’s leading the life to which God called him, and he’s leading his family.

Phil’s life shows that the gospel leads people out of sin (Titus 2:11-14). It causes people to love God not hate Him, or (worse) ignore Him (1Cor. 16:221Peter 1:8). It rescues us from self-worship and leads us to worship Christ the rightful King, joyfully submitting to Him and loving His Word (1 Peter 2:1-3).

Because Jesus loves us, we can love others—both inside the church and out. All of that starts with receiving His love, embracing His truth, and loving Him back.

As Phil would say, “What’s wrong with that?”

By Alex Crain, Alex Crain is editor of Christianity.com

Alex Crain is the editor of Christianity.com and a contributing editor for BibleStudyTools.com. He also serves as pastor of worship ministries at Harvest Christian Fellowship in the Richmond, VA area. Alex and his wife were married in 1995 and have three children. You can follow him on Twitter @Alex_Crain.  

Phil Robertson’s book, Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander is featured in the following interviews with him on GodTube.com and Crosswalk.com.

(Image credit: Saddleback Church Media Center)

What You Don’t Know About ‘Duck Dynasty’.


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Yep. I like Duck Dynasty. My son, Mark Jr., introduced me to it. It’s fairly wholesome—doesn’t have the profanity, sex, violence and crudity of many other TV shows.

A&E would like to tell you Duck Dynasty is about money, family and ducks, but if you were to ask any member of the cam-clad, duck-hunting Robertson clan what their motto is, they would say, “Faith. Family. Ducks.” Their faith in God is the foundation upon which their family rests.

The antics of Duck Dynasty are certainly entertaining. Inside jokes and playful banter are marks of their close and loving family.

What I also love is the fact that every episode ends with their family praying around the dinner table. But it hasn’t always been this way.

Long before the Duck Dynasty was created, Phil, the family’s patriarch, kicked his wife and kids out of the house in a drunken rage. Months later, he begged for his family to return.

His wife, Ms. Kay, a sassy Southern lady, agreed to return on the condition that he quit carousing with his rowdy friends and give up drinking altogether. Phil committed to this, but most importantly, he committed to God soon after.

This newfound understanding of life completely changed the Robertson family. They have devoted their lives to living generously. Their business, Duck Commander, made them millions, but they pour money back into helping the less fortunate all over the globe.

To me, Duck Dynasty is primarily about the power of family, the power of forgiveness, the power of faith—and a whole lot of humor, to boot. I encourage you and your kids to watch it together.

And in case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s an interview with Jase Robertson about how his faith keeps him grounded.

Mark Merrill is the president of Family First. For the original article, visit markmerrill.com.

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ NEW MAN.

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