'Duck Dynasty' Family Breaks Silence About Patriarch’s Anti-Gay Comments

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After all the hullaballoo the past couple of days over Phil Robertson and his interview in GQ magazine in which he paraphrased a Bible verse calling homosexuality a sin, and his subsequent suspension from A&E, the Duck Dynasty clan has finally released a statement on their website.

They appear to be in full support of the patriarch, and reiterated that Phil is a Godly man who follows the Bible’s “greatest commandments: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart’ and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

They also stated that they “cannot imagine the show going forward” without Phil, and that they’re in discussions with A&E about the future of Duck Dynasty.

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Here’s the full statement:

We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E's decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil's unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart' and 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' Phil would never incite or encourage hate.We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right. We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of 'Duck Dynasty.' Again, thank you for your continued support of our family."

Do you think A&E should allow Phil Robertson to continue filming on Duck Dynasty?


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nonmember avatar Emma

ok-I have a few thoughts. I do think that freedom of speech is a great thing and should be protected. However, I also think it's within the rights of A&E to suspend him, because they can control what goes on with their network. Also, and I think this really shows how naive the family is, his comments are hateful. Their comment says they do not mean to incite or encourage hate...but yet he compares being gay to being a terrorist... Seems pretty hateful to me.

nonmember avatar sandy

Oh, man: This is the tricky part of Free Speech. First, I feel compelled to say that I abhor the way "Bible-thumpers" interpret singular verses for the sake of their own LESS-than-godly beliefs. On the other hand, any American supposedly can think and say whatever they want. But if this is truly a question of morals, then what about the idea of a greater good, of seeking to understand rather than condemn, of not judging others lest ye be judged? Further, Robertson says in GQ that he doesn't understand why a man would want to perform anal sex on a woman ("she has so much more to offer"), and that it would not be his choice. Ah, so sexual behavior is a choice? He can choose, but gay men can not? And if homosexuality is an innate trait (i.e., not a choice), then wouldn't it follow that God gave that trait to homosexuals? Robertson plucks out-of-context, heavily redacted biblical words for his own purposes. I mean, c'mon: According to him, we are meant to kill and eat animals. Paraphrasing Robertson: "We were all vegetarians, and then God made animals, so he must have meant for us to use them as food." WHAAAAAT?!
I will not say that A&E should take him off the show, but just as it is his prerogative to be biased against gays, A&E can choose to eliminate his voice from their programming.

adamat34 adamat34

Yes he should. If wee seemingly have to protect every group, and organization that is deemed politically.correct, then this man should be protected for his not incorrect, but unpopular opinion. Tolerance is universal in idea and he did nothing wrong. Thank you Robertson family for your unapologetic biblical beliefs, and for not swaying with popular opinion. Its high time someone is able to spread the Good Word and has the stones to remain steadfast.

bandg... bandgeek521

He still has every right to say whatever he wants. A&E do not have to allow him to use their platform to do it. His freedom of speech has not been violated. In fact, if he were to speak now, he'd have multiple platforms jumping to publish or air his statements.

If it were the other way around and a Christian network suspended someone for making statements in an interview, where that person was representing a "brand" or face of said network, that were pro-equality, that network, too, would be perfectly within its rights to do so.

They knew Phil was a Christian when they signed him. He is not being persecuted for being Christian. He made statements that resulted in negative attention for the network itself, and they had every right to determine how to best control the damage, same as any public figure who creates controversy.

amazz... amazzonia

there is freedom of speech until people says what everyone wants to hear, when you open your mouth to say something that goes against the masses you are shut up, that's not freedom of speach. He thinks that gay marriage is a sin, like many people do, you don't have to agree with him, that's his ida, and people should respect that, there is no hate saying that being gay is a sin, for many religions it is... this country and all the "civilized" world is starting to get on my nerves

nonmember avatar eli

He did not say anything wrong he simply stated the truth what the bible seis. I do not hate anyone I don't think he was preaching hate he was preaching right and wrong you don't have to agree with it but that's his right and I think good for him about time someone speaks up for God and his word

Elaine Cox

as a homosexual woman..i find his views disgusting..but i find the situational morals and selective outrage of certain people who shall remain nameless..even more disgusting

Elaine Cox

bandgeek...he has been saying things against gays for YEARS...YEARS....a-e didnt care...but now they seem to be outraged but still has marathon this weekend...go figure...meanwhile alec baldwin still makes commercials and still gets excuses

ZamEnt25 ZamEnt25

I am saying they have the right to say what they want. Another network will pick up Duck Dynasty. I hate that anyone who has a different opinion than what the mainstream media has, gets crucified. The majority of Christians don't agree with the lifestyle. However, that doesn't mean we have axes and pitch forks ready to go after them. Also its AMERICA, when did we get so completely narrow minded that only the popular opinion is the one that's accepted? Hey, I don't agree with polygamy, but if people want to protest for it, its their right. I feel like once you take the opposing opinion away, will you like it when its your opinion that's taken away?

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