A Letter to the A&E Network

Dear A&E,

I’m writing to share with you my strong disappointment over your recent decision to “indefinitely suspend” the star of television’s #1 rated show, Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson.

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I am part of the demographic that has made this show so popular, a christian southern conservative.  For multiple seasons now I have enjoyed watching Duck Dynasty, and appreciate the family values that the Robertson family upholds and promotes both on and off the show. The Robertson’s have made you millions and millions of dollars.  You need them, much more than they need you at this point.

Here is my problem with your decision.  Your tagline, “A&E – Be Original” sounds sincere, but clearly you don’t mean it.  Phil Robertson is about as “original” as they come.  Instead of celebrating that, or at least standing by your cash cow, you disavowed him.  Over a little pressure from the people who tout tolerance and equality as their greatest virtue.  You have elevated the hypocrisy of these folks to a new level.

Freedom of speech isn’t the issue, as Phil wasn’t denied the right to speak what he believes. You are a private company who can treat employees as you will.  My issue is the cowardice you’ve shown in caving to the liberal left and the LGBT community’s pressure to punish anyone and everyone who doesn’t agree with their lifestyle.

I won’t take this opportunity to debate the morality of homosexuality, other than to say that I support Phil Robertson and his beliefs on the issue. I applaud Phil’s courage to speak the truth in a dark world, regardless of the consequences.

For holding this view, and supporting this man, I am called a bigot, intolerant, and a hate monger.  Therein lies the hypocrisy.  It seems to me that these who preach tolerance are the biggest violators when it comes to those who disagree with them.  Smell the hypocrisy?

For far too long the beliefs of Christians across this country have been under attack.  Family Values are being swept under the rug as old-fashioned and outdated. What a sad response by today’s society.  Regardless of which way the wind blows, I stand confident knowing that absolute truth still reigns the day.

Television is full of examples of hostility towards Christians and mocking of scripture, family values and principles I hold dear.  Where is the furor when one of those issues is attacked.  I’d say you’re strangely silent except for the fact that you’re usually promoting this trash along with the rest of the television industry.

A&E Network….Arts & Entertainment Network.  The arts and entertainment used to be filled with signs of self-expression, I guess unless that expression offends someone?  Your network lost tonight.  You lost a chance to solidify a base of viewers who would have been fiercely loyal to you.

Phil Robertson is better off without you.  It is your loss.

UPDATE:  The Robertson Family Official 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.

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189 thoughts on “A Letter to the A&E Network

  1. I totally agree, no more A & E in this household until Phil returns and there are a lot of shows I like, But trust me, no more noy until Mr Phil Robertson is brought back on the show and allowed to speak his heart !

      • I agree too, no more A&E until Phil comes back. Everything you said is exactly the truth. Thank you for standing up so that we can stand with you against this ridiculous display that A&E has set into motion against Phil Robertson. It seems this country really isn’t free is it?

      • Adam, Since you seem to have the ear of the nation in this moment, it’s not just A&E we need to boycott. It is also their advertisers and those advertisers products. How about someone come up with a list of those advertisers and we all contact them to let them know that we will no longer buy their products as long as they are advertising on A&E. Then each person contacts the advertiser to tell them this verbally or by email.

      • Thank you for putting into words my feelings about Phil and his views. If someone isn’t going to like my answer then don’t ask the silly question.

    • the funny thing is Phil Robertson doesn’t need the show, hes got everything someone can ask for God, Family, Friends, endless bank account without the show, and if anything A&E should beg for him back and kiss butt to him and make a national apology BC Phil was stating the facts JACK!! and if they don’t i think the Robertson family should stand with him off the show and say we don’t need your stupid liberals show anyway!!!!!

      • I AGREE WITH YOU!!!! the funny thing is Phil Robertson doesn’t need the show, hes got everything someone can ask for God, Family, Friends, endless bank account without the show, and if anything A&E should beg for him back and kiss butt to him and make a national apology BC Phil was stating the facts JACK!! and if they don’t i think the Robertson family should stand with him off the show and say we don’t need your stupid liberals show anyway!!!!!

      • It’s really not surprising. I don’t agree with him at all but I’m also not surprised by him being that way. Welcome to louisiana, it’s closed minded here. You can’t be gay here and live peacefully, or anything else different for that matter. Christians here will hate you for it because a book tells them to, indirectly, and they don’t know how to live their lives without it, which again, is not surprising. People here are always wanting a crutch. The south is not as culturally advanced as some other places in the U.S. Currently are. Therefore, the Bible Belt is way behind and stuck in ‘tradition’ and can’t accept the change that’s occurring throughout our country. Gay marriage will eventually be legal everywhere, just as blacks and whites were eventually desegregated and are now able to marry interracially. Perfect example because

        Love
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        L O V E.

    • I have made a commitment to remove A & E from my favorites on my TV menu and to not watch it any more. I don’t have much choice any more but, I will turn it off.

    • It is terrible that they would take him off a show because of something he said but they allow cursing and gays talking about each other and showing of affection but Phil says something and it’s terrible? Shame on you A&E, I use to like your channel but now I could give a hoot if A&E stays on the air or not. It shows how you feel about Christians, this is suppose to be freedom of speech but I guess it is every who is speaking.

      • “Showing of affection”?! How can you even compare showing affection between same sex couples to grouping them with those who commit bestiality? That is beyond ridiculous! I think everyone should be allowed to believe what they want and to speak about it but that’s not what he did. He could have stopped with the fact that he disagrees but he didn’t did he. He had to continue on lumping them with bestiality, swindlers, drunkards, male prostitutes, etc. This argument is completely invalid but of course many conservative christians will jump at any chance to bash the “liberal media”. I feel that A&E did the right thing. Thank you for letting me voice my opinion.

      • Kim (below),

        Have you ever read the Bible? It lumps all of those people into one category- those that shall NOT inherit the Kingdom of God Almighty. Yes, everyone should be allowed to speak their minds and say what they want, and that is EXACTLY what Phil Robertson did. He didn’t have to stop at any point- it was his mouth, his argument, his opinion. You say that people should be allowed to say whatever they want, yet you just tried to put a limit on what he could say! What hypocrisy! I feel that this letter is exactly what A&E needed to hear. If you aren’t a Christian, you are allowed to say whatever it is that you want to say, no matter how many people it offends. If you are a Christian, watch out! You can’t say anything without the liberals or the LGBT community thinking that you are out to get them. Like Adam said in this letter, people and shows make fun of Christianity all the time, yet they aren’t reprimanded or taken off the air. They are rewarded instead. Duck Dynasty is just about the only show that I will watch, and now I am taking it off of my receiver and not recording or watching it again until Phil is allowed back on the air. Great job with this letter, Mr. Adam Lewis. I honestly don’t think a single other person could have said it better.

      • You realize your’re crititizing/boycotting someone (A&E) for criticizing/boycotting someone (Phil). Brilliant…

      • I didn’t advocate a boycott. Many people have, but I don’t see the point. I did express my disappointment with their decision. I guess I’ll just have to live with your disappointment too.

    • We all agree…..when do we start taking a stand in our communities as Phil has…….makes a difference……are we all willing, as Phil?

      • Kim – Here’s the part I don’t understand about you folks on the left… You wrote” I think everyone should be allowed to believe what they want and to speak about it”. That’s what Robertson did. Why are you entitled to decide when he should of stopped talking? It’s painfully obviously you only mean when “everyone” agrees with your beliefs.

      • We have forgotten the very word and book that we base our rule and faith on. without it we are running around doing whatever we want. As you can see its not working. Lets get back to the basics that our great country was founded upon.

    • Thank You Adam!!! We need to take this country back cause these things scare me for my child and what he will grow to deal with!

      • I’m sure your kids will be just fine, unless he/she is gay of course! Sorry for the subtle sarcasm. I respect your opinion. People have the right to their own beliefs and A&E as a company has its own beliefs or “image” that didn’t match up to Phil’s. I think it was the correct move considering LGBTQ youth have one of the highest suicides rates in the country. They didn’t want to be represented by those beliefs. In this case, I don’t think it’s about pleasing the audience, I think its about doing what’s right.

    • Same here A&E will not be on in my house until they are back or until there is an apology is made. I’m tired of christian being slammed for there rights. Hey jack nothing is said to anyone else for there opinions.

    • PHIL ROBINSON IN THE SAME STORY HE SAYS THIS “I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me,” he said. “We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity.”

    • After reading a lot of these comments I wonder how many of you ate lead paint chips as children.

      The man made statements the network didn’t agree with so they did what is in their best interest as a business. Boycotting anything about them will only hurt the people like you and me. The low man on the totem pole will suffer. Not the fat cat smoking a cigar on his pile of money.

      If you want to be angry at anyone be angry at the special interest groups. The groups that have nothing better to do than police free speech. If these ignorant special interest groups say one positive thing on their behalf to each negative they read or hear about instead of getting out the pitchforks we could see real change.

      Who gives one turd about what this hillbilly thinks about gays? What does it matter? Don’t you have something better to be concerned about? If you disagree with his views how about you spread positive views about gays instead of fuming over one hillbilly?

    • It’s your conceit that people may have a problem with, not just your ignorance.

      You say you support “Phil’s courage to speak the truth”.

      The truth? What exactly makes it truth? The fact that you, personally, believe it to be true?

      Or that Phil too doesn’t distinguish between his belief and truth?

      • I believe in an absolute truth, and believe the truth of the Bible. I understand if you don’t. We will both come to very different conclusions on many things in life if that is the case.

  2. I think you miss the fundamental misunderstanding that lies between the group you represent and the LGBT community.
    To illustrate, take a look at a statement you made in paragraph three. You state that the LGBT community attempts to “punish anyone and everyone who doesn’t agree with their lifestyle.” This statement exposes the fundamental misunderstanding: You view homosexuality, and the like, as being a “lifestyle” choice. More importantly, you also believe that homosexual individuals are, in fact, defending what they themselves believe to be a “lifestyle.” But to project this “lifestyle” viewpoint onto the LGBT community is fundamentally incorrect and lends why you don’t understand the ferocity with which the LGBT community “pressures to punish.”
    To the members of the LGBT community, sexuality is not a “lifestyle.” Whether you agree with it or not, to ignore the fact that homosexuals view their sexuality as akin to their race or skin color(i.e not a “lifestyle choice”), is to miss entirely and fail in attempting to understand non-like-minded individuals, which is the first step to productive discourse with a side of opposing viewpoint. When a homosexual hears “homosexuality is a lifestyle choice and is wrong” it is like a Black person hearing “being black is a lifestyle choice and is wrong.” It makes them angry because they feel they have no control to change something that you believe is under their control.
    Regardless if you agree or disagree with homosexuality, to remain ignorant to the perspective of the opposing viewpoint is to eliminate the possibility of logical discourse to attempt to find out if, in fact, a belief is “illogical.”
    Thank you for your time if read this. I very much think it a character building activity to expound upon ones thoughts and feelings in open discourse with the public via blogging. I hope you find this particular discourse thought provoking. I found yours to be very much so.

    • Phil Phil, you are oversimplifying “homosexuality” as if you have the keys to understanding why it exists (as it has for thousands of years) and what makes up the community. It may be that some in the community “have no choice”. A logical approach would certainly suggest this. But for many in the LGBT community, it absolutely is a choice. For sure. It is a lifestyle chosen for any number of reasons. And with political polarization, and the progressive “change” our country has been experiencing in the last six years, the power to punish and the absolute lack of tolerance by people who tout tolerance as their battle cry has been intensified especially on Christians. The Bible tells us that this will happen. And we already know the end of the story. We are here to serve God.

      • Hey all,

        Being a fellow Christian who believes in sinful humanity and the grace of God, here’s why I’m a little frustrated with this article:

        -This is not persecution. Voice of the Martyrs depicts the persecution of Christians, and so does the history of Rome. This is only an inconvenience, because an entertainment character we like is being removed from a show we watch. Why is this reaction necessary? Are we speaking out of care for Phil (whom none of us know well, I’m sure), or because we think that this will “ruin” one of our favorite shows?

        -I am totally unaware of how much a person has a choice to have or suppress homosexual urges, because I’ve not been in that position. I don’t think many of us are familiar with it. Why do we need to stand so firmly on something we’re unsure of? Because the Bible says it’s truth? (Does God Almighty need you to defend his Bible?)

        -I watched a short video on empathy the other day (http://www.thersa.org/events/rsashorts/the-power-of-empathy), and after watching it, realized that empathy may be my only tool to connect and care for people. This is a fundamental idea of how to treat another person, and I firmly believe that it fits like a glove on the practice of Christianity. It’s not that we can’t hold disagreeing beliefs, because we will, since we all have different experiences, pains and frustrations. But I think it’s about how we treat people. And I’m sad to read this article, because I don’t think it touches the realm of empathy.

        Like everyone, I am always making errors in the practice of my beliefs. But that’s no reason to keep going, to ask for affirmation of my errors as being Biblical. And Steve, I seriously challenge you to consider your statement, “We are here to serve God”, and what that could really mean, in light of the ongoing face-off between the LGBT community and the Christians.

      • Hi Steve. Thanks for responding. I think I may have been unclear in expounding upon my main point in my first post. I admit my analogy between race and sexuality may have been a poor choice of analogy distracting from the point.

        My main point is as follows: I do not argue that both sides should agree. I argue that in order for productive discourse and human understanding to be achieved, in the inevitable case where complete agreement is never reached, both sides must come to acknowledge the existence of and understand the viewpoint of the opposing side.
        Imagine a Christian on Television is expressing his disagreement with the viewpoint of the Islamic faith. (lets assume we are in America) What type of expression would lead to a backlash? What type of expression would not? This is what I wanted you to think about, and to address in your reply.
        For example, compare the two following statements. #1) “I do not believe that the Qur’an is a holy book. I believe that the Bible is a holy book.” #2) “To be a Muslim is illogical.”
        Which one would insight a backlash? Why?
        I believe that Christians need to see this difference. Why are Christians not expressing viewpoints on homosexuality like they would express viewpoints on the Islamic faith? Christians disagree with both. Christians view both as being a lifestyle choice. Christians believe that the Bible speaks against both.

        Please to not get caught up in my comparison of sexuality and religious belief. I hope you see the general questions I use it to raise.

        Also: I agree with one of your comments below. It is very nice to see this discussion remaining civil. It is great to have interesting and thought provoking discussions with folks across the country. Without civility, their can be no learning or growth. Have a good day! Hope to hear your reply.

    • There’s one glaring error in your response that negates your point: Not one single time does the word “choice” appear in the original article. He never referred to it as a choice, and if you want to play semantics by claiming that referring to it as a ‘lifestyle’ inherently implies that he’s saying it is a choice, then there’s really no point in you even commenting, since semantics is only going to result in an impasse.

      The bottom line is, as Christians, we are told homosexuality is wrong. Not just in the Old Testament, but the New as well. Attacking us for our beliefs is attacking our religion, and you’ll never make any headway when taking that approach. Believing homosexuality is wrong does not mean that we’re narrow-minded (by the way, that phrase has quickly become a crutch for people who have no other response to someone who doesn’t see things the same way they do), it doesn’t mean that we hate homosexuals, and it doesn’t even mean that we dislike homosexuals. I have homosexual friends whom I love. I don’t think I’m better than them, and I certainly don’t treat them as if I am. I view homosexuality as a sin, and The Bible teaches us a sin is a sin is a sin. Well, I sin as well, we all do. That is how I view it. Those friends of mine understand this, and while they may disagree, they understand and we remain friends who respect and love one another. The LGBT community will never accomplish their goals when they continue to react toward those who disagree with them the same way that they complain about those people reacting toward the LGBT community. We don’t have to agree with each other to respect and love each other, and that is what everyone must understand before this issue will be able to begin the transition into a non-issue.

      • Very well said. I have always said that I dont accept the gay community beliefs, I tolerate it. I guess its the Christian thing to do. My beliefs are in The Bible. The Bible says homosexuality is not acceptable to GOD therefore it is not acceptable to me, but I will tolerate it as long as it is not shoved down my throat.

      • To make semantics clear through conversation and definition leads to communication and learning.

        Replacing logic and the moral faculties natural to mankind with the blind following of religious doctrine leads to an impasse.

      • “A sin is a sin”… This is the issue that fundamental Christians forget, it is where hypocrisy surfaces in religion, and this leads to a lack of sympathy and hate. The Bible does not say that “Thou shall not lie, but if you have to lie it is better than being homosexual… ” It says, you shouldn’t lie, steal, murder, curse, etc. For Christians, we should be able to recognize that EVERYONE sins and no particular sin is better or worse than others, so logically, someone living a homosexual lifestyle is no different than the teenager that lies to his/her parents, the person that cheats on his taxes, or those among us that sleep in on Sunday instead of going to church. In the New Testament, you see Jesus tell his flock “Let you who is without sin cast the first stone”… A true Christian should remember these words too.

    • As someone who has ministered to people dealing with various areas of sexual brokenness (including homosexuality), I can tell you that there is a vast difference between color of skin and sexual attraction. I am not attracted to my skin color, nor are you. Skin color is not an emotion or a thought – it is a physical attribute.

      We don’t want to admit it, but thoughts and emotions CAN be changed and/or controlled. We don’t want to admit it because then we have a to accept responsibility for them (and our culture has a problem with personal responsibility). “That’s just who I am,” and, “That’s just how I was made,” are not just two of the biggest cop-outs I have ever heard, but they are dangerous because they keep people who could otherwise be set free in eternal bondage.

      We do ourselves a great disservice when we mistake compulsions for design. I have family members and friends who have a compulsion for various things (alcohol, drugs, women, fighting, pornography, people of the same sex, etc.). Many of them have “always been that way;” they can’t remember when or how these various drives came about. So, by the logic of the LGBT community, if they can’t remember how it came about, then they should just embrace it. Embrace drugs; embrace alcohol; embrace fornication and adultery; embrace fighting and go pummel someone – especially your family; embrace pornography and it’s destructiveness. At it’s extreme, this same argument can be used to legitimize things as horrendous as child abuse (which is being done in the psychological community already).

      I thank God that I have been given a divine choice to overcome any compulsion that may come up in my life. I cannot do it on my own, but I can do it through the power of the Holy Spirit in my life through the cross of Christ and His grace. I am not a slave to emotion or thought, but have been set free. Romans 7, 8, and 13, 1 Peter 2, 2 Peter 2, Galatians 5, Ephesians 2, and many other scriptures all talk about desires and cravings, and the difference between the cravings of the flesh and the cravings of the spirit. I highly recommend reading them, because they will give great light to this issue.

      • I just read this comment to my 16 yr old daughter who is living in a world that’s full of influence in her high school. Seems like anything goes these days…it’s really frightening and, as a parent, concerning. Your words couldn’t have been more perfect. Thank you.

      • You’re Just a slave to a book, written by the hand of man and alerted over the history of your faith by other men who believe they knew what God meant.

        Right… You’re free from thought and emotion. You’re a slave to a book.

      • Agreed. We are all broken in some way. And we are all sinners (as Phil readily admits). We come to God and ask for His help. He is faithful and just, He forgives us, and if we want to change He changes us.

      • Comparing addicts with the LGBT-Q community is offensive to all sides, and it is a woefully inaccurate depiction of our current understanding of sexuality, impulse control and addiction. Impulse control is not related to sexuality, and we know that sexuality exists on a continuum. In the same way that gravity is a fact, our current understanding of sexuality and gender is a fact. Discussing sexuality as a lifestyle only codifies archaic and destructive sexual norms that have contributed to the highest suicide rate in this country and unknown other physical and psychological damage in others around the world.

        If you truly have ministered with “people dealing with various areas of sexual brokenness,” you should know this too. Given your response, however, I imagine that you didn’t actually listen to these people…rather just encouraged them to “pray the gay away.” Let your guard down. Let these biases drop– we all have them–. True and genuine listening and understanding only occurs when we step outside of our experience and allow another to fully and nonjudgmentally share theirs. I can’t help but wonder if this happened if we could — but for a moment – reach toward understanding each other through peace rather than hate.

    • thank you for keeping the topic civil these usually get out of hand with that said. you cannot compare being homosexual to being black. there are plenty of homosexuals that have decided to go straight but how many black people do you personally know that have decided to go white? so to say its only a life style choice for some does not make sense. and i’m not condemning nor am i judging the homosexual community. i personally know someone that was an outspoken homosexual that is now straight. the way most Christians treat homosexuals is wrong. Christians are supposed to love all people regardless of what there sexual orientation or preferences are. the bible teaches to love all people and to always look for the best in them. and for people to say church is not a place for homosexuals or lesbians shame on you. church should be a beacon of light for EVERYONE. it should be a place where you dont have to hide anything from anyone. it is not our jobs as Christians to judge but to love everyone unconditionally. church was made for lonely, lost, and broken people. church is not just for Christians. sorry to go off topic but i would like for people to know that being a true christian means to love and welcome in everyone not to condemn and push away. have a nice day!!!!!!

    • I don’t agree! So a murder is born a murder and a thief is born a thief and an alcoholic is born an alcoholic? We have no choices in life. Wrong!!! We do have a choice in what we do and that included homosexuality, murder, stealing, lying, adultery, fornication, lust etc. WE HAVE A CHOICE!

      • Then please by all means be what you want. Don’t begrudge Christian’s for their beliefs. It’s just a lot a people are tired of living in the whatever goes days. I for one am thankful myself and my kids will conform. That’s all this is about “conformity” if u don’t want too don’t. Happiness is more about the internals of ones mind versus the externals of the world.

    • How many Blacks do you know that could stop being Black? Even if they denounced their “Blackness”, guess what? They’re still Black! The same cannot be said for homosexuals. I know of many homosexuals who gave up their homosexuality to honor God. Some of them obstained from all sex because they were not attracted to the opposite sex. Some of them did start families with the opposite sex. They made a choice to stop their behavior and honor God. I know that many people believe that they have no choice in whom they are attracted to. I won’t argue that but I will say that we all make choices about our sexuality. I am a God fearing Christian, yet I am tempted by the sight of a beautiful woman. If I cheated on my wife with another woman, I would be called adulterer, cheater, unfaithful and probably worse names. If I am a man with a normal sex drive and I feel the need to have sex, why am I being punished for doing what comes naturally? Each and every day, my life is filled with choices I have to make. God never told us we wouldn’t face temptations or tough choices, only that He would give us a way to endure. Even though I do my best, I still sin and fall short of being where God wants me to be. I ask for forgiveness every day and ask for God’s guidance so I don’t do the same things over and over again. I cannot change my color but I can change who I have sex with!

    • AWESOME. Beautiful words! I could not agree more with you. Who are the ones being intolerant again? A tip: The LGBT community isn’t.

    • Philosophical Phil: I rarely reply to discussion threads like this, but I find your comment and attitude intriguing. My argument would not be that homosexuality is or is not a “choice”. I am a heterosexual male. I am attracted to many women. My natural-born desire is to mate with any of them I find attractive. However, social mores, religious convictions and personal devotion to my wife entreat me to stave off my “natural” desires for a more disciplined lifestyle. Society (not to mention God) defines forcing sex on an unwilling party as “rape” and it is illegal. If I have a natural desire and call to mate with whom I find attractive, should it be said doing so can be illegal? I believe God intended me to marry one woman and be sexually faithful to her and her alone. BUT I *want* to have sex with other women. By embracing the values and laws I believe are from God, I turn from my natural inclinations and find strength to resist. In the homosexual argument, I would equate the same logic. If I am “born” homosexual, yet God clearly states that a homosexual lifestyle is not pleasing to Him, then I will discipline myself to be obedient to His values and laws and refrain from the homosexual desires. The choice is not homosexual or not. The choice is God or not. You are full well within your right to choose “not God”, as am I to chose God.

      • Roy: I feel as if you are making the assumption that without God, humans would not be able to lay down the definitions of morality. This is incorrect. Human beings are perfectly capable of concluding, without God, that breaking the devotional vows of marriage and raping a woman are immoral. You did not need God to conclude that you should “stave off” these “natural desires” you cite. My natural human sense of morality and logical understanding of these desires lead me to believe that they are immoral.
        Therefore, I would ask you: What behaviors would you, without God, have labeled as moral that God states are immoral? I would guess that every named behavior addressing this question would involve the persecution or labeling of a group of people as immoral, which you cannot justify without citing your allegiance to God.
        To address your “God” vs “not God” choice: In these situations, by my choosing of “not God” I am choosing to utilize the natural moral barometer given to me by God. My god given logical understanding of homosexuality does not lead me to believe that homosexuality is immoral.
        Do not demonize the morality natural to the human being. It does not fall apart without the presence of God-written rules. The morality natural to the human being can, though, fall apart when replaced with the blind following of unjustifiable religious doctrine.

    • Rom 1:21-32 ” Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

      • Lev. 25:44 As for the male and female slaves whom you may have, it is from the nations around you that YOU MAY ACQUIRE MALE AND FEMALE SLAVES.
        Lev. 25:45 You may also acquire them from among the aliens residing with you, and from their families that are with you, who have been born in your land; AND THEY MAY BE YOUR PROPERTY.
        Lev. 25:46 You may KEEP THEM AS A POSSESSION for your children after you, for them TO INHERIT AS PROPERTY. THESE YOU MAY TREAT AS SLAVES…

      • Really ? When did He tell you ? Atleast God says, a few passages down, that we can have slaves too… so everyone looses ?

        Lev. 25:44 As for the male and female slaves whom you may have, it is from the nations around you that YOU MAY ACQUIRE MALE AND FEMALE SLAVES.
        Lev. 25:45 You may also acquire them from among the aliens residing with you, and from their families that are with you, who have been born in your land; AND THEY MAY BE YOUR PROPERTY.
        Lev. 25:46 You may KEEP THEM AS A POSSESSION for your children after you, for them TO INHERIT AS PROPERTY. THESE YOU MAY TREAT AS SLAVES…

    • It is simply bad logic to compare being black to being homosexual. All black people are black and there is nothing any of them can do about it. Maybe there are slight variations in the actual color, but 100% of them are black by their nature. But not every human being is homosexual, in fact it is definitely in the minority, so now you have to get into the genetics…is it really biological and physiological? Can it be proven that it is coded into one person’s DNA but not another persons? At that point you have to decide what you believe about how humans were created and if you are a Christian, hopefully you are going to believe that the Bible is the only source of truth. Therefore, according to Genesis 1, God created all humans in HIS image, and then later declared that He created a man to be with a woman and vice versa, and in Romans 1 …declared that any other way is “unnatural.” Bottom line…this isn’t about Christians refusing to listen to a gay person’s viewpoint, this is Christians fundamentally disagreeing with their viewpoint.

    • Being white black latino and any other color is not a choice. Choosing to like or love someone of the same sex or opposite sex is a choice. You are mixing racial issues with who someone chooses to love.

  3. Jesus predicted that just before His return as Judge, there will be a strange, dangerous fad – a spontaneous global steamroller notable for its speed, violence, and impudent in-your-face openness. In Luke 17 He called this worldwide craze the repeat of the “days of Lot” (see Genesis 19). By fulfilling this worldwide mania that’s secretly coordinated by unseen spirit beings, gays are really hurrying up Christ’s return and making the Bible even more believable!
    They’ve actually invented strange architecture: closets opening not on to bedrooms but on to Main Streets where kids can see naked men having sex in “Madam” Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco Brothel District. We wonder how soon S.F.’s underground saint – San Andreas – will get a 10-point jolt out of what goes on over his head (see the dire prediction about cities in Revelation 16:19, and Google “Obama Supports Public Depravity”).
    What’s really scary is the “reprobate mind” phrase in Romans 1:28. A person can sear his conscience so much that God finally turns him over to S, the universal evil leader whose unseen agents can give a “possessed” person super-human strength that many cops with tasers have trouble subduing!
    Remember, gays don’t have to stay bound to their slavery. Their emancipation is found in a 5-letter name starting with J – no, not James or Julia. As soon as they can find out the all-powerful J name, gays will really start living! (Also Google “God to Same-Sexers: Hurry Up,” “USA – from Puritans to Impure-itans,” and “The Background Obama Can’t Cover Up.”)

  4. Praise God, here is a man who stands firm is his beliefs and is not ashamed. No more A&E in this home. And it was one of my favorite channels.

  5. Thank you, Adam. You spoke the truth, a truth that many are ignoring. While someone may be born gay, they must, like all people, resist the temptation to sin sexually, like all people, if they want to spend eternity w/God. I, too, am disappointed that A&E chose to align themselves w/sin by cowtowing to the LGBT community (which, btw, represents less than 10% of the population).

    • According to your beliefs. This is where BULLYING people into believing something is against EVERYTHING God ordained in the Bible. God gave us the Freedom to Choose, he didn’t ask people to be a bully for Him or to dictate the Bible for Him. It’s a personal journey between God and His individual followers. A&E is a private company that needs to maintain a tolerance towards all people, Gay or Christian, that’s why they wouldn’t allow any kind of INTOLERANCE on the show. It’s an ARTS and ENTERTAINMENT channel, this show is NEITHER .

  6. Well said! I am amazed how those who states there beliefs are persecuted. Freedom of speech…freedom of religion….doesn’t feel very free.

  7. Why is it that unless you agree or believe the same as the LGBT then you are ridiculed? Or Rosie O’Donnell wants to then bash you? Or a person is taken off the show. I’m sure Phil could care less if he is on that show or not. But if he had said oh The LGBT is wonderful and I agree w everything they stand for he wouldn’t be in this position. Everyone has their beliefs!! I think this whole thing is STUPID!!! And for that reason I won’t be watching A&E!! It is the LGBT way or no way! Don’t get me wrong, I have friends who are gay, I love them no matter what, I’m not judging them! But why should a person be judged for their beliefs? Phil is from the South and he is very old school, why should he conform to Hollywood just because he is on T.V.?

    • Being from northeast Louisiana and an avid duck hunter myself; I can 100% guarantee that Phil Robertson doesn’t care one bit about all of this uproar. He honestly may not even know all of this is happening. He’s probably getting up every morning just like me and doing what he and I both love to do which is shoot ducks. I don’t know him but my dad did and he’s honestly the most respectable man I know and can think of on this planet. He values his wife and family and has done the things necessary to take care of his family; following the word of god being one of them. This world needs countless more Phil Robertson’s. It would such a better place.

  8. REALLY?! I have been so upset over this! So SICK of Christians being SLAMMED every time we speak our belief…THE TRUTH. I can promise you one thing…either you defend the Christian RIGHTS, or your station will NOT air in my household…PERIOD. And I will shout out YOUR discrimination against our Christian RIGHTS, to EVERYBODY I come in contact with! Same on you!!

    • Why are you taking this personally ? This has to do with a rich hunter and a TV sitcom. You’re buying into their publicity stunt. I think that God would be more worried about the weak and poor in spirit than a rich hunter. Don’t forget, “It’s easier for a camel to get into an eye of a needle than a rich man to get into heaven”.

  9. First off I have alot of gay and lesbian friends and if they want to get married thats up to them it doesn’t affect me one bit although i am heterosexual i am not against their choice. With that being said i still support Phil Roberts its his opinion after all we do live in the united states of america freedom of speech still applies. Many young men and women have died to protect that right and to be honest he only spoke what everyone else already knew about him. It is obvious that he would be against homosexuality most people that religious and from the south are so its no surprise. It may not be politically correct but get over it. He spoke his mind and heart if people dont want to hear a opinion that they already know exists dont ask. Phil has the right to say what he wants when he wants. If you going to ban him from being on the show for being honest then maybe a&e needsbto take a look at their entire show line up because none of them are 100% politically correct. In closing. The a&e network as a whole will not be watched in my house hold until Phil is brought back because in my opinion it is wrong to support a network that does not support our constitutional rights.

    • His “Freedom of Speech” wasn’t stifled. He was allowed to say what he wanted. That right does not project anyone from any kind of reaction recieved.

    • At this point I’m not upset with what Phil said as much as I am upset about people claiming to be real Christians and spewing hate. This is not building up the kingdom, it’s only allowing Satan to use Christians to distroy it.

  10. P.s. that the problem we are to busy diapering peoples asses for them. Grow up this is life noone is going to think the same as the next person. If you dont like their opinion agree to disagree dont go runnng and screaming like a toddler because you got your feelings hurt grow up.

  11. Here’s what makes me really wonder about people who claim they are sooooo christian: If your god created everyone, and is so loving, so powerful, so wise and so wonderful, why did he create gay people? Because, if I understand it correctly, your god oversees every infitisemal detail of your life. (Much like Santa Claus). He controls the DNA that makes you the human you are. He knows everything that’s in your heart. He knows every wish you have. So if he has this much power, why would he create gay people just so that every can hate them? If god is supposed to be about love, why would he create people just to make them hated?
    There is truth to the comment that if A&E’s slogan is Be Original then Phil shouldn’t be let go from the show. And Phil probably couldn’t care less. But you christians need to check yourselves. You are the least inclusive group of people. You are not the only religion in the world, but you act like you’re the only one that matters. Your bronze aged beliefs in a father figure that knows everything are ridiculous. Stop drinking the kool aid. Get out of the cult.

    • Betsey, we’ll disagree on this fundamental issue – people are not born Gay. God did not create homosexuality in humanity. That is a creation of human nature and sin. I know you”ll disagree with me.

      • While I am no one to say how people have been created by the almighty.. I do know that at times we have widelife in different forms.. An example is an antlered doe deer.. The gene pool was crossed some where on these so it maybe possible, even though it is not to my liking.. But, I do know Phil should be reinstated immediately because he was speaking for himself and not anyone else. He has a right to his opinion just like you and I to ours.. If he is not then we need to stop spending where ever the sponsors are.. That is quite a list of businesses right.. Freedom of speech goes far beyond this show or it’s station..

      • Sure, sure, we can disagree on this issue. Because I believe you’re wrong. And that’s my right.
        Your comment that ‘if it’s on youtube it must be true’ shows you to be a smug, small minded christian. The same can be applied to the bible. ‘if it’s in the bible, it must be true’. It’s not. The bible was written by dozens of different people over the course of 200-500 years, and was only started after this alleged jesus christ of nazareth was dead for a couple hundred years. YES ADAM, biblical scholars agree on this. And yes, your religion is a hodgepodge of leftover egyptian and other religious beliefs. The life events of this great and wonderful jesus of nazareth were literally taken from the alleged life of the egyptian god horus. Here’s a PDF from a university website that explains it. I dare you to read it with an open mind. (http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/jksadegh/A%20Good%20Atheist%20Secularist%20Skeptical%20Book%20Collection/Parallels_between_Jesus_and_Horus_an_Egyptian)
        Let me ask you this. Why aren’t you Jewish? or Muslim? or a Jainist? or a Buddhist? Simply because the christian belief system is the one you grew up with. We’re all atheists, Adam. You’re an atheist to those other religions because you simply refuse to think, really think critically about what you believe. I’m an atheist to those religions too, plus christianity. And I believe in one less god than you do.
        My point here is that I’m most interested in human rights. Something your god doesn’t seem to care about. Because if he was all powerful, all caring, all loving, all wonderful, why does he let women be denigrated by religion? Why does he allow so many people to hate groups of people? Because it seems to me that if he was so powerful, he could just remove the people you christians hate so much from the earth.

    • Betsey, this same question is asked constantly by people who just don’t understand the whole sin thing. God created this world perfectly (Gen 1-2). Because of His great love for us, He gave us freedom. He gave us freedom to receive Him and obey or reject Him and face consequences. (Gen 3). Adam and Eve chose to disobey and forever change the relationship between God and man. He gave us the freedom to be wrong and walk away. This is true freedom. The alternative to that is no choice and forced to love and follow–that is not freedom. It is because of sin that bad things happen. It’s the reason children are aborted, sexually abused, abandoned and abused. It’s the reason there is cancer, heart disease, and ALS. It’s the reason murderers go free when they should go to prison. What the liberal media and others falsely assume is that just because we Christians disagree and voice our opposition on homosexuality means we hate them. There are sins my children commit such as lying that I do not approve of and call them on it and discipline them. Do I hate them? Absolutely not! I hate what they did. Unfortunately this has become such a polarizing issue that I don’t think the two sides will ever come to an understanding. I respect your opinion about God and I don’t hate you, I just disagree with you.

      • Yeah, I understand the ‘whole sin thing’. I was a christian until I was 40. I met my husband at church. After a long discussion about many things that make NO sense, we left organized religion. Our kids, on their own, came to us, saying they were fed up, too. It is not because of sin that bad things happen. My niece was born with a disease. What sort of sin did she commit, while in utero, to have life-altering disease?
        I had breast cancer and survived. Does that mean I’m a sinner because I got it? Or does that mean I’m not a sinner because I survived? Your logic is circular and infantile.
        And hilarious.

      • No Betsey it’s not because you sinned specifically that you got breast cancer or child is born with disease. It’s because humanity sins. You can insult me all you want and call me infantile, but you’re the one who doesn’t have answers and I do. I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy 2014. I hope you find what you’re looking for.

      • Stephanie -Thank you for this response. This is the most genuinely human comment I’ve read here. I did not hear any bit of anger in your use of words. Thank you for that.

    • Betsey, wow what a slam! Fact driven of course am I correct?(joke) Last time I checked, we as people are born perfect and sin free. It is not until we reach the age of accountability before we are judged for our sins. If your not sure, read it, it’s in black and white. Nevertheless you have gotten off on a tangent like most on this post. I support Phil in speaking what he believes. No question. I support gays and lesbians for being the way they are. A sin is a sin. The non Christian community puts a stamp on all religions saying we tear you down. Did you ever put the shoe on the other foot? You have tore me down as a Christian for saying what you have said! Equally ignorant and also fact based correct? So to answer your question, we are born perfect as a child and choose in life which road to travel. Some take the road less traveled that’s fine, you’re driving. The point that we as a people need to support is hearing out others. “freedom if speech” our God given constitutional right. I’ve heard several celebrities admit to countless sins publicly! Have they been chastised? No especially the homosexual crowd because that would be an attack right? Pure ignorance the shoe fits on both feet.

      • Chris, I’m not quite sure what your point is. Yes, what I said was fact based. The belief that people are ‘born perfect and sin free’ is a christian belief. I do not believe in sin. I believe there are good people and bad people in the world. And I believe that good and bad are subjective terms. (i.e., homosexuals are good or bad people, depending on whose opinion is being expressed). This may surprise you, but I have no problem with what Phil believes. Everyone is entitled to what they believe, because beliefs are an extension of their life experiences. I disagree with what Phil said, which is my right, and I disagree with A&E for taking him off their air, considering their slogan of Being Original.

        Like all the overly religious christians I know, you’re talking in circles. My first point was simply that the bible was written by dozens of men (and women, although those books were ‘conveniently’ taken out) over a period of time hundreds of years after this alleged jesus christ (whose life parallels the Egyptian god horus) walked the earth. People who take offense to those who suggest that god doesn’t exist, humans are related to apes, the theory of evolution and other things that challenge their bronze age beliefs point to the bible as proof that the bible is true. HELLO??? You cannot use the bible to prove that the bible is true. That is not logical or reasonable.

        My second point is that christians just LOVE to parade out their beloved little book of myths to point fingers at other groups of people without getting to know them on a personal level. Christians would rather stay in the good graces of a mythical character than fight for basic human rights. I have three friends who killed themselves after coming out to their parents and were thrown out/disowned because their parents would rather believe in this mythical creature than love their own children. What are you going to do, Chris, if one of your kids says he/she is gay or a lesbian?

        Take a critical look at what you believe. Grow up. Stop drinking the koolaid. Get out of the cult. I was a christian for 40 years, and after I left, I never looked back. My husband and I met at our church, raised our kids catholic, and we all left.

        And by the way, freedom of speech is NOT a god given constitutional right. It is a right given to us by our forefathers, many of whom were atheists.

    • Betsey, I do not consider myself to be in a cult. I am a Christian and I believe in a one true God. I am a sinner just like everyone else. All sin is equal in God’s eyes, whether it be murder or stealing a penny. God gave us all something called “free will”. It’s what causes us to sin. We make the wrong choices but He still loves us. God did not want anyone to be hated. People create hate when they don’t completely understand something or feel threatened by it. I don’t hate anyone. I have friends who are gay, black, white, Christian, non-Christian, man, woman. I just feel that instead of everyone just being a person, they have to pick a label. I don’t go around saying that I’m a blonde, white female from the South who believes in God and I should be treated special. We are all of God’s children and need to learn to treat everyone with love and respect. Phil Robertson has a belief and he quoted the Bible. He didn’t spew hatred. Just like some religious people give all Christians a bad name, some gay people give all homosexuals a bad name.

      • Lisa, if you don’t believe you’re in a cult, I’ll kindly suggest you look up the definition of the word. Organized religion is a cult.

      • For the record, Stephanie, I didn’t call you infantile, I said your reasoning and logic is. There’s a big difference. I’m sure that you’re a kind and loving person who feels things deeply, or you wouldn’t take the time to respond to so many people on this site. I wish you all the best of everything in 2014.

    • As someone who was born and raised Southern Baptist, and was a die-hard believer until about 27yrs old, THANK YOU for this post! YES, yes, and yes!!! The Bible doesn’t make any darned sense, and anybody who questions it is basically told that they just need more faith… My husband left the church about a year before I did. I was brokenhearted when he first told me he could no longer pretend to believe something that just didn’t add up, but one thing he said really stuck with me: “I am a good person who has always sought to do right. If “God” is out there, I genuinely want to know. I’m searching, really searching… I’m just not finding anything. The more I look, the less I can honestly say I believe the Bible. Why would any god intentionally put out information which is legitimately contradictory to known facts, and ask that we blindly believe anyway? How cruel…” After a lot of soul searching, I eventually had to admit that I didn’t really believe it anymore either. He had so many questions, and I had answers to exactly none of them, and all the religious leaders I asked all told me to just pray for him and have more faith… they didn’t have any answers either.

      The Bible, and Christianity, are a giant scam.

      • Good for you Sarah. I know it can be a difficult decision. I always find it interesting that when I ask questions about faith, people don’t really answer them. They pick some small point and discuss THAT ad infinitum. They don’t answer my questions because they don’t have the answers either. Happy New Year!

  12. We will quite watching too —- I LOVE that they all stand up for what they believe and aren’t afraid of BULLIES who try to quieten them. We need more Godly protrayed shows on TV …. more family shows that your kids can ACTUALLY WATCH>

    • BULLIES ? I hope you are talking about Phil. Did you even hear the filth he said ? Do you want your children to listen to that ?

  13. I applaud Phil, for the stand he makes, what a man! A man who has allowed GOD to be number one in his life, and to order his footsteps!! I could say so much, but I truly believe it all boils down to this, IF YOU DON’T STAND FOR SOMETHING, YOU’LL FALL FOR ANYTHING!

  14. Money speaks. I hope the rest of the family says “No Phil? No family.” They’ve made more money than they’ll ever be able to spend in this lifetime. They’ve made a mark – and the fact that DD is the highest rated and most watched show on TV, it’s a clear demonstration of the HUGE following a clean, decent, sincere show will garner. There will be some savvy network that will beg them to come on board. I say they walk out the door with a “Thanks for the memories and God bless you!” A&E is the big loser here, not the Robertsons. I don’t get the navel gazing of network bigwigs – do they not follow the ratings? America is smarter than this. Chik-Fil-A is exhibit A.

  15. Phil Robertson has the right to speak his beliefs. We all need to remember that Freedom of Speech is our legal right, but sometimes that Freedom of Speech comes with a price. The price for Phil was his job. If A & E feels that Phil does not represent the company’s views in a public setting they have the legal right to terminate him. Just like all our jobs, if the company that employees us don’t agree with our public expressed beliefs and they shine a bad image on company they have the right to terminate us.

    Trust me as a gay man, I do not agree with what Phil Robertson had to say. I will defend his right to say it until the day I die. Its not a liberal or conservative view, it’s a United States veterans view. God Bless the United States of America.

  16. Freedom of speech, what happened to it? His and others opinions soooo what we let others say what and how they feel , give me a break

    • So you can say anything about anyone and be immune from your employer suspending/firing you? Yea… free speech is not free from punishment.

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  18. It not like he calling them name and bash them , just said how he feels and believe. I believe A&E is so wrong for what they did
    I lost my job for this same thing , not right

  19. A lot of these comments, as well as the main article, seem to believe that A&E suspending Phil is a nationwide attack on christian beliefs and the freedom of speech. But don’t forget, he made these comments in a widely distributed magazine. In other words, he had the freedom to speak his mind, and it was broadcast to millions!

    A&E is his employer, and they have the freedom to act based on the contract they have with their employees. To their credit, he is suspended and not fired. Seeing the massive amount of support Phil is receiving, this almost seems like a marketing ploy. If he is absent from the show for a few weeks, I would imagine that his return episode would be the highest viewed. That translates into big big advertising dollars going straight to A&E.

    If you really disagree with the network, then don’t buy Duck Dynasty merchandise, and don’t watch the show when Phil returns, otherwise you are funneling money to a network with “a hostility towards christians.”

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  21. It really doesn’t matter if it’s a choice or not, it’s still sin. Just like my sin of lying, gluttony, materialism or whatever, it’s sin. I am sure Phil Robertson doesn’t give a lick that he’s off that show or how A&E feels. He doesn’t strike me as someone who checks with focus groups and polls before he speaks. He knows who he is in Christ and who he was before he had a salvation encounter. The Ancient of Days is going to sort this all out one day–every injustice ever committed. Are Christians marginalized? Is the left full of hypocrisy when it comes to “tolerance”? Uh yes. The bottom line for me is that the more this planet spins out of control morally and spiritually, the closer we get to true justice when Faithful and True comes riding on a white horse and every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. Am I frustrated by what has happened? Yes. As a Christian and a mom and human being I am frustrated, but not in despair. In my opinion, A & E has committed ratings suicide and maybe that’s the best consequence of all.

    • “Let’s go around and condemn others for being ‘non-Christian’ and publicly comment on such and not expect any deserving backlash!”. That’s what it seems like you are saying. Do you actually believe a Christian should go around condemning people? It’s one thing to disagree with someone’s lifestyle, but to expect free speech without responsibility is absurd and ignorant.

    • You know, because God is worried about rating more than the problems happening to his people in South Sudan today. I think it’s a sin that this is even a topic. Blessed are the poor in spirit for THEY will inherit the kingdom of heaven, not RICH hunters.

  22. Yes, we as Christians believe that God made man. He also gave us the will to live our lives as we want, to whereas we can live according to his will or we can go our own way. Either way, he loves us, but in the end, he will be the judge as to our eternal fate. God did not create people of difference to be hated, that is a result of our will as humans. We are taught to be loving and tolerate. Of course, there are Christain churches that are more extreme than others, just like any other religion. In my church, a southern baptist church, we don’t condone homosexuality, but we don’t hate homosexuals. We don’t hate anyone because we are taught to be loving with the hopes that as we lead by example, those that are not saved will come forth and repent. I don’t push my agenda on nobody, as I expect the same. I don’t hate anyone because of their lifestyle, ethnicity, religion because God gave you the will to live your life. We all sin, every Christian is a sinner everyday to such simple sins as anger towards another human, impure thoughts, greed, etc…for God knows we are not perfect and he’s is a forgiving God if we realize our sins and repent. Most other major religions don’t condone homosexuality; Muslim, Jewish, Buddhism…so it is not just Christianity. Forgive my ignorance, I would honestly like to know if there is a religion that condones homosexuality.
    Phil was asked his opinion of a particular subject and he responded honestly. He did not ridicule gays, he simply stated his opinion and the reasons why he believes the way he does. It was blown out of proportion by a group of people who are intolerant toward those who have different opinions. We are all different in many ways with our own thoughts and beliefs, we all have the right to freedom of expression. If we can’t respect the opinions of others, regardless if we believe in it or not, then we are doomed as a civilized society. (Which I think is becoming more prevalent everyday)
    If you don’t like it, then don’t watch it, don’t listen to it, don’t read it, don’t participate in it, and just go about your life and leave those who do like it, do as they will.
    This is a good discussion with different opinions….subscribe to what you like or believe in and agree to disagree with those you don’t. This is merely my 2 cents!

    • This mess about Phil Robertson is crazy„ I mean I believe everybody is entitled to there on opinion. I am gay ans for me I don’t believe in the bible are judging anybody. I do believe in the good Lord yes and that being said no matter if u are a christian r not the judging on how someone choose’s to live there life’s is for the Lord and him alone. We are all human no matter who we love and we are all GOD’S children. But also I believe he should be put back on the show. Bc no matter what he said there are people that have said way worse things then him and are still around on shows. however I am not all for what he said but he was just speaking how he felt

  23. PLEASE DONT SUSPEND HIM THEY ARE GREAT PEOPLE FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT JUST LIKE SMOKING THEY TOOK THAT ……..BUT YOU CAN GO GET DRUNK COME ON PEOPLE LETS KEEP HIM ON THE SHOW…….I LOVE THEM …….WE CAN DRINK ,WE CAN DO DRUGS ,WE CAN SMOKE,WE CAN BEAT ARE CHILDREN AD WHEN WE SPEECH THEY WANT TO GIVE US THE GAS CHAMBER ARE RUIN ARE LIFES

  24. I think A&E is making a huge mistake. They may think they are punishing Phil Robertson but they are offending a large number of people who tune in just to watch Duck Dynasty. You don’t need to always agree but you should defend one’s right to express their view. I stand with Phil Robertson and respect him for expressing his opinion .

  25. Adam – Very well written blog! Of all the comments that I have read today, most are not touching on the very basic principles of what is going on here: HYPOCRISY at its best! I see that you got that point. A&E was perfectly happy to ride the RELIGIOUS coattail of the Robertson family solely because the characters were raking in big bucks for the network! I’m guessing many folks who watched the show financially supported A&E (and their sponsors) because they felt the network was also morally sound (by association).

    The novelty of a religious family was making money (BIG money) – because, very simply, Americans were craving moral entertainment.

    Our eyes were opened yesterday as we learned that A&E got cold feet, tucked their tail and ran when they discovered their beloved main character ACCURATELY quoted the Bible (there again, that “novelty concept” the network was selling). The powers that be COWARDLY dismissed Phil Robertson for fear of backlash from the offended party. Surely A&E was familiar with Phil’s convictions (and surely they were somewhat familiar with basic Biblical principles). How pathetically hypocritical!

    Shame on A&E – my hope is that our outrage for such obvious hypocrisy will cripple the network and validate Phil’s right to believe and to quote God’s Word in plain and simple truth!

    Being a Christian is never easy (because of these types of persecution), but the Robertsons are helping others to realize that it just might be the NEW cool thing to do!

  26. I disagree. Disagree! I’m thanking A&E for suspending this guy and his poor sense of interest, big flapping lips that never seem to listen. Truth? I you don’t know what truth is. The pope voted person of the year. Why?

  27. I also sent a letter to the A&E network. I also will NOT watch anything on A&E until they apologize to Phil Robertson. He doesn’t need them and he has stated over the last year he really wants to retire and just hunt and spend time with his family. Good for him! But A&E went too far with what they did to him. And I know they only suspended him but I can guarantee his ENTIRE family will walk also. And I hope they do!

  28. To my brothers and sisters in Christ: do not be dismayed that you are under attack for your beliefs. Jesus told us that the world would hate us and to remember that the world hated Him first. When Jesus saved the prostitute from those planning to stone her, He did it with amazing love, then told her to go and sin no more. He didn’t condemn her, He didn’t tell her that she should be stoned for being a sinner, He had compassion for her and poured love on her. Let us be the same way when dealing with those who don’t understand. Let Jesus be seen first in everything we say and do.

  29. Phil Robertson is experiencing a Paula Deen moment for his bigoted remarks about the LGBT community. I’m encouraged that the national response has informed network decision making. The message is clear. America is gravitating away from social hate and ignorance and this behavior won’t be tolerated without consequence. We’re holding ourselves to ever higher standards and we’re holding public figures to those standards as well. This is NOT an issue of free speech so quit crying on your flag. Think of this more in terms of when folks like Phil say, “I ain’t got nuthin against f**s as long as I don’t got to look at it”, except the roles have now reversed. We’re saying you can be a bigot all you like, just keep it to yourself.

    If you’re upset about this happening to Mr. Robertson, you should consider taking this short quiz. The results just might surprise you.

    http://goo.gl/i9kbw0

    • don’t take it upon yourself to ‘get this world back on track’. We don’t need your bronze aged beliefs in our house. We’ve moved on from that nonsense.

      • Your biting the hand that has givin you the right to believe what you want. These beliefs are our foundation. If you want to call it Stone Age or Bronze Age remember this bronze belief is what gives YOU the right to choose. “Free will” do as you please. Just don’t get upset when you are looked at as wrong.

    • Shelley – so you think Christians should go around condemning homosexuals to ‘get this world back on track’? How is that a good witness, if we just say people are sinning. Christians are supposed to respond in love. Just because Phil claims to be a Christian, does not make what he said right. He made very crude and ignorant statements, and his employer/sponsor has the right to fire/suspend/drop him.

  30. No more a&e n this house either. Wen u take god out of schools n take godly people away from our younger generation exactly wut is to b lft?? As a firm believer n the lord Jesus Christ we must take certain stands…. This being one. Good luck a&e seeing as u are losing a lot of viewers witch in return u r losing a lot of money!! Bad choice!!!

  31. both sides of the religion vs homosexuality argument often fail to consider that the reality in which each individual exists is defined by their beliefs and their faith. phil’s comments were neither right nor wrong, he was merely exercising his 1st amendment right to speak his opinion, i feel the network made a big mistake by punishing him. nothing he said was hateful or harmful and who are they to question his faith? i do not believe homosexuality is right or wrong, nor do i believe being religious is right or wrong. no one has all the answers, the only truth that exists is the one in our hearts.

    • People are fired for what they say all the time. What he said was offensive to a lot of people, and A&E doesn’t want to associate themselves with that. 1st amendment protects you from the GOVERNMENT not your private employer.

      • sure, the network has the legal capacity to fire him as they please. however, the interview was in gq, he had every right to voice his opinion and i still think they made a mistake by getting involved in such a volatile topic, they should let the viewers decide if they want to continue watching him or not. stephaine, there was nothing inherently wrong (or right) with what phil said. people assign meaning to his words through the lenses of their worldview and values. believe it or not, everyone doesn’t share your definition of morality or what is “right” and “wrong,” nor should they.

  32. Every single person has the right to have their own opinion, and if someone demands you have to agree with them….well, in my book that is called bullying and intolerance. Maybe I choose to not like people with orange eyes, or green stripped ankles, it is still my opinion and choice. It does not become your right to demand I change my mind. If you don’t like my opinion(s) that is your problem to deal with your own intolerance. Phil Robertson, you have admirable, positive and nurturing values so do not change for anybody. Especially for a greedy network. Maybe you can take your show over to CMT like Dog the Bounty Hunter Chapman did after A&E did the same thing to him.

  33. What kind of witness is Phil being to unbelievers? Not a very good one. What he said was vulgar and despicable, and you won’t find any of that in the bible. How was he speaking “truth”? Guys like this give Christians a bad name. You should read a pastor’s response to this situation: http://natepyle.com/duck-dynasty-and-the-forgiving-widow/
    Some excerpts:
    “The gospel of the cross and resurrection of Jesus is not a gospel of morality. It is a gospel of grace. Of forgiveness. Of good news to the outcast, the forgotten, the oppressed, and the strange.”
    “Preaching morality to those who do not believe in Christ is putting the cart before the horse. We preach the gospel of reconciliation and forgiveness and cross and reconciliation BEFORE we get to morality.”

      • Come one, he didn’t have to answer it like that. They asked him what he thought was sinful…there are a lot of sins he could have discussed. He also didn’t need to be vulgar.

      • Just because he answered a question he was asked, doesn’t mean he is completely free of any backlash of his answer. His comments were not representative of a true Christian. How dare he make hurtful comments towards a group of people, regardless of whether he, you or I thinks it is right or wrong! Comeon… seriously??

  34. Yes someone said that the world is changing. Yes it is but the beauty of it all GOD has not changed. For GOD is the same yesterday ,today and forever.

  35. all im going to say is my family loves phil & the family & A&E has messed up! im a Christian and luv this show my whole family does! we standing with Phil.

  36. My wife and I have always enjoyed the programming on A&E, but since they have decided to ban Phil, we have decided to ban A&E in our home.
    I urge all of my friends and family to also block A&E on their channel selection until Phil is permitted back.

  37. I disagree that this is not about freedom of speech. This man was obviously punished for speaking about his beliefs. I also feel like it was a set up. A friend said today, “you do not ask a Godly man a morally loaded question and then be shocked that his response was a reflection of his faith.” I think it backfired though. Look at the outrage that has come up from not just the Christian community, but also just your every day, middle of the road Americans who are concerned about constitutional rights. Everyone is talking about it. I haven’t checked the LGBT sites, but on most mainstream media outlets, old Phil is getting a lot of support. I personally don’t care if someone finds a purple giraffe sexually attractive as long as the giraffe is willing. I try very hard to walk my own path and let others walk theirs, but I’m very tired of not feeling comfortable in voicing my opinions if they are not considered politically correct. I have been inspired by the discussion that has arisen from this incident to no longer live in fear of repercussions for speaking out. I believe in speaking with prudence. Some things are better left unsaid. But if you ask me the question, you will get my answer. I think that’s what Phil did.

    • you said what i’ve been unable to in my 3 posts so far. i don’t care what people do, whether it’s practicing religion or finding their true love. these are the most trivial things we argue about endlessly, i see a world with a billion people who lack access to clean water. millions of people affected by a massive typhoon and a doomsday scenario in japan at this moment in space and time. this is what i’d rather we talk about, but again that’s just my opinion based on my values and beliefs.

  38. It is disturbing that a network will cater to the demands of a minority, thereby denying the rights of the majority to be able to have their own opinion. I doubt those (and me) who are boycotting the network will have enough impact, but I sure hope so! A&E said Duck Dynasty is their biggest show and has the highest ratings. Looks like they are willing to cut-off-their-nose-to-spite-their-face, so they deserve to lose their cash cow show and get knocked off their pedestal. The Robertson’s can shop their show to another network. I love the show and Phil has the right to express his opinion whenever he is asked a question. If you don’t like his answers, just don’t listen.

  39. I have watched Duck Dynasty ever since it started and it is one of the best shows on TV and your company has made a ton of money. To take the main foundation off the show is a very bad move on your part and you will reap what you sow. I applaud Phil for what he stands for and no amount of money would change him or his family. He does not try to be politically correct. He just speaks the truth from his heart and sometimes he may step on someone’s feet, but he still loves them. It is your company and you can do whatever you like, but without viewers which you are going to lose fast you will lose advertising dollars and then you will be in the red.

  40. haha yeah i wonder if you’re one of the “family value” sort of folks who will not let their kid watch good luck charlie next year after they premier the episode featuring two mothers, too

  41. It’s not controversial that the network distanced themselves from Robertson’s personal views. Most people could accept that. A&E, however, went too far when they put Robertson on “indefinite suspension.” This act is a violation of personal liberty and free speech (and perhaps, employment). If A&E thought this was a good business decision, they will soon find out that they bowed to the wrong agenda. (See my “Duck Controversy?” http://thinkpoint.wordpress.com/2013/12/19/duck-controversy/)

  42. I am absolutely mortified by most of these comments… I will keep this short and sweet. I am ordained and also a lesbian…. I have dedicated my life to my lord since i was a very young child… When my friends were running around on summer breaks i was with my youth group rebuilding churches in texas and mexico… My lord is good with me and i have no question of that!!!!! I spread his word daily and live a good “Christian” life.. But because I am in love with someone of the same sex im considered what????? Breaks my heart to see most of these comments!!!!

    • Destiny,

      I’m surprised you are “mortified” by most of these comments. As a lesbian serving in ministry, this likely is not the first time you’ve run into Christians who believe that homosexuality is a sin. In fact, the overwhelming majority of Christianity feels this way.

      Is this truly the first time you’ve encountered this resistance, or are you just using hyperbole to make a point? I NEVER use hyperbole (see what I did there?)

      If you are comfortable that your lifestyle squares with God’s intention for human sexuality, then why are you so mortified? I believe this is a fair question. If you are fine with who you are, then, I wouldn’t worry about us closed-minded folks too much.

      I’m not looking for a fight here… I’m honestly curious – and looking for honest, respectful discussion.

  43. Amen and Amen they yell Our Right’s Our Right’s But what has happen to our Right as Christians to spread the WORD of God as Christians it is our time to stand up and let the Light of God SHINE through us and say We are Children OF GOD AND PROUD OF IF and SHARE HIS WORD

    • Through these means ? Is this really how God intended us to spread the good news ? Gangs of Christians standing together and pointing fingers ? According to the Bible, the best way to change the world is through one relationship at a time. Satan is using this to destroy the kingdom. I can’t understand why nobody is seeing this ! It’s a TV show

  44. I totally agree! We won’t be tuning in to A&E…until we see things turned around, but the Lord might just have other things in store for Phil, I thank God for using him and getting the message across, the world didn’t like it and such are the results. This message didn’t fall on deaf ears someone heard and because of it, turned the other direction and it cost Phil the show that he really doesn’t need, God is an awesome God, and he takes care of his children.

  45. What he said was his opinion and everyone has the freedom to do so. The thing is, you wrote Christians are under attack in this country? Well, so are Homosexuals. How can an individual/group expect peace and freedom to do what they want, when some of them may speak out against and try to repress another persons lifestyle/beliefs? Even if same-sex marriage laws are passed, that doesn’t mean that some people have a negative outlook on their lifestyle. Also, you know Ultimate Truth? Talk about Ultimate arrogance. How can you know the truth? This mentality divides you from others, seeing their beliefs as inferior. One has the right to live how they may and believe as they may. But doesn’t it cross the line when it hurts others? Mentally or physically?

  46. I will respond to this with another ‘letter’ on wordpress.

    It has happened again. The social media world has blown up, dividing the country between those standing with Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame, and those backing up A&E in their disciplining of him for his comments on homosexuality. It all started when GQ made public part of an interview with the reality TV star in which he was questioned on his beliefs about sin. Robertson, in his answer, mentioned homosexuality, paraphrased Corinthians, made a crass comment about the anatomy of the sexes, then tried to cover himself by clarifying that he really does love all people like Jesus would. When word got out, A&E quickly moved to place him on indefinite suspension from the show, on the grounds that his comments were offensive. Christians, many being ardent fans, rallied to his defense on social media with the call of “Stand with Phil Robertson”, making his cause into a bulwark for free speech and Christian values.

    These defenders conveniently overlooking, of course, the fact that his comments actually were offensive.
    I would like to preface the rest of my comments with the fact that I am a Bible-believing Christian who professes the Gospel and Name of Jesus Christ. I believe that it is Christ’s example that we must look to in how we Christians ought live our lives. I also believe that the Scriptures are clear that homosexuality is a sin, just as adultery, lying, greed and a number of other vices are. I believe that Christ can cover all these sins with grace, and that His gift is open to all who would receive it, regardless of what lifestyle they might live.
    I also believe that Christians are called to be the “salt and light” of the world. As we share our faith and convictions with others, we must “let [our] speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that [we] may know how [we] ought to answer each person” (Colossians 4:6 ESV). It is here where I take exception with Phil Robertson, why I hesitate to stand with him, and why I caution my fellow Christians against leaping too hastily and vigorously to his defense.
    It seems that many Christians have rallied behind Robertson solely based on the fact that he spoke out against homosexuality and is facing consequences for his words. This whole situation is similar to the controversy surrounding Dan Cathy’s personal beliefs on homosexuality. But whereas Cathy spoke without defaming homosexuals, simply sharing his own personal convictions, Robertson has engaged in vulgar and degrading humor directed at homosexuals. He may have started his remarks grounded in Scripture, and closed them with a half-hearted attempt to cover himself by saying that “we just love ‘em, give ‘em the good news about Jesus”, but these bookends cannot sponge away the bomb he dropped right in the middle of the conversation.

    “It seems to me,” Robertson said, “a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking, ‘There’s more there! She’s got more to offer.’ 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.”
    I ask the Christians so eagerly standing with Robertson how this speech is either gracious, seasoned with salt, or even remotely a good answer to a person living with homosexual desires. Is this “loving ‘em” or “giving ‘em the good news about Jesus”? No. This is base mockery, a remark that will only drive a homosexual further from the redeeming power of Jesus Christ. Let us turn the tables. Imagine you are having a discussion with a homosexual friend. Over the course of the discussion, the topic of sexual attraction comes up. Your friend insults your attraction to the opposite gender, making crude references to anatomy and calling you “illogical”. Will this bring you any closer to understanding your friend’s viewpoint? Of course not! If anything, it will either burn or weaken the bridges of friendship between you both. Is it not true that “a soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1 ESV)?

    Robertson’s comments were ill-advised and un-Christ-like, and thus I cannot support him. In fact, I find myself sympathizing with A&E for disciplining him for his comments. (Also, as an aside, under freedom of speech, A&E has just as much the right to keep Robertson off their channel as he does to state his opinions.) If Robertson had expressed his opinions on homosexuality concisely and respectfully, I would probably be supporting him right now. If he had paraphrased Scripture and left it at that, I might have applauded him. But he did not. When Christians rally in defense of an entertainer speaking disrespectfully and derisively of others, we are saying to the world “look at us, we are no different than the hateful and bigoted masses”. Perhaps, in so vehemently defending offensive behavior under the guise of supporting “free speech”, we are pushing fellow sinners who desperately need the cleansing blood of Christ further from that blessed fountain.
    When Christ visited and ate with the prostitutes, the tax collectors, the adulterers and the rejected of society, He certainly did tell them to “sin no more”. But did He ever vulgarly mock their behavior, belittle them as “illogical”? Surely, if we look to His example, the example of the Son of God, we can find a better way to reach the homosexual community with the light of the Gospel. If anything, there has to be a more effective method than loudly supporting a reality TV star who spoke in such an unbridled and offensive manner.

    So tell me… why is A&E in the wrong for suspending Phil? Would you say these words publicly in REPRESENTATION of your employer and expect to get away with it? I didn’t think so…

    • So he is being suspended for saying Anus and Vagina? I mean he could have said much cruder words to begin with and isn’t true that most men would find a vagina more desirable than an anus? and if he had gone into more depth about bestiality and stated that a vagina would be more desirable than a horse would we all be discussing, and dissecting what he said? we would probably be thinking that funny and yes he is right….but some where some one may have been offended if in fact they lived that type of life style. It doesn’t matter what you say, how you say it, or who you say it to…someone somewhere will be offended. This country is filled with a bunch of self absorbed cry babies…. have we all not figured it while growing up that not everyone is going to like what you have to say and not everyone is going to like you period. He was representing HIMSELF. So if Neil Patrick Harris is asked his beliefs on gay marriage should he be suspended from How I Met Your Mother for being honest and standing up for what he believes in?!

  47. Not everyone believes in God or the Bible…and even those who do should know that it is also of God’s teaching that we should not judge. So all you sweet little Christians, bow your heads and pray for God to forgive you in your weakness when you believe that it’s okay to judge the homosexual community. Wow churches do provide a community to provide help for those in need, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of good from religion – everything from wars to gay bashing. Pray harder for you have not place yourself in a gay man’s shoes and imagine what it must be truly like to walk in his shoes.

  48. Just a question..Did you even read the article? It was not only disrespectful to the homosexuals but, also to woman. I don’t get why people call themselves Christians when they sound as if they only have hate and intolerance for other human beings.

    • Yes, I read the full article. Including the portion where he said he loved all of humanity and that he doesn’t judge people, that is God’s place. He may have been a little crude, but he wasn’t disrespectful.

      • wasn’t disrespectful ? what about his apparent dark eye to racism that was all around him ? comparing gays to beastiality, the list goes one. He’s pretty extreme in his belief that goes far beyond what the Bible teaches.

  49. I have not heard one LGBT person complain about this…. It was the networks choice to follow what they believed to be “best” ( I don’t not agree with it)… I believe that EVERYONE has the right to his or her beliefs …. ALL or none! He didnt attack any one person he simply stayed his point of view. If a LGBT person argues he doesnt have the right to say his belief then they are being hypocritical if they want to shout their beliefs and vise versa. By now everyone minus the very young should have learned that not everyone is going to like you or your beliefs so get over it …. this nation needs to grow a back bone ….. We are ALL humans we are either ALL equal or not at all.

    • Nichole,
      Coming from an LGBT point of view, I’m not upset about the comments from Phil as much as I am upset about the way the Christians are acting. This whole this is so upsetting with of all of the attacking and the hurtful comments made all over Facebook and Blogs. I don’t want my family to be exposed to these hateful unchrist like slurts. I feel that Satan is using some of these “Christians” to harm the kingdom of God and I feel that nobody sees that.

    • You haven’t heard on LGBT complain about this ? Really ? If anything the words from the Christians are far more hurtful than anything that Mr Phil said. Spewing hate is not how God intended to spread the good news.

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  51. Our family also has boycotted AandE until Phil is back. We will not watch this network for the stand they have taken. Our family has taken their stand. As Americans we have a choice on which networks or stations we choose to tune in. AandE is now tuned out at here. If we all band together, AandE should get our message loud and clear. Stand with Phil, America!

  52. At first I was going to thank you for this blog, as it gives me the opportunity to confront the ignorant, bible-banging, ‘conservative right’ fools like yourself. But having read through your statement and the endless comments that followed, my head is spinning at all the ridiculous delusions you people have embraced. I simply cannot keep up with the stupidity.

    In a nutshell, hate-speech and bigotry is hate-speech and bigotry, no matter how you try to rationalize and sugar-coat it with bible passages. We, as a society, are trying to move in the direction of increased tolerance, acceptance, and a generally positive discourse. Phil Robertson represents everything we should be moving away from – to think otherwise betrays your ignorance.

    Put down your bibles and open your eyes.

    • Thank you for the shining example of “tolerance” and “acceptance” on this Christmas Day. I trust you’re enjoying this distinctively Christian holiday. Maybe it is the sugar plums dancing in your head that cause the spinning. I will go away now trying to be a lesser bigot and a filled with less hate in the new year since you’ve shared your great wisdom.

      I chose not to respond to many of the negative comments on this blog because, but your comments today have given me the chance to sum up my thoughts in a nutshell as well.

      Your tolerance is a joke. Go peddle hypocrisy somewhere else.

      • Ah Adam, my thoughts exactly! You beat me to the punch! Hope you and family had a great Christmas and may God bless you with a prosperous 2014!

  53. seeing as yesterday was Christmas and everyone was likely tearing into neatly wrapped presents and feasting with their family, i’d like to remind everyone to try and remember that if you have running water, refrigerated food, electricity and a vehicle you are indeed in the top 1% of humanity. we should all aspire to turn off the television and focus our thoughts, energy and prayer on real issues; like the fact that over a billion people lack access to potable water and 6,000 children die from water borne disease every day. be thankful for what you have, whether or not Phil returns to duck dynasty is really the most insignificant of “problems.”

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