‘Duck Dynasty': A&E Reverses Suspension; Phil Robertson Won't Miss Any Episodes

'Duck Dynasty': A&E Reverses Suspension; Phil Robertson Won't Miss Any Episodes

Network plans PSA campaign

(Updates with statements from GLAAD and Robertson supporters.)

“Duck Dynasty” supporters have won their standoff with A&E: The network has reversed its suspension of star Phil Robertson for making anti-gay comments, and he will not miss a single episode of the upcoming season.

Shooting will resume in the spring, and will be accompanied by a series of public service announcements “promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company, and the values found in ‘Duck Dynasty,'” the network said.

Also read: ‘Duck Dynasty’ Defenders: Have You Committed the Sin of Gluttony? (Opinion)

A&E suspended Robertson last Wednesday after he compared homosexuality to beastiality, grouping gays with “drunks” and “terrorists” in a GQ interview in which he also said African-Americans were perfectly happy before Civil Rights.

But the network suffered a huge backlash from “Duck Dynasty” fans and social conservatives, who said it had limited Robertson's right to free speech.

Also read: ‘Duck Dynasty': Twitter Apologizes for ‘Mistakenly’ Blocking IStandWithPhil.com

A&E may face another backlash for the decision to cave on the suspension — but it tried to minimize it by dropping the news on the slow Friday evening between Christmas and New Year's.

In a statement late Friday, GLAAD said Robertson should have to meet with the people he offended.

“If dialogue with Phil is not part of next steps then A+E has chosen profits over African American and gay people – especially its employees and viewers,” the group said.

Robertson's supporters weren't satisfied either. Faith Driven Consumer, the group behind a pro-Robertson petition that yielded 260,000 signatures, said it wanted to know whether A&E had met with religious groups and “considers us to be a part of America’s rich rainbow of diversity.”

Robertson's remarks created a tough catch-22 for A&E: “Duck Dynasty” is the most popular reality show on cable, but ignoring Robertson's comments would have made it appear insensitive. After Robertson was suspended, the rest of the cast put A&E in a bind by saying they couldn't imagine doing the series without their patriarch.

Also read: ‘Duck Dynasty’ Pastor Says Phil Robertson Knows Gays: ‘We've Had People… That Struggle With That Sin’

When A&E suspended Robertson, it said in a statement that it was “extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series ‘Duck Dynasty.'”

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

On Friday, it explained why it had abandoned that decision.

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

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

A&E spoke with both GLAAD and the Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition, both of which objected to Robertson's remarks. Jackson said Monday that Robertson's statements were more offensive than those of the Montgomery, Ala. bus driver who ordered Rosa Parks to give up her seat to a white passenger, a moment that launched the Civil Rights Movement.

Here's the full statement from A&E:

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

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

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

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

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

  • jerkstores

    A victory for religious tolerance.

    • OKie Wonder Wolf

      How would you like it if I lied & said all christians are terrorists? or that i think being a christians leads to having sex with animals?? Yall would not like it.

      THIS MAN LIED ABOUT A PEACEFUL GROUP OF PEOPLE. HE IS A LIAR & IS WRONG FOR SPOUTING HIS HATE. HE SHOULD BE ASHAMED FOR WHAT HE SAID NOT SUPPORTED FOR HIS HATRED & LIES.

      HE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT SIN LET HIM REVEAL HIS LIFE & KEEP HIS NOSE OUT OF OTHER PEOPLES. IT SEEMS TO ME HE SPENDS WAY TO MUCH TIME THINKING ABOUT OTHER PEOPLES SEX LIVES & TO ME THAT IS A PERVERT. SO IF YOU SUPPORT THIS GUY & HIS HATRED SHAME ON YALL

      • jerkstores

        Phil did not lie. Stop posting like a raving lunatic.

        • notesfromachair

          Gay people standing up Phil Robertson, who spews hate speak and public humiliation in our direction, are not raving lunatics. We are defending ourselves. You can try all you want to marginalize or humiliate us, but we are not going away. We are part of “normal” society. Get used to it.

          • jerkstores

            I didn't know that Okie Wonder Wolf was speaking on behalf of the entire gay community. I thought that he was just some idiot on the internet and treated him as such. Please accept my host humble apologies.

          • David

            huh?

          • ftwalways

            Robertson doesn't hate homosexuals he hates the sin in which you engage every time you succumb to the lust of another homosexual; this isn't my assessment or Robertson's but God's. In spite of what you think homosexuals are marginalized (only 3% of the population) and you humiliate yourselves. Whether or not you go away has more to do with God than your ignorance.
            You are aware that in the Muslim faith & culture you would be stoned for being gay; why don't you stopped being a hypocrite and move to a Muslim country, publicly proclaim your homosexuality, and complain about their faith. You won't because this you're a pansy in a country that protects your brand of perversion rather trying to irradiate it.
            Everything the homosexual community does in the public arena is an attempt to make yourselves appear “normal” to quote you. Gay marriage is a perversion of heterosexual marriage by trying to the pervert lust homosexuals pursue into the love that can only be shared by a husband and wife.

          • Michael

            Does Phil also hate the sin men and women subccumb to when they engage in sex out of wedlock? The Bible he preaches from calls all those women whores, which would include many of his supporters mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters. Not only is sex between homosexuals considered an abomination, but so is oral and anal sex between men and women, does he “morph” their sexual activity into bestiality?

          • Jim

            “Does Phil also hate the sin men and women subccumb to when they engage in sex out of wedlock” – Yes, per the Bible, he would also hate this type of sin.

          • faithfulmom

            Actually he did which just proves you didn't even read what he said. Idiot.

          • gracebydesign

            This is sin. Look at the divorce rate in this country. Would it not be better if men and women were able to offer themselves to only each other and to build the type of family that would last! However, God recognizes our weaknesses. He gives second chances, third chances etc. He loves all of us and like the parent He is he wishes that our lives would be good. There is perfection but we fail. He still loves us. We need to quit calling evil good. Sin is sin whether we like it or not. It leads to evils. Only He can properly judge and that is why we are to show love not condemnation. None of us are righteous.

          • ftwalways

            Those were names shouted at Mary Magdalene by non-believers who had gathered around her to stone for being a prostitute. What Jesus did was to stand by her in the literal and moral context and admonish the crowd by stating “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”; none did. HE doesn't care what your sin is called or by whom it will be forgiven if sincere repentance is shown and forgiveness sincerely asked for.
            Yes as sins; not what the sin is because that implies judgment which his faith does not permit him to do since that is the sole province of God.

          • Ina

            In a muslim country , you too would be killed sir!! Lust is what attracted you to a member of the oposite sex,, get it in your intolerant brain that most people cannot choose their sexuality or who they fall in love with.I really doubt that any God cares about the sex life of anyone of the 8 bil peoples on this planet.

          • ingrid whalen

            you think this is a “normal” society? That's scary. NO offense to anyone, People are tired of all the bullying. Mr. Robertson bullied no one. He was the one being bullied.

          • slvrtng

            You know, if you don't like what's on tv, turn the channel. Same thing in life, if u don't like what someone had to say, don't listen. Now before you get all pissy, my sister is a lesbian and I don't care. I tell her the same thing, you're just being stupid and immature if you allow something someone said to control your emotions. On that note, I'm going back to my happy little life and going to ignore anything else you say, just wanted to give you some advice to help you get over the enormous butt hurt you have apparently. Smh grow up,

      • ej1989

        As a Christian. if someone were to say that….then that is that persons personal opinion. Just as my personal opinion on gay rights is supportive. Not everyone believes the same thing. Who cares what the guy said? If you dont like it dont watch the show. Im not a fan of the show but I am a fan of freedom of speech. And if you are a fan of the show then keep watching it. Unfortunately, People have said way worse things. The magazine should have known phil would answer that question that way. I dont even watch the show and wasn't shocked at all when I saw all the craze over it. No its not “all right” to say hateful things but we're adults. Just get over it. If a whole group of people is going to let one persons hateful comment control them then that in itself is sadder then what he said. Be strong. Be who you are. Dont care what he said.

        • ftwalways

          Well you maybe a “Christian” but you certain are not a born- again-Christian like Robertson; if you were you would know that what he said was not his opinion but God's commandment.

          • talktothe hand

            It's amazing how you can distort things to fit your own agenda. Born again? Didn't get it right the first time? Keep trying, you may eventually turn into a Christian.

          • faithfulmom

            Wow, you really don't know much about the Bible do you, or Christians either, since we were instructed by Christ to be “born again”. As for distorting things to fit an agenda, gays are the ultimate example of that.

          • talktothe hand

            No and I don't want to know about the bible.

          • gracebydesign

            Then you should not comment on it since you are obviously ignorant of its contents. Become learned. Ask questions of God. You will get your answer. If not in life, surely, in death. I wish you the best. You have passion for your beliefs.

          • ftwalways

            Oh I got it right and I'm not distorting anything. You
            are the embodiment of a little bit of knowledge being dangerous. You imply being a Christian yet you lack the basic understanding that Robertson was not offering his opinion but bearing witness to scripture and offering testimony of his faith as Jesus commanded; “But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father who is in Heaven. but then you already knew that, correct because if you didn’t it would seem you’re in some trouble? I don’t see ambiguity there or room for distortion.
            I'm also sure you understand that God’s position
            on homosexuality and by extension those of his faithful that “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death ; their blood shall be upon them”; I see no ambiguity there or an interpretation that permits distortion.
            One my fault Robertson for his lack of articulation that comes with higher learning – and is most often flaunted by
            pseudo-intellectuals like you who attempt to insert themselves by it s use into a higher intellectual plain for which they are otherwise unfit – but don't fault him for his faith. You should know being a theologian and a biblical scholar, but don't because truthfully you’ve already displayed that your not, that Muslims take the “put to death” proscription quite seriously since stoning is still practiced on homosexuals in the Middle-East.
            While we're on the subject of Muslims, why aren't
            you and your friends at GLAAD not condemning Muslims in a “public square” for their treatment of homosexuals? Could it be that you are all concerned that a fatwa calling for your death, and theirs, would most certainly be issued
            against the collective you by them, like they did against Salman Rushdie, and you and they could be put to death with impunity in a Muslim country by any Muslim who recognized any of you. That would surely keep me at home and concerned for my safety.

            So what does the Bible say about you, “They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.”; to which I'll add one thing – hypocrite.

        • StephenTrop

          You're right–we are adults. But it is not adults I worry about. They can hear something and make up their own minds. But think about a 13, 14, and 15-year-old struggling with his sexuality who watches the show and is familiar with its “characters,” and hears what he has to say about homosexuality (and you don't need to read GQ to be exposed to them–just turn on the TV). That's what worries me. Whether you want to believe it or not, those words have an effect on how young LGBTQ see themselves and the world.

          • faithfulmom

            Since he was quoting the Bible, it's been said for around 2000 years, and maybe it's something they NEED to hear.

          • talktothe hand

            It's been around for 2000 years? That just makes it steeped in bullsh!t!

          • faithfulmom

            You have proven that you are incapable of having a discussion and it's a total waste of time to try and talk to you

          • gracebydesign

            talkto the hand, Your flawed logic is unbelievable. Your protected opinion does not hide the lack of logic in the name calling. Define bullshit and follow up with examples to support your statement. It might get better results.

          • gracebydesign

            I am of the opinion that the sexual confusion which is normal in 13, 14, and 15 year olds is being fueled into a false belief that they are homosexual. At one time the American population was 1 percent homosexual, now, it is 3 percent. While homosexuality may have a biological component I believe that indoctrination is becoming a psychological component and causing such confusion. This is the only way to propogate the lifestyle. Of course, there is a margin of error in my belief. It could be that since it is accepted more are being honest. We just need to be careful about telling a 13 year old he/she is gay.

        • CLERENCE

          i do care,so did ROSA PARKS,DR. KING.That what changes things when people care.

          • faithfulmom

            I guarantee you that Rosa Parks and Dr. King would have agreed with him about this.

          • gracebydesign

            Clerence, how old are you?

      • David

        GLAAD is anything but a “peaceful group”. And Phil did reveal the sin he committed in his life. Get a clue!

      • Mike Walsh

        He stated his core beliefs it is not a lie according to his beliefs. Respect the other side if you want to be respected in return.

        • CLARENCE

          DID HE EVER RIDE A BUS,HE LIED IF SAW SINGING IN THE BACK OF THE BUS. I RODE BACK THERE MANY TIMES AND NEVER DID I SEE A HAPPY FACE, IF HE SAID THAT THOSE WERE HAPPY TIMES FOR USTHEN HE IS A BOLD FACE LIE.

          • faithfulmom

            Get over yourself. He did in fact grow up around blacks and was telling what he observed, and it makes sense to me, since black families were intact back then before liberalism did more to destroy the black family than slavery, and young blacks were not murdering each other, growing up illegitimate and fatherless and living in violent gangs. Yeah, they're much happier now!

          • gracebydesign

            Clarence, apparently Phil has black friends who laughed alongside him as they all worked the fields. You also forget the fact that mostly white men died in the Civil War so that freedom could come. What are you so angry about? You have a country of opportunity. Embrace the present or perhaps there is a more desirable place to fuel your misspent anger? Cuba, perhaps?

        • talktothe hand

          I do respect you for saying “according to his beliefs”.. Too many people are claiming what he said to be the truth. Well, it is not nor will what Mr. Robertson said ever be my truth!

          • gracebydesign

            talkto the hand, And that is your opinion.

      • FilmPunk

        you might want to re-read the quotes he never said the things you suggest. He did say that he was here to tell be the good news and not judge, he'll leave that to God. But if you think GLAAD is a peaceful organization then you need to look at their history. One more thing- Phil was quoting the bible not just giving his own opinion.

      • ftwalways

        To paraphrase scripture lying with another man (also read woman) is an abomination which pretty much describes homosexual behavior. In order to appear normal homosexuals attempt pervert their lust for each other into the love that can only be shared by a man and his wife.
        I believe Robertson already admitted he's a sinner – so are you nitwit – which doesn't make him a hypocrite but rather gives him the ability to recognize his sin, repent, and ask for forgiveness; which if you don't do damns you to hell with the practicing homosexuals.
        The problem with morons like you is that you don't understand that Robertson separates the sin from the sinner – which you clearly are unable to do – so he hates the sin not the sinner.

      • Susan Gate

        Gee, Phil admits he is a sinner and been a drunkard and adulterer in the past … so what's your problem?

        • clarence

          HE SHOULD WORRY ABOUT HIS SALVATION AND NOT THAT OF OTHERS,JESUS SAID ‘JUDGE YE NOT.

          • faithfulmom

            He definitely has been working on his won salvation, and we are certainly called to worry about the salvation of others.

        • talktothe hand

          He's being judgmental, that's his biggest sin and so are most of you posting here.

          • faithfulmom

            YOU are being judgmental by everything you say about him. He was either quoting scripture or describing his own personal experience.

          • gracebydesign

            talkto the hand, and so are you. We do need to all quit judging and name calling! You have made your position clear. I have made it clear that I believe and have faith in God. Free will is a gift of God. The consequences are our own.

      • gracebydesign

        I support his right to say how he feels without someone blasting him like you just did.

  • voirdire

    Duh. This is the right decision. Intolerance in any form is dysfunctional. But, money also screams loudly! Maybe it is time for tolerance on all sides.

  • Johnny Walker

    Phil was in the right all along. A victory for common sense and freedom.

    • fvckphil

      You must have no problem with the Westboro Baptist Church picketing our soldier's funerals then? After all, they're just expressing their first amendment rights and condemning homosexuality in accordance with their Christian beliefs, right?

      • FilmPunk

        I don't agree with Westboro Baptist Church and believe they have little to do with what the bible calls a true follower of Christ. They have right to express their opinion and I have a right to avoid them at every point. Nothing Phil said or did was out of hate but rather his desire to see everyone know Christ and his forgiveness.

        • CLARENCE

          BLACK AMERICANS WAS NOT HAPPY WITH THE HELL WHITE AMERICA WAS PUTTING ME AND OTHERS LIKE ME THROUGH.THAT STATEMEMT HE MADE IS A BOLD FACE LIE.

          • FilmPunk

            Were you working the fields with Phil and his compatriots? He didn't say anything about you he comment that the blacks he personally knew were “godly and were happy”. Don't get mad because you don't understand the quote. I'll say this again. We all go through some very difficult things in our lives but the good news is we can overcome those things by focusing on what is eternal and not what is temporal. That doesn't mean we have to like what we're going through but it does mean that we can see God working in all of it for our betterment.

            Final comment- I'm sorry that anyone would ever treat you badly because of the color of your skin. I hope you find it in your heat to forgive so that it doesn't grow like a cancer. God bless.

          • gracebydesign

            Clarence, it is not a lie that blacks also owned slaves in America and that white men gave their lives to overcome this evil.

      • Justme

        What an ignorant statement! Ridiculous actually… Westboro Baptist Church is in a whole other category. One man who answers a question about his beliefs is something very different than back woods, uneducated, rednecks picketing funerals of our heroes lost in battle. Your an ass.

        • talktothe hand

          Oh I see,, different backwoods rednecks. That makes it all better.

          • bibol

            They live in a city of over 100,000 people. Rednecks are the type of people. When Major Ferguson of the British Army. Told the Patriot Militia to lay their arms or face the consequences. They killed him instead..

          • FilmPunk

            I think you're making an argument of convenience because you have nothing of consequence to say.

        • gracebydesign

          Justme, name calling demeans your opinion. It galls me too that these people would picket a funeral instead of showing the compassion of my Lord. I agree with your opinion but like Phil you could have worded it better. Sometimes, though, our emotions run high and our words explode. I understand that, too. I guess you have the right to make an ass comparison. Disregard my name calling comment.

      • Susan Gate

        Apparently the USSC agreed that even the WBC has free speech rights. BTW.. the pastor of the WBC ran on the Dem party ticket for Prez back in the day, big supporter of AL Gore and helped with his campaign for Pres… imagine that.

      • David

        Yes….I do have a problem with the tactics and beliefs of the Westboro “Church” which is why I am not a member and do not contribute to their organization. They are still free to express their opinions – as crazy as they may be. Just like you, BTW…..

        • Ralph Bonivito

          and it's ok to yell fire in a crowded theater too

          • David

            Yes….you are actually. That's the point – there are sometimes consequences to free speech. Nobody is standing at the door with a gag so that you cannot yell out inside the theater, right?

          • gracebydesign

            Judge Holmes did not mean this statement to create political correctness! This statement is that any speech that results in the possibility of immediate physical harm should be curbed. Political speech and opinion are highly protected by our Constitution. Unfortunately, Westboro has the right to their opinion and it should be a respected right. However, they can be denied the right to picket funerals since that causes mental anguish which is physically harmful. I have the right to bar them from a private function, too. Regretfully, I respect their free speech rights but that right does not spill over into private matters.

      • gracebydesign

        fvckphil, Westboro Baptist Church is satanic. I am a Christian and I am told to love not to hate. Hatred is of the devil and this church scatters more than gathers. I pray for them to let go of hate and practice love. However, my standard is the Bible. My opinion may differ from the world but I am commanded to show love and respect. Phil is a Christian. He, like you, is not a perfect man. He could have phrased his words better but He does not need your condemnation. You need to worry about your own salvation when death knocks and that is a surety. It will come. Jesus offers you life. You have the choice and that is good that we have been given a chance to reconcile with God. It is my prayer that none go to Hell.

    • Kathy

      I think what people are dismissing is, that it's not what you say but how you say it. Does the bible say to express your feeling and beliefs in the most cruel, rude demeaning way possible? If so it's not the bible I grew up with. Our society is getting less civilized everyday.

    • talktothe hand

      Common sense that A&E and the “dick-head dynasty” may lose some $$$. And some stupid white trash will blow all of their money buying their crap..

      • Guest

        Not everyone who watches DUCK Dynasty are ignorant red necks. I have never bought a DD t-shirt or coffee mug, I don't live in the South, Westboro Church disgusts me – I just think the show is funny and entertaining. I may not agree with everything that they believe in but I sure don't crucify them for their beliefs. Now move on to something more important than the future of a TV show. Good grief!

        • gracebydesign

          Well said! Guest, you are brilliant!

      • Robert

        I bet your head talks to the hand, constantly.

  • Mystica

    A&E statement flatters themselves, accepts no responsibility for their boneheaded move. Sounds like they're going to make the Robertsons give little “talks” about how to be good, and not make the same kind of mistakes their dad did. How obnoxious A&E is.

    • Susan Gate

      I hope the family moves to another network.. let AE keep their values.. Greed.

      • fishingtn

        I totally agrred leave this biased network

        • SoCalGuy

          “agrred”??? LOL, the right-wing morons just can't help but out themselves.

      • talktothe hand

        Sure, but I'm pretty sure that A&E owns the show. LOL!

      • Ina

        What network? The Hunting Network or The Christian Network?

    • Kathy

      Calm down people, Duck Dynasty is just the redneck version of the Kardashians. They'll be around as long as they're profitable to the station, then they'll be gone like all the rest. They're just a bunch of rich folks getting richer, stop feeling so sorry for them.

  • Beau

    I assume the respect and tolerance will also include the values and beliefs of the Robertson family which A&E obviously has not respected or tolerated.

    • pvckphil

      It hurts Phil's feeling when you meanies call him a bigot and a racist. He's just an ignorant self-righteous sh1tstain who doesn't know any better so let's go easy on the poor old coot. You lefties are being so intolerant of his beliefs and values. He's just repeating what Jesus said about men's anuses in the bible.

      • thinkbeforeink

        pvckphil – lol dude or dudie ..you are on a roll today

        • ftwalways

          Just as brainless

      • ftwalways

        Brainless

      • gracebydesign

        Before you state your opinion you need to have the facts. Nowhere in the Bible is this stated. Your opinion has become a lie. You have the right to express your lies and I have the right to correct them in my opinion. Isn't America great!

    • fishingtn

      I would love to see the show change to another network.I really don't want to support this bias network anymore.Robertsons please go elsewhere.

  • FilmPunk

    It was inevitable. People have finally had enough and are starting to push back. Now if we can get the ACLU to go away we'll be headed in the right direction.

    • SoCalGuy

      Typical low-information right-wing moron.

      • FilmPunk

        Quite the opposite, I'm very informed and that's why I say that the ACLU has done more harm to the well being of this country than any organization in history.

        • SoCalGuy

          No, like I said earlier your comments show you to be a typical low-information right-wing moron. Just like DNA markers, you can't run from them.

          • JustTheFacts

            First, don't use the same insult twice, that is just stupid. Second, if you think FilmPunk is wrong about the ACLU, then give an example of something positive that the ACLU has done.
            The best way to effectively change your environment is through positive actions, not negative opinions.

          • SoCalGuy

            Confirming your ignorance is not using the same insult twice (though your comments continue to show just how ignorant you really are), and if you don't know of anything positive that the ACLU has done you're really even more ignorant that I'd first imagined. Go back to your Faux News and the rest of the right-wing noise and propaganda machine, you aren't even remotely capable of dealing with the real world.

          • Rod

            SoCalGuy….18 years?
            You just make empty claims and judge on basis of one comment that upsets you. I find everyone in this part of the thread has had more substance and authority in their comments than you did. You just seem to whine and make yourself sound dumb. Poor liberals to be associated with such behavior as yours.

          • gracebydesign

            SoCalGuy, Why don't you enlighten all of us “ignorants” by giving an example? I do know that the ACLU said that if other groups can use public facilities then so could Christians for meetings. Sadly, some schools allow gay clubs but still deny Christian clubs and there has been no ACLU outcry. We need for them to be more consistent. This is not a commentary against gay clubs. It is a stand that Christians also have the same right. It is sad that I have to be politically correct and state this obvious conclusion but I do not want to be accused of hate. Name calling for my Lord does not bother me.

  • Carlton_B

    F#ck all Bible thumpers.

    • fvckphil

      The Bible says a whole heck of a lot more about greed than it does about sex. Maybe if those who professed to follow what it says were actually literate.

      • FilmPunk

        Not really. The bible says a lot about sin in general but it covers then both equally. Does one separate you from God more than the other? You can hate Phil and all Christians but that doesn't change what God had to say about sin.

      • ftwalways

        Another moron like carlton_b who trips all over themselves in his rust to be stupid

      • gracebydesign

        fvckphil, I actually agree with you. Imagine that, there is common ground between a believer like myself and a nonbeliever like you. One of the deadliest sins is greed and selfishness is a close second! I am sorry if I offended you with any of my opposition! I still disagree but I hope it was done in kindness and respect.

    • David

      Stay classy….

    • ftwalways

      It's truly amazing how people trip all over themselves in their rust to be stupid

    • NunyaBiz

      If thousands of years ago, magical cloud people told our ancestors that gay sex is bad, then that's good enough for me. The only education people need in a modern world comes from a book written by an ancient and superstitious people. Make sense to me. I'm with Phil.

      • Carlton_B

        Good point. Why evolve when we can keep ourselves ignorant?

      • gracebydesign

        NunyaBiz, It will never make sense to the world. The Bible states that nonbelievers will think it is foolishness. You can only come to God through faith and not of yourselves. If we all admit it we all have a spiritual side. As I stated, if you believe in love you are espousing the superstitious nature of mankind.

    • gracebydesign

      Carlton, I am sorry you feel this way. I wish you the best in your life's journey. We are all blessed to live in a country where you can make this statement without being beheaded. My God wants you to come to Him on your own and as you are. I am so glad that Christians and nonChristians are both given the gift of free will. Our founding fathers many who professed faith recognized this gift in their writing of our Constitution. Separation of church and state is an important tenet of freedom and promotes free will!

      • Carlton_B

        See above.

    • Carlton_B

      I'm from Canada, we don't have founding fathers.

      Separation of church in state is not given lip service up here. We don't have “in God We Trust” on our money, or care if our leaders go to church or not. Our supreme court has already made gay marriage legal.

      I have never cared what others in the past based their lives on. The idea of believing in a Christian, Muslim or any other God as defined through religious texts is beyond absurd to me.

      Our National Anthem contains the line “God keep our land” and hasn't been changed because most people just don't care either way. It's just a word in the song that many of us grew up with, out of nostalgia most want it left alone.

      Whoops, that was meant to be a reply to gracebydesign.

  • Hal Watts

    As a gay man, I have a deal for all Christians, including the hillbillies on DD. Stay out of my personal life, my bedroom, and my marriage. In return, I promise to never go into your bible-thumping churches and never to pray to your mean-spirited Christianist God.

    • David

      Marriage? Does your wife know you're gay?

      • Hal Watts

        FYI, men can now marry other men.

        • David

          Marriage has meant the union of a man and a woman for centuries. You want to be left alone? Stop trying to redefine words!

          • talktothe hand

            Whose words, the bible? The bible does not carry any weight when it comes to the law. Marriage can define many things BTW, it can be two different flavors in a dish of food.

          • David

            I'm not having a debate with someone that can think clearly enough or is such a revisionist that cannot admit that marriage has meant the union of a man and a woman for centuries. Forget about religion! Traditionally, in this country for 200 years that's what it has stood for. And no, pinhead, we're not talking about food! Unless you mean fruitcake!

        • ftwalways

          So because a left-wing loony judge says it's okay that makes everything right. You are aware that no government has ever been able to legislate morality or are you a left-wing loony too.

          • talktothe hand

            It's legal and it is right to me so suck it up, buttercup!

      • talktothe hand

        Ignoramous! Same sex marriage is legal in about 14 (I think) states now. Most recently,that bastion of conservatism, Utah!

        • David

          It's all still up in the air – in the courts! The bottom line is the when put to vote, the majority in this country votes against it. It's liberal activist judges and politicians that are going against the people's will. This will all come to a head soon and the majority, Christians will finally stand up and say no!

    • ftwalways

      Why would you pray to my God you're an atheist which is taking the easy way out and the only way you can justify your existence.? You would be welcomed at my church but you would have to admit you sin of homosexuality, repent, and ask for forgiveness; so you will agree with me that atheism is much easier.

    • tikie

      I am so sorry that some of my fellow Christians behave so nastily. That is Not of GOD. He LOVES us all. So please don't include or think we are all that hateful or ignorant. The God of my heart and spirit is truly all inclusive.

      • David

        Yes….he is all inclusive – all are God's children. He knows we all sin and will continue to sin. He, nor Christians, condemn the sinner, we condemn the sin. Get a clue…..fellow “Christian”!

        • freethinker

          You need to get a clue. There is no sin and in condemning the non-existent sin you condemn a human being who had no choice in how he or she was born. That is not moral.

      • Hal Watts

        Thank you. I just get tired of all their vitriol.

    • survivor

      I was molested by a gay man for 2 1/2 years. Could not say anything because he said he would hurt my parents. Do I have the right to hate gay men…Am I a racist…You damn right I do/am…Phil spoke up the way he was raised…freedom of speech…go to another country as I will never support gay lifestyles

  • SoCalGuy

    Yawn…. another manufactured “crisis” averted.

  • hupto

    And once again, the right-wing crybabies get their way. Is there no network left with any backbone?

    • FilmPunk

      You think we're crybabies because we stand by our beliefs and ask that they be respected just as everyone's opinion should be. This is the free market at work, Phil expressed his opinion and the audience judged if they approved or disapproved. You don't have to agree with the majority but you have to respect their opinion.

      • hupto

        Fine. And just as soon as your side issues a full apology to the Dixie Chicks for destroying their careers because only one of them expressed an opinion (about a single person, by the way), then I'll respect you.

        • David

          Dixie Chicks? The ones who made an anti-American (anti-Texas) political statement – overseas, no less – when their audience is very much pro-American (and pro-Texas) Patriots? As stated….the free market made their decision. The Dixie chicks are/were free to express their political opinions, but freedom is a two-way street! If you don't like Phil's comments, don't watch the show. There sill exists a silent majority that occasionally speaks up.

          • hupto

            They made an anti-Bush statement, which is not the same thing as anti-American. And the attacks on them came from the right, whereas the attacks on Robertson came from the left. What you're trying to say is freedom of speech doesn't apply to everybody. Won't wash.

          • David

            The “attacks” came from their fan base – and it came in the form of boycotting their music. And they DID feel it was anti-American for an entertainer to make those comments at that time – especially overseas.

            Neither is a question of freedom of speech – neither had their freedom of speech squelched, in any way, by government. Both were an issue of the free market majority deciding what is and isn't acceptable, decent speech.

            The overwhelming support for Phil Robertson came from the majority of this country (Christians, BTW) who feel that tolerance for one's personal and/or religious beliefs should be respected by A&E (who promotes several gay-themed show). Just like the Chick-Fil-A “scandal” – it's more about freedom of choice than freedom of speech. In other words, no minority group is going to dictate to Americans what they choose for entertainment, fast food, etc. If you don't like it, don't eat at Chick-Fil-A and don't watch Duck Dynasty. Otherwise, Don't Tread on Me!

          • Susan Gate

            AE probably talked to a few lawyers and realized they were breaking the law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and AE could have been sued.

          • David

            Agreed! I thought they would push to get out of the contract. However, I'm not in their shoes. I'm a Christian…..I don't judge ;)

          • talktothe hand

            I wish they would get out of their contract and take the Kardashiasns with them. I am tired of the media “dumbing down” America with this garbage. Take that skank family of Honey Boo-Boo's too!

          • talktothe hand

            I doubt it! They recognize the cash cow that dick-dynasty is and the millions if ignorant morons that buy into this “reality”. They weren't worried about a lawsuit, they were worried about a loss of revenue!

          • Susan Gate

            The media and record company didn't “fire” the Dixie Chix.. their fans did. The complete opposite case here, A&E suspends/fires Phl, but Phil's fans supported him. See the difference loonie logic idjit?

          • talktothe hand

            So anti-American speech is not protected by the first amendment? You right-wing, Texas idiots have tunnel vision!

          • David

            Sure it is. Try reading what I posted, pinhead! The Dixie Chicks received a backlash from fans. It's a free market and people are free to choose their entertainment as they see fit. In the Robertson case, the majority chose to side with him. End of story! It has nothing to do with right-wing or left-wing.

      • gracebydesign

        FilmPunk, We just all need to agree to disagree in love! My opinions veer more toward your view. I appreciate you for standing up for us Christians and our right to honor God. More importantly, we need to pray that all come to know Him! He is perfection.

    • David

      Not sure where you've been lately, but the so-called, “right-wingers” haven't been getting their way lately. And why do you call for a network with a “backbone”? You mean a network that will stifle the free expression and religious beliefs of another? You and GLAAD represent the militant wing of the pro-gay movement and gay community. You don't want tolerance – you don't even want acceptance – you want assimilation!

      • hupto

        First of all, I'm not gay, though I certainly support them. Secondly, the right-wing successfully bullied two networks into cancelling proposed specials about Hillary Clinton, and recently added Martin Bashir to the long list of news people whose jobs they've taken. Thirdly, what's wrong with assimilation? Unless you're Native American, it's what your ancestors did. You know, if you actually got to know a few people who aren't white Christians, you'd find you'd have a lot in common with them. Well, except for the unbridled hatred of People Not Like Me.

        • David

          Martin Bashir resigned in shame for his truly hateful comments. Nothing that Phil (or I) said was hateful. If the right-wing is so powerful, why do we have so many depictions and glorification of homosexuality in TV, movies, the media, etc. Most of this, so-called, “right-wing” that YOU seem to hate so much don't really care about what two adults choose to do in private – or, to a certain extent, in public.

          I know many people, of many religious beliefs, colors, nationalities, backgrounds, and sexual preferences. As a matter of fact, I've hired many people to work for me that are of all persuasions – including homosexual. Like Phil, I am a Christian and do not judge. The man was asked about his faith and what he felt, based upon that faith, were sinful acts. He simply answered the question – and it wasn't all about homosexual acts nor a comparison between homosexual acts and other sins.

          Okay…what's wrong with assimilation then? Why shouldn't this 3.8% of the population be forced to assimilate to the majority? It works both ways. I think the gay community should be happy they live in a country with a Christian majority that are tolerant of their lifestyle choices instead of the offensive protesting of their (our) religious beliefs.

          • freethinker

            Their whole problem is having to live in a country with a Christian majority. This majority is why gays are still fighting for equal rights and why so many young ones have committed suicide when their parents reject them and they are relentlessly bullied by people such as you who remain ignorant.

          • David

            So….based on your logic, they should move to another country. Maybe Russia or Iran?

            In other words, you lack common sense and logic!

            What about the kids that commit suicide because their parents won't buy them an iPhone or the kids who commit suicide because their parents bought them too much? What about the kids that drink and drive or overdose on drugs?

            Your arguments are ridiculous!

          • freethinker

            So are yours. You are blinded by the brainwashing.

            I never said they should move to another country so I guess that makes you lacking in common sense and logic. HaHa! I'm glad I don't work for you. I

            I'm guessing you only know white Christians in your life.

          • gracebydesign

            You need to quit picking on “white Christians” and quit lumping people into your stereotype. Thank you.

          • talktothe hand

            Maybe you should move since you are the one stifling free thinking and free speech!

          • David

            GLAAD is the only one squelching free speech in this case. And I am all for everyone living their lives the way they see fit and whatever makes them happy. As long as it doesn't negatively effect others.

          • gracebydesign

            freethinker, you are blatantly incorrect. If you do not think so travel to the middle east but hold on to your head!

          • talktothe hand

            Loser you are getting on my last nerve! Why should anyone have to assimilate with racist white trash like you! It's still a free country and that work of fiction known as the bible is the biggest joke of all. You are a sheep!

          • David

            Pathetic. Nothing I said is racist. It's not racist to stand up for your beliefs – even if they differ from these militant minority groups. Times are changing – we are no longer going to be silent while these minority groups and the PC Police try to destroy freedom of expression and open debate.

            Read the entire thread, pinhead!

          • gracebydesign

            Your arguments might be more effective if you did away with the name calling and stereotypes and actually gave examples. Sheep in the Bible were examples of those who followed the kindness of God. Thank you. I am a sheep.

        • gracebydesign

          Sir, there are also many black Christians, native american Christians, middle eastern Christians etc. God is no respector of persons. He is for everyone, including you.

    • ftwalways

      I love it when the left-wing loony's get it stuck to them. By backbone you mean religious suppression, denial of free speech, and intolerance of anyone with whom you disagree.

      • hupto

        Wow so much hate from people who call themselves Christians. The only religious suppression, denial of free speech and intolerance going on here comes from the people who are trying to turn women and minorities back into second-class citizens. Our God is the God of love, peace and tolerance–three concepts you will never understand. Have fun living in denial–I'm out of here.

        • gracebydesign

          hupto, why do you classify as hate a Christian who stands up for their beliefs, yet, your opinion is full of statements which are not factual. How do you “know” the the concept of God, God of love, and peace and tolerance is lacking in those who speak in protection of their belief? I am curious as to how you describe yourself. Are you a fellow Christian? I hope so. Then if you are show compassion for the misunderstanding of the scriptures and keep them in your prayers instead of your denials.

      • talktothe hand

        How very un-christian of you. I used to be a christian and then I found out that they were the phoniest people on the face of the earth. Dishonest liars!

        • gracebydesign

          talkto the hand, Were you looking to Jesus as your standard or to man? Man will always fail you but He will not. Come back to Him! He loves you with perfect love!

  • Mike Walsh

    So happy he was reinstated and more so because now Jesse Jackson can go screw with getting involved and wanting to talk to Phil. I am for gay rights but it is becoming a double standard. You also need to respect the rights of Christians who believe it is sinful. Freedom of speech is one of our most important rights and in this day and age where our privacy rights are being violated this is a good step and right of A&E.

    • fvckphil

      Exactly. Phil was quoting what Jesus said in the Bible about men's anuses not being as attractive as a woman's vagina, despite being a tighter hole most of the time unless it's been stretched out by a donkey's penis. And Phil was dead on about black's being happier in the Jim Crow era. In fact, all I hear from all my black friends is how they wish we could all go back to the way things were before the Civil War. It was so much easier when all they had to do was work in cotton fields for 12 hours in 100 degree weather and were denied hand outs like food or water.

      • a person

        You must be up set to have 4 postings. but it doesn't matter what you say it still the same the Bible reads as Phil has said. We know the reason all gays get up set about the quote you want everyone to say your right. No matter what you say it says the same.

      • FilmPunk

        You must be reading the LA Times- Phil only commented on the blacks he worked with hoeing the fields. You see, Phil was very very poor and worked in the fields with everyone on an equal basis. His comment was that the people he was around were happy because they were godly and they didn't go around acting like victims. I think we could learn something from people like that. Instead everyone is a victim and by today's standards no black person was ever happy before 1965. You can actually be happy when your life is centered on something bigger than yourself.

      • ftwalways

        Still brainless

      • bibol

        Slaves were not denied food and water during slave days. They had to work. I would not like to be a slave. They still reproduced faster than free people. If they starved they all would be dead. When their was not much work they rested. Did little jobs. When they were old they had to be taken care. In other words a Slave owner just could not abandon them. I am glad that you understand picking cotton. Like Phil picked cotton by hand with his black friends did.

        • chris

          Wow! Bibol you really need to read a history book or two. If reading isnt your forte then im sure they have some pretty neat pictures on google images for you. This is the kind of uneducated remarks that give the rest of us white people a bad image.

          • bibol

            I have read many books. William Ellison a free man of color. Owned over 60 slaves and 1000 acres. He oldest grandson served in the 1st South Carolina Artillery and was wounded and survived the civil war. In the South free people of color owned slaves at a higher percentage then whites. I am always surprised the more I read about it. History books only tell the outlines. For instance I did a speech with graphics about the Battle of Hastings. Read 10 books on the battle. Though I only used 6 of them for source quotes..

          • Hate Breed

            Bibol – Much like in modern day republican politics, you are speaking of one (or a very small number of) token black(s) who follow an anti-black viewpoint. In most cases strictly for money, fame, or the desire to standout as different. You then try to pretend that the vast majority of blacks have the same viewpoint. I'm sure most blacks working under the constant threat of a whipping would have strongly disagreed with your argument.

          • bibol

            Token blacks. Are blacks that disagree with you are tokens? Flogging was not only for slaves back then. For instance in the US Army flogging was outlawed in 1861. The latest I found was 1952 in the US. I am sure that most people would not enjoy fogging. Though there are some that do. You sound like a Democratic party hack. Anything has to be about the Republicans.

          • Hate Breed

            To set the record straight, I am a hack for no party. I have no party affiliation whatsoever. Making an obvious sentiment about one party does not make me a hack for the other. Furthermore, I supported the Republican party as an independent during the Reagan and Bush 1 years. I supported Perot in the 90's. Sadly, I even ignorantly supported Bush 2. It is in the mid 90's that the Republican party platform began its radicalization, which has gotten worse since, climaxing at an all time state of pitifulness over the past few years. In a battleground state, I am left to vote for the lesser of two evils, and that lesser evil is currently the Democratic party.

            “I am sure that most people would not enjoy flogging” — That's precisely my point. Just because a small percentage of blacks were slave owners, does not mean the vast majority of blacks weren't against it…for obvious reasons.

          • bibol

            You say you are not a Democratic hack. Then you claim the Republicans are radical. The Democrats are trying to destroy our civilization. If its normal it is wrong. They screwed up the health care system. Then gave their friends exemptions. Delay the law when 6 million lost the promised health care. If you like your plan. You can keep it if you like it Period, If you like your doctor you can keep the doctor Period. Then delays the individual mandate. Delays the business mandate until the after the 2014 elections.. Does not enforce the laws that are on books. Does not defend laws that were passed by two thirds of Congress and signed into law by a Democratic President. I could go on and on about which party is radical.
            If I was a slave I would not want it either. The point is if they were freed like Ellison was or born free. It brought wealth and status unless you did not manage it. As a freed slave he had a pew in church floor with other whites. While the poor whites and blacks were upstairs. Your point about blacks were not in favor of whipping. Neither were the other people that were whipped.

          • Get educated ….. Please

            Did you know it was the Republican Party that voted to abolish slavery

      • Ralph Bonivito

        you would be happy being called boy and being whipped or hung when ever the KKK needed kicks

        • Robert Effing Dees

          Idiot, show me where he called any black man a boy…. Do you make it a habit of speaking about things you have no knowledge of? Liberals,,,, LMAO, your all the same, Speak first and never let the truth get in the way of a good lie

          • Hate Breed

            She wasn't suggesting Mr Robertson actually said “boy”…or referenced the KKK. She merely was stating some of the atrocious things blacks were subjected to in times past. It is short-fused, irrational folks like yourself that are the reason common sense independents such as myself want military grade arms out of civilian hands.

      • Ralph Bonivito

        he wasn't even close Jesus said “Judge not lest ye be Judged”

        • Robert Effing Dees

          Your just another idiot who never even read his statements. He never judged Gays, He even said He does judge anyone, thats for GOD to do. effing liberals SMH

        • Jason Goins

          You actually unwittingly hit the nail right on the head. I have seen Phil say many times that he is a sinner who deserves nothing less than the wrath of God. He deserves to spend eternity in hell, and would do just that if not for the grace of God. He freely admits that he is a flawed, imperfect, sinful human being…and, therefore is allowing himself to be judged by others as such.

      • gracebydesign

        fvckphil, Your moniker says it all. Be very careful of the lies you portray in the name of Jesus. None of that is in my Bible. As for the blacks, you forget the white men who died along side them in the Civil War so that they could be free. Also, you were not there and neither was I! You state your opinions as facts. This is hate, pure and simple. God forgive you.

      • Renee Williams

        you people kill me when you start your stupid comment with “my black friends” which follows a really stupid comment like “all I hear from all my black friends is how they wish we could all go back to the way things were before the Civil War. It was so much easier when all they had to do was work in cotton fields for 12 hours in 100 degree weather and were denied hand outs like food or water. Bulls**t. nothing more nothing less you are completely out of touch.

        • Hate Breed

          You are aware he was being sarcastic, right…

      • tueresunpendejo

        Don't lie, you have no friends. Black or white.

    • ftwalways

      Jesse Jerkson and his good buddy Al “Sharpy” Sharpton are both racist's and race-baters. Anything that comes from them is the final by-product of bovine digestion.

      • talktothe hand

        I hope heaven has a place for you. I doubt it though.

        • NotEntitled

          You think he will go to hell because he believes they are racist? Lol… better study up on Christianity or you may be heading to hell as well.

          • talktothe hand

            No such place. If there is such place, it's with the hate-filled, so-called “christians”, the ruination of our good country with their narrow minded bigotry.

          • gracebydesign

            talkto the hand, None of us has the right to judge since we are all flawed. My standard is Jesus. Perfect Love, How can it be that you would die for me? I deserve Hell, all of us do. But, God does not desire that we go there. Be careful of judging Christians and yes, there is a hell. Ask those who have gone there and returned. Ask the man who was dying with a coronary and begging the Doctor for help everytime he “came back” for he who once was an atheist saw that it was a real place and screamed to stay on this earth. Do your research. Ask the source, Jesus, if it is a real place? Better to err on caution than rebellion.

          • Raymundo Montes

            Gracebydesign. It sound like you believe in what the Bible says. If you do you, are making one mistake though, and that is with your statement, “ask those who have gone and come back”. The bible is very specific in that once you go to hell you can never return. Read Luke 16:19-31. So anybody who has been near death and claimed to have been to hell is either lying or experienced their own nightmares, maybe due to guilt or whatever else.

          • gracebydesign

            Raymundo, You are correct but this man was not dead, yet. He would clinically die and then be brought back by the doctor everytime screaming that the doctor keep him from going back. He was given a glimpse by God of where he was headed! Finally, the Doctor asked his cohorts what to do to calm him. A Christian nurse stated to the man, “Sir, call on the name of Jesus!” The patient passed in peace. Now, you nor I know where he ended up but his terror was real. That is evidence that there is more than life in the flesh!

          • j2h3r

            Actually it's the hate-filled non-believers such as talktothe hand that are ruining our once-great nation.

          • Don Rollins

            Please look up the term bigot before you use it.

          • ftwalways

            Spoken like a true atheist.

          • ftwalways

            Actually it's the secular nincompoops like you that are ruining the country. I know there isn't much of a brain there so I'll give the definition of nincompoop – A silly, foolish, or stupid person – the operative word in this case being stupid

        • Ina

          Are you sure there is enough room in Heaven or Hell for tens of billions of people that died in the past and will die in the future?

          • talktothe hand

            Excuse me, I don't believe in either place and I think that when you die, you are dead!

          • Robert Effing Dees

            this country is so great because of its christian values…. And Christians are very tolerant, don confuse Christianity with those people who use it to bash other groups. Christianity is about love, not hate. If your preaching hate well… guess your not christian. People always want everyone to be tolerant, lol as long as they have the same views, People have a right to say and believe what they want, even racist like Jessie Jackson have the right to their hate speech, but let someone speak Christian views and then everyone wants to hang them. SMH

          • Hate Breed

            Judging by your comment just a few posts below this one, you do not practice what you preach.

          • Don Rollins

            As an adjunct: Tolerance is when you allow someone else to be wrong. Acceptance is when you determine that you were wrong and they were right.

            Do not confuse tolerance with acceptance.

            Christians have an inherent conflict. They are told by Christ to tolerate everyone when in fact the nature of man is to destroy those that oppose.

            Christ preached tolerance. You cannot be forced to come to God, nor can you come to God by me accepting your sin as OK. Tolerance is the only road that will allow the greatest opportunity for an individual to be saved.

            I will tolerate you, I will pray for you and I will accept your decision to spend eternity where you wish.

          • ftwalways

            No acceptance is engaging in brotherhood even when the other person is wrong.

          • Don Rollins

            That would be a new definition of the word. Look it up. Acceptance is saying it's OK, engaging in brotherhood even when the other person is wrong… that's tolerance.

          • gracebydesign

            You have the right to your free will. You have chosen to walk by sight not by faith. How do you believe in love or in hatred for that matter? The things which are unseen are the most important. I say this in love and I apologize if I am bothering you with my opinion. If we are honest we all know that there is more than this life. I know you probably have some belief in mysticism. If you believe in love, you do. It is hard for the flesh to comprehend the spiritual. I know you are wrong, I will see my dead loved ones one day and it will be sweet.

          • Don Rollins

            For your sake I hope you are correct, but given that, what is your meaning/purpose in life?

          • ftwalways

            You're think in corporeal rather than spiritual terms. You should also know that heaven isn't a hotel. The Kingdom of God knows no limitations.

        • ftwalways

          That's a forgone conclusion, You on the other hand are a different matter.

      • gracebydesign

        ftwalways, got this idea from another contributor. Let's sue them and make them prove that we are racists! We can use the “unclean hands doctrine” to destroy their since they are the most reverse racists as evidenced by their comments. This may be the solution to stopping their profiting on destroying the unity of our nation!

        • gracebydesign

          case, left out the word in typing haste.

    • gracebydesign

      Well said!

    • muscman133

      Not all Christianity believe it's sinful. Hell have you met a Priest lately! Chrisitanity is about love and acceptance, including the Faggots, the Niggers, the Jews, and even people like you. Go back to the teachings of the Bible I doubt you have really read and realize Christianity IS about acceptancing others…even if they are different or better than you.

    • Hate Breed

      If you and Mr. Robertson are such devout Christians, and treat the bible as the golden rule, then why do you pull one sentence from Leviticus to support right wing anti-gay rhetoric, yet do not whisper one word about other Leviticus verses regarding what should happen to those who have extramarital affairs, or to children who disobey there parents? Do you also completely ignore the rule taught in Matthew 6:24?

      Freedom of speech is one thing. No one prevented Mr Robertson from preaching his ignorance about gays and blacks. A&E also is allowed to enforce their company guidelines, and they did. Quite frankly, I lost a little respect for them by caving to the money, as discussed in…Matthew 6:24.

      YOU ARE BORN GAY. There is no argument nor discussion about it. You either choose to accept factual reality, or choose to be brainwashed with ignorance. Being a bigot, however, is definitely a lifestyle choice.

      • bibol

        Are we supposed to accept your left wing anything goes rhetoric. That people can do anything they want a long as you accept it. Then that is normal.

    • indyflmmkr1

      I guess they can have an episode now on Duck Dynasty titled..

      “How to pick up a 14 or 15 year old teenage girl legally without being convicted as a PEDOPHILE”.

    • Day-Day

      He said that African Americans “pre-welfare, and pre-entitlement” before the Civil Rights movement were happy. Then he said that basically being gay and beastiality are one and the same. Yes it may be his core beliefs, but they are ignorant, racist, and dumb. How can you not see that? Im all for freedom of speech and I'm a Christian but come on you cant play dumb and act as if what he said was ok. Even if he has a right legally to say it.

  • Brian Lerma

    BAD DECISION

    • ftwalways

      For you maybe; you must be a homosexual which according to “notesfromachair” isn't a pejorative – that is if you're “normal” by his standard.

  • Marianne Antonuk

    A&E your so full of shit your eyeballs are brown. Nice back peddling, but I don't buy it for one second. Nor will I buy Dynasty products that support your channel and line your pockets.. BUY DUCK COMMANDER ONLY – THAT GOES TO THE FAMILY NOT THE CHANNEL. Robertsons’ Break your contract with these A&E ASAP. Avoid FOX and CMT as too. They jerk the viewers/actors around as well. A&E chooses to support what ever benefits their cause or pockets at the moment. They do not adhere to the what they PREACH, but rather to what they think the public wants to hear at the time. A&E would make good Politicians. Perhaps we should be digging into A&E's past views and policies and dig up some dirt on their past positions and comments and see what skeletons lye in their closets.

    • fishingtn

      I will second that.I hope another petition shows up for the family to change networks.I will sign asap

    • Ina

      Yea, we need some duck callers , like we need butt plugs…a&e does not preach anything they are in the business of making money. They are trying to be politically correct and silence the loudest baby and Robertson's fans and the religious faction won aided by a good business decision.

      • gracebydesign

        I am so glad that Robertson did not cave to political correctness! Ina, some people like to duck hunt and duck callers are great! Now, butt plugs, I am not sure they are widely used. I think that those who respect free speech without repercussion were the real winners in all of this! Our country has always stood on the premise that I may not agree with you but I will fight for your right to say what you think. In recent years this premise has been trodden on and spit upon and I am glad someone stood firm! I would hate to think that America became a third world dictatorship whose only winners are the dicatator's cronies! Go freedom!

    • gracebydesign

      Where do you suggest that Duck Dynasty go? A&E are out in your opinion. So is Fox and CMT. We really don't need this kind of hatred. They realized that they were wrong. Leave it at that. Let's move on, Forgive and forget. Could we leave the past in the past?

  • Al Waishard

    The Gay Gestapo will now have to swallow something new,…The First Amendment, is for other people too.

    • StephenTrop

      This has nothing to do with the First Amendment. The First Amendment reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” And if you think the LGBT community doesn't support what you (mis)identify as the “First Amendment,” you know nothing of LGBT history.

      • Al Waishard

        @Strop: Of course the LGBT supports free speech,…but just for themselves and issues that concern them.

      • gracebydesign

        You are right StephenTrop in your assessment that the government will not abridge free speech by making oppressive laws to hinder. However, free speech is highly protected from any kind of abridgement. Therefore, should one be fired from their job for speaking an opinion they could have a cause of action for wrongful termination based on this government -granted right. Private enterprise is not immune from civil action. You just have to use the legal system in a different manner but the issue can still be free speech.

    • Carlton_B

      Being on TV is not a right, you moron.

    • talktothe hand

      Still not a first amendment issue, moron!

  • useeknfind

    Guess A&E finally came to its senses. There are an estimated 3% of Americans who say they are gay while 250 million people call themselves Christians.

    • talktothe hand

      No flippin way are there 250 million x-tians in this country! Doesn't matter anyway, the bible isw not the law!

      • gracebydesign

        talkto the hand, Many of our laws, legal terminology, and due process are based on scripture. Read the ten commandments and the infractions are there. When the court grants “mercy” , when the “testimony of two men” is enough evidence, “Justice” comes from the Bible. “For what does the Lord require of thee but to do “mercy”, love “justice” and to walk humbly with thy God. There are many more. In fact, as an attorney I underline the terms when I see them. Restitution for wrong is also straight from scripture! Just as gays say they are here to stay so are we Christians but one day when He returns Christians will be gone and those left will face anarchy. We may be surprised to learn that there are many gays who are also Christians. Sin does not separate us from the love of God and neither should opinion separate humans from loving one another. We all fall short of the glory of God! I am the worst sinner there is. Thank God, Jesus loves me in spite of myself.

    • gracebydesign

      I wish everyone knew Him regardless of their life's choices. He can give abundant life, purpose, and direction to all of us sinners!

  • freethinker

    So, so disappointed. They are sending the message that it is still okay to bash gays. I'm afraid that the gay community is going to suffer much longer than others for equal rights and acceptance since there are still so many ignorant people in this country who still believe the bible is the word of a god. The fact that gays are born gay makes the bible in error because a true and loving god who supposedly made us all heterosexual according to believers would not make some born gay and then turn around and call it a sin. Wake up you ignorant idiots and realize that gays are like lefties. Even lefties were beaten as children in the last century and forced to use their right hand instead because they were considered abnormal. It's all part of the evolutionary process.

    • David

      It's not gay bashing to express one's religious opinions or quoting (or paraphrasing) scripture. What “equal rights” are you referring to? You have the right to speak your mind as well. What rights do you feel “gays” are not afforded? I'm not sure if gays are born gay but you are entitled to your opinion.

      Your analogy falls flat because people who primarily use their left hand are not committing a sin! If you don't believe what the Bible says about sin, then don't believe it. But showing intolerance toward a certain person because you don't share the same beliefs makes you the pot calling the kettle black!!

      • freethinker

        What equal rights? Really? Are you that ignorant? Sin is not a real thing. It was made up by bronze age men thousands of years ago when they were trying to make sense of their world and of course they picked on homosexuals who have always been around even in the animal world due to the evolutionary process. Your ignorance is astounding and shows just have far we need to go still.

        • David

          Okay….I'm ignorant. Tell me what rights you are not afforded as a gay person?

          Again…you can choose not to believe in the Bible or discredit it and Christianity. The reality is the majority of this country associates themselves with being Christian and the country was founded on Christian principles. Are YOU that ignorant?

          • freethinker

            No I'm not that ignorant. A majority does not make it real. If that was true then Islam would be real too.

            I shouldn't have to list the rights gays have not been afforded around the world for thousands of years due to religion. But since you are so ignorant of them, here is a few – marriage equality, jobs, housing, cub scouts, teachers and as one idiot Texan stated, “they either stay in the closet or they die” and many have for not doing so. In Russia, they just passed a law that you can't even be gay without going to prison. The same is true in Iran. My husband, who is a fundamentalist christian also believes gays should be imprisoned. I told him that if he feels that way then adulterers and fornicators should be in prison too in order to be fair. That shut him up.

          • David

            Again…it's not “real” in your mind but the majority is reality.

            It would not be tolerated in this country for a gay person to be discriminated against for a job, housing, etc. And you can't lump one Texas idiot in with the rest of us Christians. But marriage is a word that has, for centuries, meant the union of a man and a woman. Marriage isn't a “right” – it's a tradition based primarily on religious beliefs. Boy Scouts? Really? That's a right too?

            You've proven my point – GLAAD and a lot in the gay community don't want tolerance – they want assimilation. They want their lifestyle (seen as sinful or immoral by the majority) to infiltrate every aspect of American life. Not just rights as a human but to change tradition (Boy Scouts, marriage, etc).

            I think instead of attacking the religious beliefs of Christians, they should be happy they don't live in places like Russia. As a matter of fact, I think their time and effort would be best used if they focused their attention on the countries in the world that truly persecute gays instead of criticizing the beliefs of Christians. Christians, for the most part, aren't calling for the criminalization of homosexual acts. Just ask the Pope!

          • freethinker

            The hate is just spewing out of you and you are using religion to justify it. A majority does not make something reality. That's just common sense of which I don't think you have much of. A person's gayness does not harm anyone so why do you fear them so much? I was a member of the same church that the DD people belong to and I know good and well how they believe and it is not a pretty picture. They are a cult church (Church of Christ) that believes they are the only ones going to heaven. All other denominations have it wrong. That's even stupider than believing in an afterlife. I never bought their teachings and left when I could. The DD people are brainwashed idiots believing what they were taught growing up and enjoying their arrogance and self-righteousness as a result.

          • David

            What hate? And who said I fear homosexuals? Why does a person's sexual preference have to define them? I think they are all Americans – all God's children. All of us are sinners.

            Choose your own “reality”, but majority does matter. Anyone could make the assertion that any religion is a “cult”. And I'd guess the majority in this country would say that you are wrong. They wouldn't call you names, but rather just pray for you.

            You will see soon….

          • freethinker

            All of us are human beings, not sinners. We evolved over billions of years and we are not all exactly alike. Get over it.

            Yes, I'll being seeing nothing someday just like before I was born.

          • Carlton_B

            It's laughable that you talk about “the majority” of America believing in Christianity.

            The majority of the rest of the world, which America is just a part of, doesn't believe in Christianity….we're talking about BILLIONS of people. Only 32% of the world is Christian…7 out of 10 people on this planet would tell you your beliefs are wrong.

            The fact is Phil Robertson wasn't representing Christianity, he was representing his own twisted view of it.

          • David

            Yep…you F***ING PINHEAD. Most of the rest of the world believes in persecuting homosexuals. Go live there!!! Preferably a nice Muslim country! SH!+ for BRAINS!!!!

          • talktothe hand

            Is this the same guy that was going to pray for someone a little further up in this thread? Wow! Why would I want any part of a religion that has you as a member? SMH! Well just think, as people move to this country, the white supreme race gets smaller and smaller and more and more diluted. You got your knickers in a twist because you narrow-minded little breed is dying out. HAHAHAHA! Get used to being a minority, because it's coming for you!

          • David

            Stupid people make me angry! This has nothing to do with race. You will soon find out…

            For now, I'm done talking to idiots!

          • David

            You changed the subject and didn't address the content of my rebuttal. As I said….PINHEAD!!

          • freethinker

            Is this the same David? If so, you were pretending to be a “Christian”. You are even more disgusting than I thought. Done with you.

          • freethinker

            Sorry, meant that for David.

          • talktothe hand

            I know freethinker who you were talking to. What a good little Christian man David is to throw all of those insults. He can be all pious to all his little friends but if he truly believes in the bible and God and Jesus, he has to know that he is going to be judged for harboring so much hate! It's all just a ruse, they are all such liars!

          • Carlton_B

            Here is a definition of marriage, pulled from the first dictionary I found.

            2. a combination or mixture of two or more elements.
            “a marriage of jazz, pop, blues, and gospel”synonyms:union, alliance, fusion, mixture, mix, blend, amalgamation

            The word has been co-opted by Christians. It isn't a word that defines a man and a woman. It's just a word.

          • David

            Anyone who denies that marriage has meant the union of a man and a woman for centuries is simply an idiot!

          • faithfulmom

            Except that the elements have to be different, not the same, otherwise it is not a mixture or a marriage. Thanks for helping to prove our point!

          • talktothe hand

            Your point is pointless, whether you like it or not, it will soon be the law in all 50 states, except for maybe Texas and then maybe we'll get lucky and they'll secede.

          • Carlton_B

            You're an idiot. No, two elements don't have to be different to mix or else it would say that. Hence the synonym “alliance”.

            The only point you have proven is that you're a moron.

          • faithfulmom

            Wow, you have proven your level of intelligence is not up to even a discussion board. You are wrong. A mixture has to have two different elements, otherwise it is just a measured amount of some particular thing that doesn't change except in volume.

            mix·ture

            ˈmiksCHər/

            noun

            1.

            a substance made by mixing other substances together.

            “form the mixture into a manageable dough”

            synonyms:blend, mix, brew, combination,concoction;

            Please note the word “other”

          • Carlton_B

            A marriage is a union or an alliance. We're not doing science here….it's just a word to define a legal contract. Having children isn't an obligation when a couple is married. It's a choice.

            That's what a marriage is about in these modern times, it's about legality. Your religion doesn't play a part.

          • Susan Gate

            marraige equality? Gay marraige will never be equal to herero marraige. It's weird and will stay weird.

          • talktothe hand

            But it will be the law soon in every state, like it is in 14 currently so who cares what you think. Your ignorance is palpable.

          • Carlton_B

            What does Christianity have to do with anything? Do you think Jesus was a hateful man who insulted those whose lifestyle he didn't like? That's what your hero Phil Robertson did. He was vulgar, talking about “man ass” and preferring vaginas. This is what Christianity is about?

            Christianity is supposed to be about love and tolerance, not insults.

          • talktothe hand

            You sound very reasonable Carlton. Here are some words of advice form a wise person: “Never argue with an idiot, he will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience”. David and Susan are those idiots. .

        • Susan Gate

          gee even adulterers and drunkards, and even liars.. are included… it's sin…

          • freethinker

            There is no such thing as sin. That's your problem.

          • David

            And therein lies your problem…..fellow “Christian”.

          • freethinker

            I'm not a christian. I think for myself and believe that we got here through evolution, not a god.

          • David

            ej1989 Hal Watts
            • 43 minutes ago

            I am so sorry that some of my fellow Christians behave so nastily. That is Not of GOD. He LOVES us all. So please don't include or think we are all that hateful or ignorant. The God of my heart and spirit is truly all inclusive.

          • saferider

            Explain evolution.? Greater minds then you can't prove it…
            Scientist want to say we came from the ocean and leave it at that. How did we get in the ocean.?
            Time didn't start with the big bang, something had to go bang right.? There had to be space for that something to exist in for it to go bang. Please explain your Evolution.

          • Carlton_B

            How did we get in the ocean? Are you for real?

            People don't have to explain evolution, but there is a famous book written by Charles Darwin you should check out if you're curious….your whole God theory has zero evidence and is based entirely on faith.

          • freethinker

            Please explain God. Where did he come from? Prove God.

          • talktothe hand

            That's correct,there is right and wrong and there is law and justice. The bible has no place in any of it! Sin is an idea concocted by very manipulative people to try to control others.

        • talktothe hand

          Yes, he is ignorant!

        • faithfulmom

          Please explain how homosexuals are “around due to the evolutionary process”. This I have to hear!

          • talktothe hand

            The same way we all are. You should go to the Field Museum in Chicago sometime. They have the bones of prehistoric creatures. You should thank your God for free thinking individuals. Just think, if no one ever questioned God or anything, you'd still be thinking that the world is flat and you wouldn't be pecking away on your computer.

    • Susan Gate

      Tell GLAAD to shut up.. they are hurting gays more than anyone else. They made this crisis and because of their religious bigotry got a taste of what they deserve. I thought GLAAD stood for tolerance? OH, not so much , unless you agree with them.
      Hateful group.

      • freethinker

        No, Christians and other religions are hurting gays more than anyone else. Also, religious bigotry isn't real because religion isn't real and there is no need to tolerate it. In fact, ignorance shouldn't be tolerated when it hurts people.

        • David

          Wacko Alert!

          • freethinker

            Great. The common “Christian” response. That's so “Christian” of you. More hate spewing from the so called “Christian”.

          • David

            I don't hate you because you are a wacko ;)

          • freethinker

            Oh thanks! I just love “Christians”. NOT

          • talktothe hand

            Ok, David, I do hate your for preying on the weak with your lies. Now, turn your cheek and pray for me.and don't spout any hate ok, because you are a “Christian”.

    • Jo

      Freethinker, Phil did not bash gays. No one said it was okay to bash gays. Phil just called sin, sin just like God did. He also said he loves everyone, just like God does. All the hate came from the other side, not from Phil Robertson.

      • freethinker

        Wrong! All the hate come from those who still believe that sin and God are real.

        • saferider

          If you don't believe in God you must believe in magic. One day a man magically appeared, then suddenly a woman appeared. They both quickly found out if they had sex they could make another one that looks just like em.

          • freethinker

            How stupid can you get. Pick up a book on evolution and learn something for once.

        • Jo

          The hate started when GLAAD and A&E decided to call Phil's innocent remarks gay bashing. Then the mess hit the fan and spiraled down from there thanks to good old media skewing things all out of proportion.

        • faithfulmom

          Are you kidding me???? Have you read this thread?

      • Carlton_B

        The Bible makes no mention of anything gay. Your God makes no comment on it…

        Phil Robertson was vulgar and hateful. That is a fact. If you claim someone is going to hell because of their lifestyle that is hateful. He made his point in a very crude way.

        • Jo

          If The Bible uses the word “gay”, it is referring to happy people. It does mention that God abhors homosexuality in all its forms. Sodom and Gomorrah have been historically proven. God could not find five righteous men in that place and burned them to the ground. If that isn't a statement about gays, what is it?

          • freethinker

            Honey, God isn't real and the bible is not God's word. It's the words of bronze age men who were even more tribal than we are today. Homosexuals are human beings just like you whether you like it or not. They are just a minority like left-handed people. Be smart for once.

          • Carlton_B

            Sodom and Gomorah have been historically proven? To who? Not to any credible archeologists.

            So, you are trying to convince people that your God burned and destroyed cities because gay people were living there and that this is the God we should use as a moral compass? No thanks. Any God I might believe in is loving and caring and doesn't murder and destroy.

            Where in the bible does it mention God abhors homosexuality in all it's forms? Give an example rather than just saying that it says so.

          • faithfulmom

            Try the quotes of what Phil Robertson said, they were straight out of the Bible

          • Carlton_B

            I don't think there are any references to “man ass” in the Bible…even if there are, you may as well quote from “Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox”. They have the same value in my opinion. I don't form my morality based on 2000 year old book…or rather a political agenda driven interpretation by 47 scholars called the King James Bible from 1611.

            Did he quote the Bible when he encouraged men to marry 15 or 16 year olds? He says when they get to be 20 they're already just after your money. The 15 and 16 year olds will “pick your duck clean”.

    • Mystica

      Any damage done to gays in this ordeal was on an international level, when countries looking on at this mess saw, and said to themselves “Huh, so this is what happens when gays get an inch, huh? This is what will happen to religious people once gays are tolerated in the culture, huh? Religious people are deemed hateful and their religious views intolerable? And America wants us to get on board with this? Pfft, yeah right. No way.”

      .

      • freethinker

        You can't be serious! I'll be so glad when religion dies out and people learn to accept each other's differences. Just wish I could live to see it.

        • Jo

          I don't know if religion will die out, but having a relationship with God Almighty and His Son Jesus, The Christ never will. I hope you don't wait too long to discover this for yourself. Eternity without God will be hell.

  • Al Waishard

    ….There is no joy in Butt-ville,..the mighty Gay-PC, has struck out.

    with apologies to: Ernest Thayer

  • A.L. Hern

    Whoops…time to to after the advertisers…

  • Danny Kastner

    Pretty much sums up the pro's and con's of this discussion.

    • gracebydesign

      Both Merv and Sam have the right to express their “position”! Lol!

  • Willy

    Fuck Duck Dynasty. I predict a speedy demise. Just watch. I mean…just don't watch.

    • David

      yeah….just like Chick-Fil-A, right???

  • Susan Gate

    AE probably got to talking to their lawyers and realized DD could file a suit against them for breaking the law, EEOC , Title VII of the Civil Rights act and religious discrimination in the work place.
    Plus AE realized they were making a big mistake with the public and with their bottom line.
    Stupid AE.. I hope DD moves to another network and AE can go back to obscurity with it's “values’ .. of greed and perversion.

    • saferider

      All stations have disclaimers so this would go against them for making it personal.

  • distillerman

    Can we now turn our attention to Anderson Cooper and his mom's obsession with cunnilingus? Thank you.

    • talktothe hand

      Are you obsessing over it, creep-a-zoid?

      • distillerman

        Perhaps you need a crash course on sarcasm. Skip the school yard name calling while you are at it. It doesn't do you well.

  • Jo

    Is anyone surprised that A&E would soon see the financial side of things?

  • Jo

    Money talks, that other stuff walks.

  • saferider

    Screw A&E, Duck Dynasty needs to go to another station period. Now they are trying degrade him and mock him with their so called new disclaimers. This is why stations had disclaimers in the first place, but they tried to get political for monetary purposes. Screw A&E and I hope they fall flat on there a55.

    Homosexuals need to stop the 5hit..

  • Corey Hagaman

    250,000 in a week standing against a tv network because of something a person said and was suspended indefinitely. WOW!!! But yet you won't take that kind of stand against our leaders of the so called “Free Country”???? That is a bigger disappointment then if he would have cursed or used the “N” word….people really need to wake up.

  • Ed Ryan

    I am still boycotting A&E and there glaad(fag) employees…..

    • talktothe hand

      That will show ‘em!

  • bill

    Blah , blah, Jesus this blah blah, Christian that. Another reason I don't watch thus stupid show, if I wanted to be preached to I'd go to church. Just like if I wanted to stupified I'd watch this show.

  • Carlton_B

    These frauds want it both ways. They want to act like ignorant hillbillies and then point to their university degrees when they are called on their ignorance.

    Anyone who watches this show is a moron.

    • talktothe hand

      Yup! P.T Barnum said it best.

  • Betsy

    The media has a huge responsibility on how social messages are conveyed. This is not a double standard. I want to know who the advertisers are for this show so I don't buy from them, and we can also thank ABC (A&E affiliate) for this decision-making process too.

  • clarence

    FREEDOM OF SPEECH DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO LIE ABOUT BLACKS BIENG HAPPY TO BE SECOND CLASS CITIZEN. MY PARENTS AND RELATIVES AND I WAS NOT HAPPY ABOUT THE HELL WHITE AMERICA WAS PUTTING US THROUGH.THOSE COMMENTS WERE VERY INSULTING AND AN AWFUL LIE.

    • talktothe hand

      Clarence: It was never a freedom of speech issue. The white trash got it all wrong.

  • Norv

    Democracy at its finest only the economic kind, don't like it, don't watch it, don't like his comments turn the channel. The Whiney PC crowd spouted their hurt little feelings, they asked to boycott, people can, people also said if you do something it will affect the market, beautiful no violence, people made the decision easy for A & E, the most violent thing that happened is a few people got their panties in a wad

  • Daniel Gillespie

    I love how A&E has backtracked to make sure they have not lost any profits. And I love how phil “quotes” the bible. he quotes the King James version of the bible, King James himself was gay, as my father was a huge scholar of the bible will tell you it is funny as that version was CHANGED and not the original version, the original version says nothing about homosexuality, it was the Kings James version that got changes based on the times. Plus that version or passage was meant about being CLEAN during those times, not really about sexuality at all, If phil wants to point fingers then he needs to stop duck hunting, eating fish, and other sins in the bible.If you finish that versa in the bible it goes on to say those have been cleaned of these sins, etc., but Phil loves to cherry pick. Every time his wife is in her cycle he needs to make sure she sits outdoors according to this bible, but I bet you with her pretty neckless he does not follow the bible that strictly then. Again, he just cherry picks. The man is a born again idiot. And to say that he saw nothing about blacks being hurt, that is a crock and he knows it, wonder what he has to say about liars in the bible.

    • faithfulmom

      That is totally ridiculous. It has always been in the Bible, in all languages. And Phil was quoting the New Testament, not the Old, which we were not required to live under as the law anymore.
      How can you possibly question what he saw about blacks when you weren't there at all? Please tell me which of his black neighbors were “hurt” that he is lying about.

  • Elvis

    Makes me Happy Happy Happy as Phil would say.

  • old alter boy

    After those guys and Haney BoBo is easy to understand why the USA owes China a TRILLION.

    • talktothe hand

      LOL! t

  • JayHawk

    WOW !!! This country is so wrapped up in I wanna be A !!
    Blacks wanna be A white. Whites wanna be A black. We dont
    know whether to pull our pants up or down.
    So one person stands for their true beliefs and is crucified.
    ( SOUNDS LIKE A STORY I ONCE HEARD )
    The land of the free. ( HUH ) Ever red the BIBLE ? Do ya give
    a damn ?
    Wonder why your prayers aren't answered ? Well; 2+2 is always 4,
    Two wrongs never made a rite and self distruction comes from within.

  • talktothe hand

    The biggest losers here are the stupid rednecks that buy into the DD crapola as reality. The DD guys and A&E take their money to the bank and their fans continue to wallow in their own crap in their double wides..

  • Anti-supporter

    Is A & E a real channel/station, I mean what entertainment value do they contribute to society????????

  • Apoladys

    To hell with duck fagesty them little faggot hillbillies! Put on a real show!! ALSO A&E will be removed from my friends and my family's television lineup anything on A&E will have to just be missed my family and friends will be boycotting A&E for having such a retard on a rejected show. Sorry A&E, not really.

  • Ralph Bonivito

    the guy is a bigot you watch him not me

  • maxwell

    wonder who really caved–A+E or the Duck gang,,,maybe it'd have been better for Phil to tell A+E –see ya'll, don't need ya”ll

  • R. Boyd

    Mr. Phil Robertson's feelings reflect those of my grandfather's generation and there ain't nothing with his comments.

  • Apoladys

    BOYCOTT A&E T.V. Get rid of Duck Dynasty which Nasty is all it is. Were gathering everyone we know and everyone they know to turn off A&E for good, or until they remove this garbage television. just remember if it is on A&E just turn the channel or turn it off.

    • garysher3 .

      See ya

      • Apoladys

        Good riddance Gaysher3

  • alan

    ah…white trash at it finest.

  • garysher3 .

    The hateful bigots at GLAAD have been put in their place.
    A&E made a huge mistake when it chose to side with the homosexuals instead of the Christians

  • JustTheFacts

    EVERYONE has rights, EVERYONE has their own opinion. Duck Dynasty is a funny reality show. Phil is entitled to his own opinion, GLAAD is entitled to their own opinion, and A+E is entitled to run their business as they want to. If they (including all 3) had broken any laws, then it would be worth worrying about. If you don't like the show or A+E, then don't watch or don't buy the products. If you don't like GLAAD, then don't give them any publicity by mentioning them.
    Support Human Rights (rights for all people regardless of race, creed, religion, color, or sexuality), Support Freedom of Religion (regardless of whether or not you agree with the ideology), and Support Freedom of Speech (regardless of whether or not you agree with their opinion). I support Phil in standing with his opinion, a rare site seen in this day. If GLAAD and Jesse Jackson would spend more time with positive campaigns promoting Human Rights, then they wouldn't be so worried about what someone said in a magazine article designed to increase magazine sales.

  • Apoladys

    Here's a thought, every wonder where that saying came from you are what you eat, well what about you can be what you watch? Kids learn on many levels its just that parents don't care anymore about there kids or there wouldn't be as many problems with them if they were or are shown a path of prosperity, but profit must mean more than the children of our future. sure that's it if it is not profitable then its not worth much, now I can see why our children of this world are in such despair. wow you should all be so proud of yourselves, law over morals wow how immoral.

  • Leiza Ann Duckworth

    I'm probably related to the D.Dy”nasty” folks,cause I'z born down there in the bayou.I'm also glad my Mama took me out of that primordial mud hole before they could pass that stupid gene on through me.And it pays to have known where I came from,cause it shows me how far I have come! If A&E is true to form,then give unto Caligula what is Caligula's,and unto God what is God's! (Ya know what He's worried about? It's all those soul that have been hurt through-out history,passed on through Ignorance,Fear,and a “Hell of a lot of Hate!” Well I for one,”will not perticipate!” You can count on me to not disiminate some ugly words,”just to make me feel great!”

  • Creig Speed

    when we are taking seriously some backwoods Louisianna guy that blows duck whistles so he can shoot them with his shotgun about gay and civil rights issues i think the christian values that are claimed to guide people need to be examined because we are judging others lest we be judged.let's face it, this guy runs around in camouflaged clothes and hasn't shaved in 20 years says he is offended by what he sees going on in the gay community.i would submit just as many people are offended by him and his show , antics and appearance. besides i heard an unconfirmed rumor that they just string up any loose or lost blacks or gays in louisianna. i wonder how GQ picked that reporter to go down there and get that interview. i am sure any black or gay reporters were automatically given a chance to excuse themselves from it.but just like the exterminators and the alligator wrestlers A&E will move on to another Honey BooBoo or Amish Mafia and this guy won't be known outside his neighborhood in a year

  • bassmasterbill

    now you do know most of next seasons episodes are already complete with phil included so what could a&e do but include him.and somehow try to save face in the midst of a bad situation and try to play both sides, and tell everyone what they think they want to hear. dang they must be practicing to be polliticions. you cant fault a man who says with my eyes I didn't see mistreatment.that was his own personal experience. he also said the people that worked the field with him were godly, meaning their life had meaning and a spiritual peace that gives you reason to sing and be happy,happy,happy, no matter your task. when will people forget about color and differences and realize that we are all just people, just human beings on this earth for a relativley short time and try to love one another. you do realize the times that phil mentioned and actually a good while after that, people went to bed at night with the doors unlocked and sometimes opened during hot weather with just the screen door latched because people were just people and neighbors were neighbors who looked out for each other and cared about each other. ask your grandparents about it. Phil and family still show some of the old fashion family values that were once abundant in this country and was the cornerstone to what had made this country great in the first place. and you can tell a lot of people still long for this type of imagery of family and values just by the millions of viewers and fans that made duck dynasty the top rated show.

  • richardjames

    You people really do not understand the real message and severity or message in the word of God, You were successful at getting him reinstated, be satisfied and drop it don't go making demands of A&E if fingers start to be pointed many of our own religions have things we can be sited for remember what happened to Ramses son . Drop it and let it Go. I read today how Cyrus was brought from obsquirity to do the will of God in conquiring Babylon he was a Pagen not a Jew or Christian, If God can exercise that much authority we need to humble ourselves and be in subjection. We won a battle be joyous over it and let it go.

  • baygirl70

    Not everyone who watches Duck Dynasty are ignorant rednecks. I have never thought about buying a DD t-shirt or coffee mug, I don't live in a supposed “Redneck” area, I believe in equal rights for everyone, I believe in God but the Westboro Church disgusts me. Bottom line is I watch the show because I think it is funny and entertaining for what it is. I may not agree with everything that they believe in but I sure don't crucify them for their beliefs. If you don't like it, don't watch it. If you disagree with A&E's decision, remove the channel. When will we move on to something more important than the future of a TV show?

  • Time for a Change

    America Wake Up. How can we let the choices of some ruin free speech for everyone. This is an amazing situation that those who fight for equality have the power to push their lifestyles into the mainstream so they have presence. These same groups do not share the same level of tolerance for those who disagree with them in essence blocking those who appose them. Phil ends each episode of DD with family and prayer will this be removed next? It is time to back up and let free speech be just that free. We are coming to a point where we can move crosses, prayer and bibles out of schools because they are offensive and one sided. In return we are being forced to include gay lesbian transgender information in our textbooks and curriculum. How is this equal?

  • Kent

    Never heard of duck dynasty before the comment made. I find it curious as to why anyone would be interested in this type of show or these people. But then again, I don't understand why anyone is interested in the Kardashian's or Paris Hilton either. We certainly are a very strange society. The networks are making a mint out of trash TV. That is why I have cancelled all of my subscriptions and read books.

  • Tyree Henderson

    What's the Beef ?

    I haven't watched ‘Duck Dynasty', and may not because I do not care for reality TV shows. However, I have read about the controversy of Mr. Robertson's statement on homosexuality and African-Americans.

    And I would like to offer Phil Robertson, these words of encouragement:

    The fear (reverence) of God is the best defence against the fear of man. It is nothing to have men as our enemies than God as an enemy and they who are sure God is with them, need not, ought not to fear – whoever is against them.

    Psa_7:10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.

    As an African-Americans man, two years older than Phil Robertson – I come forward, to stand in the ranks with him in his right to speak about his religious beliefs and his observation about the relationship between Black and White people during that early chronology of time.

    In a blog article titled “Sticks and Stones”, I detail some of the religious perspectives I observe on the immoral lifestyles comdemed by Yahweh (God) and in another article on the same site “I love the English language” – is an insight into the possible reasoning for Robertson statements.

    He said, ” I hoed cotton with them. I'm with the blacks, because we're white trash.” The worst kind of bigot or racist is one that's also branded “white trash” and they would not work alongside a “Negra”.

    “I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people'–not a word! “Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues”

    Back in the old days, White and Black leaders and preacher were preaching that African-American Chistians were to accept the tyranny of the “Discipline of Authority” – as a Godly responsibility, and surely, as a condition for survival to live, to work, to raise a family, to buy or sell, to own property, livestock, a home, an automobile, to worship, to marry, to vote or to become involved in politics or higher education, to practice a trade and to enjoy the benefits of “Premium or Privileged Citizenship”.

    What little these Black workers earned or had could be lost if they demanded, objected, or complained about the “Limited bondage” conditions in which they worked and they certainly would not have expressed their dissatisfaction around any White laborers.

    So what's your “Beef” Jesse?
    Why don't you take your beef to WalMart, Mickey Ds, B-King, and the other fast food joints to beef-up the wages and woking conditions of these poor workers.

  • country going to hell

    Biggest problem I see is he bucked mainstream let's kiss the gays ass mentality and they got all butt hurt. He is not a racist , there should be more.shows like DD on TV and less modern family shows.
    As far as slave thing , his comments were more true than most people know, white or black if you were a share cropper you were a slave, only difference is you didn't call the man master. Back then everybody work for what they needed and wanted now the.government just will hand it out and you need more just have another kid they will give you a raise with kinda mentality is that teaching the youth. Your president is promoting this , good job !

  • les stoner

    for one thing, this whole thing has proved to me the scripture “if it is of God it will last , if it isn't it won't. SO this action was pure and simple a act of the devil, well he lost as usual, he did a good thing though created a sound off that people voice their true feelings which should have been this way from the beginning, now lets deal with the lawmakers and string them up . You gays whatever, relax, and learn to love your innerself and your fellowman don't expect it back though Phil doesn't

  • les stoner

    I have to say something to you Afro americans,,,better check your backround again, ok you are not Africans, that is a continent, you might be a Kenyan or Nirobian,each have their own culture,ok and not just that, most of you can be just Isrealites black Israelites, the lost tribe!!!! check that out too!! the ones with the white head bands Moses, Nimrod, a few more were dark skinned . Be proud yet humble god scattered tyou you were a stiffneck people hard headed,,the Bible states this rea Isaiah and the Prophets “Africans” a very misleading term

    • TEEJAYZ

      Afro-Americans?
      Hey man. 1969 just called. It's wondering where you've been.

  • TEEJAYZ

    I hope they do a show that revolves around marrying 15 and 16 year old girls. I mean, that's what Robertson said in a video that was just released. That's the best ‘marryin’ age” if you didn't know.

  • dosguy

    I can't wait for the next season to begin so I can miss it just like I've missed all the previous seasons. Screw you, A&E.

  • gracebydesign

    Thank you Phil for not apologizing for having an opinion. Yes, you could have phrased it differently but it is normal for a heterosexual to not comprehend homosexual behavior just as it is normal for a homosexual to not comprehend heterosexual behavior. This does not mean that there is no respect nor love for that person. Political correctness is a form of dishonesty and control.

  • VE

    I'm Latina and Robertson's comments could very well have been directed at me. Even if they had, I would have still supported him. In fact, I fell that the family should look for a new network for its show. A&E should have never moved to suspend him in the first place. When I'm offended by someone ( show, business, product, etc…), I boycott it. Let's learn to disagree and move on.

  • disqus_ZV6fzOSfBU

    If I were the Robertson's I'd complete whatever legal contractual obligations they have to with A&E and then drop A&E like a hot potato.

  • William R. Murray

    Not much news on the reinstatement from the mainstream news. For some reason, I am not shocked.

  • muscman133

    Sad, sad, sad. Very sad for A&E. Proof money and standings really can buy you hate and racism acceptance. And the Blacks thought they had the lock on the market. Way to go White Trash! Keep it coming Phil. Even networks like A&E think it's ok to be you. I mean, Entertainment is in their name. Their name doesn't state if it's good, postive, or worthy entertainment for the human race, so they get a free pass, right?!

  • Joe

    How can someone be suspended grim cashier that supposedly follows a family around? I thought reality shows were supposed to be about reality?? (Sarcasm) I can't wait until the day that these stupid shows go away and America values wholesome TV entertainment, we can't be mindless forever!!

  • Billy Madison

    Will they shave their beards now. I would watch them if they would shave. I'm a Christian and my church preaches that you should not have a beard or long hair. I guess their religion allows that and also allows you to worship money like they do, or they wouldn't be doing what they are doing. The Robertson's are bunch of fake Christians and will not make into the kingdom of god.

  • sicario2012

    Me thinks the whole thing was just a PR stunt from the start.
    Keep em talking about the show between seasons.
    Worked well didn't it !

  • Disgusted in Saint Louis

    Excuse me but REAL ‘ Christians ‘ follow the teaching of Jesus Christ. I can forgive the racist, bigoted, homophobe Phil for obviously he CANNOT READ. The rest of you can rot in hell with the NAZIs and their ilk. Next will it be ‘ pc ‘ to defame Jews and deny the holocaust too ?
    As for A&E, this was all easily predicted: it's all about the money. They pander to ‘ family values and the hate brigades of the far right’ . I am disgusted with A&E and will not again watch any of their offering nor will I purchase ANYTHING advertised during their broadcasts, or promoted by them. They have exposed their true values of HATE MONGERING !
    The only ‘ entertainment value ‘ that show provides is the joke it makes out of ALL Americans: the laughingstock of the world. Stupid, ignorant, provincial and worse. The state of Alabama is an embarrassment to the entire Nation. A&E has made a mockery of the struggle, murders, rapes and worse that gay men and women have endured for decades in this ‘ land of the free ‘.

  • Karen

    This is stupid, the whole show is a joke. Why would anyone watch it??? Bunch of rednecks.

    • Dave Garner

      Karen, apparently 11 or so million people don't agree with you that the show is a joke. I'm pretty much a displaced eastern liberal, but I don't disrespect “rednecks.” Without them, Chrysler, Ford and GM wouldn't sell many pick-up trucks.

  • John Breese

    Waiting on you liberals to say something about that idiot “journalist” who made jokes about Romneys half black child? No comments, I'm sure. Also never seen any remarks about Obama's OWN admission when the liar said “his Christian religion will not allow him to support gay marriage”. Only difference is that Obama bases his so called convictions on votes, & Phil bases his on REAL convictions. Where oh where are the PC Police when a liberal shows such hypocrisy?

  • indyflmmkr1

    I guess they can have an episode now on Duck Dynasty titled..

    “How to pick up a 14 or 15 year old teenage girl legally without being convicted as a PEDOPHILE”

  • TLR

    A&E has no balls….What about what he said yesterday about marrying 15 and 16 year old girls ..SCREW DUCK DYNASTY

  • inthebellyofthebeast

    Phil Robertson has a masters degree in education

  • Mike Mitchell

    Racist Redneck Teqabaggers will have a shot of moonshine over this

  • dcarolt

    “…more offensive than those of the Montgomery, Ala. bus driver who ordered Rosa Parks to give up her seat to a white passenger…”

    Seriously?

  • Day-Day

    As long as they don't lose money who cares who Robertson offends right? (sarcasm)

  • Day-Day

    Be real people, I like the show but I have to admit that what he said was dumb, insensitive, and extremely ignorant. His freedom of speech wasn't violated, A&E didn't say he couldn't say it, they said he couldn't spew his ignorance on their channel. People get so caught up in “freedom of speech” that they ignore the fact that words hurt, even if you have the right to say them. Im not attacking the guy, just being honest and saying that what he said was foul, but I guess as long as A&E doesn't lose its hit show who cares who is hurt/offended in the process.

  • patenn

    They are cowards to give in. He should be let go. What is the world coming to. Networks should stick to their guns look at food network with Paula Dean they did not reverse. So stupid network I will stop watching your network and I have asked all my friends to stop watching.

  • Rita Clark

    I am very disappointed with A&E.

  • Guest

    Phil, I want you to remember something. You're going to say stupid stuff in life. We all are. But you're a Christian right? You're a man after God's own heart right? Then forget about the backlash from the world. If you practice love for every human & love for God, don't apologize for it. At the end of the day, it's not about pleasing A&E, it's not about pleasing LGBT, it's not about pleasing black people, and it's definitely not about pleasing America. It's about pleasing God. Do that & he'll deliver you from anything.

    • Guest

      P.S.- I'm black. And proud of it. But more proud to be a child of God.

  • TB

    Maybe we should all stop watching any A & E show. That way they can just make money off this racist homophobe. And lose everything else. Shut it down!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Roeder/1278288580 Robert Roeder

    A&E appears not to have the conviction of standing by their original decision. I pity the BoD of that company.