Sarah Palin almost immediately went on the record to defend “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson’s comments about homosexuality, but then admitted days later during an appearance on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” that she had not yet even bothered to read the GQ interview that ignited the controversy.
“I haven’t read the article,” Palin told Susteren on Monday (see video above) when asked if she was bothered by Robertson’s “graphic” description of homosexuality. “I don’t know exactly how he said it, but what he was doing was in response to a question about a lifestyle that he disagrees with.”
Palin began weighing in on the issue over Facebook last week the same day A&E suspended Robertson indefinitely for comments GLAAD described as “hateful” and “anti-gay.”
“Free speech is an endangered species,” Palin wrote. “Those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the ‘Duck Dynasty’ patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.”
When Robertson was asked what he considers sinful, the born-again Christian TV star told GQ “homosexual offenders” won’t inherit the kingdom of God because “it’s not right.”
Palin initially appeared on Fox News last Thursday to talk about the issue with Sean Hannity, and stated it was “all about freedom, free speech.”
“You know, so many American families have spilled blood and treasure to guarantee Phil Robertson and everybody else’s right to voice their personal opinions and once that freedom is lost, everything is lost in our country,” Palin said.
When Susteren mentioned that “people loosely use the term ‘free speech'” when discussing Robertson’s troubles with A&E, Palin clarified attorneys can decide whether it’s a “legal free speech issue or not.”