The Duck Dynasty clan wants the freedom to hate, or they are threatening to cancel their show.
In a statement, the Robertson family made their threat to A&E clear,
We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E’s decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Phil would never incite or encourage hate. We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right. We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty. Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.
The Robertsons like many other right wing Christians are using the Bible as justification for their hatred of gays. Phil Robertson is basing his hate speech on his interpretation of the Bible. His interpretation is not fact, and shouldn’t be given the same weight as fact. What the Robertson family didn’t address was how Phil’s religious beliefs explain away his comments about race, “I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field…. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”
The Robertsons are revealing themselves to be typical right wing extremists who try to hide their agenda behind “religious freedom.” The Robertsons are both trying to play the victim and bully others into accepting their bigotry. Phil Robertson has a right to be intolerant, but he and his family don’t have a right to a television show or viewers.
Duck Dynasty is Honey Boo Boo with beards. They are reality TV stars, nothing more. If they insist on pushing their extremist agenda, the Robertsons are going to find themselves without a television show.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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