As many people thought they would, the folks at A&E have reconsidered placing Phil Robertson on “hiatus” over his comments about the sinfulness of homosexuality, and are welcoming the Duck Dynasty patriarch back to the show, much to the chagrin of the homosexual activists who demanded that the “Duck Commander” be disciplined for standing on his Christian convictions.
“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,” the network said in its official statement.
Among the comments for which the network had decided to discipline Robertson in his recent interview with GQ magazine was his labeling of homosexuality as sinful. “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there,” Robertson said when asked by GQ reporter Drew Magary what he considered sinful. “Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.” The Duck Dynasty star, who has always been frank and open about his Christian faith, went on to point out that homosexuality is just one behavior condemned by Scripture. “Don’t be deceived,” he added, paraphrasing 1 Corinthians 6:9. “Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
Robertson also made a comment starkly juxtaposing homosexual and heterosexual sex, which the Robertson family later conceded was “coarse,” and which homosexual activist groups such as GLAAD found offensive enough to demand that the network drop the show.
Additionally, racial grievance professionals such as Jesse Jackson took offense to comments Robertson made about growing up with black people in pre-Civil Rights Act Louisiana. “I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person,” recalled Robertson about his growing-up years, noting that “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.”
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