After watching Thursday's Quackback Marathon, I saw the statement released by the Robertson family. I'm very happy with their decision about the future of Duck Dynasty. The show cannot go on without Phil.
From the Duck Commander website, via Truth Revolt:
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.What has happened to our country? When did Christianity become a religion of hate? When did followers of Jesus become haters?
The attack on Phil Robertson, the chilling effect of punishment for expressing Christian beliefs, is something that should concern all Americans.
A&E really made a mistake by succumbing to the pressure from certain groups and suspending Phil. That knee-jerk response is proving to be disastrous for the cable network.
People from diverse walks of life, holding various beliefs, are rallying in support of Phil and the Robertson family. They are condemning A&E's actions.
The silent majority isn't staying silent anymore.
It's time to stop muzzling people for expressing their faith. Tolerance is not a one-way street.
We're not going to stand by as our liberty continues to be eroded by a select but loud few. We object to being punished for expressing one's Christian beliefs.
The free exercise of religion is a cherished American freedom.
I like that this controversy and the ensuing debate is happening as Christians approach their celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
It reminds me of just how important my rights, as spelled out in the Constitution, are. As an American, I cherish my freedom to worship. That freedom is protected. Our ancestors fought and died to preserve our liberty. Young men and women serve today, defending our way of life.
No political party, no special interest group, no cable network, no one can take away our freedom - one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.
Hey! Don't tread on me.
Bottom line: A&E owes Phil Robertson a big, BIG apology.