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'Duck Dynasty' Family Releases Statement About Robertson's Suspension


The Robertson family has released a statement about Phil Robertson's suspension over anti-gay remarks:

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.

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  1. Hope this trash gets cancelled.

    Posted by: litper | Dec 20, 2013 8:03:50 AM

  2. He was not punished for expressing his faith, he was punished for spreading hate.

    For once, a company has the guts to take action when one of their golden boys do something wrong.

    I want to think that it's because homophobia is not tolerated anymore, but i think A&E knows they will lose sponsors if they didn't do anything.

    The excuse of the Bible for hate speech is overdone

    Posted by: jjose712 | Dec 20, 2013 8:03:58 AM

  3. He has a right to free speech; he does not have a right to be on a "reality" television program.

    Posted by: EO | Dec 20, 2013 8:12:55 AM

  4. What a tragic self serving anodyne statement.....a lesson in how to avoid the issues.
    "We all follow Jesus and the bible......we must be good."
    It is vomit inducing .
    The offensive comments are racist and homophobic........and it is wholly irrelevant what the bible says about anything in this issue.
    This bunch of haters ought to be removed in disgrace and their values shown for what they are , uneducated, squalid, backwoods, ignorant and racist and homophobic.
    "Old Jesus wuld just puke".....thank you Holden.

    Now isn't that a nice pic. of all those Christian white 'family' people ?
    What's in their closet ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 20, 2013 8:15:41 AM

  5. His constitutionally protected right to free speech has not been harmed in any way. The constitution only protects him from censorship or interference from the GOVERNMENT for his speech. The government has not come after Robertson in any way. So, his free speech rights are completely intact.

    Why is it that so few people in politics and the media actually understand this concept?

    Free speech has nothing to do with how your employer or fellow citizens react to what you say using your right to free speech.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 20, 2013 8:22:51 AM

  6. Inbreeds.

    Posted by: Joseph | Dec 20, 2013 8:24:43 AM

  7. support phil and the faith he has does nothing wrong I believe that this program was put on for a reason to spread the seems lately that everybody is afraid to say anything it is are right and freedom,GOD bless

    Posted by: dave | Dec 20, 2013 8:27:50 AM

  8. getting him suspended, brilliant move.

    watch obi wan's law of "strike me down and i will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine" come to fruition very shortly.

    congratulations pc knuckleheads, you just created a national antigay folk hero.

    and just in time for xmas. rejoice.

    Posted by: Jaker | Dec 20, 2013 8:37:11 AM

  9. dave: Yes, killing innofensive animals is the best way to spread the Lord's word.
    Come on

    Posted by: jjose712 | Dec 20, 2013 8:41:03 AM

  10. @ JACKER :
    Seriously ?

    We get our philosophy from a Star Wars movie ? ....thanks for your contribution.
    What an idiotic comment.

    No homophobic slur must be let pass.....none.
    " Let him that has no stomach for the fight now quit the field".
    No, that's not from Star Wars.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 20, 2013 8:43:08 AM

  11. what all these right wingers forget is the first amendment protects you against going to jail for what you say. that's it. end of story. free speech is not consequence free speech. you can say whatever the hell you want, but be ready to face the consequence of your actions.

    Posted by: Preston | Dec 20, 2013 8:45:10 AM

  12. And the truth shall set them free… from corporate sponsorship.

    Posted by: Rad | Dec 20, 2013 8:45:17 AM

  13. Looks like towleroad must have made it onto a conservative mailing list if we have people like "DAVE" bringing their ignorance (and terrible use of the English language) to our comment section...

    Posted by: MikeKV | Dec 20, 2013 8:46:36 AM

  14. It's a sad state of affairs that these people have a national forum to express their views
    does anyone in America watch PBS any more?

    Posted by: Ted | Dec 20, 2013 9:02:21 AM

  15. Hey Ducksters, you forgot to wave the flag while you were babbling bronze-age nonsense. Get a life!

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Dec 20, 2013 9:05:56 AM

  16. He is clearly a nasty, self regarding bully of a man.

    Posted by: arch | Dec 20, 2013 9:08:03 AM

  17. He is clearly a nasty, self regarding bully of a man.

    Posted by: arch | Dec 20, 2013 9:08:04 AM

  18. I missed the part of the Bible where Jesus says, "This is the truest expression of your faith: 'It seems like, to me, a vagina would be more desirable than a man's anus'. This is the Word of the Lord."

    Posted by: Vint | Dec 20, 2013 9:08:12 AM

  19. Their sky-fairy really sounds evil.

    Their lifestyle choice to be religious is truly laughable.

    Posted by: MaryM | Dec 20, 2013 9:19:47 AM

  20. Looking at this photo, I think: is the best our country has to offer?!?

    Posted by: kdknyc | Dec 20, 2013 9:27:55 AM

  21. I wonder who wrote it? Must be their publicist.

    Posted by: JimmyD | Dec 20, 2013 9:31:28 AM

  22. They entire family is welcome to quit the show as a demonstration of their family's love of faith-based hate and /or their patriarch.

    Posted by: Roger | Dec 20, 2013 9:46:02 AM

  23. *The entire family...

    Posted by: Roger | Dec 20, 2013 9:48:56 AM

  24. I wish that we could just make all of the reality television shows go away. They pander to the worst elements of American society, be they teen pregnancy shows, real housewives, redneck hunters or the Kardashians. It's an indicator of how low we've descended as a culture over the past thirty years. That they are featured on channels like "Arts and Entertainment" and "The Learning Channel" is beyond ironic. Perhaps America has already collapsed and we are living in a zombie culture?

    Posted by: JohninBend | Dec 20, 2013 10:22:28 AM

  25. Cash cow. It's all about money. If it wasn't, this garbage would never be on the air and these boon dockers would never be known.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Dec 20, 2013 10:33:18 AM

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