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04/19/2007


'Family Values' GOP Rep. Vance McAllister Apologizes After Getting Caught Kissing Staffer: VIDEO

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Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) is apologizing after surveillance video emerged showing him passionately kissing Melissa Hixon Peacock, a married staffer.

McallisterSaid McAllister in the statement:

"There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness. I'm asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve. Trust is something I know has to be earned whether you're a husband, a father, or a congressman. I promise to do everything I can to earn back the trust of everyone I've disappointed. From day one, I've always tried to be an honest man. I ran for Congress to make a difference and not to just be another politician. I don't want to make a political statement on this. I would just simply like to say that I'm very sorry for what I've done. While I realize I serve the public, I would appreciate the privacy given to my children as we get through this."

The Times Picayune reports:

McAllister ran on a strong family values platform in the November special election that won him the seat of outgoing U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman. His victory over state Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, was a surprise for many, as the latter was endorsed by many in the national and state Republican parties.

The Washington Post adds:

The freshman congressman, who has gone to great lengths to solidify his social conservative credentials, is perhaps best known for inviting a member of the politically-controversial television show "Duck Dynasty" as his guest to the State Of the Union address.

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Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson Says He Believes 'What the Bible Says' About Gays Going to Hell — VIDEO

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In a new interview with CNN's Kyra Phillips, Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson discusses last December's controversy over Phil Robertson's GQ interview, in which he blasted homosexual sinners, and said they're going to hell like terrorists.

Asks Phillips: "Let's lay it out. He paraphrased First Corinthians where it talks about homosexuals, male prostitutes, drunkards, thieves, that they're all the same. Is that what you believe?"

Says Robertson: "I believe what the Bible says. And so that’s what he says to put those in. You have to read the Bible and make up your own mind. God will ultimately decide that. We don't profess to be God and we certainly don't profess to be perfect because we have our own sins to deal with."

“And for him and for you, the Bible is literal, that’s how it is, right?” Phillips asked.

Replied Robertson: "That’s how it was said."

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In related news, Duck Dynasty ratings last week dropped to a 16-month low ahead of the season finale, according to THR:

Wednesday's Duck Dynasty averaged 4.7 million viewers, the first time in over a year that the series has fallen below the 5-million mark. The new low comes on the heels of a fatigued season for the A&E juggernaut. It returned to 8.5 million viewers in January -- steadily dropping ever since.

The softer fifth season, the first to air after star Phil Robertson's incendiary remarks about gay people and the Jim Crow South, is likely as much of a victim of gravity as it is of negative publicity. Duck Dynasty has been on a slow but steady decline since last summer, when it obliterated ratings records with 11.7 million viewers.

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Pat Robertson: 'When You See What [Gay People] Do, It's Not Very Pretty' — VIDEO

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Pat Robertson won't repeat what the Duck Dynasty guy said because it "got graphic and a little disgusting" but, he told his viewers on Tuesday, "when you see what [gay people] do, it's not very pretty."

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Orthodox Rabbi: 'Bashing Gays Is Not Religion' – VIDEO

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On Fox News' The Real Story, host Gretchen Carlson asked her "faith panel" this past Tuesday to weigh in on the Duck Dynasty family's new church curriculum.

One of the panelists, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, took the opportunity to instead address the homophobic comments of the family patriarch Phil Robertson with an astonishingly blunt condemnation. Said the rabbi:

They've done tremendous damage to religion. We have to stop making religion in America about bashing gays. They have to just forswear that stupid comment about comparing homosexuality to bestiality. See, the problem in America is that we overlook all the heterosexual guys who are raping women 1 in 5 on the campus[...]Bashing gays is not religion. What is religion is family dinners and combating the divorce rate. 

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Jason Collins On Sharing the SOTU Balcony with Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson: VIDEO

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NBA player Jason Collins, who was a special guest in First Lady Michelle Obama’s box at the State of the Union address on Tuesday night, was asked by TMZ to share his thoughts on sitting a mere 20 feet away from Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson. 

CNN reports that the son of controversial patriarch Phil Robertson was "the man of the hour" for numerous Republican congressional leaders, who lined up in droves for a photo op with the reality star. Robertson was the guest of Louisian Rep. Vance McAllister.

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Liam Payne Blasts Journos for Reporting His 'Duck Dynasty' Tweet

One Direction's Liam Payne erupted on Twitter last night after his tweet supporting Duck Dynasty's 'family values' went viral.

Liam_payneTweeted Payne in response to the headlines:

Oh my god can someone literally not be a fan if a show without bring labeled WTf I bought dinner the other day it made a news story...What I gotta do to please you bastards I'm a 20 year old just living life as you did when u where twenty but in extraordinary circumstances...I can't do anything without being judged u try that and write about it...And I know I'm playing into your hands writing these tweets but I'm sick of stupid stories it's time you all grow up...And write about things that actually matter not what im gunna have for dinner tomorrow or who I'm a fan if real stories...

Look at this s--t I never said any if that write about something real for once there's plenty of issues In the world...I just watched a show and I liked it as most people do stop sitting in my twitter and do your research #lazyjournos...All those tweets are aimed at journalists and bloggers not fans...Sick of all this bull il be back again when the freedom of speech law is back and people don't believe to much into the bulls#!t they read...Can't wait for the call tomorrow where I get told of for cussing had to be said like I said before much worse has happened In the world...Pick ur balls up off the floor and get on with it instead of taking advantage of every word said and twisting it for your own gain.

Payne had tweeted Willie Robertson, the son of Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson. Said Payne in the tweet: "huge love to you/your family huge respect for your business prosperities and the family values you still all behold. big fan"

And of course, those values have been well publicized.


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