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'Duck Dynasty' Star's Suspension over Remarks on Gays Sends Fans into Frenzy

(UPDATED) A&E restores Phil Robertson to popular show and explains why.
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Update (Dec. 30): Last week, A&E reversed its suspension of Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty as leadingpetitions for the patriach's reinstatement topped 1 million supporters on Facebook, while a call for a boycott of the network approached ...

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audrey ruth

December 24, 2013  1:51am

God's moral law has not ever been superseded at any point - it is consistent in God's Word from Genesis through Revelation. Jesus affirmed that a number of times. People say He did not directly address homosexual acts when He was on earth - that's because He was sent to the nation of Israel, and they already KNEW the moral law of God. This is why He also did not need to address other perversions. He did specifically address adultery because the Pharisees addressed that unScripturally, and He also affirmed His definition of marriage, from the beginning, in Matthew 19. There is no biological evidence that people are homosexual from birth, that they are "born that way". If this becomes accepted as fact, pedophiles could start saying the same thing and the slippery slope could get even more slippery. Even if people were born that way, a former lesbian pointed out the fact that people are born in sin and that Jesus saves, delivers, and heals people of sin. NOTHING is too hard for God.

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audrey ruth

December 24, 2013  12:48am

P.S. Jesus sent Paul specifically to the Gentiles who did NOT already know the moral law of God. Therefore Paul had to instruct them on those issues. The NT is indeed filled with God's moral law, and Jesus also addressed that issue in His Revelation, regarding the future.

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Howard Pepper

December 23, 2013  8:39pm

One important aspect of Phil's comments is not being reflected in comments here: Like a great many people who condemn homosexual behavior and believe EVERY type of it is condemned not just in the superseded OT law but in the NT, Phil's comments, taken in their entirety, show he probably has almost no understanding of the nature of having a homosexual orientation from childhood (during sexual "latency" and after). I don't have that situation but have talked to & read about many who do: Nothing to do with "choosing" sexual attraction. There is plenty of solid research available, much of it quite readable (not just "academic" or technical) to educate Christians who are concerned about this issue. Yes, there are some people who do choose to engage sexually with their own gender for reasons other than having NEVER felt heterosexual attraction or not being able to live that way. (Sooo many have tried but never were transformed, and become unable to go on acting as if heterosexual).

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Stephen Swihart

December 23, 2013  11:16am

Hi Sara - probably some of what you said is true and, perhaps, can be levied at society as a whole - not just the Christian community. In direct contrast to your view, I would suggest that more in this world on behalf of the poor is being done by Christian organizations than any other entity. I work for a Christian non-profit in a major city whose function is to meet the needs of those defined as poor and assist them to economic self-sufficiency. I can stand on the corner of one of our facilities and observe other Christian organizations doing the same thing i.e. Catholic Charities and Salvation Army. I'm not sure that I can name another group - non-Christian or secular - that is doing what we are. We simply do not get the publicity - nor seek the publicity - that seems to characterize the infrequent celebrity investor. God bless you, Sara, as you take the time to investigate the truth.

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audrey ruth

December 23, 2013  3:59am

Anyone who wants to know the truth about Phil Robertson should watch this video of his testimony of how he came to the Lord/how he's lived since: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjqccYmx13w (close up any gaps in the URL to access that site). We should all keep in mind who started the "culture wars" - it wasn't conservatives and Bible-believing Christians who imposed the right to kill children and the acceptance of perversion on fellow Americans. Bible-believing Christians have simply responded to those issues from the Word of God. Some are not spit-polished city folks, but are grassroots Americans who speak more plainly. None of us is perfect - even if we were perfect like Jesus Himself, He said we would be hated like He was. It's all about spiritual warfare. When anyone speaks in agreement with God's Word about His purpose for men, women, and marriage, all Hell literally breaks loose. But that doesn't mean those who agree with Him are wrong. It just means that many hate God's Word.

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K. Smith

December 23, 2013  1:02am

Sara, you need to check out the work done by Cross Point Nashville and many other churches. These are making great strides in helping the poor.

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Rick Dalbey

December 22, 2013  8:52pm

Sara, that is unfair. Christians have been very upset over the treatment of the poor. However we have a fundamental difference over how to address the problem. Conservative Christians want full employment for the poor. We want taxes reduced so that business can grow and hire. We believe that capitalism is the rising tide that lifts all boats as it has done in India and China. You would think with a minority president, a liberal administration and a liberal senate for the last six years that the minority poverty situation would have gotten better, but it has gotten much worse. I know you would like more food stamps and federal charity for the poor and I applaud your heart. I would like to see less regulation, lower taxes, incentives for businesses to relocate to inner cities and more jobs for the poor. We both have the same heart, we simply disagree over how to accomplish the goal.

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sara auires

December 22, 2013  4:37pm

So Christians get all riled up in mass numbers over pseudo injustices supposedly against them but don't get riled over economically, governmental, and volatile injustices against others. Yep, that sounds about wrong. Christians would have more respect if they were indeed the servants of society versus those seeking its powers and 'rights'. Instead they stand up in mass numbers over a TV show, yet ignore the plight of the poor and a government that tries to actively make the poor, poorer. Didn't hear this outrage over SNAP, or other economically disparage. Also when did Christianity become a religion of me first and my rights before everyone else's? Christianity is no longer distinguishable between the world, its followers are no longer servants but kings.

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Sheri Can

December 21, 2013  5:41pm

Part 3. Unfortunately, the same diseases continue to peak in the "gay" male community. Gay magazines, newspapers and websites frequently have articles on this problem (see, e.g., http://www.advocate.com/news/d... http://www.advocate.com/print-... http://www.advocate.com/health.... Shilts sees the ongoing sexual promiscuity as inherent in male homosexuality: “Promiscuity was rampant because in an all-male subculture there was nobody to say ‘no’—no moderating role like that a woman plays in the heterosexual milieu.” ("And the Band Played On," pg. 89) The whole "gay" rights movement is about “desperate denial”—trying desperately to deny the inherently dysfunctional nature of homosexuality--and its tragic results: "when something is so horrible you don’t want to believe it, you want to put it out of your mind and insist it isn’t true, and how you hate [Phil Robertson] who says it is.” This "gay" hate causes them to slander God's Word and anyone who believes it and quotes it in public.

Sheri Can

December 21, 2013  5:25pm

Part 2. Shilts continues, "Once the virus got into the community, it didn’t spread by itself. We had a community that was virtually engineered to ensure the rapid proliferation of a sexually transmitted disease, and people didn’t really do anything about it. About 1983 I started working on AIDS full time here at the [San Francisco] Chronicle, and there’s been incredible pressure on me--even to the point of DEATH THREATS--not to report honestly on AIDS." (Contemporary Authors, Vol. 127, pg. 404; emphasis mine) Randy Shilts has a striking term for this angry reaction from "gays". He calls it: “...the desperation of denial: how, when something is so horrible you don’t want to believe it, you want to put it out of your mind and insist it isn’t true, and how you hate the person who says it is.” ("And the Band Played On," pg. 182). Anyone who says anything negative about "gays" will be relentlessly demonized, because of the frenzied, "desperate denial" of the gay community.

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Sheri Can

December 21, 2013  5:10pm

Part 1. Why have "gay" organizations and their brainwashed, co-dependent media supporters reacted so angrily to Phil Robertson's words on homosexuality? The late "gay" writer Randy Shilts has won numerous "gay" awards, including the Stonewall award of the American Library Association for his book, "And The Band Played On" ( http://www.ala.org/glbtrt/awar... ) In "And the Band Played On," Randy Shilts catalogues the epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases, the dangerous sexual practices of "gay" men, and how these practices led to the devastating HIV/AIDS epidemic in the "gay" male community. Shilts tells how angrily the "gay" male community reacted when he and others told "gay" males that their promiscuous, unhealthy lifestyle was to blame for the AIDS epidemic. “…with AIDS there was a lot of pressure on writers not to write anything negative about the gay community, not to do anything to indicate the honest truth, which is that the gay community had some role in it."

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Rad Rev

December 21, 2013  5:03pm

This sorry incident says much about the current state of American Christianity. It is defined not by what it is, or by what it believes, but by who it is not, and who it despises. Phil's talk was very close, in essence, to the sign-holding of the hateful Westboro Baptist crowd - yet do all those who say they stand with Phil stand with the Westboro bunch? I think not. I certainly hope not!

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audrey ruth

December 21, 2013  4:00pm

No, culture wars are not the Great Commission. At the same time, the Lord does tell His people in His Word to stand strong for what is right and stand strong against what is wrong. And we should all remember who started the "culture wars" - it wasn't conservatives and Bible-believing Christians who wanted to impose the right to kill children and the acceptance of perversion on fellow Americans. ITA with Governor Bobby Jindall: "It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended."

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J G

December 21, 2013  9:19am

Best comment on this board (except mine, of course), in paraphrase: culture warring is not the Great Commission.

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CHRISTY HEMPHILL

December 21, 2013  8:57am

"This is not our time to cry FOWL" Really? Is that supposed to be a pun on the duck hunting motif or an unfortunate typo?

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James Aist

December 20, 2013  9:10pm

The idea of bullying the media into supporting the "gay agenda" originated with the gay agenda’s planned, psychological attack on straight America, especially targeting their strongest opponents…born-again Christians. This plan, published by two gay activists in the late 1980s, involves a massive propaganda campaign to win over the hearts and minds of the straight majority while silencing their opposition. To them, it makes no difference that they are using lies to achieve their ends; they feel justified in doing so because, in their minds, they are using the lies to create an ethically good effect. These strategies constitute a large and essential component of the overall “gay agenda.” Fortunately, the Bible has effective antidotes that born-again Christians can use to combat this insidious psychological assault. Read more at http://rethinkingtheology.com/2013/08/06/the-gay-agendas-planned-psychologi cal-attack-on-straight-america/

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Philip True

December 20, 2013  8:48pm

Robertson can express his views and interpretation of Scripture as he wishes, but he has to realize he is a now public figure and this his comments will be open to critics. A&$ is suspending him only because they are afraid that his words will turn off some of their viewership. The rallying to his statements by the AFA, FRC and the other usual suspects only reinforces the views of non-believers and cynics of Christianity, lumping the views and actions of a few with the entire body of Christians. The anti-gay marriage crusade by these groups and individuals is, in my view, a vast mistake. Yes, the OT in particular condemns homosexuality and scores and scores of other abominations, some punishable by public stoning. But did these writers of Scripture 2000 years or more earlier have the faintest idea of why a small--maybe 5 percent--are same-sex attracted or bisexual, or 15 percent left handed? Nope. A crusade on family values?, Start with adultery, a far greater threat to families

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Rick Dalbey

December 20, 2013  7:01pm

"If Phil had railed about the evils of fornicators?" Do you not read? When asked what sin is he said “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” Robertson then quoted scripture. “Don’t be deceived. 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.” He didn't wade into cultural wars, after several years of public appearances, he was hijacked with a question from GQ which he reasonably answered. They knew what the answer would be. He did not single out gays, he was asked about them and he put the sexual behavior into context as no worse than fornication and adultery. It was purely a media game of Gotcha.

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Rick Middleton

December 20, 2013  6:49pm

Phil waded in to the culture wars, which makes him a hero to conservative evangelicals who seem to relish cultural clashes (the better to play the martyr). But the culture wars are not the Great Commission. Phil is icked out by homosexuals, but so are people of many other faiths, so the stance really has little to do with core Christianity. I suppose if Phil had railed about the evils of fornicators and how he finds them disgusting, A&E would have the same kind of PR problem on their hands. But evangelicals don't rail on fornication anymore, probably because they've dabbled in it, and also because they know it's a great way to get people to not listen to anything else you say.

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David Kershaw

December 20, 2013  6:48pm

The issue is that Phil correctly identified in graphic terms homosexual sexual behavior and homosexuals want the rest of us to see them as normal not as sodomites. Phil used the words vagina and anus in his description which would repulse most people. But. he is correct.

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Rick Dalbey

December 20, 2013  6:29pm

I find it telling when even a long time lesbian activist and writer like Camille Paglia calls A&Es response "utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist". Enough is enough.

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Rick Dalbey

December 20, 2013  6:22pm

I don't watch Duck Dynasty. Neither does my relatively liberal 24 year old daughter. But she emailed me yesterday saying this situation was outrageous. I think this has touched a nerve. We are tired of being censored and dictated to by the liberal elite. This man was asked his opinion. Of course they already knew where he stood, they needed a sound byte. He gave a reasonable response. He also gave a scripture to anchor his opinion. For that he was fired. You cannot hold that opinion in politically correct America. Obama is not going to the Olympics but he appointed two gay representatives to go to annoy the Russians. This is truly ridiculous. The Boycott A&E Facebook page generated 1.5 million likes in 36 hours. There are other sites and petitions. This is the rise of the God-hating, hedonist, immoral society that 2nd Peter, Jude or Paul spoke of. This is men going after "strange flesh" inciting the wrath of God as both Jesus and Jude predicted of the end times like Sodom and Gomorrah.

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Robert Herron

December 20, 2013  6:10pm

It is time for Christians to stand up for what we say we believe in. Homosexuality is SIN. It is not natural for a man to lay with a man or woman and woman. That is my opinion, the Bible I believe in states it is a sin so I will tell you the truth and you can decide what to believe or do with it but STOP calling me a bigot hypocritical because I don't agree with you. I've never watched Duck dynasty and don't intend to now but I respect this man and glad he has taken a stand. I have had homosexuals in my church yes I'm a pastor and they are treated like everyone else. But they don't throw their sin my face. I preach the truth and they accept although they don't agree. My belief is if you'd are not controlled by the Holy Soirit of God then the prince Lucifer of this world controls you so blame him for poisoning you mind to falsehood not me or my Jesus.

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Frank Keefe

December 20, 2013  6:03pm

Noticed the rev.on here seems to be a fence sitter....the lie told to Eve is eat of the FORBIDDEN FRUIT and you will live for ever..Today the FORBIDDEN FRUIT is homosexuality and the lie is but its all about love its natural and those who partake of it is from a loving relationship....the world has accepted the sin of sexual immorality more than any other sin..Even some Christians so they can be accepted by the world have closed their eyes to this sin.....instead of being a light to a darkened world the darkness of that world is putting out that light.Reverend Jesus didnt mention rape or incest does that mean His omission means it ok to rape and have incest. Jesus said what the world would be like just before He returns like Sodom and like the days of Noah we are in those days right now.

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james .

December 20, 2013  5:38pm

@Susan. Jesus said: You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt looses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again, it is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. Mat 5. 13. The interpretation I see there is Christians are called to be salt, or if you will, be counted as those who have salt that has not lost its savor. Certainly we are called to love ones enemies and turn ones cheek where appropriate, - without going into a discussion of self defense, and just war theories. Re: this ongoing homosexual debate, a Christian should at least be honest enough to call the practice unnatural and a perversion as the apostle Paul describes it in Rom 1:26-28 - and to give a reasoned defense why that is so.

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Susan Gillespie

December 20, 2013  5:14pm

Where exactly did Jesus tell us to stand up and be counted? There were some other things about loving enemies and turning the other cheek, though. We need to be wise as serpents on this one.

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james .

December 20, 2013  4:59pm

The fact that the world is concerned to advocate gay and lesbian rights to practice their sinful behavior and attacks anyone who challenges their position means that the homosexual issue is one of the key the defining issues today and Christians worth their salt will need to stand up and be counted. That does not mean that we abuse them or assault them as some non-Christian anti homosexuals do. We simply oppose their practice and doctrine publicly to the degree that they publicly push for universal acceptance of this unnatural and perverse practice as described in scripture.

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Bob McGann

December 20, 2013  4:49pm

This current debacle provides at least two lessons for followers of Jesus. 1- You don't always have to take a side. In situations like this, we instantly fall in line between party or position A or B. There is usually an aggressor and a victim. In this case there is a corporate powerhouse and Phil, the cartoonish character of Duck Dynasty. If we take sides in the debacle de jour, we put ourselves in a position to defend “our guy.” Sometimes we should take three steps back and wait until the “circus” leaves town! 2- We are to call people to a personal faith in Jesus. We are not to call the spiritually “dead” to lifestyle choices. Speaking to followers of Jesus in the city of Corinth, the Apostle Paul said, “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church?” 1Cor. 5:12. In the same way, Jesus, the Apostles and the Prophets never called a person to a lifestyle change. They called people to a personal faith, a new birth, in which we are made spiritually alive. They called people to a personal faith in which the Holy Spirit of God indwells a person giving them a new heart, a new mind and new desires. SO, let the followers of Jesus be wise. Let us “preach” faith in Christ, alone.

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The Rev. Laina Wood Casillas

December 20, 2013  1:34pm

Dan, I understand your point about th fallacy of relative privation. But that was not the point of my post. My point is this: It's pretty scandalous to think of all the energy people are willing to devote to the subject of homosexuality - which Jesus did not mention - whilst devoting little if any to one of the other PRINCIPAL teachings of The Lord. I personally think this is driven by two spiritually unhealthy dynamics, in many - tho not all - cases: 1) a perverse delight in feeling superior to and judging others, and 2) people obsessed with this particular issue because they are personally conflicted in their own sexuality. It's my personal opinion that though we will all err, we're not going to go far wrong if we just stick to the teachings of Jesus.

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David Stafford

December 20, 2013  12:49pm

JG's highly charged pleadings remind one of Jimmy Swaggert's mother of all confessions. Admirable; but one feels the pulpet could use a hosing down afterwards.

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J G

December 20, 2013  10:48am

A few notes for those who are hyperventilating on this topic: 1, Phil's First Amendment rights are not under attack, There is no US law that has cause him to be suspended. So stop the constitutional hand-wringing. 2, This is not a war on Christian values. If that was A&E's motivation, they would have cancelled the show very early on. It has more to do with the potential to offend (rightly or wrongly) many viewers that A&E does not want to offend. Therefore, 3, this is not Christian persecution. Please, brothers and sisters, stop throwing around that word for the kind of first-world American inconveniences. Read about some real persecution in, say, Pakistan. 4, stop with the chest-thumping. This is not an issue for Christian triumphalism, threatening to bring down A&E, or anything like it. And finally, 5, why, when Christians want to criticize gay sex, they pick only on male gay sex? Is it because hetero males find girl-on-girl sex OK? Just sayin'.

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David Buyna

December 20, 2013  4:49am

I Believe in Jesus, Support Phil, and if the means missing shows on A&E including commercials well then so be it.

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Dan from Georgia

December 20, 2013  3:47am

Another day. Another outrage. Yawn.

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Ted Hewlett

December 20, 2013  2:20am

It is all well and good to analyze Phil Robertson's statement and decide on the appropriateness of each sentence. But what should be of overriding concern is the fact that we have entered an era when those expressing traditional Christian moral positions are considered unfit to hold any position in the public sphere. Here in British Columbia we had a teacher hounded in the courts and ultimately driven out of the public-schools simply because he questioned--in a very professional manner-- the propagation in the schools of propaganda for the pro-homosexual position. The time seems to be fast approaching when all who hold traditional Christian views on marriage and sex will be either silenced or removed from public positions. Think of doctors who do not support abortion, or lawyers who vigorously defend pro-life clients who are in trouble for their stand. Not all of this has happened, but there are plenty of indications the trend.

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David Stafford

December 19, 2013  11:56pm

Rev. Casellis, that lamentable position stems from the handling of every word which proceeds from the mouth of God. Jesus said not one jot or tittle and whoever breaks one of these least commandments and not everyone who says, Lord, Lord. Etc, etc. The misleading way in which was stated God's commandment, like Eve, naturally makes righteousness impossible. No? Like...dwelling carelessly.

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Dan Brown

December 19, 2013  11:22pm

This is in response to some of the posters below talking about starving children. You are using the “Fallacy of relative privation.” “The fallacy of relative privation is an informal fallacy which attempts to suggest that the opponent's argument should be ignored because there are more important problems in the world — despite the fact that these issues are often completely unrelated to the subject under discussion. A well-known example of this fallacy is the response ‘but there are children starving in Africa,’ with the implication that any issue less serious than that is not worthy of discussion.” Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallacy_of_relative_privation

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K. Smith

December 19, 2013  10:59pm

I support Phil because I don't think one group should control public discussion through the use of bully tactics. Phil did not call anyone any bad names nor did he say homosexuals should be harmed or discriminated against. He just stated his opinion of homosexuality. Since the Internet has exploded in support of Phil. I think A&E is going to regret their decision to suspend him.

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robert puharic

December 19, 2013  10:38pm

RIck, your view of atheism is, as befits a fundamentalist, one dimensional. The church is still a powerful force. Right now it's a force for arrogance and pride. Present company not excepted. And your cavalier dismissal of almost half a million deaths a year while you obsess about your neighbor's private habits certainly reinforces my view of Christianity.

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The Rev. Laina Wood Casillas

December 19, 2013  10:31pm

Rick, I understand that, for I do so myself. I suspect that we understand the Bible differently in some respects, with all good intentions. For example, I don't feel that because Leviticus directs us to kill our mothers for wearing the wrong sorts of fabric, it necessarily follows the teachings of Jesus, to which I earnestly seek to adhere. Thus I would not kill someone over clothes, or punish those who do not keep the Sabbath. I personally feel we'd best rely on the power of the Holy Spirit rather than each other to sort out our differences. I CERTAINLY don't reject the Bible. We probably have a different understanding of the distinction of Truth and Fact. What dismays me the most is all the energy people put into discussions of homosexuality. I think they enjoy it - it is so delicious to feel morally superior. I might regard them differently if I observed them putting a tenth of their fire and feeling into the fac that 1 in 5 of our children is going t bed hungry tonite.

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Rick Dalbey

December 19, 2013  10:26pm

Robert, you are comical. Aren't you, as an an atheist, happy some folks are leaving the church? I would think you would be delighted. Yes, God must be in collusion with RJ Reynolds. You must be on to something there. Hah!

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robert puharic

December 19, 2013  9:12pm

John Eroh displays the smug arrogance that is driving young people out of the church. If the bible was clear on sin we never would have had a civil war. And AIDS is most common, across the world, among heterosexuals. Of course, John sees AIDS as a punishment for being gay. Wonder what he would say about those evil war veterans killed by Legionnaires disease a few years ago. In addition, the greatest cause of preventable death in the US is smoking. About which Christians say nothing. It is, after all, big business, much beloved of god.

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John Eroh

December 19, 2013  9:07pm

As parents, do we not love our children when we warn them when they are doing wrong or of stuff that will harm them? As Christians, should we do any less with others? The Bible is clear on what is sinful including the gay lifestyle. The last I heard on STDs & AIDS was highest among those in the gay lifestyle on the physical level and keep them out of heaven on the spiritual level. Civil rights for blacks and gays is not the same thing. Being black is not a sin and those who oppressed them will answer for their sins, as will gays and other sinners if we don't warn them. A lot of people like to leave off the last part of what Jesus said to the woman caught in adultry, "...GO AND SIN NO MORE."

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Rick Dalbey

December 19, 2013  8:11pm

Rev, Robertson repeated 1 Corinthians 6 so the Magazine writers would understand that this was not just his opinion, it was the position of the Bible. "Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God." Judgmental, no? Bestiality is prohibited in Leviticus along with homosexuality, lesbianism and having sex with your children. All things which occur in America today. Once you reject the Bible, the slope gets quite slippery. Robert, Rev. Casillas, you may disagree, you may think the Bible is dead wrong. But that is what I and billions of other Christians are anchoring our faith in.

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David Stafford

December 19, 2013  7:46pm

One would think entertainers such as Robertson were hired to attract more viewers to A&E. From the overflowing positive response of the viewers to the dynasty patriarch's thought on homosexuality, I guess that misunderstanding has been soundly disproved. I am, as of now, a brand new fan. I am speechless at this spectacle of A&E "eating the flesh of it's own arm". It's certainly a striking action to witness at any time. (Then again, in this day and age, oh well...) GO GOD'S ARMY!! (See Joel for a vivid last days prophetic parable descriptive of a never before seen phenomenon on this earth; today's ubiquitous and unstoppable media) and Hallelujah!

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RICHARD L Spencer

December 19, 2013  6:38pm

Am I right that Phil did not say anything to denigrate or judge any individuals? Wasn't his comment an expression of a conviction common to Christians who believe themselves to be accountable to biblical teachings? If so, then the A&E's decision seems to be poorly warranted and inconsistent with journalistic ethics. But perhaps their decision is not a matter of ethics but rather of lowest common denominator business interests: i.e., not to offend actual or potential members of an audience (and therefore consumers of their advertisers' products). Perhaps those who believe that A&E's decision is unfair and poorly considered should boycott A&E's programs and let them know that they are doing do...which might alert them to the danger of alienating viewers who may act in numbers because they tend to act on their convictions. Also, I wonder whether Phil's contract included an agreement to relinquish his freedom of speech to A&E's management? If not, he might sue.

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William Brewer

December 19, 2013  6:29pm

Gay marriage, etc. are not primarily matters of religion. Rather they are matters of existence. Play money and real money are existentially different. And a culture that can't tell the difference is headed for chaos. The same thing is true of gay marriage vs. real marriage. And you don't have to be religious to insist on the difference. It may be the case though, that in an utterly decadent culture, the only thing left between society and the abyss are objections grounded in religious scruples.

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robert puharic

December 19, 2013  6:06pm

Christianity has never confronted its numerous, and deep, moral failures over the centuries. It is a testimony to the bankruptcy of Christian truth that these have never been integrated into the way Christians use Scripture to determine moral truth, especially when it applies to non Christians. Slavery was, for 19 centuries, not seen as evil. The book of Philemon never once...not once...condemns slavery. Ephesians, 1 Timothy and other books, both NT and OT, are rife with acceptance of slavery. Not once is it condemned. But let 2 human being love each other and Christians of all denominations unite in condemnation, absolutely whitewashing their own historical, theological and Scriptural errors. Have Christians no shame, no sense of decency? Don't you have the integrity to look at your own failures and wonder why this book you worship has so often failed the human race, and led you to genocide? Young people are turning, with good reason, from the church. It's a disgrace.

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Adrian Rodgers

December 19, 2013  5:54pm

It's always amazing to me that the gay community believes in "FREE SPEECH" when they are making fun of christians, conservatives or anyone else that speaks out against their sinful lifestyle but anyone that says anything about them is immeadiately called a bigot and considered intolerate. Free speech is free speech. I STAND WITH PHIL ROBERTSON.

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The Rev. Laina Wood Casillas

December 19, 2013  5:54pm

Hello Rick Dalbey. Just for clarity: I never stated that Jesus did not judge. I stated that he told US not to do so, very explicitly. Have a Merry Christmas!

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Janet Ashley

December 19, 2013  5:35pm

Does it bother anyone that A&E is happy, happy, happy to take in the profits from airing a show that has the head of a family praying at the end of every episode but then A&E trys to "ban" that man for telling people something about that religion? Does it really come as a shock that Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have all stated for hundreds of years that homosexuality is a "sin"? Whether one believes it is really "sin" is not the issue. How about if A&E where to just say that they don't have any comment on what Phil Robertson said to GQ since it was not on their network show and was neither immoral nor illegal and wasn't covered by their contractual obligations. I also do not think that it is honorable for the far right of the Christian community and the far left of the gay community to use Phil Robertson's comments to promote their own political agendas. Maybe we should listen to ALL that Phil had to say and try to love one another as Christ loved us especially at Christmas.

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Pamela Mathews

December 19, 2013  5:28pm

Really, the anti-gay remarks are status quo for far right conservative Christians, especially for that generation. What are truly shocking are his statements about how pre-Civll Rights era Blacks of his generation were singing while picking cotton out in the fields. Because they were happy and Godly. Except, he forgets, not equal. And he also forgets that when they tried to speak for their basic rights as human beings, they were hosed down and/or police set attack dogs on them. There is video of that, which as a media opportunist, you would think he would be aware of. Stupid, thoughtless, and the worst possible voice for the Christian church universal.

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Rick Dalbey

December 19, 2013  5:24pm

And Rev C., where did you get the idea that Jesus did not judge people? I don't think you understand the subject of judging. We don't call fire down on our opponents, we don't take up the sword, we let God judge them in that sense. However, He called His opponents "Children of the devil". He called the Pharisees "white washed tombs" and said "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves." He called Herod a "Fox", an insult for a fox is an unclean animal in the Israelite holiness codes. He told thieves, prostitutes and tax collectors to repent or go to hell. Fortunately many repented and were forgiven. He told a city, Capernaum, that it was going to hell. He called men serpents and vipers "Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?" Of course Paul, Peter Jude and John did the same in their writings. Robertson was tame.

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Rick Dalbey

December 19, 2013  5:03pm

I agree with Phil Robertson's comments about homosexuality 100%. Homosexual sex is wrong, the Bible, Old and New testament is abundantly clear on that, from Paul to Peter to Jude. Phil put his comments in context and was equally critical of straight men and women who sleep around and have multiple affairs or even bestiality. He then quoted scripture which anchors his opinion in the clear teaching of St. Paul. All this was in response to questions from a magazine and part of a conversation, not part of a TV appearance. GQ knew what they were getting into. If people want to be angry, they should be mad at the Apostle Paul, they should be mad at God, not Phil. I suspect that is the real case anyway.

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The Rev. Laina Wood Casillas

December 19, 2013  4:35pm

US Reader, with respect, I ask (out of curiosity): If a person on national television equated black people, or short people, or musicians to drunks and terrorists, would you take offense at their withdrawal from a broadcast? If being tall, or a baritone, or left-handed were lumped in with bestiality, would you broadcast that point of view to the public? I don't know of anyone who thinks that we are not all entitled to think as we please or say what we want. People are entitled to believe pornography is perfectly acceptable, and say so, but that doesn't mean we should broadcast it publicly. (Even tho in my view, too many do exactly that). As to lumping those who are not conservative as being part of a one-way street, you may want to re-think that. The ACLU is, I believe, an example of a VERY liberal organization - yet they fight for the rights of Nazis and the KKKers to free speech. Perhaps we're all better off not judging people, as the Savior explicitly directed.

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Stephen Swihart

December 19, 2013  3:57pm

I agree with Mel that A&E has every right to fire Phil. I assume that he and his family will not become destitute but that, certainly, there will be some negative, financial ramifications for Phil's actions. I'm still struggling personally with how conservative Christians should address the issue of homosexuality in a God-honoring way. That aside, I so appreciate Phil's willingness to tell others of the wonderful gift of Eternal Life offered to all by Jesus and to do so without hesitation or fear. God bless the Robertson family.

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robert puharic

December 19, 2013  3:55pm

US reader pretends like Christians are the victims. It wasn't so long ago that being gay was ILLEGAL. You could go to JAIL. And the Christian stand is so 'unpopular' that the gov of LA has come out in support of this guy. Some victim. Spare me all the martyr talk. Christians didn't even know slavery was a sin for 19 centuries. Now you're beating your chests over your heroics at vilifying an unpopular outgroup.

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Mel Evans

December 19, 2013  3:46pm

Phil Robertson is an entertainer that was hired by A&E to bring in money. If what he says or does takes away from that then it is completely reasonable for A&E to fire him. This is not about political correctness it's about the bottom line. Remember, he is an entertainer.

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Steve Ronald

December 19, 2013  2:22pm

Support Phil completely. My favorite place to keep up with what fans are doing is via Instagram. Some big accounts like @theduckdynasty and @theduckdynastyfans have been rallying with their followers in favor of Phil.

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US Reader

December 19, 2013  1:49pm

Political correctness is a one-way street. Christians, conservative men, conservative women, conservative African Americans – evidently there’s no tolerance for you by the 'enlightened Progressives' in our society. You'll always be labeled as bigoted, homophobic, uncle Toms, and haters. Its all getting redundant at this point.

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