Washington D.C., Dec 19, 2013 / 05:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The recent suspension of “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson over comments made on homosexual behavior has prompted a storm of controversy and major boycott threats.
Robertson and his family are the focal point for the A&E show “Duck Dynasty,” which follows the Louisiana clan’s home, business and recreational life as successful duck-call manufacturers.
The show attracts a weekly viewership of around 14 million people, according to the Nielsen Company’s television ratings reports, and has broken records for the most-watched nonfiction cable telecast in history. In addition, the family has been involved in a number of books, speaking events and merchandise.
The family has also gained attention for its outspoken defense of Christian beliefs, including support of pro-life positions and for marriage.
In an interview with GQ magazine for its January edition – released online Dec. 18 – Robertson commented on his beliefs about homosexual behavior.
“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong,” Robertson said of the acceptance of sin in modern culture. “Sin becomes fine.”
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there,” he said when asked what he believed to be sinful. “Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”
He also commented that sin in general is “not logical,” saying that it did not make sense to him why men would find same-sex interactions as “more desirable” than heterosexual sex.
Despite believing this behavior to be sinful, he said that he did not judge people, explaining, “We just love ‘em, give ‘em the good news about Jesus – whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ‘em out later.”
In response to his statements, A&E announced that it had “placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ,” the network said, adding that Robertson’s views do not reflect those of Duck Dynasty or of A&E Networks, which have “always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.”
The network has since received an outpouring of complaints. In less than 24 hours, a Facebook page entitled “Boycott A&E Until Phil Robertson Is Put Back On Duck Dynasty” garnered more than 930,000 likes, surpassing A&E’s Facebook page by more than 350,000.
In addition, more than 73,000 people signed an online petition labeled #IStandWithPhil.
Robertson later released a statement clarifying that his mission is “to go forth (Read More)