Obama: A&E Should Reinstate ‘Duck Dynasty’ Patriarch

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Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasy

Phil Robertson, star of A&E’s ‘Duck Dynasty’, said he’s humbled by President Obama’s support, after losing his job due to comments about homosexuality.

(2013-12-19) — Calling A&E’s suspension of ‘Duck Dynasty’ patriarch Phil Robertson “a chilling crackdown on free speech in an artistic community that should value individual expression,” President Barack Obama today urged the Arts & Entertainment network to reinstate Robertson immediately, and to apologize for its “hypocrisy.”

“There are no bigger fans of Duck Dynasty than Michele and me,” Obama said. “And while I have my disagreements with Mr. Robertson’s views on homosexuality, as expressed in GQ magazine, I’ll defend with my last breath Robertson’s right to express those views.”

The White House acknowledged that the private company has the right to fire Robertson for expressing his opinion, based on the Bible, that homosexuality is one kind of sin among many.

“But the president felt compelled to speak out,” said press secretary Jay Carney, “because his silence might be perceived as assent among his many entertainment industry supporters who hold freedom of expression in the highest esteem.”

Indeed, the Screen Actors Guild, Writers Guild of America and dozens of A-list movie and TV stars issued news releases or held press conferences echoing the president’s call to let Robertson return to the highest-rated show in the history of cable television.

“A chill wind is blowing in this nation,” said actor-director Tim Robbins. “It’s great to see President Obama speaking out against ideological intimidation that masquerades as tolerance and diversity.”

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5 Responses to “Obama: A&E Should Reinstate ‘Duck Dynasty’ Patriarch”

  1. mzk says:

    Why do I feel that Scrappleface represents the real world and that the universe we currently inhabit is a bad piece of satire?

    It’s worse than losing freedom of speech. All of the traditional religions are now considered off-limits. Republican former Governor Robert Erlich, otherwise a good and decent man fired a Catholic for admitting he believed in all of the teachings of the Bible, including this one. (Probably for that reason he lost the election.)

    If left-wing Jews attack their Bible, and left-wing Christians attack theirs, is it a wonder that Islam is growing? And among women?

  2. Hawkeye says:

    If it were only so. If it were only so. Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.

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