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(RNS) “It seems to me people are tolerant of views except Christianity,” said Mike Kellett, the pastor to the extended Robertson clan on "Duck Dynasty." “I don’t have anything to say about the wording in it. I would express things differently, but that’s Phil.”


  1. We seem to be in an age that requires an individual to say politically correct phrases. We are afraid to be honest with each other. We are afraid to offend. Instead of addressing the issue in the open we cower to our comfort zone. Our “true views” only surface when talking with likeminded people and even then there seems to be topics that cannot be talked about. Although I can’t agree with Phil Robertson’s belief’s he has a right to express them. In fact, individuals who watch the show should know where he stood on the issue. It wasn’t as if his religious affiliation was hidden. We need to start being honest with each other and begin having constructive conversations about key issues.

    • Where is the notion of personal responsibility foriInes actions. Of course he had the rights to say something stupid and offensive. He exercised it to his fullest extent. Nowhere in such a right is to avoid the consequences of doing so.

      You are never immune to criticism or to the reaction of those who take offense. He works for a company depending on advertisers who are generally controversy averse. it was either great publicity for Phil or just monumentally stupid and self destructive. When your job depends on public image you have to watch yourself. That is the nature of the job.

      • “When your job depends on public image you have to watch yourself”

        That in itself is a problem in this world. We are so eager to cast judgments on those who say or do something that is questionable while we say and do the same things in the shadows. There should be no difference between public and private persona.

  2. Check out these numbers baby: 62,000 signatures for Phil Robertson on already, and 420,000+ “likes” on the “Bring Back Phil Robertson” gig via Facebook.

    (Source: Christianity Today.)

    You crooked A & E censors, do you see all those Americans talking to you? Do you see that mass free-speech uprising that YOU created?

    So you better head on down to the Duck Pond and get some things right for a change, or it’s A & E’s goose that will get cooked this Christmas!!!

  3. I support his right to believe and say what he wants. I want the same right therefore I would not sensor the man. It would have been nice if the language had been different, but I suppose that is how the man expresses himself and I appreciate honesty. I am pleased to hear the family is sticking together and forcing A&E buy all the family are none. If they lose that ‘cash cow; A%E are fools.

    • He still has the right. Just as his employers have the right to take action against employees who damage the company’s revenues with bad publicity. Free markets are a fickle mistress

  4. I fully support Phil’s rights to free speech. However, he was employed by A & E, and acting as an employee at the time. No one would have even wanted to interview him if he wasn’t in the DD show. Therefore he had an obligation to speak in a manner that protected the interest of A & E. What he said could have been said with far less vulgarity, and controversy. If I were to say things in a public format that were against the interests of my employer, even in this comment, they would have the right fire me, and I would expect them to.
    That being said, I agree with Tom Martin, A & E has a cash cow in DD, and this situation will be allowed to cool down, and then they will resume business as usual. Phil however will have learned a valuable lesson in the mean time.

  5. I have never seen the show. But as an “outsider” looking in, it appears to me that the popularity of the show is in the fact that this family lives in a manner which is so foreign to most Americans: their behaviour, manner of speech, and dress is all unique and different. This is what cultivates the “originality” in the show and drives rates. Why are people (the network especially) surprised, then, when these people espouse ideas which are contrary to the mainstream or articulate things in a manner which is less than what is deemed socially acceptable?

    As consumers of media, we have taken an interest in what can only be described as “mind garbage”. Mindless entertainment. Instead of fussing about what is said in such a context, maybe we should just quit watching such trash.

  6. A suppose we can put ol’ Phil up on a cross now and stick a spear in him since he’s the new martyr for the Christian Right. Last year, it was the Chick-Fil-A Chicken being branded as the new saint of Christianity for standing up for all that is Holy Matrimony in the eyes of the Church. These folks want to be on the wrong side of history with their public criticism of homosexuality but cry fowl (pardon the pun) when their own bigotry is examined in a public light. Batter and fry all the nonsense at

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