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WANNA BUY A DUCK (DEFENSE)?

December 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Religious and political conservatives have rushed to the defense of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson after he was suspended indefinitely from the hit series by A+E for anti-gay remarks he made during an interview with GQ magazine. On Thursday conservative commentator Ann Coulter remarked during an interview with NewsMax’s Steve Malzberg, “There’s nothing offensive about what Phil Robertson said. … That’s what the good book says … and have this angry gay mafia gang up on you and demand your suspension has just gotten out of control. This is not good for the gays.” On Fox News Channel, Sarah Palin, who had called Robertson’s suspension an attack on freedom speech, urged that he “scoot over to [The Sportsman’s Channel] to charge some things up there.” Conservatives may have surprised to find that Jon Stewart was on their side — sort of. Stewart said that he wanted a world where “saying ignorant s**t on television” wouldn’t get you fired. Beginning next season, Katie Couric will apparently TV job again. Meanwhile, Robertson’s family issued a statement that included not a trace of an apology and remarking that they “cannot imagine” continuing the series without him. Robertson himself released a statement saying, “My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me.”