A&E landed in the middle of America’s culture wars when “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson sounded off on gays and the Bible. The channel quickly found there was no safe ground.
The family itself, which had threatened to withdraw if Phil wasn’t welcomed back, didn’t rush out with its own make-nice reaction Friday. The gay right group GLAAD, which had slammed Robertson’s comments to GQ magazine, issued a critical statement despite A&E’s vague allusion to the support of “numerous advocacy groups” for its reversal.
An online petition started in support of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson after he was suspended for expressing anti-gay views has garnered more than a quarter of a million signatures. In the interview, Robertson expressed his opposition to homosexual behavior, dubbing it a sin and “not logical,” but also adding that it was not his job to judge.
“It seems like, to me, a vagina-as a man-would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical,” said Robertson.
“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ‘em, give ‘em the good news about Jesus-whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ‘em out later, you see what I’m saying?”
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