Kristina Bumphrey, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Whether you have joined a large portion of America by adding camouflage to your attire or not, you've most likely crossed paths with the latest statements made by A&E's "Duck Dynasty" family patriarch Phil Robertson.
The controversy began after Robertson paraphrased a Bible verse regarding sin, which included homosexuality, and made other graphic remarks. It was made public in the January edition of GQ magazine, and shortly after, the network channel A&E confirmed that Robertson would be removed from the hit series indefinitely.
Since this decision, many fans, Christians and free-speech activists have defended Robertson, claiming that he should not be punished for his opinions and "belief in the Bible."
Although most of the Robertson clan has remained somewhat quiet, Sadie Robertson, daughter of Willie and Korie Robertson, posted her own simple response on Twitter.
Prayer is the best conversation of the day. It's better to go to God before taking it to someone else 👌— Sadie Robertson (@sadierob) December 19, 2013
Outside of the family, Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal was one of the first to respond to A&E's decision.
"It's a messed-up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended," Jindal said in a statement Thursday.
"Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment."
Former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin also chimed in on the discussion as she posted to Twitter and Facebook her support for the Robertson family.
Many fans have lashed out at A&E claiming they refuse to watch the program until Phil Robertson returns. Some have even gone into detail, warning others to only buy "Duck Dynasty" Christmas gifts from the "Duck Commander" brand, rather than the A&E-owned chain. A change.org petition was created to bring Robertson back with more than 50,000 supporters, along with a Facebook group called Bring Phil Back.
But most fans seem to ask what will happen next.
Fox News opinion columnist Todd Starnes had his own idea for the Robertson family.
"Between you and me, I think 'Duck Dynasty' ought to indefinitely suspend A&E," Starnes wrote.
"If Phil had been twerking with a duck the network probably would’ve given him a contract extension. But because he espoused beliefs held by many Christians, he’s been silenced. Perhaps A&E could provide the nation with a list of what they believe is politically correct speech."
Blaze commentator Glenn Beck also commended Phil Robertson for his decision to share his beliefs. Beck extended an offer to the entire Robertson family to join his network. But ultimately, Beck called for the Robertsons not to let A&E's decision slide.
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