We have a right to express our opinions. Some people have more eloquent ways of stating them, and guess what? We don't have to agree with everyone all the time. We also don't have to ram our social, political or moral views down other people's throats if they don't agree with us. Phil Robertson said some dumb things. Does that make him a bad person? I don't think so. I don't agree with him, but he shouldn't be lambasted for his views.
Take a step back and think about it: He's been suspended from his show, he's being publicly ridiculed for his beliefs and he's being called a backwoods hillbilly though he's probably more educated than those calling him that. He holds a master's degree in education people. Treating him this way is not progress. The backlash on his family isn't going to inspire them to change their views when the criticism is downright spiteful and mean.
One of society's biggest problems is, when confronted with opposing views, the first reaction is to come to blows with the other side. How on earth would this do anything but incite more anger? We hold the power to either turn disagreements into wars or work to find common ground. Shouldn't we look at ways to build more bridges and not blow them up?