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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 18 2013 10:00 p.m. MST

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Mapleton, UT

Never watched the show, but I've heard it's popular. Here's to hoping that the silent majority who made it so will no longer be silent and get the "Duck Patriarch" back on the air.

Those of us in the moral majority need to all start screaming louder than our very vocal adversaries.


I am a firm supporter of gay rights but placing this man on leave for being exactly the guy you knew he was and hired him to be seems silly. I disagree with him but I also disagree with putting him on leave.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

You knew this was going to happen sooner or later. Religious folks with a platform will always use it to condemn their fellow man eventually. They can't seem to help themselves. How sad.

ute alumni
Rakuen, UT

I hope they leave a&e and go to another network. i'm sure their viewers will follow them anywhere they go. it's time to stand up to the pc bullies. libs love tolerance for everyone but themselves.

Rock Springs, WY

if I can't watch duck dynasty no more a & e for me

American Fork, UT

Remember when A&E was touted as the private sector replacement for PBS? It's sure gone downhill since then.

Woodland Hills, UT

To the Scientist in Provo, no one is condemning anyone, God will do that. He has already made it clear what is evil and what is good. You have your choice to believe or not, just as we do, only problem is; it's always a double standard on your part when it comes to free speech. You folks just can't ever get that through your head.

Abilene, TX

How many of them worry about my feelings when they call me names because I am Christian, colored or nude, able or disabled,old or young,smart or ignorant are just plain old wordy. on an off day they might make me cry and I will admit I tend to laugh at them and their whining. Oh well, it is what it is "keep quite be thought a fool open my mouth and prove it". Again Mother was right, well this fool is off to bed Merry Christmas and God Bless to all, Angel from Abilene Texas

Centerville, UT

He simply stated his religious belief that homosexual sex is a sin (as stated clearly in the Bible); he didn't say gays should be treated any differently under the law.

So there are gays who believe that those who call homosexual sex a sin are themselves sinners. Are the Networks prepared to kick gays off their shows for for stating such? If not, it's a double standard.

spring street

While I disagree with him and appreciate A&E reaffirming their support of gay rights I do not think it was necessary to take him off the air for stating his religious beliefs. Compared to the vile lies and comments made about the lgbt community by others this hardly seems worth all the fuss.

Eugene, OR

A & E is his employer. They thought that their employee's remarks reflected poorly upon their company, so they took action. Isn't that the "free market" that conservatives love to go on about?

Corporations are people, my friend.

DN Subscriber 2

The gay "activists" are all about demanding "tolerance" and "diversity" and freedom of expression (both verbal and their actions, even marriage) from the non-gay community.

However, it is disgusting that the gay community refuses to apply the same standards to their own activities.

As Orwell said, "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal."

It is about time that people truly stood up for freedom of expression for ALL Americans! You don't have to agree with what the Duck guy, Ellen DeGenres, the Pope, or some Atheist, or a rap singer says, but they have the right to say it. Even if it offends some people, including me. Anyone is free to disagree with them and argue against them. People are even free to put their money where their mouths are (hey, no pun intended there!) and support or boycott businesses. But, the strong-arm tactics used in this case are positively un-American restrictions on free speech.

Honestly, I have never bothered to watch the Duck Dynasty, but will now. And I will support their sponsors.

Heber, Utah

Ok, so maybe we that like DD, or like what they stand for, should get on AE and make our voices heard as loud as the others do. They won't listen, because everyone is afraid of the minority, whatever one is screaming the loudest at the moment. But it may make some of us feel better for trying.

Salt Lake City, UT

They should all say it, get their show canceled, and start their own internet channel, like Glen Beck. They'd make more money, and say what they wanted.

Iowa, Iowa

All he said was that he did not understand the attraction. He also said that he believed that some things are sin. He should be free to speak. He did not say anything negative about anyone.
I don't understand the attraction to football but it is not hate speech. I just don't get it. Now soccer that is totally different. Now if you want to say you think I am crazy because I love soccer you are free to do so.

Johnny Moser
Thayne, WY

Seems like a good opportunity for BYUtv to land a program that would make the network immediately relevant. Seems like Phil said it like BYU does only a little "saltier".

Sugar City, ID

Guess who is in charge of the entertainment industry.

Charlotte, NC

It is hilarious that nobody had a problem with his comments about adulterers, idolaters, male prostitutes, drunkards, slanderers, or swindlers. Why aren't they up in arms?

Hayden, ID

Freedom of speech only applies to a small group of people in America. The rest must be shouted down, silenced or punished. Wake up America!

Saint George, UT

It's interesting how Progressive liberals can lie, make up stories, do illegal activities and then get praised for this by their peers and then be completely exonerated for anything they did or said.

But then, if a conservative christian person says or does even the slightest speaking of their minds or does something they think is harmless, they get roasted, fired or banished from society. Can people with religious beliefs not speak their minds anymore? Are we to the point where only fanatic radical progressives are free to speak whatever they please and then others are forced to take this rhetoric as the truth. And then they are later held harmless because they made a public apology and said "oops, I'm sorry" Happens all too often. Christian conservatives don't have that luxury.

The behavior of public stoning towards good people who made a slight miniscule goof with their words is getting out of control. History has shown that this flip-flopped turn of behavior and actions by progressive thinking societies and governments does not end up very well.

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