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Published: Thursday, Dec. 19 2013 11:56 a.m. MST

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Darrel
Eagle Mountain, UT

This isn't a free speech issue. If you believe it be one, go tell your boss exactly what you think of him and see what happens.

That being said, the man simply stated his belief. I believe (and this is only my opinion) that where he crossed the line was were he equated homosexuals to terrorists; or rather spoke of God condemning them in the same way. That is when A&E took issue.

jsteve
Herriman, UT

So if I understand correctly: Robertson expressed his views that homosexuality is a sin as well as his love for all of God's children, essentially, that he loves the sinner, not the sin. He did not take any action to discriminate against homosexuals or even suggest that such actions should be taken. A&E erroneously declares themselves to be the sole Christian authority, essentially declaring that not only is homosexuality not a sin, but that Robertson's comments are, (his views are not very Christlike). Robertson's viewpoint (no action) is discrimination, but A&E's actions are not. Why? Because it is the popular viewpoint. I don't understand the justification of hypocritical discrimination.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

re:Contrarius

I know as a liberal you listen to and watch MSNBC - Ed Shultz??? I have never heard such down right vulgar, hateful, slanderous speech toward Conservatives and Christians in my life and this has been going on for 5 years now. Repercussions? Ed is still there last time I checked. Not even a slap on the wrist. Hollywood is full of daily trash talking against Christians and conservatives and all you hear is silence. Get my point?? The Dixie Chicks didn't get their record label pulled did they? Nope. People just decided not to listen to them anymore which is their right. Yes a corporation has the right to do whatever it wants but my point is corporations do NOTHING against Christian bashing but they sure start firing and threatening sponsors etc... every time someone expresses their opinion against homosexual sex. See the double standard?? It is sickening and it is obvious but it is all part the far left agenda - sensor and silence anyone with a different opinion.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

re:LiveLongAndProsper

I applaud your courage to speak your mind and the fair minded manner that you expressed your opinion. Too bad those in the national media and others in the gay community don't do the same.

Tajemnica
West Valley, Utah

Good for him. Good for the governors who commented as well. Free speech is a dying ideal. His remarks were not hateful. They were factual!

JLFuller
Boise, ID

It seems that personal opinion is verboten in TV land if it is considered not politically correct. At least the good old DN allows expression of countervailing thought... sometimes... more or less. In this case the victim of the hard core and militant pro homosexual agenda movement told the truth. Unnatural sex seems stupid to him as it does to most folks. You can think it but you can't say it. I think we ought to boycott A&E until they get off their high horse.

Shaun
Sandy, UT

I don't care what gay or straight people do. It is none of my business. The guy that made the remarks about gay people has a right to say what he wants but I'm sure his contract with A & E has certain clauses in his contract that do not allow him to do certain things.

As far as Christians getting bashed or hated on. I think that is laughable. Mitt Romneys religion was only a problem for Christians.

Anti Bush-Obama
Chihuahua, 00

Another example of suppressing freedom of speech in this country. Think what you want about his comments, but it's unconstitutional to throw someone off the air for an opinion. Talk about word police.

Contrariusiests
mid-state, TN

@RBB --

"So if I (an overweight male) show up to work in a halter top and a miniskirt.... "

Baloney. Dress codes have nothing to do with transgender rights.

" It was immediately branded hate speech even thous he was merely stating his beliefs "

What if a TV star compared Christians to terrorists?

Question: What, in your mind, is sinful? "Start with Christian behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the Christian preachers, the Bishops, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.” "We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Mohammed—whether they’re Christians, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”

Now how would you feel?

Oh, and amongst other wild accusations, he even blamed Shintoism for Pearl Harbor. Ummm. Really??

@patriot --

"I know as a liberal you listen to and watch MSNBC - Ed Shultz???"

Guess again. I don't even have cable. ;-)

sharrona
layton, UT

RE: Contrarius,More than 50% of the US population supports same-sex marriage.

Perhaps but God is a majority: (1 Cor 6:9 NET )Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, passive homosexual partners, practicing homosexuals.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Re: "Just look at the Dixie Chicks controversy. They dared to criticize Bush publicly--and the group got completely trashed for it".

Bad comparison.

For one... The chicks were trashed by their fans (not outsiders). Their fans turned against them when they exposed their venomous views about America and the President. Fans have a right to throw out their CDs when their idol's views offend them. But DD fans are not offended by this.

A&E does have the right to suspend DD. But it's a totally different situation. A better comparison would be IF DD's fans turned on them and quit watching when they heard their views on gay marriage. DD fans do not expect him to support gay marriage.

Dixie Chicks turned on their base (country music fans) and paid the price. DD made a mistake, but he was trapped by this magazine. They KNEW he would have to say what he said or go against their fans and everything they stand for. They pray as a family at the end of each show... did they think DD was going to actually come out in SUPPORT of gay marriage? The question was a trap.

lehiaggie
Lehi, UT

Isn't this a show about real people, so let them be who they are or do a different show. It seems hypocritical of A&E. Cancel the show and lose lots of money or let them be who they are.

Baccus0902
Leesburg, VA

1st I would like to congratulate all of you who have come to the defense of this gentleman Phil.

Let's see what are you defending:
- I put gays at the beginning of a"morphing " process that lead to bestiality,greed, drunkards, slanderers and swindlers.
- He talks against "male prostitution", I guess female prostitution is O.K.
- He talks about how in the 60"s he indulged in sex and drugs.
_ He accepted Jesus as his Savior. Until then it was O.K. for him to indulge in sex and drugs. But now he knows the truth and he becomes a judge.

Is this guy for real? He dares to say he doesn't disrespect anyone because he/she is different.
I guess insulting LGBT people is not a form of disrespect.

Has Phil the right to express his opinion. Obviously!!! 100% in agreement

Has A&E the right to make a business decision based on what they considered is good for their profit and image as a network? Of course they do.

Has the LGBT community the right to complain? of course and we do.

Has Phil the right to fight A&E's decision? Of course.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

He would make the best tea party Presidential candidate.

NT
SomewhereIn, UT

Mark my words - DD and A&E know exactly what they are doing. Its a PR stunt plain and simple.

Bob A. Bohey
Marlborough, MA

Just because something is clearly(or not so) stated in the bible does not make it so.

Contrariusiests
mid-state, TN

@sharrona --

"God is a majority"

And this country is STILL not a theocracy.

"(1 Cor 6:9 NET )"

Yup, Paul again.

Paul also supported slavery, thought women were inferior to men, taught that it was better to remain single than to marry, and said that nobody should ever get divorced -- even though Jesus himself said divorce should be allowed in cases of infidelity.

Do you agree with *everything* Paul said?

@2bits --

"The chicks were trashed by their fans (not outsiders)."

Ha. They were trashed by conservative TV commentators, boycotted, dumped by their sponsors, AND got death threats. One radio station even suspended its DJs because the DJs played Dixie Chicks songs.

Even Merle Haggard said, "I don't even know the Dixie Chicks, but I find it an insult for all the men and women who fought and died in past wars when almost the majority of America jumped down their throats for voicing an opinion. It was like a verbal witch-hunt and lynching."

And all that just for daring to disagree with the President.

"The question was a trap."

The question was "What, in your mind, is sinful?". There are MANY ways to answer that question without attacking people.

Dan Maloy
Enid, OK

Welcome to America 2013: the land where everyone has rights. That is.....except the moral conservatives who founded and prospered about 99% of this country.

Oh, America, how I weep for you.....

lket
Bluffdale, UT

why does anything these people say even matter to anyone?

jstring
Canada, 00

Go Duck Dynasty Network!!!

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