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

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A Guy With A Brain
Enid, OK

@ KJB1 - 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?"

Yep, it's a free market, all right.

But, I'd bet you $100 that if it was a company run by a heterosexual CEO that fired a homosexual for saying something in support of homosexuality, you'd be beating a path to your nearest courthouse screaming "Lawsuit!", wouldn't you?

Aloha Saint George
Saint George, Utah

I curious to see what these DD people decide to do. The gay movement has a lot of clout and right now are running over anyone that public disagrees with their agenda.

Many people don't have enough resources to fight back. DD has deep pockets- I 'm anxious to see if DD will fight back and bring these people to their knees. Go DD!!!! There's reason they have a following- the number ONE show currently on TV.

Brad J
West Jordan, UT

It is amazing how the homosexual community wants everybody to have more tolerance/respect towards their way of life. But when people who don’t believe their way of life speak out about it because of their beliefs and their way of life they are the ones that don’t get respect for their beliefs. If you ask me the homosexual community has no tolerance/respect for anybody else. If you don’t believe in their way of life than you are against them. Pathetic.

Gram Cracker
Price, UT

Burn the flag or walk on it, but always be politically correct about other "sensitive" subjects.

Back Talk
Federal Way, WA

Unfortunately, this just illustrates more of the gay agenda, to prevent anyone from expresssing any belief or opinion that is negative towards gays and Bi's.

This man didnt express his views as part of the show so it is very disturbing that the cable channel would punish him for his view or belief.

This is why additinal legal protections are needed for people to have freedom to express themselves in this way.

I would think that this man could sue the cable company for religious descrimination. Will then next simply not hire christians so as to not run the risk of someone expressing a non politically correct statement?

riverofsun
St.George, Utah

No one mentions what religious denomination these Louisiana TV stars belong.
Isn't there a son who is a minister? Is he also on the show discussing his convictions?
May they all be happy ever after with all of their gold in Hillbilly Heaven.

1conservative
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

This won't end well for A and E.

Phil Robertson for President!!

Spellman789
Syracuse, UT

Homosexuality is a sin. There, I said it.

RedWings
CLEARFIELD, UT

Yet another example of hypocrisy from the left. Phil Robertson's comments were in no way discriminatory. He spoke his beliefs. That is the essence of free speech. To attack him is to attack all speech that a certain group does not agree with.

The LGBT have said for years that a same sex marriage does not hurt anyone else. So how does a Christian man stating his beliefs hurt them? What is sad is that this clear double standard is ignored and even fostered by the media.

chicagoborn
Salt Lake City, UT

It's funny how the same commentators that mention the "PC police" were probably up in arms over the "bigots" on the Utah football team with their "baptismal" video which should not have been a big deal in the first place. I guess if you make one small joke about religion and especially the LDS religion in Utah, you are automatically labeled a bigot. If you make a statement about how you would refuse service to someone if they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, you are labeled a hero. I am referring to the wedding photos business that denied service to a lesbian couple. I guess sensitivity only matters when it comes to religious beliefs but not anything else.

AFVet
Lindon, UT

In same interview he also said that black people were happier living in the pre civil rights Jim Crow south. I guess defending his homophobic comments is easier then defending his racist comments. I can never understand why conservatives pick the most ignorant people to idolize.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

People have the right to say what they want, in accordance with the first amendment.

Companies have the right to fire people for what they say and do.
People have a right to picket and boycott.

That is the free market system.

I can certainly understand those who disagree with the outcome, and are free to write/picket/boycott A&E.

It happens all the time. Martin Bashir was run out for his comments about Sarah Palin.

Is this different?

Recourse? Boycott the Duck men show until they allow him back.

That is the way our system is designed to work.

ebur
Charlotte, NC

I am really happy for New Mexico!!!!! When you guys are going to do the same?
I hope soon !!! I can't wait to marry my boyfriend for the eternity and take pics around the Temple's garden.
I know you, Mormon/Uthans, will stop discriminating very soon. You are very nice and polite. Perhaps some oldies should die first, but the change and the revelation is coming!!!!
Merry Christmas to everybody!!!!!

Contrariusiests
mid-state, TN

@RedWings --

"Yet another example of hypocrisy from the left."

Two words: Dixie Chicks.

ebur
Charlotte, NC

@Ted:
"Can people with religious beliefs not speak their minds anymore?"
No, they can't and they shouldn't. They have been speaking their minds out for more than 2000 years, and look where are we now? Still fighting for people's rights.......

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Not accepting intolerance is NOT intolerance.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

There are still horrible people out there. A person's attraction have absolutely no negative affects on Phil or any of the bigoted people commenting on Phil.

Little Andy
Tremonton, UT

This is a double standard. He did not use a slur or anything just stated his opinion. Now the gays can say anything they want about straights and it is fine. It is just his opinion folks.

KJB1
Eugene, OR

A Guy With A Brain 12:58 p.m.

You'd owe me $100. If a gay person said something as crass and obnoxious as Phil Robertson did while on company time then yes, I wouldn't be surprised of offended if that person were fired.

Most of the posters here need to realize that when a celebrity grants an interview or goes on a talk show, it's not just to be famous and hang out. They're almost always there to promote a project and (inevitably) the studio or network that released it. It's a work obligation. Robertson was talking to a journalist in order to plug Duck Dynasty, therefore he was on the clock. If I spoke that way while I was at my job, I'm guessing that my boss wouldn't be too happy with me. If he was speaking privately to a friend and it was somehow overheard, then that may be different, but A & E was justified in doing what they did. As I said before, they're his employer.

We may free speech, but doesn't mean it doesn't have consequences.

Hank Jr
Draper, UT

It's nice to know that Freedom of Speech is alive and well in America. (extreme sarcasm)

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