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Published: Friday, Dec. 27 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Cache, UT

Amazing. They will allow him freedom of speech.
It seems Jessie Jackson and GLAAD have less power than they think they have. The almighty dollar meant more to A&E than bowing to the shrill voices who are easily offended.

Othello, WA

Keep it up Phil! Now watch the true haters go bananas. Not a surprise at all. I failed to see any hate in Mr Robertsons statements, just his belief in the traditional Christian Ideals, and stated without remorse. All true Christians, have sympathy for, and a desire to help sinners overcome weakness. Besides, we all have weaknesses and sins to overcome!

Christopher B
Ogden, UT

Great news!

Way to go Phil for standing up for good things.

Keep up the good work to all the Duck Dynasty clan.

American Fork, UT

Phil was never denied freedom of speech. On the contrary, he was given a big stage and said some things that caused his employer some concern. The show obviously took a look at what was likely going to cause them the most financial harm, and acted accordingly. There's stuff I'd like to say and have published about religious people, but I don't think my employer would be happy about it. Does this mean I've had my freedom of speech taken away?
Ironically, DN, which usually gets itself worked up about anything stronger then G rated, is conveniently ignoring some of the stuff Phil said, which was somewhat distasteful, in order to paint him with a positive brush.

Provo, UT

This is good news! For once, the politically correct didn't succeed in suppressing the speech of a Southern Christian man. Glad to see Phil didn't back down.

Bountiful, UT

Well yeah, anyone associated with Duck Dynasty is making money. I'm surprised A&E said anything in the first place - they should know most Americans, esp. Duck Dynasty viewers are going to be supportive of traditional marriage.

St.George, Utah

Money = Godliness.
Just ask A&E and the Robertson Clan.
Let's just see and listen to see who will tell the truth!

Christopher B
Ogden, UT


There are many truths out there that aren't exactly G rated and thus would not be included in a family friendly newspaper. If you want examples, I'm happy to provide some. I'll start with just one. Liberals support abortion, and yet the process is so inhumane and cruel that the details would not be published in a family friendly newspaper. So stop crying about the details of what he said.

I support his views and am glad he stood up for what is right.

Great job Phil, keep up the good work!

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

Exactly as I predicted when this so-called brouhaha erupted. This entire things was a setup to garner more popularity for their TV show (there is some indication now that this was planned). It worked. Sales of merchandise is up. Those who never heard of Duck Dynasty, have now heard of it, and another season is coming to DVD next month (how convenient). Yes, folks, you've been duped while A & E (Walt Disney) laughs all the way to the bank. Hey, if twerking worked for Miley, then a little twerking of the mouth for Duck Dynasty should also do the trick, and it did.

Provo, UT


You are missing the point. Phil was set up. He was asked a question which he answered. Representatives from A&E were there and said nothing at the time to ameliorate the situation. Then they immediately went out and attacked. Phil had a right to answer the question put to him without being accused of standing on a soap box. I believe he was too coarse in his comments but he had a right to answer honestly what was put to him.

Cedar City, UT

"The show obviously took a look at what was likely going to cause them the most financial harm, and acted accordingly. "

That describes the decision making process that goes into every TV show. Money first. Money second.


"For once, the politically correct didn't succeed in suppressing the speech of a Southern Christian man."

Yeah, well the comments made by the "Southern Christian man" are too crude to print in Deseret News.

So much for "standards."

Bob Pomeroy
Bisbee, AZ

Its a popular show, but is there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy in it, really?


It seems as though there is no place for an opposing when one speaks from their convictions
when God or the bible is involved.
A&E reinstated Phil for no other reason than the Cable Network telling them to, funny they capitulated, then again maybe not, they don't have the core values of the guy from Duck Dynasty

Auckland NZ, 00

"The show obviously took a look at what was likely going to cause them the most financial harm, and acted accordingly. "

That describes the decision making process that goes into every corporate policy. Money first. Money second.

Haworth, OK

So sick and tired of christians being bullied and harassed by the supporters and promoters of gay marriage and homosexuality. I look forward to the day that those on the right boycott, complain, and file lawsuits with the same vigor that the left does. The left has to realize that the freedom of speech, religion, and press of others is just as protected as their own. Their view of tolerance continues to include only tolerance of the views that agree with their own. Getting Duck Dynasty back on A&E may only be a small victory but we'll take it.

Salt Lake City, UT

Great news, but this was only able to happen because "a flood of support from those who share his views and others who defended his freedom of speech". Unless more of us are willing to stand up for our Christian views, the gay community will silence our voice too. Let us learn that we must voice our views in defense of family values!

Atlanta, GA

Bob Pomeroy -

Have you ever watched the show? Have you ever seen how the show ends, with a family prayer and meal, and observations about the importance of family and God? You may or may not enjoy the entertainment that precedes the end, but every one of their shows ends with something virtuous,lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy.


You know we have the right to say pretty much whatever we want, but we are not immune from the consequences of what we say. Phil said what he said and it appeared he'd suffer the consequences of doing so. Of course A&E had the right to kick him off the show, but they also had to suffer the consequences of their actions and they were called out for it. In the end though it should really come down to what is the right thing to do and that of course was for A&E to never make a big deal out of it in the first place. They would never have done the same thing to a tv star stating liberal opinions and therein lies the hypocrisy of the left. If they had even the slightest record of similarly punishing liberal tv stars that spoke in favor of offensive behavior then I would give them credit for consistency although they still would be wrong for punishing someone over their opinion. But of course that has never happened, and never will. Hypocrites.

American Fork, UT

"So stop crying about the details of what he said.", I'm told. I'm not crying about it. I don't mind it a bit; and could even paraphrase it in a more crude manner than phil did, and be comfortable doing it. My point was and is there's irony, and even a little risk, in an outlet like the DN creating a poster boy out of someone whos' treatise from GQ they could not possibly publish here. They do exactly the same thing with CS Lewis, a man I admire, by putting some of his words to print while daintily stepping around some of the literary land mines he left behind. It's disingenuous, and even a little exploitative, and I'm pointing that out.

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