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Published: Friday, Dec. 20 2013 9:50 a.m. MST

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Trouble
Vancouver, WA

Phil Robertson's comments regarding homosexuality are pointed toward behavior, not identity. Chad Griffin's admonition, quoted in the article, that Mr. Robertson should "not shame and ridicule them because of who they are" is misguided. Robertson's comment despaired poor behavior and highlighted the fact good people can sometime make poor choices in how they act.

Mr. Smitty
Salt Lake City, UT

So how does defending a belief that encourages hatred of gays a good thing? It's as awful as defending a religious belief that blacks are interior and shouldn't marry white people.

It seems that people think any belief is relevant as long as you call it a religious one. Religious beliefs only change when more and more people become enlightened and eventually reject or ignore scripture they used to believe. Who still believes that people should be killed for working on the sabbath? Who still believes that a father should kills his daughter for having premarital sex? There are all kinds of awful passages in the Bible most believers either ignore or try to justify as being legit in the past.

Religious believers should get rid of the backward idea that homosexuality is a moral issue

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

OK Mr. Smitty, I'll bite.

"So how does defending a belief that encourages hatred of gays a good thing?" Because, whether or not you like it, hate speech is protected by the 1st amendment. The Supreme Court has already said so. People standing up for the 1st amendment - even if they don't agree with what is being said - is a good thing.

"It seems that people think any belief is relevant as long as you call it a religious one." Likewise, it seems that some people think any belief is relevant as long as you call it anti-religious one.

"Religious believers should get rid of the backward idea that homosexuality is a moral issue." OK, let's forget the moral issue and instead let's call it a biological issue. Explain that one to me. Since we are just high-functioning animals, how does homosexuality contribute to our biological purpose - the ultimate purpose of all life, according to biologists - to propagate our species?

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

When 2% of this population can tell the other 98% what they must believe, then America is no longer America. We were built upon the fact that our Creator gave us our rights and that to remain a free nation, we must respect the Creator. We must set aside all appetites and passions that diverge from the Creator's plan.

The Creator told us that marriage is between a man and a woman. Foolish people think that they can change the Creator's plan. Foolish people think that if they silence one person that the words of that one person will disappear. They are mistaken. Eternal truth is eternal. Just because 2% of the population wish that our Creator were wrong does not make our Creator wrong. It just makes those 2% wrong.

No one can give anyone the "right" to change eternal law. No one can excuse anyone from the consequences of eternal law. A&E can show any amount of bigotry against God and goodness, but A&E cannot change eternal law nor can A&E absolve itself from the consequences of promoting immoral behavior.

Shaun
Sandy, UT

No one censored this duck dynasty guys speech. He is free to believe or say what he wants, but his employer does not have to give him a platform to express beliefs through his celebrity status through the network.

If you do not like A & E's response to suspend their employee then do not watch the network.

Tumbleweed
Centerville, UT

The Duck Commanders should end up OWNING A&E for firing Phil on the basis of RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION. Busses can fire people for certain things, but not on the basis of discrimination. Had a gay been fired for being gay, the gay thought police would have had an aneurysm. The street runs both ways. I can't wait for A&E to become DD!

Linus
Bountiful, UT

Mr. Smitty,
Didn't you get from Mr. Robertson's comments that he has no hatred for homosexuals? Christians don't hate sinners. Those who follow Christ remember that Jesus told the woman who was caught in the act of adultery that he didn't condemn her, but advised her to go and sin no more. We who are Christians do not hate those who cannot control their inclinations. We feel sorry for them. We recognize their trial. We encourage them to stand strong against temptation. We all have temptations of one kind or another. Life is not easy, but it gets harder when we allow ourselves to float along on the current of least resistance, which ends in misery. There are rewards for those who "overcome." Revelations 3:21

ebur
Charlotte, NC

@Shaun
Thank you Shaun, I totally agree with you.
The rest of the comments are biased by religious believes.....that fortunately are not valid under the law of the country.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Homosexuals need to understand that no one (including the Robertson family) is trying to do harm to them. There is no call to ban homosexuals or exclude them in the workforce or discriminate against them ...nothing!!! Phil Robertson simply quoted the Apostle Paul from the New Testament and Paul makes it clear that homosexual sex is a sin. That is NOT Phil Robertson making that judgement - that is the 2000 year old New Testament and any reconciliation that a person has must take place between himself and God regarding sin. If you choose to not believe in sin that is your call but the facts remain that there are absolute truths that don't change based on yours or mine opinion. Truth exists in spite of opinion. Sin destroys and that is why Jesus gave us commandments so we can avoid sin and or repent from them. The commandments of God free us - bring us peace - happiness and allow us to progress while sin destroys and stops our progression.

J Thompson
SPRINGVILLE, UT

There is no reason for homosexual activity. Our Creator gave us bodies that function as the Creator intended. He gave us rules for the use of our bodies. He told us to "multiply and replenish" the earth. In Leviticus He told us that man lying with man is an abomination. His purposes include aiding us to become beings equal to himself.

Mr. Robertson didn't mince words. Anyone can research a book on anatomy and discover for himself that our Creator had a purpose in making us different.

"Sin" is not subjective. It is objective. In other words, if we have been told that an activity is wrong (a sin) we are held responsible if we engage in that activity. We have been told by our creator that homosexual activity is wrong. Some people think that they have the right to debate with our Creator when they can't even create dirt without His help.

If people want to watch TV to get moral instruction, they might find that TV has nothing to offer.

GZE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Linus, is that why he compared them to terrorists?

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Love Duck Dynasty more than ever. Just bought a new DD T-shirt today!! It's about time somebody stood up and stated the truth about the "kings new clothes".

Hector123
Casper, WY

One Hundred percent support of Phil and his beliefs.
Tired of right wing Godless family destruction agenda being shoved down our throats for the pleasing of a few.
Tolerance is the greatest SIN of our time.
Tolerance means anything goes!!!
The Holy bible is GODS WORD, there are no Gray areas, it is simply Black & White!

JoCo Ute
Grants Pass, OR

In the old pre-civil war south speaking for the "Creator" in support of slavery was standard fare in churches, state legislatures and in newspapers. Conservative Christians have a remarkable ability to attribute God and his will to just about any belief or attitude they hold. The old south argued that slavery was natural, that slaves couldn't take care of them selves, that all nations had slaves and that eve Jesus supported slavery.

Take a short trip on history on Google and you'll find that conservative Christians used the bible to; support slavery, fight women's and minority rights, support segregation.

Hiding bigotry behind the bible has been, and it looks like it still is, a very common crutch for people who need to feel superior and feel they are the ones who should judge people.

Hector123
Casper, WY

One Hundred percent support of Phil and his beliefs.
Tired of right wing Godless family destruction agenda being shoved down our throats for the pleasing of a few.
Tolerance is the greatest SIN of our time.
Tolerance means anything goes!!!
The Holy bible is GODS WORD, there are no Gray areas, it is simply Black & White!

YGradFan
CENTERVILLE, UT

@Smitty, I'll bite too. "So how does defending a belief that encourages hatred of gays a good thing?"

Why is it that so many of the LGBT supporters automatically assume that just because a person doesn't agree with their ways or views, that he/she automatically hates them? Sorry, but I have no hatred towards the SSM/LGBT community, even though I do not agree with their beliefs or views. And I will defend my beliefs until the day I die. No hatred coming from me!

Yet, it seems that as soon as they find out that someone does not agree with their agenda or support their views, the LGBT/SSM supporters go out of their way to punish that person. Mr. Robertson is a great example, and there are countless other examples of this occurring. It appears to me that it is the SSM/LGBT supports that are encouraging hatred.

Kaladin
Greeley, CO

What exactly did Phil say that was so awful? He condemned homosexuality in the same sentence he did adultery, promiscuity, etc. Query me this: If a homosexual tv personality said in an interview he found the thought of having relations with a woman to be abhorrent and that religious folk are all awful, and that person was kicked off of a popular show you love, would you still defend the network? Come on, be honest.

TA1
Alexandria, VA

Clearly the celebrities and politicians who are complaining about "Free Speech" need to go back and understand the issue of "Free Speech" here. It is contract law between the Robertson family and A&E and it appear that it was the Robertson family that may have violated the contract, not the Government and "Free Speech". Back to school Sarah, Glen and others.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

re:JoCo Ute

oh please enough already!! Do you have a New Testament and have you read the words of the Apostle Paul especially in the book of Corinthians? Paul states clearly that homosexual sex is a sin. Is there some part of that you don't understand?? Phil Robertson didn't just make up this statement he made to GQ magazine...he was QUOTING the Apostle Paul for heaven sake. Enough with the nonsense about Christians trying to spread hate speech - this is simply false and you know it. If you don't believe in the bible or Christianity that is one thing and that is your choice but we do have such a thing as religious liberty in this county which implies you don't have to FEAR for your job if you quote scripture. That religious liberty had mud thrown all over it this week by the secular left crowd in America who have tolerance for ONLY those that agree with them and their ideals....everyone else gets censored and fired!! Reminds me of the old USSR.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"The Creator told us that marriage is between a man and a woman."

That, or between a man and multiple women.

"Foolish people think that they can change the Creator's plan."

See comment above

"No one can give anyone the "right" to change eternal law. No one can excuse anyone from the consequences of eternal law."

What eternal law do you keep referring to? The eternal law that says a marriage is between one man and one woman? Surely, living in Utah, you know that "someone" changed those rules (at least for a while) and lots of folks followed right along.

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