December 19, 2013
Liberty Counsel Cries Foul, A&E Should Apologize
West Monroe, LA—Liberty Counsel stands behind Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson. “To fire someone because of his religious beliefs is outrageous and anti-American,” says Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “A&E has pandered to the wrong group. The television network should apologize for censoring Phil Robertson. I am sure other cable networks would love to carry Duck Dynasty,” Staver says.
Phil Robertson was indefinitely suspended from A&E’s Duck Dynasty after he told GQ magazine that he doesn’t understand how two men could enjoy making love to one another. Using anatomically correct language, the Duck Dynasty dad said that in his opinion, a woman has more to offer a man sexually than another man.
“America was a country founded upon Christian values,” Robertson told GQ, and “the gradual removal of Christian symbolism from public spaces has diluted those founding principles.” Using the removal of Ten Commandment monuments outside of courthouses as an example, Robertson said, “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong. Sin becomes fine.” When the reporter asked what is sinful, Robertson listed homosexuality and promiscuity and quoted from Corinthians.
“This is another example of the left clamoring for tolerance for everyone except Christians,” says Mat Staver. “Duck Dynasty’s unashamed displays of faith and traditional values are a breath of fresh air in this Miley Cyrus culture, where flagrant displays of sexuality permeate entertainment. In fact, I believe it is the show’s strong family values that make the reality comedy the most-watched, nonfiction, cable telecast in history,” Staver suggests.
Staver says, “Phil Robertson is correct. While every person is created in the image of God and deserves respect, sinful people do sinful acts that cannot be condoned. Homosexual behavior is abnormal and sinful. It is contrary to the natural created order and is physically harmful. A&E has made a big mistake. By censoring Phil Robertson, A&E has offended the bulk of its viewing audience. “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness” (Isaiah 5:20).
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