On Wednesday, A&E announced that it would be indefinitely suspending Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson based on Robertson’s comments about homosexuality in an interview with GQ. He stated that in America with regard to sin, “everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong,” continuing that when such blurring occurs, “sin becomes fine.” He then paraphrased the Biblical book of Corinthians, stating:
Don't be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right.
That prompted A&E to release its own statement on his suspension:
We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.
A&E obviously has the right to take business action against Phil Robertson; it obviously has a right to its own views on Robertson's comments. But by punishing Robertson for restating a traditional religious view of homosexuality, A&E has demonstrated its disdain for religious Americans of all stripes – as they have before in attempting to cut “Jesus” from the Duck Dynasty family prayers.
We ask A&E to reinstate Phil Robertson rather than caving to the dictates of anti-religious bigotry, and we pledge to turn off A&E until Robertson is reinstated to Duck Dynasty.