A & E Network Suspends Phil Robertson

Phil Robertson
This is screwy. The A&E Network has suspended the star of its most popular TV show!

Here's some background.  Phil Robertson is the 67 year old patriarch of the Robertson Family - stars of a phenomenally popular reality TV show called Duck Dynasty.  Robertson has a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and a Masters Degree in Education.  In 1972 he invented a very popular duck call and started a company to produce and distribute his product.  41 years later, he is very wealthy.  The TV show out performs many of the Broadcast Network TV Shows.  People like the show!  So why did A&E suspend Robertson indefinitely? They did this because of what he told CG Magazine, in an interview. "We never ever judge someone on who's going to Heaven, Hell.  That's the Almighty's job.  We just love 'em, give 'em the good news about Jesus - whether they're homosexuals, drunks, terrorists.  We let God sort 'em out later, you see what I'm saying?"

Lumping homosexuals with drunks and terrorists may not have been wise.

The A&E Network released the following statement: "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.”

In response to A&E's actions, Robertson released a statement in which he stated in part, "I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other."

No comments: