“Duck Dynasty’s” Phil Robertson has been benched from his family’s reality show following homophobic comments he made in a GQ interview, A&E confirmed late Wednesday.Read the rest here.
The patriarch of the network’s hit show and self-proclaimed “Bible-thumper” called “homosexual behavior” a sin, equating it with other sins like bestiality and promiscuity.
“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,’” A&E said in a statement. “His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been supporters and champions of the LGBT community.”
The end result: “The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
I very rarely watch television anymore so I have no idea what the program is about. But I do know that they seem to be some sort of cultural phenomenon. In any event, this is outrageous. Have we reached the point where a person can be sacked or penalized by their employer for expressing their religious beliefs outside of the workplace?
If so, then we are in DEEP trouble as a country. Mr. Robertson might want to secure legal counsel. I don't know what the terms of his contract are, but he may have an actionable claim for religious discrimination.