Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the family featured on the hit TV show Duck Dynasty, just went on a racist and anti-gay tirade comparing homosexuality to bestiality and saying that African Americans were “godly” and “happy” during segregation.
A&E Network, which produces Duck Dynasty, responded by putting Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus, but now they’re coming under attack from the religious right.
Already, Sarah Palin, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and the National Organization for Marriage are claiming that he’s being unfairly persecuted for his religious beliefs.
Sadly, this is becoming a huge media story dominated by anti-gay conservatives, and A&E is being accused of being anti-Christian—when the reality is that most Christians and most viewers are appalled by Robertson’s hateful rhetoric.
That’s why I started a petition to A&E Network, which says:
Racism and anti-gay bigotry are unacceptable. The religious right doesn’t speak for most Christians or most viewers. A&E must stand strong and keep Phil Robertson off Duck Dynasty.
–Michael Sherrard, Faithful America
P.S. Everyone is entitled to freedom of speech—but not everyone is entitled to a TV show as a platform. It’s up to viewers like us to raise our voices and express our outrage when TV stations—like A&E—provide a venue for people with hateful speech. Click here to sign the petition urging A&E to keep Phil Robertson off Duck Dynasty, and then pass it along to your friends.
This petition was created by Michael Sherrard from the organization Faithful America on MoveOn.org, where anyone can start their own online petition. Faithful America didn’t pay us to send this email—we never rent or sell the MoveOn.org list.
FYI, for the people who will complain about “freedom of speech” here’s the cost of “simple opinions” like his. Saying people deserve less rights than others, even over “simple” things like marriage, leads to abuse, torture, and death of those people, because they are seen as lesser, less deserving, less important, and, less human. And that’s just the queer part of this - racism and denial of it is a totally other issue.