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Bill O'Reilly separates himself from right-wing nuts on Duck Dynasty controversy

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The right-wing nuts are loudly protesting the suspension of "Duck Dynasty" star and patriarch Phil Robertson from A&E's hit reality show. Those on the far, far right defending Robertson and calling it a violation of their 1st amendment is a cast of an extreme far-right who's who: Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Glenn Beck, Todd Stames, Mark Levin, Monica Crowley and so many conservative commenters.

Not found on that list is one Bill O'Reilly, who yesterday said that Robertson had this coming. O’Reilly surprised his guest Laura Ingraham by going the other way and practically applauding A&E’s decision.

“Mr. Robertson, I believe, made a mistake by the condemnation line,” O’Reilly said on his show, The O'Reilly Factor. “It’s not about the Bible, or believing, or not believing in the Bible. It’s singling out a group, it could be any group, and saying to that group, ‘Hey, … you are not worthy in the eyes of the Lord, or in the eyes of God. You are not worthy because of who you are.’ So once you get that personal, once you get down and into that kind of a realm, problems arise.”

O’Reilly said his own criticism also comes from the Bible. "I’m just going by Luke. I’m going by what the Bible says.

Robertson was asked what he considered sinful. "Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men." Paraphrasing the Bible, Robertson said, "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."

Ingraham disagreed with O’Reilly saying "People say things all the time about you, and me, that are hateful, horrible, but I don’t really want them to it lose their job."

Where O'Reilly disagreed and said Robertson crossed a line was when he said "You are not going to go to heaven."

O’Reilly said, however, the suspension was meant "to marginalize a Christian who has a big platform.

Ingraham said, "They want him to shut up. It’s the new blacklist. If you don’t submit to their world view, they will try to destroy you."

O'Reilly agreed, "There is no doubt about that. With all due respect to him, I think Phil Robertson helped them."

Sources:

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Send John Presta an email and your story ideas or suggestions, johnpresta@att.net.

John is the author of an award-winning book, the 2010 Winner of the USA National Best Book award for African American studies, published by The Elevator Group, Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots. Also available an eBook on Amazon. John is also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and is a book reviewer of political books for the New York Journal of Books. John has volunteered for many political campaigns.

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