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Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson suspended indefinitely but why?

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Duck Dynasty has become the biggest unscripted show in cable history placing it just behind The Walking Dead in viewership. The show is about the Robertson family who made millions from its duck call fabrication business. They have built a brand of faith, family and hunting, but as popular as the show is it's not without it controversies. In the past, the 67-year-old patriarch of the family, Phil Robertson, has claimed A & E censored his family's mentions of Jesus and now according to a Dec. 18 MSN article, A & E has suspended him from the show indefinitely for "bashing gays" in a recent GQ interview. The question is: Was he gay bashing or sharing his faith?

During the interview, Robertson paraphrased 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. He 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.” Here are the actual verses:

"Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or anyone practicing homosexuality, no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom. And some of you used to be like this. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God" (HCSB)

These verses cover a number of sexual sins as well as greed, stealing, getting drunk, being verbally abusive and more. Our culture has gradually gravitated to accept sexual activities deemed immoral in the Bible. People committing adultery use to feel shame when caught, but now it is common place. While cultural norms shift, God's Word does not change. While some want to make it a civil rights issue or tolerance issue, others see it as a moral issue, and political correctness adds fuel to the debate.

Phil Robertson's is known for his deep spiritual convictions. Is tolerance only to flow in one direction? What of issues of freedom of religion and freedom of speech?

"My mission today is to go forth and tell people why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches […]. 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." Phil Robertson via Fox and Friends

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