In a message posted to his Facebook page, Sheriff Phil Miller of Douglas County, Georgia, said A&E's decision to suspend Phil Robertson has prompted him to make a decision of his own. He has decided to halt any further assistance to A&E film crews in his county, Breitbart.com reported Saturday.
"A&E has suspended Phil Robertson for talking about his conservative Christian beliefs," Sheriff Miller wrote. "None of us are without sin and I am not judging anyone. I am sure A&E made what they believe is a good business decision. Many people who disagree with A&E might choose to remain silent and there was a time when I might have done the same, but no longer. In my mind the punishment is unreasonable."
"I know it will not matter to A&E, but it will make me feel better," he continued. "A&E has produced more than a half dozen programs with the assistance of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. They will not do any more with my assistance while I am sheriff. It is time for someone other than Hollywood and the news media to stand up for what is right!"
While the network has not filmed any Duck Dynasty episodes in Douglas County, it has filmed other projects in Sheriff Miller's county, including scenes from the series Beyond Scared Straight, Breitbart said.
Miller expanded his comments in an interview with the Douglas County Sentinel.
"I guess I need to learn to keep my mouth shut too," he said in a telephone interview. "But they are punishing a man for being honest and answering a question that he was asked. When he answered and gave his understanding, pulling from his Christian beliefs, this happens. It's not right and I had to say something about it."
"I don't hate anybody and you can ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you the same thing," Sheriff Miller added. "But where we are in this country now, where you are punished for simply saying what your understanding of your Christian beliefs are is just too much for me."
It also happens to be too much for a number of people -- including dissident feminist Camille Paglia, who characterized the suspension as "utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist."
Indeed, the pro-gay left has become fascist and Stalinist in its approach to opposition. It seems that anyone not actively engaged in homosexual behavior is labeled a "homophobe," while anyone who disagrees with the homosexual lifestyle must be silenced by any means necessary.
Robertson's suspension ignited a firestorm nationwide, as people fed up with the tyranny of left wing political correctness said "no more."
Facebook pages supporting Robertson have sprung up, with one receiving over a million likes within 24 hours.
GLAAD, the group who pressured A&E to suspend Robertson, says that despite the backlash it has received, it will research other companies that sponsor the Duck Dynasty patriarch, something that is sure to ignite even more backlash against the left.
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- Mike Huckabee: Facebook deliberately censoring pro-Phil Robertson event page
- Facebook smacks admin of Boycott A&E page for getting too many likes too fast
- A&E’s suspension of Phil Robertson proves liberals do not support free speech
- Camille Paglia: Duck Dynasty suspension 'utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist
- CNN's Piers Morgan: First Amendment doesn't apply to 'racist' Phil Robertson
- Boycott A&E movement grows after network suspends Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson
- Report: Facebook bans Texas man for 'likening' a friend to a liberal
- MSNBC host wonders: Did A&E go far enough by suspending Phil Robertson?
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