It seems the Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation isn't happy with A&E's decision to bring Phil Robertson back to the set of Duck Dynasty, and responded late Friday with a brief statement falsely claiming Phil Robertson compared gays to terrorists.
"Phil Robertson should look African American and gay people in the eyes and hear about the hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists. If dialogue with Phil is not part of next steps then A&E has chosen profits over African American and gay people – especially its employees and viewers," Wilson Cruz said in a statement.
While A&E and the Robertsons appear willing to "live and let live," it appears GLAAD still wants conflict and is prepared to say anything to get their way.
Twitchy posted Robertson's actual statement to GQ magazine, and it's quite clear the Duck Dynasty patriarch did not compare gays to terrorists, although he mentioned them in the same list.
“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists," Robertson said. "We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?"
Anyone with a rudimentary understanding of the English language can see from the statement that Robertson was not comparing anyone with anything, but rather saying that they simply spread the Gospel to anyone regardless of who they are.
Nevertheless, GLAAD -- the organization that has said it seeks to censor anyone who criticizes homosexuality -- seems to have a problem with basic reading comprehension.
The GQ article also mentions that Willie Robertson and his wife adopted a biracial child and are advocates of the practice. GLAAD, in its effort to smear Robertson, apparently overlooked that part of the article.
After GLAAD pressured A&E, the network suspended Robertson, causing a huge backlash from millions of the show's fans.
On Friday, A&E said that after discussions with the Robertson family and numerous advocacy groups, it had decided to bring Phil back.
A&E also said it would engage in a national public service campaign to promote unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message, A&E said "supports our core values as a company, and the values found in Duck Dynasty."
According to the network, the Robertsons will work with A&E to help promote that message, but A&E did not say if that message would include tolerance of Robertson's Christian beliefs.
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