Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released a statement in response to A&E Network's suspension of Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson claiming they are simply prosecuted for their religious faith. Robertson in an interview with Drew Magary of GQ fell into the trap of comparing homosexuality to bestiality, a favorite of the extreme right.
“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,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “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.”
Perkins believes Robertson is spot on in his comparison. He does not cite the biblical reference making bestiality and homosexuality identical in God’s opinion.
"A&E's suspension of Phil Robertson shows Hollywood wants to avoid reality. The reality is that the Robertson family are Bible-believing Christians who don't cherry pick what the Bible teaches. "Phil Robertson has been targeted simply because he expressed his religious beliefs but there is a clear double standard that is being applied."
He believes when Christians simply say homosexuality is wrong and they don't agree with it, there are demands that they be fired and silenced. In his opinion A&E’s decision is just one more volley in the elites attempt to keep Christians from exercising their right to refuse service to those they consider non-Christian.
"We have also seen wedding florists, bakers, photographers hauled into court, fined and even ordered to violate their religious beliefs by participating in same-sex weddings. It is time for all Americans to take a stand against the cultural elites who want to destroy the livelihood of people and remove God and His truth from every aspect of public life. The increasing awareness of this collateral cultural and religious carnage that accompanies the redefinition of natural marriage will continue to cause the debate over same-sex marriage to intensify, not abate, despite the media's relative silence and homosexual activists increasing campaign of intimidation,"
The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled FRC a hate group for their speech not just simply saying Christians should only be heterosexual but that homosexuals are predators who target children and are a threat to American society.Perkins reportedly praised the effort in Uganda to pass a law that made homosexual acts a capital crime. In April the U.S. Senate passed a resolution condemning the law. FRC successfully lobbied against its passage and it stalled in the House.