While you were busy celebrating Christmas with family and friends, the I stand with Phil petition to reinstate the “Duck Dynasty” star has gained momentum, despite a mistaken Twitter block as reported via Marketing Land on Tuesday.
According to a statement emailed to Marketing Land from Twitter, the I stand with Phil petition was removed from the social media site because it was “mistakenly flagged as spam,” which didn’t sit lightly with the organization that drafted the movement to urge A&E to place Phil Robertson back in the loop of “Duck Dynasty” filming.
Faith Driven Consumer is a Christian-based organization that provides a “national voice for under-represented Christian consumers,” and has taken a stance against A&E’s dismissal of Phil Robertson for his anti-gay opinion expressed in a GQ interview.
The I stand with Phil petition, also available at IstandwithPhil.com, is very close to its goal of 250,000 signatures as of publication of this piece. Members of Faith Driven Consumer have asked A&E to reinstate the Duck Commander to “Duck Dynasty” production, and to formally apologize to Phil Robertson, the Robertson family and the faithful viewers of the popular reality TV show.
I am asking your network to immediately reinstate Mr. Robertson to Duck Dynasty, and to formally apologize to him, his family, and the millions of viewers who tune in every week, stand by him, and share his worldview. While the LGBT community may be offended by his opposing viewpoint, your rash, discriminatory, and unfair treatment toward Mr. Robertson — a recognized symbol of the faith community — is a slap in the face to Faith Driven Consumers and everyday Americans alike.
In a tactic similar to what initially suspended Robertson from “Duck Dynasty”, the I stand with Phil petition threatens trillions of dollars and cents revenue that could be lost if A&E refuses to respect the wishes of those who agree with Robertson’s Christian beliefs.
There are 46 million Faith Driven Consumers in America today who spend 1.75 trillion dollars annually. Should you refuse to equally respect and welcome our legitimately held views, we will gladly stop watching this and all other A&E programming and turn to any reformulation of Duck Dynasty on another network – while simultaneously supporting brands that stand with the show and the Robertson family.
The I stand with Phil petition doesn’t claim Phil Robertson has been denied his freedom of speech rights, but however equate A&E’s removal of the “Duck Dynasty” patriarch as one that is on par with “discriminatory and punitive treatment,” which in turn “excludes the views of Faith Driven Consumers and effectively censors a legitimate viewpoint held by the majority of Americans.”
No official statement has surfaced from A&E regarding the I stand with Phil petition, but it will be interesting to watch how the network responds to the outpouring of support for the “Duck Dynasty” patriarch from fans, viewers, Christians and Phil Robertson's family.
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