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Ted Cruz defends Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson's right to free speech

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has weighed in on the Phil Robertson imbroglio, Robertson, the patriarch of the family depicted in the reality show “Duck Dynasty,” said some things in an interview with GQ that many took to be anti-gay, though it was an expression of his religious faith. Robertson was “indefinitely suspended” from the show by its network, A&E for what he said, touching off a firestorm of a controversy that has pitted free speech advocates and people of faith against the gay community.

Cruz took to his Facebook page with a December 19, 2013 post to defend Robertson on free speech grounds.

"Free speech matters

“The reason that so many Americans love Duck Dynasty is because it represents the America usually ignored or mocked by liberal elites: a family that loves and cares for each other, believes in God, and speaks openly about their faith.

“If you believe in free speech or religious liberty, you should be deeply dismayed over the treatment of Phil Robertson. Phil expressed his personal views and his own religious faith; for that, he was suspended from his job. In a free society, anyone is free to disagree with him--but the mainstream media should not behave as the thought police censoring the views with which they disagree.

“And, as PC enforcers often forget, tolerance is a two-way street.”

Cruz has often presented himself as a defender of the Bill of Rights during his thus far brief career as a United States senator.



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