The patriarch of Louisiana's first family of cammo and star of the hit reality TV show "Duck Dynasty" was suspended indefinitely by the A&E Network for anti-gay comments he made in GQ Magazine.
In an article published in the magazine's January issue, Phil Robertson gives his take on what's wrong with the worldview away from his beloved West Monroe, La. homestead.
When asked, "What in your mind is sinful?", Robertson replied, "Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there..."
Robertson goes on to paraphrase a bible verse saying, “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.”
Forum For Equality Executive Director Sara Jane Brady calls Robertson's comments, offensive.
"I think that it's a form of bullying, it's a form of bigotry, I think it's also a form of ignorance," said Brady.
Thursday, Eyewitness News spoke with Duck Dynasty viewers in the French Quarter.
"I don't agree with him," said Marsha Tiessen, a self proclaimed staunch conservative. "I do not think gays are sinful. I think we are who we are and we are born into it."
Roy McBride says family members have now decided not to send out their Duck Dynasty themed Christmas cards.
"My family, they do different Christmas cards every year," said McBride. "This year they were using the Duck Dynasty family. "They were going to send them out to all our friends. A lot of them live in Northern California, lot of them are gay and they decided not going to do it, just because of what's been said. They wanted to send it out as being funny. Now it's not funny."
Others say Robertson has a right to his opinions.
"We're always having the media and others tell us that we should be aware of other people's point of view," said Bill Evans. "Well, I think the same thing applies to him. He has a right to his point of view. He's an individual that has his beliefs and he's obviously a very religious man and so I support him."
"I think he should be able to say what ever he wants to," said Gary Spletstoser. "It's a free country, so far. I mean that's his opinion."
Gov. Bobby Jindal says he's sticking by his friend Phil Robertson.
"Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana," said Jindal. "The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended "
Congressman Vance McAllister, R-Louisiana was elected recently over a more well-known candidate with the help of the Robertson family. He released a statement saying, "The Robertson’s are great people and great friends of mine. Everyone is criticizing a reality star that became so popular by being himself. A real journalist asked Phil a real question and he gave him a real answer based on his opinion, and because it’s not politically correct, people are turning on him. This is America where you have the right to say what you believe and what’s in your heart."
The Louisiana Forum for Equality agrees Roberson had a right to say what he said, and A&E now has the right to suspend him from the show.
"Attaching such hurtful and shameful beliefs to a television show that's the number one reality show on cable is definitely going to have some harmful effects," said Brady.
A&E released a statement saying, "(Phil Robertson's) personal views in no way reflect those of A&E networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. the network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."