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MARK LEVIN: I have first amendment concerns about A&E firing Phil Robertson…


While making sure to explain that all the facts aren’t out yet, Mark Levin lightly weighed in on the firing of Phil Robertson saying he doesn’t understand why he was fired and that he has some serious first amendment concerns about it.

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  • garyinaz66

    I don’t watch it, but the whole duck dynasty group should quit over this. will a&e give up that big of a show for political correctness?

  • Darrell Griffin

    Apparently, you are only permitted to have an opinion, and exercise your right to express it, if you are of the liberal persuasion.

    • Press Watchusa

      Liberalism has gone too far

      I believe this is a BIG “MISTEAK” for A & E

      First they cut out the “word” Jesus at the dinner table

      Now this!

      Shotguns are the least of the problem A & E has with these boys and their fans!

  • Pete

    It’s their network and they can do what they want. If they don’t like someone representing their brand and voicing an opinion they don’t agree with, then they should have the right to fire someone. Has nothing about the 1st Amendment. He can say what he wants, no one denies that, but doesn’t mean others have to agree with it.

    • Darrell Griffin

      Yup, and I can choose not to watch their network’s channels, or buy products advertised on them.

      They are taking their biggest ratings cash cow and flushing down the toilet. That’s their right as well.

      • Pete

        I agree, it’s all a judgement call on what they think is best. My comment is towards Levin thinking this is a 1st Amendment issue. He wasn’t stopped from saying what he wants, A&E just didn’t want that representing their brand.

        • Darrell Griffin

          Your naïve if you think the 1st Amendment isn’t under assault. Sans my other point.

          We are getting to a point where only one view is represented in mainstream media, and only one view permitted in the public square. This is tyranny of the minority vis-à-vis the speech police.

          • Pete

            I would say it’s ‘naive’ to think it’s wrong for a business to fire someone for something they done or don’t agree with. I thought we, as Conservatives, are suppose to be all for free market and free choice for a business owner. Looking at some of these comments, I would think otherwise. Hey, boycott that is one way to take a stand, however, don’t scream that it’s unfair they fired him over something he said. They have the right to, like any other business should have the right to.

            • Darrell Griffin

              What you are seeing is frustration over a demonstrable double standard.

              Speaking only for myself, I’m tired of “taking the high road”. That’s how we got to where we are. By tolerating it and not engaging all across the spectrum from schools to culture.

              Sometimes you have to get into the mud with the slugs and use their own tactics against them.

              They are bullies. How do you beat a bully ? You turn around an punch them dead in the face.

            • John Queue

              Your argument is at the level of a 9th grade Lincoln-Douglas debate. Please, make a Frickin’ ARGUMENT and stop with the broken record for criminy out loud! So 1-dimentional and elementary line of thinking. You make entirely way too many assumptions to base your argument on and THAT, Pete…is unhealthy thinking.

    • Can A&E also refuse to bake a cake for non-homosexual Duck Dynasty advocates? Think about that, inconsistent hypocrite, compare and contrast. Bloviate and bombast even. Heck, run it up the flagpole and see if any comrades salute, then rejoin the Borg round table and ask them what their next marching order for you IS.

      But first find out what is even is.

      • Let me mock you for a second…

        Ooooh, I can’t answer that, I can only dislike it. Only my opine-ion is Protected, Yours is not. See how fair that is?

        If not, just shut up.

        I’ll speak, legislate, and prosecute all I want. You just keep shutting up!

        Oh yeah, I see how fair that is. Strap another wool blindfold around my eyes and I’ll be able to see it even clearer.

        Ever heard of narcolepsy? How about sarcolepsy?

        • Pete

          You need some help 😛 You just went on a little rant without truly making any intellectual points. Nice try.

          P.S. Sorry that my ‘disliking’ your comment really made you upset. I didn’t realize that my one dislike held such a heavy weight over you.

          • No intellectual points? I was thinking the same about you. Please explain how I made none yet you made some. I’ll give ya about 15 minutes. Anything less will win you bonus points, Mr 11 comments 🙂

            • Pete

              I have already written twice my opinion of the situation, if you can’t grasp basic English that is not my fault sir 🙂 Since this only took me 1 minute, that beats your set requirements of 15 by 14 minutes. What kind of bonus do I get with that? 🙂

              P.S. You can go ahead and say you ‘won’ this argument. It won’t bother me, but I know that is something you are waiting to say so you can feel better about your night.

              • It took three minutes. As you can see, I took two minutes.

                Anyway…the dumbass crown is your prize, I guess.

                Explain how A&E’s opinion trumps Phil’s opinion, then explain how the gay couple and their wedding cake opinion trumps the non-gay baker’s opinion not to bake the cake.

                Quick!

                • Pete

                  One does not trump the other. A&E has the right to end the contract, as long as all requirements and provisions are met, and Phil has all the right to state his opinion. The same thing about the non-gay baker’s opinion. One should have the right not to provide cake to whoever they want.

                  (Was that quick enough sir’?)

                • Yet the baker was ordered by a judge to bake the cake, and Phil was fired by A&E. Explain that.

                • Pete

                  The case of the baker should be appealed, which is what is in action right now.

                • Really? Then why aren’t you arguing on my side instead of the other?

                • Pete

                  I argue on the side of free market principles. You decided to jump the gun and try to add insults without properly talking about the issue. There was no point to carry the conversation.

                • You get to choose what is proper too? How convenient.

                  Does the conservative side always have to add tens of thousands of dollars to their opinion with attorney fees? Why can they not just enjoy their opinion for free?

                • Pete

                  I just choose what I find relevant and worth my time to have a proper conversation with haha

                • Uh huh, so does your administration. That’s what makes it so inherently unfair, dummy.

                  Most folks would be able to see that.

                • Pete

                  Life is unfair, got to be a grown-up at some point and realize that 🙂

                  P.S. Not my administration, I would of thought you’d have some common sense to put that together by now, Mr. Smarty.

                • “I would of thought…” What the heck does that mean?

                  Is life unfair on my side or yours?

                • Pete

                  Well I guess I would take some grammar mistakes over totally incoherent sentences which you have produced 🙂

                • I’d change the subject too if I had nothing coherent to offer. Dumb Kudos to you.

                  You’ve accused many things yet have defended nothing. What kind of counselor are you?

                  A dumb one.

                • Pete

                  Well you were fun, to easy to pick at if you ask me though. A nice source of entertainment for the night 🙂

                • Run along with the rest of your comrades, twas ever thus 🙂

                  It never takes but a few posts to sweep the stupid from the stadium.

                • Pete

                  “Rshill7
                  The Prosecution Rests, (unless Dummy comes up with something in the next 5 minutes).”

                  See, I could easily tell you are the kind that needs to have this satisfaction of ‘winning’ an argument over the internet 😛 It’s too easy sometimes haha

                • Of course it’s easy…to lose. You’re obviously experienced in that one thing alone.

                • The Prosecution Rests, (unless Dummy comes up with something in the next 5 minutes).

        • Dr. Strangelove

          Man, you sure know how to argue with yourself! I’m impressed. However, I think it went over Pete’s head. Let me scroll down a bit and see if we have a new resident troll. Edit: BTW, I’ve been accused of sarcolepsy.

    • V103115

      It’s this wonderful double standard where the left is concerned. It took them about 2 hours after this story broke to “indefinitely suspend” him while it takes a week of screaming headlines for the vile Martin Bashir to “resign” after his disgusting diatribe against Sarah Palin.

      Mr. Robertson expressed HIS views in a magazine, not on the show, about something HE feels strongly about. In no way did A&E’s brand come into it – it’s just their jumpy executives who care more about ratings than people taking a stand on something they believe in.

      • timsrighty

        Well said.

  • BeccaLeigh

    They should all stick together on this one and tell A&E that if they fire one, they fire them all!! Levin is starting to put a bit of legal pressure on the network and I know that as much as I would love to see Levin argue this case in front of a judge, Levin is one of the last legal experts I’d ever want to face off against on a 1st amendment case. Duck Dynasty is a brand and they’ve built an empire so if A&E doesn’t want their paycheck from them, so be it. They’ll have no trouble getting their show picked up elsewhere!!

  • Hmm. I say it’s time for a Congressional investigation, no?

  • Darrell Griffin

    http://www.aenetworks.com/networks

    These channels going to the block list. All advertisers on the boycott list.

  • EdinColorado

    I would think that this family would stick together and then A&E would have lost the most popular TV program in 2-3 years.. and then they will have problems recovering and become a channel with jewelery shopping 24 x 7.

    • c4pfan

      I’m pretty sure that will be the case. You may even see that with other shows like Gold Rush (very religious/conservative people) and they are on Discovery. I don’t know if that’s the same network umbrella or not.

      • V103115

        If they all walk from A&E, it would be cool to see “The Blaze” TV pick them up……..

        • c4pfan

          It would!

    • friskyness

      I don’t think they care….it’s all about “gays”…..no wonder liberals hate God……they can’t live by his rules………………….

    • keninil

      I think the DD franchise is strong enough to walk out on A&E.

  • c4pfan

    I don’t watch the show, but I do know that A&E is off my watch list.

    • V103115

      I am not a fan of this show, but I applaud him for having the courage to speak out. Interestingly, it took two or so hours to “indefinitely suspend” this man for expressing his own views while it took close to a week for the vile Martin Bashir to “resign” from MSNBC after the disgusting diatribe he unleashed on Sarah Palin.

  • c4pfan
    • BeccaLeigh

      and so far, over 22,000 people agree with her!!

      • johnfromjersey

        As of right now, Sara Palin’s FB page, and her statement has almost 300,000 likes, over 44,000 shares and over 18,000 comments, and that’s just her FB page.

  • BeccaLeigh

    my entire facebook feed is filled with posts showing support for phil!! even people magazine has posted about this!!

  • Gary Dickson

    I support Phil Robertson 100%. From what I’ve read and heard, he was simply paraphrasing and summarizing passages from the Bible. He said nothing more than what most Bible-believing Christians take a stand on.

    So, A&E are just coming to the realization that Phil Robertson and his family are Bible-believing Christians?

    What else don’t they realize about Duck Dynasty?

    Didn’t A&E expect them to mention their stand on homosexual sexual activity?

    What could happen is that, in future, non-Christian media or entertainment outfits may decide that hiring or contracting with Bible-believing Christians will be too risky for fear of their making statements about homosexual sexual activity and subsequently incurring the wrath of homosexual activists.

    Perhaps it wouldn’t be such a big loss.

  • MizMak

    Yep. Fired for being what he was hired for: himself. The dynasty needs to take their ducks and go home. A&E broke their contract.

    • RMNCB

      You’ve read the contract? I guarantee you A & E’s lawyers had this well covered.

  • kssturgis62

    If he was FIRED and not just suspended, the family walks. There is no way them boys are going to stand by and let this happen to their dad. I dont’ think they care about lawsuits from A & E. watch them sue the Robertsons for their Christian Beliefs. What did they think this family was about? The LORD GOD HAS THEM IN HIS HANDS.

    • c4pfan

      I agree there. The family members are very supportive of each other and I don’t see them standing for this.

      • jimmie smith

        Yep…and they made millions off that show…I believe I could walk away and not look back? good luck to the duck crew.

    • I think “indefinite hiatus” sounds like another term for fired in my book.

      • kssturgis62

        I agree. Such a sad Day.

  • Alborn

    The truth angers the left since they live on lies. Keep speaking the truth Phil.

    • doowleb

      Phil should have explained in the interview that he was only agreeing with the teachings of the Koran on homosexuality. Nothing would have been said.
      Oh, he should also of said that unlike the Islamist’s, we don’t demand that homosexuals be stoned to death by their neighbors.,

  • PhilipJames

    #StandWithPhilRobertson #NoPhilNoShow #boycottA&E

  • Matt Wells[Herd]

    AE just made other top networks very happy.

  • GLADD, & maybe A&E, are Beardophobic!

  • kimber1911

    A & E clueless !!!!

  • JPMewley

    Guess they can replace Duck Dynasty with an Obamacare tell-a-thon. That will bring in the viewers.

  • Stop the Magnet

    now if we could just get these guys to NOT SUPPORT AMNESTY….otherwise I commend the courage of this man.

    • MizMak

      You know, I wish these people – especially in the faith community – who support amnesty, in the face of existing laws that are already NOT being enforced, would bother to explain why they support it. The problem has always been the institutional lawlessness surrounding the whole illegal alien issue. Until that is answered, none of us that respect the rule of law are going to support amnesty. Sorry. Just so tired of the bottom line being trampled in this debate and always surprised that believers would support lawlessness.

  • George D. Miklos

    A&E sucks!!! Oh, and so does the gay community!!!

    • c4pfan

      I agree with you on A&E. As for the gay community, I wouldn’t. They have the right to state they don’t agree with what he said. But, there was no reason to fire him. It’s stupid.

    • johnfromjersey

      Right, problem is the gays like it.

  • $42287495

    The establishment can not allow dissent.

  • Patriotickev

    To hell with A&E, Take the show to The Blaze Network.

    • EJFrench

      Now THAT’S a GREAT idea! Good one!

    • harglide

      Better yet, take it to the UP network. This is a newer type Christian station. I do not think they would turn D&D down.

  • Guest

    Wondering what “First Amendment concerns” he is talking about? Unless the government is involved, there are no first amendment concerns.

    • Angie

      FCC.
      I don’t know how much weight that argument would hold in court, but when you benefit from or are subjected to government regs, you usually have a higher burden than someone in purely private industry.

  • Sara

    He’s suspended indefinitely, not fired. Check out the Facebook pages – one is ‘Boycott A&E until Phil Robertson is brought back’. It’s going up by thousands every few minutes.

  • dazle1

    Oh he told the truth about Homosexuals and they dont like it. For years as the homosexuals kept appearing on TV shows, as they were coming out of the shadows, pretending they were like everybody else I kept saying the same thing “It seems to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” , and kept saying this is what should be said because that isnt normal its sick! Now somebody finally said the truth and they cant stand it ,the ugly truth has been said and they have a cow. they have spent years pretending to be like everybody else and when someone stakes the ugly truth of what they do they freak out. Always shine the light of truth on something and evil scurries into the darkness!!! So now its “antigay” to state the truth about what they do! How is that “anti”?

  • Unafraid

    Mark,

    Since when are words like vagina and anus “crude” words? Male homosexuality is an act that unnaturally prefers the later over the former. It is a “dirty” act that needs to be described using the English language. Phil did this and was punished because the gay friendly crowds are offended that their lifestyle is being described in clear terms. “bout time!

    • Dr. Strangelove

      Right. More clinical than crude.

    • Jim Burke

      You are correct. The anus is a one-way street. All kinds of trouble ensues when you drive the wrong way on a one-way street.

      • Amjean

        Well said!

    • Darrell Griffin

      You can’t plug a male adapter fitting into a male adapter fitting, no matter how much glue or primer you use. The plumbing simply does not work.

    • stage9

      AGREED!

      We hate truth in America. That’s why Al Qaeda attacks us. That’s why homosexual perversion is protected. That’s why Christianity poses a threat. That’s why Conservative values are silenced.

      Truth is the enemy of liberalism.

    • johnfromjersey

      I’m not the spelling or grammar police, by any stretch, but, oil is crude, people, or the language they use is crass.

    • johnfromjersey

      Also referring to what you said, if it were one of the OWS crowd, or Bill Marr, the language would’ve been more crass.

  • Terry

    They were just looking for an excuse anyway…

  • Dr. Strangelove

    The Robertson’s can simply take all that ad revenue to another channel. I’m guessing LOGO and Bravo won’t be at the top of the list. When it comes to a choice between Christians and queers, the linguini spined exec’s at A&E will surely take the low road.

  • Gart19

    Brilliant marketing move by A&E. No sarcasm intended. Watch this kerfluffle play out. No 1st amendment issues .. Phil expressed the truth and left the bark on. It will pump up the show and put lots of money in their pockets. Ain’t America great!!!!

    • MizMak

      While I inwardly decry your take and the possible implications re the Robertson’s, this has also occurred to me. And while, when I listen to this man speak and know with a certainty the reality of his faith, all of the merchandising, public appearances, and even the dubious choice of being interviewed by GQ, causes me to wonder what the Robertson’s are thinking. I couldn’t even read the first paragraph of the article without being wounded by the profanity of the writer. Part of me rejoices at the light they are in this increasingly dark and insidiously evil culture, but the other half is convinced such involvement is not what Jesus would have us do, nor would have done. I can only pray for God’s protection on them…and for grace to pray for their enemies, as Jesus said to do.

      • Gart19

        I associate myself with Pope Frank….” who am I(we) to judge?.. Where is the wiggle room with the inerrant word of G-D? We are all sinners and fall short … Beware of cheap grace.

  • ryanomaniac

    The sodomites have been laying in wait for a very long time, I guarantee you. This is an opportunity they’ve thought that would’ve come much sooner. Good for Phil.

  • ryanomaniac

    Also homosexuals don’t understand Duck Dynasty’s audience. A&E actually win on both sides of this argument. They pacify the homosexuals and Duck Dynasty will get more support and ratings than they have already. Its a win win for them. Kinda like bisexuals.

    • timsrighty

      not bad ‘Ol Blue Eyes” not bad. Sit back and enjoy the show that is sure to come.

  • Jim Burke

    The entertainment industry allows no one to venture off the reservation, even in an interview. Robertson has stuck a stick in the hornets nest of radical homosexual extremism. The culture war continues. I’m ready to cancel cable TV. Most won’t because they are addicted to the product, so it won’t matter.

    • Sunshine43

      I’m very close to that too!

  • ApplePie101

    Is A&E a private company? If so, don’t they have the right to hire or fire a person for whatever reason they want?

    For the record, I agree with Phil Robertson, but I think it’s more important to be consistent in upholding the right of employers to hire, fire, bake cakes, etc., as they see fit. The first amendment does not prohibit A&E from suspending someone. It prohibits congress from making laws that restrict free speech.

    • Taurnil Oronar

      I do not agree a private company has the right to violate an individuals freedom of speech.

      • so you think a website owner like RS should not have ability to remove people?
        its the same principle.
        until RS gets elected POTUS then it changes 🙂

        • MizMak

          RS does not contract with the posters here to be who they are. This is a public forum that they graciously allow us to participate in, on their dime. Apples and lemons.

          • you read a tos and agree to a code of conduct before posting here?
            then yeah you have.
            and overseas thats actually binding, one more reason I make sure to NOT follow EU law crap on my servers.

            this is not a first amendment issue.
            Its a continuation of the ever expanding invisible right to not be offended that someone make up and way too many are happy to cater to.
            Phils right to free speech (his statement) was not restricted, and A&E right to free speech (firing him) was not restricted.
            and heres the key, our right to free speech by not watching their channel until resolved in a manner we like is also not restricted.

        • ApplePie101

          Good analogy.

      • stage9

        And they don’t, but they play on people’s ignorance and have joined the “bully train” where if you bully someone into silence you win the day.

        It’s time employees and consumers fight back with their wallets and through lawsuits. This culture is sue happy anyway, why not sue over something that’s actually worthwhile?

        • johnfromjersey

          I wish I could find a good lawyer who wants to take on a giant… Verizon. They have and are still using false advertising to sell a product. Also they’re defrauding the public by claiming they offer a service knowing that they cannot. If any of you jailhouse lawyers, or real attorneys who want to take on Goliath, reply to my post and we can talk.

      • ApplePie101

        Think of it this way: If a guest in your house started trash-talking your most cherished beliefs, and you asked him to leave or shut up, how would you feel if he threatened to sue you for violating his freedom of speech?

      • ApplePie101

        They are not violating his freedom of speech. These are two separate issues, and it’s dangerous to our liberties to fail to recognize it.

        1, Does Phil Robertson have the right to say what he said? The answer is Yes.

        2, Does A&E have the right to suspend/fire him at will?
        In a free society, the answer should also be Yes, if you believe a person’s business is their own private property. Otherwise you’re buying into the collective ownership mentality liberals have been cultivating for the last 100 years.

        Although A&E’s actions are certainly coersive, in my view, they are within their rights to run their business as they choose. It all depends on what is in the contract. The Robertsons might have grounds for a lawsuit, but my guess is that A&E has covered itself legally for such a case.

        Don’t worry–A&E will suffer the consequences in the marketplace.

    • MizMak

      So, by your logic, congress can’t restrict free speech, but everyone else can?

      • Laurel

        That is true. Stop attacking Apple Pie. the bill of Rights is in regards to the government restricting speech ie taking your liberty away.

      • ApplePie101

        By the constitution. Read the first amendment carefully.
        Do you really want the government to tell you whom you can hire and fire, and on what grounds? That’s a sword that cuts both ways. That’s how you get laws that forbid you from firing gay activists.

    • stage9

      Um, hey dumb dumb, they fired him precisely because he was exercising his free speech rights and your employer has NO CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO FIRE YOU for exercising that right:

      Religious Expression in the Workplace
      http://aclj.org/workplace-rights/religious-expression-workplace

      • Laurel

        Actually yes your employer does. If you say something while representing the employer it can be taken as speaking for the employer.

      • ApplePie101

        So you want the government to step in and tell you who you can hire and fire. Brilliant.

    • Darrell Griffin

      Only 1 to 2% of the population is gay. Yet they seem to control 100% of what opinions are “tolerated” in the public square. The antithesis of “tolerance”, by definition. Anyone who varies from that opinion is sought out and destroyed.

      By definition, that’s Oligarchy of speech. Tyranny of the minority.

      My arguments aren’t coming from a Constitutional perspective.

      My frustration is with the continued double standard of the left when it comes to exercising it. How they preach about tolerance, but have none. How they lecture about bullying, but do nothing but bully everyone else.

      At some point the right will get fed up with it, fight back, and give them a taste of their own medicine. I imagine they’ll start screaming persecution, even though that is exactly what they do to everyone else.

    • Amjean

      Of course, they have the right. And we also have the right to not watch
      their network, not purchase the products from the advertisers, etc.
      No one is saying that A&E needs to be “fired”. What is pointed out is the
      hypocrisy of the left along with the attacks on Christian beliefs.
      It must also be pointed out that A&E is “pissing off” 14 million viewers
      per episode. Stupid.

      • Sunshine43

        VERY stupid!!!! I’m done with A&E!

      • ApplePie101

        Absolutely. let the market punish A&E.

    • Laurel

      And it prohibits Congress or any government agency removing your freedom or liberty due to that.

  • Sentinel

    Leave A&E.

    • Sunshine43

      Done!

  • harglide

    I applaud Phil for his statement and hope that they move on to another
    network. I am totally against this stance that the queer a&e have
    taken. I hope that this takes a drastic hit on the a&e network. I
    feel though it will add to the rhetoric that has been and will take
    place regarding homosexuals already shoving their lifestyle down
    straight and God fearing individuals.

    I also feel that D&D should perhaps move the the newer UP channel, which shows christian type shows, and christian music, and so on. This may be what UP needs to make it a more popular network.
    I do not feel we should stoop to the levels of the way that the secular movement has, but to move away of the normal mainstream in order to show them that we won’t be treated as we have been for so long. However, by Revelation, it will only get worse. Much worse than it currently is.

    May God Bless Phil for whatever he chooses to do in his future. There many, many choices he has in order to get the word out to non-believers….

  • trytothink

    Watched Megyn Kelly’s panel of yip yappers last night. The liberal guy on the show was devastatingly mortified by Phil’s comments. I don’t know if he could have found worse words to describe Hitler’s atrocities.

    The funny thing was that no one on the panel stated the obvious: This is what Christians believe, why are you so surprised? Just about anyone who says he or she is a Christian believes this, especially if he or she is a Fundamentalist/Baptist/etc.

    • stage9

      These Fox idiots all live in NY and other major liberal hot spots and are more frightened by their liberal friends’ opinions of them than they are about standing on righteous principles. Perhaps that’s because most of them have none to begin with. And because of that are utterly useless to me.

    • Sunshine43

      The idiot’s name is Bernard Whitman and he is a rabid homosexual! That was so very obvious!

  • trytothink

    Another thought after reading this line elsewhere:

    “the reality star compared being gay to bestiality”

    And I say this as not a Christian and having nothing against gay people… Why get bent out of shape about bestiality? Why are gay people being so insulting towards folks that make sweet love to sheep? GLAAD is a bunch of haters.

    • MontyRay

      They actually aren’t. Bestiality groups, NAMBLA, swinger groups, and others have whole-heartedly supported GLAAD’s agenda for things like gay marriage, and GLAAD has cheerfully accepted their support (All the while trying to split hairs on the value of their rights vs. the others). Enemy of my enemy is my…….

  • stage9

    GQ – Gays & Queers

  • I anxiously await A&E banning a gay person making an anti-christian statement.
    not holding my breath though.

  • stage9

    JOIN THE RESISTANCE!
    http://www.massaresistance.org

    In Massachusetts since “counterfeit marriage” was imposed and homosexuals were given special rights:

    – People can now get fired from their jobs for expressing religious objections to same-sex “marriage.” In 2009, a deputy manager at a Brookstone store in Boston was fired from his job for mentioning his belief to another manager who had kept bringing up the subject with him that day. Brookstone’s letter of termination (quoted on local TV news) said his comment was “inappropriate” because “in the State of Massachusetts, same-sex marriage is legal.”

    Businesses are often “tested” for tolerance by homosexual activists. Groups of homosexual activists go into restaurants or bars and publicly kiss and fondle each other to test whether the establishment demonstrates sufficient “equality” – now that homosexual marriage is “legal.” Then they report “tolerance violators” to authorities, and businesses can be fined and punished. In fact, more and more overt displays of homosexual affection are seen in public places across the state to reinforce “marriage equality.”

    What same-sex “marriage’ has done to Massachusetts
    http://www.massresistance.org/docs/marriage/effects_of_ssm_2012/index.html#employment

    This is about the rise of homofascism and more specifically the rise of liberal fascism. This is the future of America if the silent majority remains silent and chooses, instead of fighting these forces, to bury its head in the sand.

    To fight them, you MUST go after the money trail.

  • SouthronKittie

    Why does it have to be about free speech? Morality and Godly living is what is critical for our civilization to avoid the coming fall.
    Making this a free speech issue is a way to not have to state your own beliefs because you don’t want to “offend” the privileged few by saying they are sinful..

  • MontyRay

    I don’t have any issue with A&E cutting Phil if that’s what they choose to do. I also don’t have any issue with what Phil said. We can’t get too crazy about this and then turn around and lament the fact that most government employees can’t be fired because of unions. If you are an employer, you should be able to make decisions based on what you think will help your business. I, for one, don’t think firing Phil is going to help A&E. I also will not be surprised if the family kills the show as a result, or the viewer backlash disrupts their ability to charge premiums for commercial spots due to ratings dips.

    On the former (family killing the show), I presume A&E has contractual obligatory language in place that shields them somewhat from the family doing something drastic. That had to have been part of the calculations when you deal with a family so tight-knit.

    My own opinion outside of the tactics? GO PHIL!!! A&E, you suck.

  • USMC 64-68

    It is the fascism of the progressive movement which the LGBT and democrats are part. It isn’t enough for them to try to control speech and actions, they also want to control your beliefs. It is the tyranny and totalitarianism which has always been part of socialist governments. Liberalism is a bankrupt ideology.

    • Laurel

      You nailed that except the liberalism part. Progressive is just that and it isn’t all that liberal or new.

      You are as a conservative a classical liberal in the mold of the Founding Fathers.

      • USMC 64-68

        Laurel, I understand the history of the term “liberal” and the un-American ideology known a progressivism, which started @ 100 years ago w/T.R., and most importantly with Woodrow Wilson who rejected the Declaration (with it’s God-given unalienable rights) and the Constitution as being irrelevant to “modern” America. Ever since the un-American democrats have held to that position.

        Few people understand or use the term “liberal” as it applied to our founders, so it no longer conveys its true meaning. The subversive democrats co-opted that term after America woke up to the horror of Wilson’s ideology, ran from association with the progressive label and announced they were liberals.

        Then, following the 60’s when America again was taught a lesson that the liberals of their day, were no different than the progressives they realized the dems held to a bankrupt ideology and “liberal” became a dirty word. No surprize – the liberals then resurrected the term “progressive” in order to hide under a good sounding word that people had no first hand experience with.

        Now, the common thread under the democrat party, whether they be called “liberals,” “leftists” or progressives, is that their ideology has its origins from the same belief system that Marx fleshed out.

        As Whittaker Chambers (and other genuine communists) points out. Those who work to destroy the foundations of America are un-American, anti-American traitors.

        • Laurel

          Just wanted to make sure because you mixed your terms in your otherwise superb post. I will no longer let the left of this country co-opt the language and misuse it and abuse it to destroy and hide from who and what they are.

          So you know it but people read these blogs and never comment, so I want them to know it.

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  • marketcomp

    Is Robertson supposed to be a media savvy personality
    knowing exactly what to say and what not to say? He is NOT a politician, Thank God for that! GQ knows that and to go
    after a man and a show that represents a huge group of Americans is idiotic.
    Duck Dynasty is different than any other reality show because some of these
    shows are so raunchy and disgusting that they should be banned from public
    distribution on any medium and never see the light of day.

  • evangelical

    To say someone has free speech but must suffer a consequence of that speech is Tyranny.

    “You have the right to free speech but if you say what we don’t like we will execute you”.

    Liberals are fascists.

  • evangelical

    To say someone has free speech but must suffer a consequence of that speech is Tyranny.

    “You have the right to free speech but if you say what we don’t like we will execute you”.

    Liberals are fascists..

  • evangelical

    To say someone has free speech but must suffer a consequence of that speech is Tyranny.

    “You have the right to free speech but if you say what we don’t like we will execute you”.

    Liberals are fascists…

  • evangelical

    To say someone has free speech but must suffer a consequence of that speech is Tyranny.

    “You have the right to free speech but if you say what we don’t like we will execute you”.

    Liberals are fascists…..

  • evangelical

    To say someone has free speech but must suffer a consequence of that speech is Tyranny.

    “You have the right to free speech but if you say what we don’t like we will execute you”.

    Liberals are fascists……..

  • evangelical

    To say someone has free speech but must suffer a consequence of that speech is Tyranny.

    “You have the right to free speech but if you say what we don’t like we will execute you”.

    Liberals are fascists…….

  • evangelical

    To say someone has free speech but must suffer a consequence of that speech is Tyranny.

    “You have the right to free speech but if you say what we don’t like we will execute you”.

    Liberals are fascists..

  • evangelical

    To say someone has free speech but must suffer a consequence of that speech is Tyranny.

    “You have the right to free speech but if you say what we don’t like we will execute you”.

    Liberals are fascists.