By Tonya Andris
Inside The Pew
After Robertson’s personal beliefs about homosexuality caused A&E to suspend the Dynasty’s patriarch on Dec. 19, the Christian community and fellow “Duck Dynasty” cast mates came to defend Robertson. The family released a statement on the Duck Commander website, stating “We are disappointed that Phil has been place on hiatus for expressing his faith.”
The founder of Daystar Television Network announced Dec. 20 that his station would offer a prime nightly spot on their network.
Marcus Lamb, founder and CEO of the Dallas-based Christian television network, said in a press release Daystar stands with Phil Robertson and believes Christianity should not be shut out of the media conversation.
“My wife, Joni, and I are standing with Mr. Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” for family values and biblical values,” Lamb said. “Our American constitution guarantees its citizens freedom of speech and freedom of religion. As a result, Daystar Television Network is offering a primetime slot to ‘Duck Dynasty.’
Lamb said if A&E refuses to recognize Robertson’s personal Christian beliefs, then he, along the rest of the Duck Dynasty family, is welcome on Daystar.
Faith Drive Consumer, a movement connecting Christian consumers with companies that are relatively more compatible with a biblical worldview, launched an online petition Dec. 19 calling for A&E to re-instate Robertson. In the first nine hours of existence, more than 70,000 signatures were garnered. The organization’s goal is to collect 200,000 signatures. As of 6 p.m. CST on Dec. 21, more than 169,000 individuals had signed the petition.
“Simply put, Phil Robertson is being censored and punished for quoting the Bible, and A&E’s treatment of him is punitive and highly discriminatory,” Chris Stone, the organization’s founder, told the Chicago Tribune.
To sign the Faith Drive Consumer’s petition, visit www.istandwithphil.com.
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