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December 19th, 2013
01:49 PM ET

CNN Exclusive: Family pastor defends 'Duck Dynasty' star

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
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(CNN) - While controversy swirled around Phil Robertson Wednesday evening, the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch was at his longtime church, praying for a young woman who suffers from cancer, the TV star's pastor told CNN in an exclusive interview.

"Phil led us in prayer," said Mike Kellett, senior pastor of White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, Louisiana. "There were greater things on our minds than the firestorm of controversy about this article."

Asked how Robertson is taking the fierce criticism of his remarks on homosexuality, Kellett said, "He's very calm, and very confident that if he serves the Lord, God will take care of everything."

Robertson, 67, was suspended by the A&E network on Wednesday after the publication of comments in GQ magazine. Citing the Bible, the outspoken Christian called homosexuality sinful and compared it to bestiality and drunkenness.

Robertson's remarks were a rough paraphrase of the New Testament, in which Paul catalogs a list of vices, including, in many Bible translations, homosexuality. Scholars and pastors disagree, however, about whether Paul's remarks should apply to modern gay and lesbian relationships.

Gay rights groups were outraged, calling Robertson's remarks "homophobic" and "hateful." A&E said it was "disappointed" by the comments, "which are based on his own beliefs and are not reflected in the series 'Duck Dynasty.' "

But Robertson, who looks a bit like an Old Testament prophet,  says conservative Christian beliefs and values have permeated every corner of his life ever he gave up his self-described heathen lifestyle as a honky-tonk operator in the 1970s.

"I myself am a product of the '60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom Savior," Robertson said in a statement on Thursday. "My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together."

‘Duck Dynasty’ reactions debate: Free speech or bigotry?

Robertson is an elder at White's Ferry Road Church of Christ, a nondenominational church that gathers around 1,200 worshippers on Sunday mornings. That means he offers spiritual counsel, helps teach the faith, hosts Bible studies and offers charity to the poor, Kellett said.

"He has literally helped bring hundreds of people to the Lord," the pastor added.

Robertson's son, Alan, co-pastored White Ferry with Kellet for eight years before joining the cast of "Duck Dynasty."

The show, which A&E says drew nearly 12 million viewers to the premiere of its fourth season in August, is enormously popular among conservative Christians, many of whom defended Robertson on social media Thursday. A online petition called "I Stand With Phil," garnered nearly 10,000 signatures by midday.

Opinion: ‘Duck Dynasty’ suspension doesn’t violate First Amendment

As Robertson's fame has grown, so has the size of his pulpit. He has preached at megachurch Pastor Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in California. Publishers peddle "The Duck Commander Devotional" and churches clamor for guest appearances by the Robertson family.

“We’re kind of the John the Baptists of the 21st century," Alan Robertson has said. "It’s how you imagine, with the wild hair and the locusts."

Kellett said his church backs Robertson, whose family is nearly royalty in West Monroe, a city of 13,000 in northern Louisiana. "We support the Robertson family, and strongly believe in our Bibles and in Jesus Christ as lord."

The pastor said he agrees with Phil Robertson's comments about homosexuality and is concerned about his critics' treatment of Christianity.

"I think it's unfortunate that when you quote the Bible people get upset about one particular sin that always seems to get a lot of attention," Kellett said. "But sometimes the Bible is going to rub folks the wrong way."

Palin and Jindal weigh in

- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Belief • Bible • Celebrity • Christianity • Culture wars • Discrimination • evangelicals • Faith & Health • Gay marriage • Gay rights • gender issues

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  1. CommonSensed

    This is such comedy. You can't make this stuff up and yet here it is.

    December 19, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
  2. Rainer Braendlein

    Certain single sins including gayness are not the basic problem of today (single sins are only the consequence of a deeper problem).

    What is our basic problem?

    Our basic problem today is materialism. Never in history people worldwide were so busy with manufacturing and consuming goods – it makes use of our whole time.

    The most crazy point of the story is that even very many Christians, maybe nominal Christians, spend their whole time for the service of the Mammon, the God of materialism, whereby in most cases they don't feel guilty but regard this as the usual Western lifestyle which they cannot escape. However, when we serve the Mammon, we are spiritually dead, and it is only a matter of time until we sink into the abyss of sin.

    The ancient Greeks and Romans had not completely forgotten the Creator but beside him they adored their idols like Zeus and Hermes and the Roman Emperor. Today certainly many of us have not forgotten the invisible God but beside him we adore Mammon.

    Conclusion: We should not have too many strong feelings about gays but consider our own state. Do we serve God or the Mammon? Jesus said that we cannot serve God and the Mammon at the same time. That should make us minding.

    Right now everybody can return to the source of life, the invisbile God, through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Abandon the Mammon and follow Jesus right now. Administrate your work life and possession according to God's will.

    Being connected with the source of life, we certainly will not sink into the abyss of sin.

    December 19, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
    • CommonSensed

      And the RCC has it's vast wealth – even its own country.

      And the beat goes on.

      December 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
    • Jill

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      And remember, never pass up an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart.

      December 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
      • Church of Suicidal

        "fear not the coming of the essential kangaroo"

        Bob Dylan is kicking himself for not writing this...

        December 19, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
      • veep

        Kudos 2 Jill

        December 20, 2013 at 9:48 am |
    • veep

      You don't really think the GOP is gonna buy that, do you?!

      are you 8 years old?

      seriously.

      December 20, 2013 at 9:46 am |
      • Robert Constant

        The GOP can buy whatever they want . The Koch Brothers are paying.

        December 23, 2013 at 7:18 am |
    • veep

      "Being connected with the source of life, we certainly will not sink into the abyss of sin."

      seriously?!

      peeTest this one...

      December 20, 2013 at 9:47 am |
    • John Sharp

      Wow, just look at the drivel these people write about their silly little religion.

      There is no defense for a guy that claims black people were better off during the Jim Crow days and that he never saw anyone singing the blues.

      Not only is that not true, it is a ridiculous lie. Period. I

      December 23, 2013 at 8:54 am |
  3. sly

    Typical southern redneck racist ... quite unintelligent ... certainly an insult to others who share his opinion that there is a god.

    Good move A&E – send this guy the 'Paula Dean' way ...

    December 19, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
    • bigben54962

      one has to feel sorry for the unbelievers.

      December 20, 2013 at 9:06 pm |
      • Teddy

        I feel more sorrow for those that placate being Christian, choose which laws they will follow, and then judge people for not following those specific ones.

        December 21, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
      • Robert Constant

        When the Jews, leaving Egyptian captivity, conquered the Holy Land , we find in Genesis that God told Joshua to kill everything including animals and INFANTS. What do you think about that? Is it Just to murder babies?

        December 23, 2013 at 7:23 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          There again you have to understand the times in which they lived, In Old Testament times God had the nation of Israel to destroy may pagan nations that were not Jewish or Hebrew in that day. Many were destroyed because of their sin of trying to intermingle with God's people. Many were destroyed for their pagan beliefs. God had Israel wipe out many nations to allow them to go through their land on the way to Canaan the promised land. Was it just? Who is to say surely not me! God's ways are much higher than ours and His thoughts are much higher than ours. He had His reasons for destroying these pagan nations and we may not ever understand the full reasoning but why contemplate it since it happened 6000 years ago?

          December 23, 2013 at 7:31 am |
        • WASP

          @"DR": SOOOOO if your god is so powerful, why not just lick his thumb and snuff out all pagan nations from the beginning?
          why wait for a bunch fo sheepherders, that were the tools of a great empire like egypt, then "b-boys" of the romans to destroy the evil pagans?

          1KINGS VERSE 30-40: prove your god, if your god can not or does not show himself then just as the BAAL worshippers your god isn't real.

          good day. 🙂

          December 23, 2013 at 7:37 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          You are too stupid for me to even reply to you!

          December 23, 2013 at 7:40 am |
      • John Sharp

        No, one actually feels sorry for those who believe in magic.

        But then again that goes away, because these same m*rons are trying to impose their imaginary friend's will on everyone else.

        Like we don't know he or she is imaginary.

        At this point either your imaginary friend shows up and states what his will is for us or shut the hell up. I am not falling for the imaginary friend just because you do.

        December 23, 2013 at 8:57 am |
  4. Charm Quark

    You know you are a pious redneck when you are allowed to lead your fellow rednecks in prayer, y'all.

    December 19, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
    • Rett

      Who should lead them in prayer? If any were pious there would be no need for prayer.

      December 22, 2013 at 6:42 am |
  5. Dyslexic doG

    “We’re kind of the John the Baptists of the 21st century," Alan Robertson has said. "It’s how you imagine, with the wild hair and the locusts."

    yep ... all these bible characters were just bronze age hillbillies with big mouths. write some of it down, wait 2000 years and all of a sudden it's the word of god.

    what a #%^$ joke!!!

    December 19, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
  6. Lucifer's Evil Twin

    LOL... I knew there was a reason that I didn't watch that stupid redneck show

    December 19, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
    • Bones

      Apparently rednecks are easily amused. I can't even count the amount of stupid blue collar type reality shows. You name the concept, there's a reality show about it. I don't see what people love so much about it. It's not even entertaining in the least.

      December 19, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
  7. JamesSandy

    Religion......like science, except for stupid people.

    December 19, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
    • Topher

      Science and the Bible agree.

      December 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
      • Bones

        They agree on what exactly?

        December 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
        • Joey

          Everyone knows that science has proven that a human can live inside of a whale for three days.

          December 19, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          And that PI = 3.00000. . .

          December 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
      • CommonSensed

        Fail.

        December 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
      • Charm Quark

        Topher
        Stop it, you are scientifically illiterate, so how would you even have the slightest clue. BTW the stuff you get from Christian apologist websites is junk science twisted by your fellow fundies.

        December 19, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
      • Fred Evil

        On what?

        December 20, 2013 at 12:08 am |
      • Robert Constant

        The book of Genesis makes clear that the Earth, not the Sun is the center of the Solar System, that the Earth is flat, and the Sun, Moon , planets and stars move above it. What do you think about that?

        December 23, 2013 at 7:27 am |
      • John Sharp

        No, they don't
        There wasn't a talking snake.
        Jonah didn't live in the whale for three days.
        The world was not created in 7 days. Don't try that weak, "oh they meant something different than day's as a measure of time" You guys only came up with that excuse after science clearly demonstrated that it was wrong, absolutely.

        Science and Religion do not agree. Science is about the truth. Religion is about mythology, with no evidence to support it.

        December 23, 2013 at 9:01 am |
    • Former Xtian

      Nah, religion isn't like science at all. Yeah, it's for gullible people, but science is based on evidence while religion is just a guess.

      December 19, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
      • Amanda

        "Former Xtian

        Nah, religion isn't like science at all. Yeah, it's for intelligent people, but science is based on a non-provable theory while true religion is based on evidence."

        /fixed
        Hebrews 11:1

        December 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          Go ahead – trot out physical, independent, verifiable, factual or objective evidence for the religious cult of your choice.

          December 19, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
        • Joey

          There is no evidence for you god that can't also be considered evidence for some other god.

          December 19, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
        • Madtown

          true religion is based on evidence
          ----
          LOL. Thursday comedy.

          December 19, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
        • Former Xtian

          Science is based on a non provable theory? What on earth are you talking about, which theory would that be? Science is a method of fact gathering that is based on experiments and tangible evidence.

          December 19, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
        • Fred Evil

          "science is based on a non-provable theory while true religion is based on evidence."
          Exactly backwards. It appears you understand science as poorly as you understand your religion.

          December 20, 2013 at 12:09 am |
        • Robert Constant

          Genesis makes clear that the Earth is about 6,000 years old. The same technology and science that has created the Hydrogen Bomb and the Atomic Clock has determined that the Earth is over 13 billion years old. What do you think about that?

          December 23, 2013 at 7:33 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          I would believe Biblical truth before I would ever trust some scientist and his so called facts. Listen they said the ark never existed, it wasn't humanly possible but excavator just dug it up in the Middle East. More and more scientist are finding more and more proof that the Bible accounts are true and accurate from the evidence that is being discovered.

          December 23, 2013 at 7:39 am |
        • WASP

          1 KINGS VERSE 30-40:
          prove your god, elijah could.............so can you correct?
          opps sorry forgot your god doesn't love women. he designed them to be property for men by creating them second and creating them from man,.

          so shut up and get back in the kitchen amanda! XD
          remember your god commands it.

          December 23, 2013 at 7:41 am |
        • John Sharp

          wait you quoting a book of collected stories in 200 A.D. as your reference?

          Sorry it won't hold water, unless you already drank the kool-aid

          December 23, 2013 at 9:02 am |
      • Ud

        Science, yes its based on facts to some extent and more on assumptions. The Mouth of assumptions is too big that we can push down the throat and even overflow it till we suffocate and die under its rant. Evolution, to start with assumes billions of years, because there is no such experimental evidence that any scientific world has shown us so far. Its based on some micro processes of experiments and comparative analysis of DNA code and says that we are from Apes thats an assumption we should believe(guess only elite scientific world). So i agreed and looked into evidence by the scientific world, every thought proves my point that the mouth of assumption is large so they can shove numerous reasons to prove that the assumptions they make are true and make it fit to the assumption. There is no species to species changes ever observed true there are similarities but evolution assumes we came from other species. No one has seen it and Dawkin's says its unobservable as it millions(nice copout, as no one can live that long), non-repeatable(no clue where to begin, so micro evolution came to rescue(bacteria to another type of bacteria), not experiment-able(good luck with this any volunteers from us to evolve into something). So that's scientific method of saying there is evidence.

        December 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
        • G to the T

          Multiple lines of evidence converge to show evolution as true.

          I wonder, what evidence would it take for you to accept it? Barring that, can you falsify it?

          December 19, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
        • Robert Constant

          Not only has genetics established the evolution of man, but it has now established the evolutionary time table and chronicled the specific genetic changes in the migration of the first humans from Northern Africa. The technology used is a derivative of the the same DNA evidence juries use to determine guilt or innocence in a court of law. This new evidence corroborates the archaeological record, structural biology, and the geological record which arrive independently at the same conclusions.
          One final point. We know the exact size of Noah's Ark. It would have been tight even for the known species of insects.

          December 23, 2013 at 7:50 am |
  8. Ronnie

    Who cares what this ignorant hick said about anything?

    December 19, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
    • Former Xtian

      Imagine if all companies did this same thing? People would get fired all the time and our rights would vanish. Essentially this is what the corporations want because they like to control the public's thoughts, they don't want people thinking for themselves. I feel it's time that companies gave employees the same rights that our country gives to citizens.

      December 19, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
      • sly

        Exactly! Why, just the other day I was in New York at the new World Trade Center, and I made jokes about how they should open a 'Body Shop' there, or maybe conduct some High Dive Championship in honor of all those New Yorkers who jumped from the building on 9/11.

        Gosh, you'd think I said something about their God or something – they didn't seem amused.

        I thought it was hilarious – I say the same thing about the Boston Marathon Bombers – that site would also make a great Body Shop, think of all the body parts!

        Wow ... what's with this country. Such thin skin and obviously no sense of humor! I thought it was funny, since God also says in the Bible that Body Shops are good.

        Y'all are suppressing my free speech! You should've seen the Christian guy I work with when I told him I was rooting for Iraq in the Gulf War since the Christian religion is dirty. Wow – the guy acted like I have no right to say that at work.

        December 19, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
        • sharon12345

          It's a shame you couldn't sell merchandise like these rebel nuts did. You'd be wealthy. Your remark was great.

          December 20, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
  9. Live4Him

    Boycott A&E!

    December 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
    • Former Xtian

      How can you boycott something you don't watch, anyway? Does anybody actually watch A&E?

      December 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
      • Live4Him

        @Former Xtian : How can you boycott something you don't watch, anyway? Does anybody actually watch A&E?

        Ummm... Their PROGARMS? No viewers means no revenue for them.

        December 19, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
        • Former Xtian

          Duh, that was my point. I don't know anybody that actually watches anything on that channel.

          December 19, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
      • emskadittle

        you boycott their advertisers

        December 19, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
  10. Matthew

    I wonder, if Phil had said he supported gay marriage, and A&E fired him, would A&E get in trouble?

    December 19, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
    • Disgusted in CA

      Are you kidding? They'd give him a medal for that...

      December 19, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
    • Fred Evil

      Why would A&E fire him for being a decent person?

      December 20, 2013 at 12:10 am |
  11. Doc Vestibule

    In the original Greek, the terms used in Corinthian's list of vices that are sometimes translated as "hom-ose.xual" are 'malakoi' and 'ar.senkoitai'.
    'Ar.senokoitai' referred to male prosti.tutes for Paul and Christians until the 4th century.
    Until the Reformation in the 16th century and in Roman Catholicism until the 20th century, malakoi was thought to mean "mas.turb.ators."

    The terms have variously been translated as:
    "abusers of themselves with mankind" (KJV), "se.xual per.verts" (RSV), "sodo.mites" (NKJV, NAB, JB, NRSV), those "who are guilty of hom.ose.xual per.version" (NEB), "men who lie with males" (Lamsa), "behaves like a hom.ose.xual" (CEV), "men who have se.xual relations with other men" (NCV), and "ho.mose.xual offenders" (NIV), "ef.feminate" (KJV), "hom.ose.xuals" (NKJV), "corrupt" (Lamsa), "per.verts" (CEV), "catamites" which means call boys (JB), "those who are male prosti.tutes" (NCV), and "male prost.itutes."

    December 19, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
  12. AverageJoe76

    Waskelly Ol' God. Git ur conservative 2,000 + year old rules outta my head!! Keeps getting people busted.

    December 19, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
  13. R goodfellow

    First, nothing about these guys is real, the whole thing is a con. Next since the show is designed to appeal to morons, how can one expect the actors not to at least act like morons? Lastly, of course other morons are going to "defend" this moron's stupid comments.

    December 19, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • Topher

      Well, I do find the show very appealing.

      December 19, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
      • HotAirAce

        Topher, thanks for proving the OP's point, moron!

        December 19, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
        • K210

          Every one is smart as long as they agree with you?

          December 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          Nope! There are many people smarter than me, some I agree with and some I don't. Topher is a special case of moron – one that is completely incapable of learning (he repeatedly pretends to have scientific knowledge regardless of being corrected numerous times) or incapable of admitting that he believes in something for which there is no actual evidence, while at the same time correcting other believers on their view of the same myths.

          December 19, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
      • Charm Quark

        Topher
        Yes you would, you and your fellow fundie rednecks.

        December 19, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
    • Sue

      and you base this on your broad knowledge of what exactly?

      December 19, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
    • David

      He might be a moron; but he's also a self made millionaire, how about you?

      December 21, 2013 at 8:41 am |
  14. Former Xtian

    While I do not agree with his viewpoint and think it's very narrow minded, I'm honestly tired of corporations constantly censoring people or punishing them for expressing their personal opinion. They need to stop trying to control people's rights. Now I know they have every right to do that, but it's not the American way, nor does it represent the values that this country was founded on. PC stuff is killing our country.

    December 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
    • AverageJoe76

      I feel the same way to an extent.

      December 19, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
    • David

      So in essence, turn a blind eye. If you see evil going on and do nothing it's the same as doing evil yourself. Are you going to walk by a gay bashing while it's going on and do nothing, or is it that person's right to hate gays. It's his freedom because the bible said so. I call bull$h1t.

      December 19, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
      • Former Xtian

        Companies allowing their employees to have the same rights as American citizens isn't turning a blind eye. It's allowing freedom of expression, especially when it's off company time. If I don't agree with something, I should be allowed to express that opinion without fearing for my job. You are insinuating the opposite. If I see somebody bashing gays I shouldn't have to ignore them. I should be able to interject and tell them how ignorant they are without haven't to make sure my emplorer isn't watching. Remember, we're talking about words here, not physical beatings.

        December 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
    • sly

      I know – during the Gulf War I kept posting all this pro-Iraq, anti-American stuff on my work bulletin board, and you'd be shocked at how upset folks got when I told them I was rooting for Iraq againest the Imperialist Foreign Invaders.

      Allah Ackbar – God is Great! Everyone have a happy holiday!

      December 19, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
      • Former Xtian

        It boils down to weak mindedness. When people hear the same garbage on the news every night and the same blind praises going out to the military and soldiers, they can't handle it when anybody goes against the grain and they get all emotional and turn into boiling tea kettles because of one person's opinion. Their mind is already closed to any viewpoint but their own. I also believe America was firmly in the wrong in both gulf wars.

        December 19, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
    • Thinker...

      I doubt the corporations would care if the people buying their products didn't care. After the blow-up with Chick-fil-A, companies are leery of upsetting their customer base.

      December 20, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
  15. Disgusted in CA

    What is it called when someone gets fired from their job based on their beliefs, oh ya discrimination. Funny how that only seems to work when it's the other way around. My beliefs are A-OK as long as they're in line with the beliefs of the almighty Left, otherwise, LOOK OUT! Funny how the same people attacking Phil and praising A&E's narrow minded decision are the same people that used to say they'd defend your right to your opinion to the death, even if they didn't agree with it...

    December 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      He has a right to say whatever he wants. A&E has a right to disassociate itself from him and his beliefs.

      December 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
    • Nada

      Um...he is a contract employee... he signed the contract agreeing to certain terms. Perhaps A & E is enforcing the contract he signed and agreed to the terms?

      December 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      Discrimination is surely when a function of your job requires you to do something contrary to your beliefs. On one hand I do agree that he has the right to be a bigot, but as I understand it he offered his opinion on something unrelated to his job and his employer did not want to be associated with that and this society is largely corporate-led.

      December 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
    • CommonSensed

      Yes – this is a left/right issue and not one of a moron without a brain/mouth filter.

      Get over it.

      December 19, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
  16. bostontola

    Christians, proudly represented by Phil Robertson.

    The bible requires the most squirming when it comes to certain morality issues like slavery, ho.mose.xuality, justice, etc.

    The bible is flat out factually wrong in many places, but its bread and butter is supposed to be morality where it fails miserably.

    December 19, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
    • sinnomo'

      Bible don't fail, it's Us with our stupid evil miserable mind, blinded by satan, calling bad good and good bad

      December 19, 2013 at 11:09 pm |
      • Fred Evil

        No, the bible is factually inaccurate from beginning to end. A nice moral teaching tool (well, sometimes), but grossly inaccurate.

        December 20, 2013 at 12:13 am |
  17. AverageJoe76

    Another one bites the dust. That darn ole' God keeps getting good salt o'the Earth folks in trubba.

    December 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
  18. tony

    Religion selects for stupid.

    The hunter crouches in his blind
    'Neath camouflage of every kind
    And conjures up a quacking noise
    To lend allure to his decoys
    This grown-up man, with pluck and luck
    is hoping to outwit a duck

    Ode by Ogden Nash. (USA)

    December 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
  19. Akira

    He is welcome to his opinion, even as New Mexico legalized SS marriage today.

    Congratulations, NM!

    December 19, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
  20. Robert

    We can agree to disagree with Phil, but he has a right to his opinion.

    December 19, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
    • Nada

      And A & E is ent itled to theirs. This is a good business learning opportunity for Phil.

      December 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
      • Nada

        p.s. I also love the show

        December 19, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
      • Frank

        That wasn't an opinion by A&E, it was a reactionary move, to save itself from losing viewers. It's ratings for A&E and it made move based on someone's opinions

        December 19, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      And A&E has the right to drop his ass from the show.

      December 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
      • Live4Him

        Likewise, DD viewers can drop A&E from their TV.

        December 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
        • Joey

          They can not watch it but will still have to pay for it unless they drop cable all together.

          December 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          Very true. Unfortunately, here in Canada, we can't drop the channels catering to mentally ill delusional believers – all must pay to broadcast their voodoo. Thank scientists and engineers for the ability to hide their crap by creating favorite channel lists without the Babble Humper channels.

          December 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
        • Live4Him

          @Joey : They can not watch it but will still have to pay for it unless they drop cable all together.

          I've already done that! Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.

          December 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
        • Thinker...

          Joey,
          You are only paying the cable company. A&E makes the vast majority of it's money from advertising and leasing the use of copyrighted material. If you don't watch the show and don't buy the products you are hurting their business because the advertisers won't buy space (or the space will have to be sold cheaper) and companies won't lease the rights to copyrighted material.

          December 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
    • Alfred

      @Robert-Look, don't really care about all this brouhaha, but there are Christians in the Middle East that are suffering immensely this season, for the sake of their faith.

      Can you focus on issues that affect humanity and more specifically speak out against the persecution and more specifically remember them in prayers?

      December 19, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
      • Robert

        I appreciate your sentiments, but the move by A&E to suspend Phil from the network show is viewed as an attack on belief.

        December 19, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          It's an attack on stupidity – it's stupid to let everyone know you believe in first century desert dweller crap when you have millions at stake.

          December 19, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
        • Akira

          No, Robert. It was his stupidity in comparing being gay with bestiality.

          December 19, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
        • hawaiiguest

          Actually Robert, it's viewed by anyone with working brain cells as A&E telling people that they don't believe what that bigoted moron has to say represents them. I might need to start watching A&E again.

          December 19, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
    • Science Works

      But does he not get his opinion from that nasty bible ?

      December 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
      • HotAirAce

        Yup! The Babble – a crappy book of fiction 'cause there's not a single bit of factual, physical, verifiable, independent or objective evidence for any of its alleged supernatural characters or deeds.

        If you don't want to be ridiculed for your silly beliefs, keep them to yourself!

        December 19, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
        • Sue

          Ace, have you ever wondered 'what if that crappy book is true' ? Think about it

          December 19, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          Yup, and decided it is not! Pascal's Wager is still Pascal's Wager no matter how thinly referenced. Why do you believe it is true? Are you sure you are correct, or are you pretending to know thinks you don't?

          December 19, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
        • K210

          I find your comments not only inaccurate and void of any truth but also vile and insulting to Billions of faithful. While you have that right you should be fired from your job for being a mean spirited bigot.

          December 19, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
        • In Santa we trust

          Sue, Of course atheists have thought about it – that's why we don't believe. Genesis is mainly disproved, with a few stories in the "insufficient evidence either way" column. The foundation for the religion is the Genesis account which is incorrect, so the religion has no foundation.
          Pascal's Wager is flawed as it only considers two options – no god or the god described in the bible.

          December 19, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
        • K210

          @Santa, I've done 20 years of research and disagree, I have found nothing but truth in the Scriptures. I doubt many Atheist have done any research at all, they just believe what supports their lifestyle. This can be said of many faithful as well. When having a fair and equal debate your view will lose every time. However, because you are so closed minded that you call yourself a free thinker your going to not follow your own advise but you and your like will proceed tell me how stupid I am and how smart you are because I do not agree with you.

          December 19, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
        • Joey

          Most atheists, in America at least, started out as Christians. It was reading and studying the bible everyday for a long time that convinced me most of it is not true.

          December 19, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          Fire Away! I'm retired and do not represent anyone, not even any one of the millions, and growing, of people who recognize religion for what it is – a centuries old scam on its way to being considered no different than astrology.

          December 19, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
        • K210

          @Hotair Suggest a forum better than this, let establish some ground rules, such as civility, and I would be happy to enter a friendly public.debate.

          December 19, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          What's to debate? You have no actual evidence for your beliefs.

          December 19, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
        • Charm Quark

          K210
          You are so very sure of yourself. May I direct you to the Munk debate "Is religion a force for good in the world." The yes side Tony Blair, the no side Christopher Hitchens. They polled the audience before and after the debate, Hitchens won hands down, be careful what you wish for. Reasoning people are leaving religion in droves, mostly the young thank , whatever.

          December 19, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
        • Fred Evil

          " I have found nothing but truth in the Scriptures."
          Then you either haven't looked very hard, or looked too hard, and fit what you read to what you want to believe.
          It's your life, delude yourself all you will, but don't take out your ignorance on others.

          December 20, 2013 at 12:16 am |
        • MikeD

          Accept Jesus as your Savior and repent before it is to late. You have free will to choose God or satan. Your choice will determine where you end up! I pray you will accept Jesus.

          December 22, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
      • sunnydaze

        It seems to me that a lot of posts have to do with your opinion, which I'm sure you believe you have the right to voice. Why should Phil not be allowed the same liberty.
        America needs to get back to "In God We Trust" and quit all this "politically correct" crap and being so afraid to offend or step on toes. As for me, I will support any person, like Phil, who loves the Lord and isn't afraid to proclaim that love. Feel sorry for those that have no faith.

        December 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
        • Nada

          And you are the enemy of freedom.

          December 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
        • Ted

          "In God We Trust", that late-in-the-game insertion, is part of the problem, not part of the solution, stupid.

          December 19, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
        • Doc Vestibule

          So you would wholeheartedly support the Aryan Nations, Aryan Republican Army, Phineas Priesthood, and The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord, the Manmasi National Christian Army and the National Liberation Front of Tripura?

          December 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
        • CommonSensed

          In god we trust was brought to you by McCarthyites. Thanks for confirming you're a member of the thought police.

          December 19, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
        • MikeD

          Sunny, you are right. when political correctness is contrary to God's Word, all Christians must testify to God's Word. Let the followers of satan yell and scream all they want. God will prevail!

          December 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm |
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