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Sarah Palin Defends 'Duck Dynasty' Star: 'Free Speech Is an Endangered Species'
The Hollywood Reporter ^ | December 18, 2013 | Staff

Posted on 12/18/2013 11:20:48 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Phil Robertson came under fire after making anti-gay comments, causing the former Alaska Governor to tweet those "taking on" the reality star are taking "on us all."

Sarah Palin has come to the defense of embattled Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson. After A&E placed Robertson on indefinite hiatus for making anti-gay remarks, Palin tweeted her support of the reality star.

"Free speech is endangered species; those 'intolerants' hatin' & taking on Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing personal opinion take on us all," she tweeted.

On her Facebook page, Palin posted a picture of herself with members of the Duck Dynasty family....

(Excerpt) Read more at hollywoodreporter.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: duckdynasty; freespeech; homosexualagenda; palin; philrobertson; sarahpalin
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1 posted on 12/18/2013 11:20:48 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Amen Sarah!


2 posted on 12/18/2013 11:25:57 PM PST by gattaca ("If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." Mark Twain)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Go Mama Bear!

PS A&E has no concept of the backlash they just brought upon themselves, do they? /spit


3 posted on 12/18/2013 11:28:06 PM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I love Sarah Palin, but she’s wrong this time, as are many others. There is no free speech problem here. A&E has the 1st Amendment right to broadcast what they see fit, and Phil Robertson (a good man) is free to speak as he sees fit in whatever venue will have him.

The First Amendment says “Congress shall make no law,” not “A&E shall put your speech on television.” Otherwise I could claim that MY free speech rights are under attack because A&E hasn’t given me a TV show.


4 posted on 12/18/2013 11:30:31 PM PST by xjcsa (Ridiculing the ridiculous since the day I was born.)
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To: xjcsa

Also, obviously TV viewers have the right to watch or not watch A&E as they see fit.


5 posted on 12/18/2013 11:31:18 PM PST by xjcsa (Ridiculing the ridiculous since the day I was born.)
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To: xjcsa

Okay, then why are bakers forced by the courts to make wedding cakes for homosexual weddings against their will?


6 posted on 12/18/2013 11:32:46 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

7 posted on 12/18/2013 11:33:42 PM PST by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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To: xjcsa
If it's OK to do whatever rant you want against the Tea Party and/or conservatives without consequences, the same should be true for opinions against gays.
8 posted on 12/18/2013 11:34:17 PM PST by where's_the_Outrage? (Held my nose to vote.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m hoping that Conservatives and Christians just flood A&E with negative messages for their suspension of the guy for voicing his personal opinion in a magazine with little readership. ......It wasn’t stated on A&E, so viewers didn’t see or hear what he said.

A&E is now afraid of the approx. 3% of the population, when the Robertsons on Duck Dynasty are bringing in big bucks? Are the idiots at A&E really that stupid???


9 posted on 12/18/2013 11:36:33 PM PST by octex
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Go out and buy a Duck Commander duck call, even if you don’t hunt ducks! :)


10 posted on 12/18/2013 11:41:34 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: xjcsa

As Mr Spock would say, your point is illogical.


11 posted on 12/18/2013 11:44:43 PM PST by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: xjcsa
There is no free speech problem here.

There actually is since homosexual activists and leftists are claiming Robertson engaged in hate speech, keep implying hate speech should be illegal and are defining what the Bible says about homosexuality to be hate speech.

Leftists are laying the groundwork to eliminate both free speech and criminalize the Bible.

12 posted on 12/18/2013 11:49:20 PM PST by Kazan
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To: octex

A&E is run by Marxist sex perverts

They have crossed the line this time

Americans have had enough of being told to shut up by queers


13 posted on 12/18/2013 11:49:39 PM PST by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: piytar
A&E has no concept of the backlash they just brought upon themselves, do they?

Hopefully, the Robertsons will leave A&E and go to another cable channel and draw even a bigger audience.

A&E needs the Robertsons more than they need A&E.

14 posted on 12/18/2013 11:51:23 PM PST by Kazan
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To: xjcsa

I think Sarah Palin is making the case for opinion and free speech in the general sense, not the constitutional sense. The Left wants to destroy people for having the wrong opinion.


15 posted on 12/18/2013 11:54:25 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Go get em, momma Bear


16 posted on 12/18/2013 11:54:41 PM PST by blondee123 (DICTATORSHIP HAS ARRIVED! Nov. 6, 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think there is a SINGULAR response to this whole issue, and that is in re-printing EXACTLY what he said. Rather than focusing on the one part that the gays want to be up in arms about, post the reply with the entire text, and include his reply statement about the controversy.

What, in your mind, is sinful?

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “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.”

“I myself am a product of the ‘60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. 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. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”


17 posted on 12/18/2013 11:55:49 PM PST by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: xjcsa
I agree in part with you in A&E has no obligation to give them a show..However I'm assume they have a contract between the two party's..so unless A&E has something writing saying what he can and can not say outside of the show A&E is obligated to honor the contract..The kicker is it is a hot show..so at this point Phil and the family can walk and take the show to another channel. .say cmt..for way more money
18 posted on 12/18/2013 11:56:29 PM PST by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Over 200,000 likes in about 5 hours. Please go support a Christian who wants to protect freedom of speech! https://www.facebook.com/Philrobertsonsupport


19 posted on 12/18/2013 11:56:37 PM PST by blondee123 (DICTATORSHIP HAS ARRIVED! Nov. 6, 2012)
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To: xjcsa

Wrong! Robertson’s remarks came in a magazine interview which had nothing to do with “A&E”. Covered “free speech”.

You need to read up on the First Amendment and all its correlary court decisions.


20 posted on 12/19/2013 12:02:20 AM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: xjcsa

You DO know that A&E would not have fired this good man were it not for the pressure of the creepy GLAAD bigots? They are cowards who have disgraced themselves by not standing up to the powerful forces of hate and tyranny. No one here is talking about the *right* of the network to drop the show.
Luckily, this obsequeous decision may become a godsend for Glenn Beck’s network, and the Robertson family. Bob


22 posted on 12/19/2013 12:17:25 AM PST by alstewartfan (Lines of coffee cups on parade, Soldiers for keeping the night away, Al Stewart)
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To: xjcsa

You are correct that there’s no 1st Amendment problem, because that deals with the federal government’s relationship to its citizenry.

However, it is most definitely a “free speech” issue, as the left is always trying to muzzle ideological opponents. Unless there’s push back, they’ll succeed.


23 posted on 12/19/2013 12:28:28 AM PST by Bratch
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To: octex
I’m hoping that Conservatives and Christians just flood A&E with negative messages for their suspension of the guy for voicing his personal opinion

A & E Freep! Show them the power of Free Republic! The corporate number is 212-210-1400, give them a call and tell them how you feel!

24 posted on 12/19/2013 12:43:18 AM PST by defal33 ("I Am Andrew Breitbart")
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To: xjcsa

Although you are catching a lot of flak, you are technically correct. It isn’t a 1’st amendment issue, for the reasons you stated. Private companies can and do fire people routinely for doing or saying things that are deemed “innapropriate” to their company image, whatever that criteria might be, and the specific language is ubiquitous in show biz contract fine print.


25 posted on 12/19/2013 12:43:23 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: xjcsa

A&E knows who and what the Robertson family is, what they believe and stand for and they put them on the network precisely because of this. Now, 4 years into it, they now decide to censor and punish him? I think the 5th season is already in the can so how are they going to edit him out?

A&E has one good show on, “Longmire”. I hope this show doesn’t take a hit because of this. On the other hand, the Robertson’s ought to refuse to do a 6th season.


26 posted on 12/19/2013 12:44:34 AM PST by miele man
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How long did it take for A&E to cave? About four seconds. Wonder how many folks in the privacy of their own thoughts have exactly the same sentiments as Brother Robertson? Way more than one would suspect I think. The American people have been cowed into silence.


27 posted on 12/19/2013 12:50:32 AM PST by animal172 (Calling Thomas Jefferson)
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To: xjcsa

Your argument is being espoused my most. However, the contradiction is no “public” “non religious” entity would be allowed to fire an individual for expressing pro homosexual activities. At least not without a court fight, which they would be sure to lose. So yes, this is a very much a free speech issue.


28 posted on 12/19/2013 12:52:48 AM PST by saywhatagain
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My pastor is Black and have said similar in the pulpit. Waiting for the gay activists to protest outside Black churches!


29 posted on 12/19/2013 1:35:58 AM PST by RginTN
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To: kingu

However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.


Thanks for posting this excerpt. It illuminates how hateful and intolerant the gay rights crowd are. I heard some caller on Mark Levin defending A&E and he obiviously didn’t read this part.

A&E fired a man who professed that he doesn’t treat gays with disrepect. Insane!


30 posted on 12/19/2013 1:44:30 AM PST by RginTN
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
How about a Robertson/Palin '14 Ticket?
31 posted on 12/19/2013 1:53:08 AM PST by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’d like to see the rest stand behind Phil and quit A&E. Another network would pick them up in a heartbeat.


32 posted on 12/19/2013 2:10:20 AM PST by maddog55
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I would have expected no less from Sarah.

She is right again and what Phil Robertson said in the magazine interview is totally right also.

A&E and the perverts have no idea what they started.

33 posted on 12/19/2013 2:15:20 AM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: gattaca

34 posted on 12/19/2013 2:27:19 AM PST by McGruff (How's that Hopey Changey thingy workin out for ya?)
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To: xjcsa

Yep. But you see, that will get buried under the weight of “THE HOMOS” and reason will cease to matter.


35 posted on 12/19/2013 2:38:56 AM PST by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, STANDING WITH RAND.)
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To: kingu

Yeah that’s some hate speech right thar by gosh.


36 posted on 12/19/2013 3:09:40 AM PST by ez (Muslims do not play well with others.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Okay, then why are bakers forced by the courts to make wedding cakes for homosexual weddings against their will?

The baker didn't have his own TV show...

37 posted on 12/19/2013 3:13:25 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

Huh?


38 posted on 12/19/2013 3:13:59 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The baker wasn’t ‘high profile’ enough...he stood up for his principles, but outrage from the right/Christian community was tepid, at best. He needed a TV show.


39 posted on 12/19/2013 3:25:10 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: RginTN

The marxist black racist “Rev Wright” has no problem with his “Down Low Homo” club.


40 posted on 12/19/2013 3:28:43 AM PST by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All
Email the Robertson family; tell them to stand strong and united behind a father who spoke Biblical truth. “We love to hear from our fans! Drop us an email at fanmail@duckcommander.com .”

Email A & E at feedbackaetv@aenetworks.com . Tell ‘em you’ll be happy to dump both the network and its sponsors for its craven cowardice in kowtowing to the hectoring “Free speech for me, but not for thee” whimperers.

41 posted on 12/19/2013 3:33:51 AM PST by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

100% supportive of Palin here.

Way to step up, and take a stand.


42 posted on 12/19/2013 3:37:17 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Ditto!


43 posted on 12/19/2013 3:46:03 AM PST by urbanpovertylawcenter (the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: tophat9000
..The kicker is it is a hot show..so at this point Phil and the family can walk and take the show to another channel. .say cmt..for way more money

Unless their contract with A&E says otherwise.

44 posted on 12/19/2013 4:12:10 AM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: gattaca

http://www.theblaze.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/sarah-palin-duck-dynasty.jpg

45 posted on 12/19/2013 4:32:34 AM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes. Free speech needs to go both ways.

If a gay male star of another TV show were to say in an interview, say with Out or Advocate, “I don’t get the whole vagina thing! What is up with those? Give me a good penis and balls every day, ha ha ha ha!”

Would he be fired by his network, or would people cover their mouths in mock shock and laugh delightedly? You KNOW you know the answer.


46 posted on 12/19/2013 4:35:24 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: where's_the_Outrage?

If it’s OK to do whatever rant you want against the Tea Party and/or conservatives without consequences, the same should be true for opinions against gays.


Exactly. And this should be said on all media today. Of course a&e has a legal right to fire whom they want. But it needs to be broadcast that this is against the concept of free speech.

What a&e is saying is that hate speech against some groups is ok because a&e is not in favor of nasty tea party folk, but gays are protected.


47 posted on 12/19/2013 4:39:52 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: defal33

the CEO number is
212-210-9007


48 posted on 12/19/2013 4:47:29 AM PST by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: xjcsa
"There is no free speech problem here."

Let me guess...you're a member of the Pepsi generation. I figured out that around the late 80s the effect of new math and indoctrination that began in the schools in the 60s started to come to fruition. Now the crooks that would make Al Capone blush and run-of-the-mill commies are in charge of this country because critical thinking is mostly non-existant in younger Americans (30's and below) these days.

49 posted on 12/19/2013 5:19:11 AM PST by gr8eman (How ya doin Bob?...Bitchen!)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Anyone remember “Howard the Duck”, one of the stupidest movies ever made?
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I saw it late one night on cable and I thought it was hilarious! I’d watch it again, as it was several years ago.

I agree with you and everyone else here about the stupid A&E decision.


50 posted on 12/19/2013 5:21:27 AM PST by octex
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