As noted earlier, Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty made statements reflecting his biblically-based religious beliefs in an interview with GQ magazine. A&E has now suspended Robertson from the show about his own family and business!
A&E broke its silence on Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertsons anti-gay comments late Wednesday.
The cable network announced Robertson is off the hit show for the time being.
The network issued the following statement to EW: We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertsons comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.
Let's point out two things.
First, while A&E may strongly support the LGBT "community", it apparently does not support the rights of Christians to exercise their First Amendment rights in public. That should tell every American a great deal about what you are supporting by watching the network's shows -- special rights for some, and no rights for Christians.
It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer - to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individuals race, color, religion, sex, or national origin;
A&E has made a public announcement to the effect that it has suspended Phil Robertson from his employment on the series Duck Dynasty for having expressed his religious beliefs outside of the workplace. This action certainly "otherwise discrimnate[s] against an individual with respect to his. . . terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of such individuals. . . religion". Will the Obama Administration take action to uphold the civil rights of Phil Robertson in the face of this flagrant and public violation of his rights under the 1964 Civil Rights Act? Or will this be one more example of the administration picking and choosing what laws it enforces based upon whether upholding and enforcing the law benefits those constituencies that support Obama and his political agenda?
UPDATE: Great take over at Noisy Room!