THE END OF DUCK DYNASTY? The Robertson Family: If Phil Goes, We All Go.

A&E has really stepped in it by suspending Phil Robertson. Not only are the A&E power players being hit with massive blowback, but it may cost them the #1 show on cable television. Here’s what the family had to say in a statement on their website.

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We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E’s decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Phil would never incite or encourage hate.We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right.We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty. Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.

That statement takes just the right tone. They’re standing up for what they believe in, they’re sticking together and they’re handling this whole incident with class. That speaks well of them.

So, will they end up staying with A&E? That’s impossible to say at this point because A&E has bitten off more than the A&E execs can chew and it largely depends on how they handle things. If they admit they made a mistake, anti-Christian groups like GLAAD will go out of their minds, but if they hold this line, they’re going to lose their top show.

Time will tell how this plays out.

Whatever happens, I appreciate the Robertsons’ willingness to stand up for their Christian beliefs. Moreover, they’re the ones who have to live with their decision. So, whatever they decide to do, I’m going to support their decision. Keep fighting the good fight, fellas. You’re doing good work!

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