Dec 19, 2013 9:09 AM
“The Christian organization Faith Driven Consumer asks A&E to immediately reinstate the reality star to the hit show and also is seeking a formal apology to him, his family and the show's viewers.
The petition calls for A&E to immediately reinstate Robertson to the hit reality show, after he was placed on indefinite suspension because of anti-gay remarks he made in a recent GQ profile.
“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,” said Chris Stone, founder of Faith Driven Consumer. “Everyday people will not stand for this; they know bullying and violation of religious freedom when they see it. A&E’s actions are censoring faith-driven consumers and eliminating them from an entertainment choice that they have overwhelmingly supported.”
The IStandWithPhil.com online petition drive calls out the A&E network’s “intolerant, discriminatory, and punitive treatment” of the Duck Dynasty star, reading, “A&E's position, which in your own words is ‘championing’ the gay and lesbian community … excludes the views of Faith Driven Consumers and effectively censors a legitimate viewpoint held by the majority of Americans.””