Dec 20, 2013 11:05 AM
“The network’s lack of communication has done nothing to stem the tide of detractors who strongly disagree with its decision to put Robertson on the bench after he gave a controversial interview to GQ magazine. A Change.org petition demanding that Robertson be reinstated and the network issue an apology was steadily climbing toward 100,000 signatures Friday, not to mention the separate petition asking for the same thing at a website called IStandWithPhil.com.
Hosted by the online community Faith Driven Consumers, which helps its members spend their money with companies that fall in line with their spiritual beliefs, the petition on IStandWithPhil.com had surpassed 130,000 signatures by Friday evening.
Those who’ve signed the petition are asking for their “views (to) be treated with equality and respect in America’s rich rainbow of diversity,” and for the “network to immediately reinstate Mr. Robertson to ‘Duck Dynasty,’ and to formally apologize to him, his family, and the millions of viewers who tune in every week, stand by him, and share his worldview. While the LGBT community may be offended by his opposing viewpoint, your rash, discriminatory, and unfair treatment toward Mr. Robertson — a recognized symbol of the faith community — is a slap in the face to Faith Driven Consumers and everyday Americans alike.””