“A Christian organization has launched a petition to end the persecution of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson after he declared heterosexual sex to be his favorite kind.
The petition at IStandWithPhil.com, which calls for Robertson to be taken off suspension at his show’s cable network, A&E, has gained more than 2,300 signatures as of mid-morning Thursday. The petition was created by the Christian group Faith Driven Consumer.
“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, ” Chris Stone, founder of Faith Driven Consumer, said in a statement. “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 petition demands that Roberts be immediately re-instated at A&E and that the network “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.””