Catholic League's Donohue: A&E's Values 'Compromised' by 'Duck' Show

Friday, 20 Dec 2013 07:42 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The A&E cable network, which suspended "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson, has compromised its values by vehemently insisting it supports gays while ignoring other groups, says Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

"A&E … actually advertised on its website that they are proud defenders of LGBT. They didn't say they were proud defenders of Catholics or Jews or blacks or anybody, they chose the gay community," Donohue told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"Now they have a right to do that, but they've compromised themselves from the beginning."

Story continues below video.

Robertson, a born-again Christian, was suspended from the top-rated reality show about a family in the duck business because of controversial comments he made about gays to GQ magazine.

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men," Robertson, 67, told the magazine.

He then paraphrased from the New Testament: "Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won't inherit the kingdom of God."

"Phil Robertson believes the biblical passages about homosexuality and adultery [and] they fired him," said Donohue, whose group is the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization.

"Those comments are printed in GQ. I don't think of a single example where anybody on the right has tried to silence people like that for views that they hold and didn't even express on the air."

"So you're not even allowed to hold privately-held beliefs, particularly religious beliefs, and that's really what's driving this."

Donohue said he reviewed Robertson's statements in GQ, and "if he's anti-gay, then he's anti-straight and I guess the Bible is anti-gay and anti-straight, because what he's saying, he linked in fact people sleeping around, adultery and the like, with homosexuality.

"Now people can disagree with that but that's not hate speech. There's a difference between intentionally trying to use vile and obscene language to insult people and to express a particular point of view. But this is where we've come to in our society today."

Donohue criticized what he called "an element in the radical gay community" for helping fuel the controversy.

"I refer to these people as cultural fascists. Not just gays, but those who are straight and who are trying to stop nativity scenes from being put up on public property and the like," he said.

"They really want to turn the clock back to a point where the state will be in charge of everything. They don't believe in freedom of speech."

See the “Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV each weekday live by clicking here now.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Rep. Mike McCaul: Beheadings Signal Time for Syria Airstrikes

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 19:08 PM

The beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff is a "wakeup call" for America to launch airstrikes against the Isla . . .

Rob Maness Maintains Challenge to Landrieu's La. Residency

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 19:03 PM

A tea party candidate for the U.S. Senate in Louisiana told Newsmax TV on Tuesday that he's not finished trying to get t . . .

Rep. Peter King: Latest Beheading Shows US Must 'Crush' ISIS

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 18:29 PM

The beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff demonstrates that the terror group Islamic State (ISIS) cannot be ne . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved