The A&E network was absolutely correct to suspend the star of its smash reality series "Duck Dynasty" after he called homosexuality a sin, equating it with bestiality, according to Wayne Besen, gay rights activist and founder of TruthWinsOut.org.
"It was the right decision. What he said was disgusting, it was despicable," Besen told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"This is a despicable attack on gay people and who we are, who we love."
Phil Robertson, 67, told GQ's January issue: "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." He also paraphrased parts of the New Testament.
Regarding growing up near black farmers in the Jim Crow South, Robertson reportedly stated, "I never heard one of them, one black person, say, 'I tell you what: These doggone white people' — not a word!... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say, 'Were they happy?' They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues."
"His comments about African-Americans were disgraceful. He actually believes, he's stupid enough to believe that they were singing and happy in the cotton fields before the Civil Rights movement," Besen raged.
"Did he ever stop think maybe they were in those cotton fields because they had no opportunity? …
"As we've seen in the past, every time people have bigoted religious beliefs whether it's don't want women to vote or supporting segregation, you name it, they always justify religion as their reason for doing it."
Besen's group is a non-profit organization that "works to demolish the very foundation of anti-gay prejudice."
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