A&E may have violated the civil rights of "Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson when it suspended him for making anti-gay remarks in a magazine interview, former Rep. Allen West of Florida says.
'We cannot start censoring people like this," West told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"As far as A&E . . . it's their business. I don't know what's in the contract, but if they suspended someone for their religious beliefs, that's a violation of the Civil Rights Act."
Last week, Robertson, 67, star of A&E's smash reality show, was suspended for criticizing the homosexual lifestyle in GQ magazine, comparing it to bestiality.
He quoted passages from the Bible to back up his beliefs.
"GLAAD [founded as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation] and other organizations such as them, they want freedom from any dissenting views," West said. "The majority that is out there are in concert with Phil."
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