'Duck Dynasty' Supporters Targeted by Union at Air Force Base

Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 05:18 PM

By Lisa Degnen

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Being fans of Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson might cost two employees of the Eglin Air Force Base in Florida their jobs, if a government union has its way.

According to The Washington Times, the local chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees wants to have two senior managers either fired or otherwise removed from their jobs.

The paper says their offense was having "Duck Dynasty: I Support Phil" decals on their vehicles.

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Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the reality TV family, came under fire in December for making statements in a GQ magazine interview that some found offensive, such as that homosexuality is a sin.

The Washington Times reports that Alan Cooper, executive vice president of the local chapter of the union, also said one of the employees had the decal in his office and even had extras to give out to fellow employees.

Cooper sent an email to his fellow members saying the decals possibly violate the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

"We took offense," Cooper said according to Fox News. "These two particular individuals have a great amount of influence over individuals who may be gay, who may be African-American, and we have a concern they should not be in a position to exert that influence when it comes to promotions."

"Phil Robertson has made disparaging remarks against a vast array of people, which created a firestorm in the media in the recent past."

Cooper says the base has an anti-discrimination policy that the employees could be violating.

"It's definitely 100 percent inappropriate for an organization that espouses a zero-tolerance policy [for discrimination]," he said according to The Washington Times. "If it's zero tolerance, it's zero tolerance for everybody."

But one of the targeted employees says it's an unfair attack and he is not racist or homophobic.

"My intent was not to offend anybody," one of the men in question told Fox News. "My intent was to support the show and to show support for [Robertson's] Christian values."

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