PETITION DEMANDING THAT A&E NETWORK IMMEDIATELY REINSTATE "DUCK DYNASTY" STAR PHIL ROBERTSON AND APOLOGIZE TO THE SHOW’S CAST, CREW, VIEWERS AND SPONSORS.
To: The Arts & Entertainment (A&E) cable and satellite television channel, broadcasters of “Duck Dynasty.”
Whereas, Phil Robertson, the star of A&E’s most popular show, “Duck Dynasty,” who was just fired, is one of the most popular Christians in America – a nation that is still overwhelmingly Christian;
Whereas, Robertson’s comments are totally in line with traditional biblical views of sex, marriage and family that are deeply held by 70-80 percent of Americans;
Whereas, by capitulating to LGBT lobbyists and hastily firing an enormously popular, high-profile Christian for expressing mainstream beliefs, you are denigrating and defaming the most cherished beliefs of the vast majority of “Duck Dynasty’s” viewers;
Whereas, if you do not relent on your decision, you will almost certainly lose your top-rated show;
Whereas, A&E has already, as Rush Limbaugh told his 20 million listeners, “thrown away the largest audience on cable television”;
Whereas, you have insulted and alienated the entire state of Louisiana by firing Robertson, with Gov. Bobby Jindal publicly condemning your action and describing Robertson and his family as “great citizens of the state of Louisiana”;
Whereas, your sympathy for LGBT concerns now appears to include the tactic of destroying any and all people and organizations that stand in the way of a forced acceptance of the LGBT lifestyle;
Whereas, media experts are already advising that Phil Robertson has a good case for a First Amendment lawsuit against A&E over violation of his religious liberties;
Whereas, even well-known gay writer Brandon Ambrosino condemns what A&E has done in Time magazine, writing: “Why is our go-to political strategy for beating our opponents to silence them? Why do we dismiss, rather than engage them?” Noting that most in Phil Robertson’s audience “probably share his views,” he says of the LGBT scorched-earth policy, “the Duck Dynasty fiasco says more about our bigotry than Phil’s.”
Whereas, you stand to lose a huge amount of money over this ill-conceived decision, when you consider that the “Boycott A&E” Facebook page received over 500,000 “likes” in just a few hours, and, as the IStandWithPhil.com petition warns: “There are 46 million faith-driven consumers in America today who spend 1.75 trillion dollars annually. Should you refuse to equally respect and welcome our legitimately held views, we will gladly stop watching this and all other A&E programming and turn to any reformulation of ‘Duck Dynasty’ on another network – while simultaneously supporting brands that stand with the show and the Robertson family”:
SIGN THE PETITION
Therefore, we the undersigned demand that A&E immediately reinstate Phil Robertson and apologize to the millions of A&E patrons and supporters you have deeply offended. You are not just firing some reality TV star; you’re spitting on the religious beliefs of the VAST MAJORITY of your viewers. While you have every right to support and promote the LGBT agenda, should that really include 1) persecuting a beloved American icon for expressing his sincerely held religious beliefs, and 2) losing your top show? Wise up.