We had an amazing dialogue yesterday around Phil Robertson, duck calls and sound bytes. (feel free to continue to chime in)
As an update, the Robertson family has issued an official statement on the matter:
“While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart’ and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Phil would never incite or encourage hate,” the Robertsons said in a statement.
The family called into question the future of the show.
“We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right. We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty,” it said.
Also worth noting is something Phil himself said in his original interview:
“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job… We just love ‘em, give ‘em the good news about Jesus – whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ‘em out later.”
Meanwhile, the Facebook Page “Bring Back Phil Robertson” continues to grow in numbers… one estimate put it at a thousand new fans every minute yesterday.
16-year old Sadie Robertson perhaps said it best: “Prayer is the best conversation of the day. It’s better to go to God before taking it to someone else”