A new campaign has been launched by Faith2Action and Vision America to deliver rubber ducks to the Arts & Entertainment Network demanding “Duck Dynasty” Duck Commander Phil Robertson be reinstated to the program.
“It’s time to duck the halls of A&E – literally,” said Janet (Folger) Porter of Faith2Action. “When A&E executives see their hallways lined with ducks, it’s sure to ruffle some feathers.
“They will get the clear message that their viewers will take flight unless Phil returns to the show,” she said.
The campaign, set up online, takes on the controversy over the network’s suspension of the patriarch of the immensely popular reality TV series.
The site allows viewers to send a postcard and a duck to the network. The camouflage postcard, which will be personalized, printed and mailed to A&E for free, reads: “You Can’t Camouflage Anti-Christian Bigotry. Reinstate Phil!”
In addition to the free postcard, people can send a rubber duck to A&E personalized with the message “We Cry Fowl – Reinstate Phil!”
“MailTheDuck.com kills two birds with one stone,” added Porter. “You can mail a postcard to A&E’s CEO, and also send flocks of ducks to let A&E know their viewers are really honked off at their assault on religious liberty.”
After publication of an interview with GQ magazine last week, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, GLAAD, demanded Robertson be removed from the top-rated “Duck Dynasty” television show, and A&E complied.
In the GQ interview, Robertson said: “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong. … Sin becomes fine. 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.”
Paraphrasing Corinthians, he said: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers – they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
Sign this petition and tell the Arts & Entertainment Network exactly what you think of it suspending Robertson for stating what the Bible has taught for several thousand years: That sin is sin, God is God and people are not.
WND has reported that despite the controversy, in which hundreds of thousands of “Duck Dynasty” fans have demanded Robertson’s suspension be lifted, the show is scheduled to resume airing Jan. 15.
According to Entertainment Weekly, sources close to the show report nine of the 10 remaining episodes of season four have already been shot, and the network has no plans to cut out the footage featuring the senior Robertson.
The source also reported the network hopes media and fan furor will cool down over the holidays and plans for shooting future episodes can be resolved.
Robertson, however, has said he has no plans to “cool down” his commitment to speaking out on the topic of sin.
“I will not give or back off from my path,” Robertson told his Bible study group over the weekend.
On Sunday, at a small Bible study group Robertson led in his church in West Monroe, La., London’s Daily Mail was on hand to hear how he would follow up his comments.
“I am just reading what was written over 2,000 years ago,” Robertson said. “Those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom. All I did was quote from the Scriptures, but they just didn’t know it. Whether I said it, or they read it, what’s the difference? The sins are the same, humans haven’t changed.
“If you give them the bad news, they’ll start kicking and screaming,” he continued. “But you love them more than you fear them, so you tell them.”
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