UPDATE: Massive petition delivery planned. Tens of thousands are swarming the official BackPhil.com petition! Click here to sign the “Stand With Phil” petition now!
A&E has confirmed the decision was indeed made to indefinitely suspend Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty. While there has been no statement released by the family in general, Phil Robertson himself has responded to critics of his remarks. Robertson is standing by his original comments.
“I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together.
“However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”
As mentioned in an earlier story, there is a massive movement in support of Robertson on Facebook. One of the largest pages, We Stand With Phil, has grown to 150,000 fans in a matter of hours. Momentum is expected to continue to grow through Thursday and we’ll update as needed.