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A&E Suspends Phil Robertson

The A&E network has suspended Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson for comments he made in which he compared gay people to horse-fuckers and said that we're all bound for an eternal agony in a lake of fire. (So to speak.)
“Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson has been suspended from the A&E reality series, following anti-gay remarks he made in an interview with GQ magazine. In a statement, A+E Networks said he had been placed on indefinite hiatus. “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty,” the company said. “His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.” Robertson caused controversy with his comments, in which he grouped gays with “drunks” and “terrorists,” and said that they won’t “inherit the kingdom of God.
The haters are already screaming.

UPDATE: GLAAD responds via press release.
What’s clear is that such hateful anti-gay comments are unacceptable to fans, viewers, and networks alike,” said GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz. “By taking quick action and removing Robertson from future filming, A&E has sent a strong message that discrimination is neither a Christian nor an American value.”

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