A & E is one of those networks where individuals could easily and quickly name one of its show in a survey (“Duck Dynasty”), but would be hard pressed to name even one other show. It became dangerously close to losing that one program after suspending the program’s (and family) patriarch the program, Phil Robertson. Robertson was recently vocal about his traditional view of marriage and the entertainment industry described this as “intolerant.” The family stood behind Robertson and made it clear it would not be doing shows without him. Fearing its most profitable program, A&E blinked. This is what the President of a leading social conservative group had to say by its surprising reversal:
Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins released the following statement in response to A&E Network’s announcement this evening that the network is ending its suspension of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson:
“The attacks on Phil Robertson revealed to the American people that the push to redefine marriage is less about the marriage altar than it is fundamentally altering America’s moral, political and cultural landscape. A&E Network’s reversal in the face of backlash is quite telling to the American people who are growing tired of GLAAD and cultural elites who want to silence people and remove God and His word from every aspect of public life.
“The goal of GLAAD is to silence anyone who dare challenge the idea that homosexuality is normal. However, the Robertson family’s refusal to cower to GLAAD’s bullying and the ensuing backlash to the suspension, unlike anything since Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, finally forced A&E Network to withdraw the suspension.
“We’ve also seen these intimidation tactics used against wedding florists, bakers, photographers who have been hauled into court, fined and even ordered to violate their religious beliefs by participating in same-sex weddings. Where is the fairness there? Where’s the tolerance? There is none. This is why hundreds of thousands of Americans had enough and took a stand by signing petitions in support of Phil Robertson and the right of Christians to quote the Bible,” concluded Perkins.