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Scarborough Calls on A&E Network to Apologize, Reinstate Phil Robertson
Vision America Action President Calls "Duck Dynasty" Star's Suspension More Evidence of the 'Demonization' of Christians and Christian Morality

Contact: Janet Cook, 936-560-3900

NACOGDOCHES, Texas, Dec. 20, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- "'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson is the latest victim of media intolerance toward Christians and biblical morality," said Vision America Action President Rick Scarborough, regarding the A&E Network's removal of Mr. Robertson from further filming of "Duck Dynasty" episodes.

The cable TV network, which has achieved record ratings through the widely-lauded reality series about Louisiana's Robertson clan, who make and market a unique brand of wooden duck calls, told Mr. Robertson he was off the show after being pressured by homosexual activists. The Human Rights Campaign, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and others demanded that Robertson be fired for his frank comments in a GQ magazine interview.

Robertson said he preferred female anatomy to a man's posterior and that homosexual behavior was a sin. He told GQ interviewer Drew Magary:

"You put in your article that the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and let's get on with it, and everything will turn around."

Magary: "What does repentance entail? Well, in Robertson's worldview, America was a country founded upon Christian values (Thou shalt not kill, etc.), and he believes that the gradual removal of Christian symbolism from public spaces has diluted those founding principles... He sees the popularity of Duck Dynasty as a small corrective to all that we have lost."

Robertson: "Everything is blurred on what's right and what's wrong. Sin becomes fine."

Magary: "What, in your mind, is sinful?"

Robertson: "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," he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: "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."

Scarborough, a pastor, said, "Who would have dreamed that America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, would become a place where someone is fired merely for speaking the truth and for reflecting biblical morality?

"A&E should apologize to Mr. Robertson and reinstate him immediately. Or they should release the rights to 'Duck Dynasty' so the Robertsons could move to a more tolerant network," Scarborough said.

"In the meantime, viewers should let A&E and its sponsors know that they won't stand for the demonization of Christian morality and those who espouse it."

The mission of Vision America Action is to inform, encourage and mobilize pastors and their congregations to be proactive in restoring Judeo-Christian values to the moral and civic framework in their communities, state and our nation. Pastor Scarborough has led Christian voter education and registration drives for over a decade.

For more information on Vision America Action, visit www.visionamericaaction.org. To schedule an interview with Dr. Scarborough, contact Janet Cook at 936-560-3900.