American Family Association wants your help in backing a Christian who has been suspended by a cable network.
"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson let his biblically-based views on homosexuality be known in an interview with GQ magazine. Within a day A&E suspended him - a move that ruffled the feathers of possibly millions of fans of its most popular show.
Statement from Robertson family ...
"The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E's decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. ... [W]e cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty." (Read entire statement)
Buddy Smith, executive vice president of American Family Association, says A&E also emphasized that it is very supportive of the "LGBT" community and in fact are "champions" of the homosexual community.
"I look at this and the question comes to mind: Is this really America where this is happening?" Smith asks rhetorically.
"This is certainly not what the Constitution reflects," Smith adds. "We're supposed to be a country where we have a constitutional right to talk to a reporter like Phil did and express our religious views."
Freedom of expression, at least at last word, was still intact. So the intolerance from the other side is confusing.
"And yet I look at this story," says Smith, "and it just cries of the intolerance of those that seemingly want to totally squelch the ability for Bible-believing Christians in this country to simply state biblical truth and to live that out."
Smith says it's time for Christians to come alongside Robertson and say we stand with you unapologetically and the intolerance of the other side shouldn't silence Christians.
People can go to AFA.net, and sign an open letter to Phil and to A&E as "a shame on you."
Tolerance a 2-way street? Nah..
Attorney Doug Lapier of Alliance Defending Freedom says the situation with Robertson should be a wakeup call for the American Christian community. Christians, says the attorney, have been taking punch after punch and not fighting back.
"One federal judge recently said tolerance is a two-way street – but what we see in the mainstream media, in the public square is that it's a one-way street," he relates. "You either agree with us or we will punish you and people need to understand how important it is.
"The first thing that goes with our liberties is the right to voice our opinions. Once free speech and the right to express differing views and the right to dissent goes away, America's freedoms and liberties are lost."
Lapier is hopeful that while there has been an outcry against A&E and for Robertson, it's a signal that Christians need to get into action now to fight for their constitutional rights and stop "taking it on the chin."
Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.
In 2013, Christians in California fought for marriage and the privacy rights of children, and experienced the loss of a beloved leader in the faith.