December 19th, 2013
09:07 PM ET

'Duck Dynasty' fans outraged over Phil Robertson suspension for gay remarks

A national conversation has started after a popular 'Duck Dynasty' star was suspended by A&E for controversial comments about sexuality, religion and race.

Supporters of Phil Robertson have come out swinging.

They claim the self-proclaimed redneck is being unfairly targeted for speaking publicly about a divisive issue that a large percentage of the population still agrees with.

GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas weighed in on TV reality star's forced leave from the series.

Palin, Cruz, Jindal: 'Duck Dynasty' star suspended over intolerance of politically correct

Cruz, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, also defended Robertson in a post to his Facebook page titled: "Free Speech Matters"

"The reason that so many Americans love Duck Dynasty is because it represents the America usually ignored or mocked by liberal elites: a family that loves and cares for each other, believes in God, and speaks openly about their faith," Cruz said.

Does their argument add up?

CNN's Tom Foreman has more OutFront.

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  1. Linda PA

    I am so tired of the bias displayed by the liberal left. Anyone who does not agree with them is condemned .
    Talk about the pot calling he kettle black! I'm not a red neck fan but I stand by his right to his own opinion or religious belief.

    December 20, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  2. Carrie

    Before the big producers of A&E make such huge decisions about removing cast members, they should ask the fans who made them the number 1 show and them alot of money! Phil Robertson has a right to voice his opinion and if you don't like it, dont listen. Remember we are a free country!

    December 20, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  3. regular joe

    Would someone please realize Mr. Robertson is quoting the first chapter of Romans, which if you read on, is a masterfully written setup for the first verses of the second chapter. The first lures the religious to almost cheer the list of sins, implying sins of others. The second chapter lowers the boom on religious hypocrisy in that when you judge others you condemn yourself for every one of us has sinned. And notice that Jesus was only angry and violent toward one crowd, the religious. Both sides play chapter one and condemn each other, missing the whole point brought out in the next chapter. It solves both sides issues in one well delivered blow.

    December 20, 2013 at 11:23 am | Reply

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