Welcome Friends and Visitors,
It seems as though A&E has reinstated our “Duck Commander ~ Phil Robertson” back to the Big Show! As you all know by my blog posts, I was supporting Phil and his family in any way I could. If we can please for a moment take out all the “Religious, Gay, Slander, and Hate” from this story, and focus on the point of all of us here in “America” having the right to “Freedom of Speech,” Opinions and Thoughts. The rest of it all, started by A&E, GQ, GLAAD, The News & Media outlets, and many more have blown this story way out of proportion. We as Americans should have the right to speak about ANY topic we believe fit.
So I wanted to “Share” with you some of the Stories, Headlines, and Emails from support groups I have been involved with, and emails sent to me to prove my point. Then I will be *HAPPY* to put this story to bed, and move on to more important issues. Here We GO!……
“Alan Robertson praised the decision by the network to allow his father to return to the show.”
‘Duck Dynasty’: Phil Robertson’s Son Says Fan Support Has ‘Emboldened Us Greatly’…..
“We Did It!
A&E Reinstates Phil Robertson to Duck Dynasty”
Chris Stone, Founder http://ISTANDWITHPHIL.COM
Dear Author Catherine,
Together, we did it!
In response to the massive outpouring of support from hundreds of thousands of Faith Driven Consumers just like you, A&E Network announced hours ago that it is reinstating Phil Robertson to the helm of Duck Dynasty.
You made this happen, and we are so very thankful for your tireless efforts!
But, we also want to send you a note of caution, because we are not assured at this moment that A&E has actually heard us. Their statement to The Hollywood Reporter left many unanswered questions….
We have included below the IStandWithPhil.com statement released to the media moments ago, which expresses our concerns about today’s events…
IStandWithPhil.com Applauds Return of Phil Robertson, Remains Deeply Concerned Over Unanswered Questions
Does A&E’s latest call for tolerance and inclusion reflect and embrace the biblically based values of the Robertson family and millions of Faith Driven Consumers?
(Raleigh, NC – December 27, 2013) — Faith Driven Consumer, the organization behind the widely publicized IStandWithPhil.com petition drive, with more than 260,000 supporters signing on in one week, has issued the following statement regarding the A&E Network’s decision to reinstate Phil Robertson to Duck Dynasty. This statement can be attributed to Chris Stone, founder of Faith Driven Consumer:
“Today’s decision by A&E to reinstate Phil Robertson to Duck Dynasty is in direct response to the powerful and engaged voices of millions of Faith Driven Consumers, as highlighted by more than 260,000 signers of the IStandWithPhil.com petition.
“However, the question remains, has the Faith Driven Consumer community truly been heard?
“Despite our celebration, we remain uncertain of A&E’s true intent. Today, in the network’s statement of their core values – centered on ‘creativity, inclusion, and mutual respect’ – Faith Driven Consumers are left wondering whether A&E considers us to be a part of America’s rich rainbow of diversity.
“Do they also now embrace the biblically based values and worldview held by the Robertson family and millions of Faith Driven Consumers?
“Did the network’s engagement and consultation with ‘numerous advocacy groups’ include Faith Driven Consumers? We eagerly anticipate A&E’s naming of those groups to ensure that our community was included.
“Faith Driven Consumers will remain vigilant as we measure whether A&E’s actions reflect true tolerance, diversity, and mutual respect – including their equal embrace of our biblically based values and deeply held beliefs.”
Thank you for all you have done, we’ll keep you informed as this situation develops.
Faith Driven Consumer……..
*I don’t feel like I did to much to help, as I did invite all my book readers, Twitter friends, and both my FB friends join in me in helping to get “Phil” back on the show*~ Catherine Lyon*
“The Robertson Family Says,”
“Our family has become even closer through the past 9 days and we are excited to keep making a quality TV show for our dedicated fans, who have shown us wonderful support,” Robertson said in a statement to E! News.
“We will continue to represent our faith and values in the most positive way through Duck Dynasty and our many projects that we are currently working on. The outpouring of support and prayer has encouraged and emboldened us greatly.”……
*Isn’t this what’s “TRULY” important here? That no matter what “Trial or Tribulation” may come your way to YOU alone, or to your WHOLE FAMILY, it’s about staying strong, and showing “UNITY” in the face of any storm God sent or not? That is my personal feelings and thoughts about this.*
When A&E suspended Robertson, it said in a statement that it was “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.'”
“His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community,” A&E added. “The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
On Friday, it explained why it had abandoned that decision.
“While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the ‘coarse language’ he used and the mis-interpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article,” the network said. “He also made it clear he would ‘never incite or encourage hate.’ We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold.“But Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man’s views,” A&E added. “It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family… a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A+E Networks also feel strongly about.”……
**So, now you have it all summed up by A&E as the “TRUE” nature of the Why’s, How’s, and THAT shall be the end of THAT STORY!**
GOD BLESS ALL,
Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon
*A PROUD SUPPORTER OF “DUCK DYNASTY”*