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Ga. sheriff stands with Phil, cuts ties with A&E over ‘Duck Dynasty’ flap

Sunday, December 22, 2013

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. — The sheriff of Douglas County, Ga., Phil Miller, has said he’s cutting ties with the A&E network in response to the suspension of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson.

Robertson, the family patriarch, was suspended last week for comments he made to GQ magazine about gays.

Sheriff Phil Miller

Sheriff Phil Miller

“It was about a man stating his Christian beliefs without malice or judgment, and losing his job. That’s wrong,” Miller said.

The sheriff told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sunday that the sheriff’s department will no longer work with the network — which has filmed portions of “Beyond Scared Straight” in the Douglas County Jail about 20 miles west of downtown Atlanta.

Miller told the newspaper that his response to Robertson’s suspension is a statement about a man expressing his Christian beliefs, and not one about homosexuality.

“That’s what makes this country. There’s a lot of different beliefs,” he said. “If that’s the kind of lifestyle they chose, that’s America. I’m not judging anyone.”

He told the newspaper that he agrees with Robertson’s biblical interpretation of homosexuality.

Robertson’s suspension has prompted backlash, and politicians from Louisiana — where the show is filmed — have also started weighing in.

The state’s lieutenant governor recently offered to connect the Robertson family with new producers if they cannot reach agreement with the A&E network.

Update: Think Progress notes that Miller’s actions may be in violation of the First Amendment, since his actions are on behalf of a government agency, whereas the A&E network is a private organization.

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  1. and we care why?

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 7:59pm
  2. Honestly, I dont care either. They are elderly men, living in back woods parts of America. It stands to reason that they held this opinion LONG before some reporter asked them to say it out loud "On the record". I dont really care if their pay dirt gets cut off, they didn't offend me. I know who and what I am, I don't need their approval to be me.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:11pm
  3. We should care because most what people here fail to realize is that since he is a government official acting in his official capacity, what he is doing is actually a real violation of the First Amendment, unlike A&E (a private company).

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:11pm
  4. amen

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:12pm
  5. Bye.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 7:59pm
  6. ummmm, BYE!!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:00pm
  7. Lol and why do we care?

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:00pm
  8. Who gives a shit? Utah and NM achieved marriage equality this week. Let’s celebrate the victories rather than glorify the haters!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:01pm
  9. Bye Felicia!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:01pm
  10. Ugh. The joys of living on the South are abundant. :(

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:01pm
  11. Douche!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:01pm
  12. theres a shocker…a racist homophobic sheriff in Georgia?! Duh

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:01pm
  13. Stupid does as stupid is. Glad this guy feels like supporting another non existant illusion.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:01pm
  14. they love to be persecuted this crowd. Only they could take an Alabama bird murderer spewing hate speech and declare the man doing the spewing is the victim. What a weird God these strange form of christians follow. I call them the Bastard Heretics

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:01pm
  15. I believe he's actually from Louisiana, isn't he? I think we Alabamians can be left out of it, for once. :)

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:07pm
  16. Sorry Samantha, corrected it for you.

    Replied on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1:45am
  17. Jackass

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:01pm
  18. WHY IS THIS SUCH A BIG DEAL?!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:02pm
  19. Because, since he is a government official acting in his official capacity, what he is doing is actually a real violation of the First Amendment.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:04pm
  20. Except denying someone government services because you don’t like their opinion is, in fact, illegal.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:02pm
  21. He's denying his, and his offices voluntary services. They do not have to escort A&E around, or help them otherwise. Unless its within his jurisdictional command to do so.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:11pm
  22. You mean to say a law man is standing up for a constitutional right? Duh.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:02pm
  23. Which non-existent right is that? The right not to be fired by an non-governmental agency for saying things that bring that agency into disrepute?

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:05pm
  24. The "law man" is actually the one breaking the law. The First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees that the government can't take sides in issues like this, and he's serving in a governmental capacity. A&E, on the other hand, is a private non-governmentally held company and can therefore do whatever they want about him, whether it's keep him or can him. I think you need to learn a little more about what the First Amendment is and what it does, Nick Campbell. The First Amendment guarantees that the government will not promote one view over another, and it guarantees that people will not suffer government retribution for things that they say (except in cases of threats, etc...). It does not guarantee that things they say won't put them in breach of contract with a private entity.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:10pm
  25. Your some special kind of funny. He is denying his and his offices VOLUNTARY service to A&E. Not denying his jurisdictional commands. He spoke for himself, saying he shares the same views and religion. That is NOT against the law. If it were EVERY SINGLE PERSON in government would be simultaneously fired.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:14pm
  26. And A&E broke the law. Unlawful termination because of one's religion. Religion, Race, Gender, Sexual Preference are ALL protected.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:16pm
  27. Nick be careful you are using logic and common sense a dangerous thing on this page.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:40pm
  28. He wasn't suspended because of his religion. He was suspended because of racist, discriminatory behavior. Blacks fought extremely hard for their civil rights, and they were not "happy" without them. Christianity played a great role in the Third Reich, and a lack of Christianity did not spawn Pearl Harbor. He was not suspended because he is a Christian. He was suspended because of statements like that. His free speech rights were not violated. He was not arrested or fined for using racist language or asserting the moral superiority of a certain type of Christianity. He was suspended from a role on a television show because he violated the terms of his contract with a company that visibly supports global human rights. As for the sheriff, he will find he's not legally allowed to refuse A&E assistance on behalf of the government, specifically because he IS working on behalf of the government, unlike A&E.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:25pm
  29. Way to give him the limelight!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:02pm
  30. Well that just about does it. Can’t imagine the show could possibly go on without him, I mean,after all, he must be the ONLY consultant in the world for A& E to use on the show! Lol…what a jerk…never saw the show…don’t care about it at all.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:03pm
  31. Toodles.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:04pm
  32. Yawn DGAF!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:04pm
  33. Then that sheriff can fuck off and take his band of losers with him. They aren’t the only prison around.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:04pm
  34. oh well.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:04pm
  35. And we care why? Don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya as they say in the south….

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:04pm
  36. where was the malice and judgment coming from????? think about it…..judge not lest you be judged…..

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:04pm
  37. bfd

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:05pm
  38. This sheriff serves the pubic…regardless of color creed or sexuality…what a MORON….. a legend in his OWN MIND…..

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:05pm
  39. Good for him

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:05pm
  40. I don’t think he can legally cut ties due to the fact that he is acting for his county not for himself. If he himself were the one benefitting he could do as he pleases but he can not make a decision for the county based on his own personal beliefs.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:06pm
  41. lost a follower…BYE BITCH! *waves*

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:06pm
  42. what ties might a GA sheriff even have with A&E to cut?

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:06pm
  43. Oh, I see... maybe A&E can find a less bigoted sheriff to work with in future.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:07pm
  44. Indeed. I especially love how that sheriff showed his massive ignorance by contradicting himself about not judging and then agreeing with the "biblical interpretation", and then saying homosexuality is "the life they chose".

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:25pm
  45. I guess murderers were just born that way, along with cheaters, thiefs, depressed people... It is a choice, at some point or an another. Is it wrong, nah, choose away, live and let live. But to say your born with it makes it an excuse for anyone else

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:30pm
  46. Ummm John guess what we do CHOOSE to live a homosexual life. We could deny who we are and be unhappy if we wanted. ALL things in life are a choice except biological impulses. So while we cant choose who we life we can choose who we get into a relationship with. Denying that we CHOOSE to be happy and true to ourselves by being with who we love is to deny reality

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:35pm
  47. Until Mr. Robertson gets thrown in jail for saying what he said, his supporters need to stop crying about this being an “attack on free speech.” Because when they do, they obviously prove how ignorant they are about what “freedom of speech” really means.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:06pm
  48. hypocrasy is a disease in this community

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:55pm
  49. well said.....We have men and women gay or str8 fighting for our goverment or who has fought for our goverment as well as firemen and cops who can not get medical or financial help and we talk about this family DD family as if they are special!

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:15pm
  50. Idiot!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:06pm
  51. Who cares?

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:07pm
  52. Never watched “Duck Dynasty.” Have no idea who this loser sheriff is. Let’s move on.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:07pm
  53. I’m not judging you while I’m judging you.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:08pm
  54. The first amendment only protects you from the “Government” infringing on your speech, it says nothing about the public or big corporations.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:08pm
  55. It also protects anyone from ANYONE firing an employee based on race, gender, RELIGION, or sexual preference.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:26pm
  56. He's not actually an employee. He's a man who holds a contract with a network, and he has to abide by the standards of the contract. Since they suspended him, we can only assume that using racist and discriminatory language in a public capacity was a violation of his contract. He wasn't even suspended for his religion. He was suspended for using racist, discriminatory language. There's a difference. You can't be fired for being a Christian, but you CAN be fired for using your religious beliefs as an excuse to discriminate against another human being. Your rights end when they begin infringing on someone else's rights.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:05pm
  57. Special kind of funny.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:14pm
  58. Nick Nick Nick.... Demonstrate, with actual evidence, that he was fired for his religion. You will find that you cannot do so, because his RELIGION has been clear the entire time the show's been on the air. It's only once he SPOKE OUT that he got fired.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:19pm
  59. And who cares

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:08pm
  60. and? nobody cares lol

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:09pm
  61. Yeah, he can’t do that.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:09pm
  62. I have never watched the show. Who cares

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:09pm
  63. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Time for a little more class on TV.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:09pm
  64. SO? Some crazy ass, ugly cracker in the South is taking sides with Dick Dynasty? not shocking. He can go fuck himself, everyone of those bearded jerks can go fuck themselves, as well as all those Cracker Barrel customers!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:10pm
  65. So being a racist bitch is ok but Phil Robertson stating his religious views is not? Riiiight. I stay away from the "gay community" because of people like you. Double standard all day long.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:32pm
  66. Good riddance!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:11pm
  67. “Like” only because I read the article.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:11pm
  68. Who cares?

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:12pm
  69. Vote this tool out next!!! We don’t need more hateful vile people in public positions. Cut ties really I am sure there was a check cut to film so that just hurts your pocket book and there are a lot of places to film.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:12pm
  70. While it is nice to hear two sides to a story, most bullshit is on one side, and no one likes bullshit.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:12pm
  71. Well goody for the sheriff… I thought yours were supposed to be law enforcement and not the cultural police.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:12pm
  72. We have entirely too much to celebrate lately, this is trivial. Honestly, I dont really care. They are elderly men, living in back woods parts of America. They are cloistered, protected, and isolated. Their “Belief” system wont allow them to see the world any differently, does it really and truly shock anyone? It stands to reason that they held this opinion LONG before some reporter asked them to say it out loud “On the record”. I dont really care if their pay dirt gets cut off, they didn’t offend me. I know who and what I am, I don’t need their approval to be me.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:12pm
  73. Like A&E cares

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:13pm
  74. Oh no, another idiot weighed in on this non-issue! Whatever will we do?

    How about ignore him?

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:14pm
  75. Too bad… I really thought the ability to READ would be a pre req for becoming Sherriff ..

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:14pm
  76. There are plenty of other places to film. Imagine that another Bigot in Georgia, and no doubt a Republican too.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:14pm
  77. Don’t know who that man is and it is not like his ignorance affects me, oh wait it does. If he is speaking as an official of the government then off to his prison with him for violations of the first amendment. Congress shall not abridged freedom of speech, or press, and his official statement is an abridgement of said freedoms. If we as the public have to follow the law of the land then so do our officials.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:15pm
  78. this poor ass hillbilly thinks anyone is shocked he sided with the homophobic racist? guess what I don’t watch any of your ignorant shit either..Fuck yourself Buford..

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:15pm
  79. To be completely honest, that man just stated his religious opinion which he is allowed to have, so just because he doesn’t agrew with the lbgt community he is wrong amd should get fired….at no point did he say kill them all or condone hate crimes, he simply said je doesn’t agree. … as a lesbian I feel he can have his opinion and I can have mine…..

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:15pm
  80. You are absolutely right. However, he most likely violated his contract with A&E by saying such things, and that is most likely why he was fired. And either way, what he said was insulting, even if he is allowed to say it.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:20pm
  81. Your job guarantees neither your right to an opinion nor your job. You work at the free will of the employer within the laws of the land. Th constitution protects you from retribution from your government, but does not speak to retribution from anyone else.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:27pm
  82. So you wouldn't have a problem if he was the Sheriff that was paid to protect you? I don't trust him not to treat the LGBT community with the same dignity that he does the Straight community.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:31pm
  83. Yea Terry Green and Eveerett Hommes you are right but if they fired Phill for supporting Gays would this page be up in arms? I bet they would.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:37pm
  84. buh bye!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:15pm
  85. I’m sure A&E can find other jails to film at that would appreciate the extra funds that A&E is providing

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:16pm
  86. He wants free pr

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:17pm
  87. And I guess stating that black people where happier under the Jim Crow laws because they weren’t singing then????!? Where do you honestly thing negro spirituals came from?

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:18pm
  88. Should this be termed a surprise…and who really cares?

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:19pm
  89. And he matters because?

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:19pm
  90. Why does everyone attack the gay community and black community with all the hell we go through and justification for?

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:19pm
  91. I despise homophobes and racist ! Time to change the system in this nation!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:20pm
  92. Alright lets change it. The list will include only things and people you want right? Fthe rest? Got it.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:00pm
  93. what the fuck does the sherriff of nowhere have too do with a fucking TV network?

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:20pm
  94. And who loses here?

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:22pm
  95. WHO CARES!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:22pm
  96. Seriously, I cannot fathom why this is such a big deal! The guy is a redneck. Common sense would dictate that he has very conservative views. I really want to know what people were expecting him to say? That he loves gay people? That all his friends are black? That he’s a feminist? Get a grip alright already!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:22pm
  97. Does A&E have anything worth watching? I have NO idea where it’s located and now I know why.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:23pm
  98. BYE!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:23pm
  99. please don’t judge all people from Ga! my mom is almost 70 and supports lbtq. so do i. not all of us are assess

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:24pm
  100. Who gives a rat’s ass!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:25pm
  101. good..we don’t need bigots like u

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:25pm
  102. I’m confused by the negative comments. Isn’t this guy CUTTING ties with the racist Duck Dynasty?

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:25pm
  103. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:25pm
  104. Oh no a redneck rebellion

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:25pm
  105. And we care … why?

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:25pm
  106. Why do we care if this sheriff refuses to work with A&E? Chances are A&E doesn’t care either.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:26pm
  107. I support A&E decision

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:26pm
  108. A&E is not a government. Free speech protects you from the government.
    What’s ironic about all this is that the people who are supportive of Robertson’s inexcusable, archaic, un-American, inHUMAN anti-gay beliefs are the same people (conservatives) who normally claim they support free enterprise and would never want people, let alone the government, meddling with a business.
    Yet, now, it’s okay to give A&E a hard time about running its business the way it sees fit?

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:26pm
  109. No I give others people in the gay community a hard time because of bullshit double standards. If they fired Phil for supporting gay marriage or gay people in general you and every other dolt on this page would be up in arms weeping and screaming your heads off that he is being treated unfairly and A&E are a bunch of bigots. Im sorry but me and my boyfriend have brains and know that freedom goes both ways.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:39pm
  110. They fired Martin Bashir for calling Sarah Palin stupid. If they can do that why can't A&E fire someone?

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:46pm
  111. Calling someone stupid is not the same as defining your religion

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:48pm
  112. Im sure the people at A&E are just distraught!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:28pm
  113. who is this anyway I live in NY so FUCK HIM!!! and A&E will be fine without these racist fucks !! makes me laugh cuz I really thought the Christian thing was to love everyone!! but guess rednecks pray to a different Jesus, you know the white one with blue eyes LOL imagine how’d they treat Jesus when he comes back with his JEWISH features middle eastern looking with tan skin and curly ass hair & brown eyes hahahahah ley them pock they will meet him one day and feel stupider than they look NOW!!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:28pm
  114. And when you sign a contract there is a clause that says you will not do or say anything that will in a sense embarrass the company. A&E has every right to do what they see fit w the show.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:30pm
  115. No contract like that exempts Phil from his rights. Nor does it give A&E the right to exclude themselves from the constitution either. Unlawful termination based off of ones race, gender, RELIGION, or sexual preference....

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:44pm
  116. Again, he didn't get suspended because of his religion. He was suspended for discrimination and racism. There's a big, big difference.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:06pm
  117. Also, because of the inequality under the law that's still rampant in this country, sexual orientation is not under job protection in I believe 29 states.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:07pm
  118. He was suspended because of his religion. He was asked about his religion, he defined it. He then got suspended. Should we put religion in the closet now?

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:13pm
  119. @Nick Campbell, once again, NOBODY is taking Phil's rights from him. He's still walking the streets as a free man. He will never ever ever ever be arrested for this. You fail.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:16pm
  120. No Nick, his religion has been quite clear from the beginning. He was never let go for that. Only when he spoke out against gays did he get fired. And interestingly enough, while there is a legal protection for your job about your religion, there is NONE for what you say!

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:18pm
  121. And like, is somebody supposed to care?

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:31pm
  122. Well Nick, it’s a fact that some murderers, serial killers etc have a genetic mutation. Depression is a chemical imbalance that can take place in the womb. Get a grip

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:32pm
  123. I can’t wait to leave GA…

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:33pm
  124. what does “born that way” have anything to do with this conversation? Oh, because the sheriff said “the life they chose”? Does it really matter if homosexuality is choice/nature? Adults should have the right to love who who they love – without needing “approval” from others.

    Why are you including “depressed people” in your statement, by the way? just wondering..

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:33pm
  125. Phil Robertson was a drug addict and adulterer, now he’s ‘found’ GOD and that gives him the right to judge, I don’t think so!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:35pm
  126. Read the whole interview by GQ before YOU judge. He was asked about his religious views, and even stated that he will never judge, only spread the good news about his lord and savior. He didn't judge any more or less than anyone else. Well he judged considerably less than you just did....

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:09pm
  127. Hey Nick, argue this... http://finance.yahoo.com/news/defend-phil-robertson-heres-youre-001248300.html?soc_src=mediacontentsharebuttons

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:34pm
  128. Nick, just stop. You clearly support the guy, we get it. You can watch your duck show now.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:39pm
  129. Oh no, some redneck sheriff isn’t going to watch re-runs of CSI Miami anymore. Whatever shall we do?!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:35pm
  130. Everyone fa iled to mention tha t he only read a scripture from the bible, he also said he doesn’t judge or disrespect anyone who is different from him. Everyone is skipping over that

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:37pm
  131. The man compared gays to pigfuckers, which is clearly disrespectful.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:15pm
  132. That is untrue

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:22pm
  133. nope, its very true.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:42pm
  134. Honestly does A&E give a rats ass about some redneck sheriff in some bumfuck village in GA? Sheriff no one cares!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:38pm
  135. I don’t think this is legal because as sheriff he is the government and as such is bound by the Constitution.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:43pm
  136. Well whoopdedoo.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:44pm
  137. Big loss.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:44pm
  138. @ nick : like my own work if anyone airs information or personal statements without a disclaimer said before hand that my harm the reputation of the company are on grounds for termination

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:46pm
  139. if anybody wants to show opposition to all the bible thumpers who support phil.. then check out Fuck Phil Robertson page

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:46pm
  140. Bye bye

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:47pm
  141. This is not a matter of The Constitutional rights / this is about how some old man aired his bigotry beliefs , that affect the reputation of a network

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:49pm
  142. They can’t fire someone based on their religion, Christian, Jewish, etc, that is not the same thing as views. 2 different things

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:50pm
  143. It’s called censorship the network reserves rights to air what they believe should be on there… He can talk all he wants just not on A&E he has the money he can get his own damn network

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:51pm
  144. Im sure A&E is broken up over this

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:54pm
  145. The bigoted assholes keep using religion as an excuse for being assholes. Anyone who thinks slavery was a good idea is lacking good morals. Any “Christian” who is busy judging others has failed to follow Jesus.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:56pm
  146. What, because he said gays are going to hell and gay marriage is comparable to bestiality and A&E pulled the plug on him for that? yeah, okay, you’re just as much of an idiot as he is.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:59pm
  147. Yes hypocrisy is a disease amongst people like you Nick.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:00pm
  148. Not surprising. Change takes time.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:01pm
  149. Example : ” I work for Columbia gas of Ohio ”

    In my contract I can’t make personal statements that my harm the company’s Reputation without prior written authorization on the air or to reporters…

    (Regardless or religious belief)

    Now if I don’t want my job
    I can say all people on Ohio are lazy , broke , and worthless

    ** these are examples not those that may reflect on the company

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:02pm
  150. Yes Nick if it means people living in peace with mutual respect rather than hate and violence!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:02pm
  151. What did you expect, you must go to the southern states to really understand, they are still living in the 19th century where they believe in imaginary people (God) and are extremely self righteous and very uneducated.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:04pm
  152. The north is no better than the south. There are plenty of people like them in the north, so your point is invalid.

    Replied on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:26pm
  153. Bigots gotta stick together.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:06pm
  154. Seems Mr Sheriff doesn’t mind throwing his weight around while he accuses a and e of doing essentially the same thing.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:06pm
  155. LOL, who the hell cares,,, so over all this

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:10pm
  156. Who cares what a GA sheriff thinks! Why is this even “news” worthy?!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:10pm
  157. To ” Support Phil” he will have to watch A and E.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:12pm
  158. You stand with them you fall with them….

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:12pm
  159. Actually, his comments were filled with malice and judgment.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:14pm
  160. Oooooh, they may have to find another sheriff to film minor portions of a show with….. I find the update to be HILARIOUS, since the sheriff may actually be violating the First Amendment while A&E is not, since they’re a private organization, and he represents the government!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:15pm
  161. Don’t let the door hit you in your fat, ugly, ignorant, evangelical ass on your way out.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:15pm
  162. good let the dumb fuck leave, who cares what he thinks!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:16pm
  163. Sheriff is as ignorant as Phil. D D sucks

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:17pm
  164. There is no one who is “wrong” here. Mr. Robertson has every right to express his opinion. The A&E network has the right to decide who they want on their network. This man has the right to choose who he wants to be associated with. I have the right to disagree with both these men. All four of these things are Freedom of Speech.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:19pm
  165. I’m just going to say it I hate religion it caused so many problems and all the bigotry idiots.. You all pray to save the life of a family member and they pass away… Science has proven the bible wrong. You preach love but spread hate.
    Must I go on wake up people
    Back in the day everyone would attend every Sunday but yet I see the doors closing down

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:19pm
  166. Oh no ! What will A&E do now ? Where will they ever find another prison to film in !

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:21pm
  167. This is expected from the south.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:29pm
  168. vote him out

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:29pm
  169. who gives a damn about what he or Duck Dynasty does…

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:30pm
  170. hey phil,,kiss it u devil

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:30pm
  171. So Wrong of you

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:30pm
  172. Why is this even news?

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:30pm
  173. Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:34pm
  174. what a surprise a bigot helping another bigot out

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:37pm
  175. Who?

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:40pm
  176. Bigots gotta hang together! Losers both!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:44pm
  177. Sure he does , he is just another dumbass redneck in Georgia. This state is so full of ignorant assholes. Can’t wait to get back to San Diego and living in America again.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:44pm
  178. m…

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:45pm
  179. Upset because he thinks someone violated another’s First Amendment rights, violates First Amendment in protest.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:49pm
  180. IGNORANCE AT IT’S BEST!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:50pm
  181. Truly, Georgia has suffered a great loss. Cripes, I could not say that with a straight face.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:57pm
  182. Who cares????

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:03pm
  183. I can’t wait to hear what the sheriff will have to pay in order to terminate his contract with A&E. The terms are usually onerous enough that it becomes financially infeasible to cancel the contract. And guess who will be on the hook to pay that amount? Yep, the taxpayers. They might think twice about reelecting a guy who costs them that much money for what is essentially a moral stand.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:03pm
  184. Nobody cares about you Sheriff, just go about your business ,whatever that is…..

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:07pm
  185. Who gives a shit

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:07pm
  186. Who the freak cares? Like his opinion rates any higher than used toilet paper.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:07pm
  187. Good riddance.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:10pm
  188. he can go suck one to, who cares what phil miller thinks !

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:12pm
  189. I’m pissed with everyone with the fact the gay comment is over shadowing his racial comment!!!! To me A&E dismissed not just for the gay comment its was the other statements he made!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:20pm
  190. yawn

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:24pm
  191. Jerks like Jerks! LOL

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:28pm
  192. good riddance to hate filled bigots

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:29pm
  193. OH really, who cares?

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:31pm
  194. Wow, really?

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:32pm
  195. Goodbye

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:34pm
  196. Who cares

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:51pm
  197. That’s his right.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:53pm
  198. who cares,i know ill sleep at night knowing i dont care what he likes or stands for.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:54pm
  199. Peace!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:58pm
  200. Homophobic police force

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:58pm
  201. His fucking opinion does not matter

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:05pm
  202. Jeanette Thompson U R CORRECT…ONE IS JUST AS BAD AS THE OTHER…BUT THE MEDIA & COMMENTS ON POSTS FAIL TO REFLECT ON THE IGNORANCE HE SPEWED ABOUT HAPPY NON-BLUES SINGING COTTON PICKERS!!!
    I GUESS IF U CHOOSE AN EVIL TO SPEAK ON…LET’S PICK THE “SAFEST” ONE!!!
    IM BLACK & GLBT!!! I WAS GREATLY OFFENDED BY ALL THE THINGS HE SAID…BUT IF I WERE JUST GLBT…I WOULD STILL BE OFFENDED BY ALL THINGS THIS FOOL SAID!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:06pm
  203. Thank you

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:08pm
  204. ‘phobes!! =(

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:10pm
  205. who cares!!! bah bye…….

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:13pm
  206. he should have kept his comments to himself

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:28pm
  207. Who gives a flying what’s it!.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:41pm
  208. Freedom of Speech: The legal means to say almost anything you want. Meaning that as private citizens, we’re allowed to say nearly anything (with a few exceptions of course) that we want without fear of legal prosecution for it.

    Unless I’ve missed something, Mr. Robertson faces no legal ramifications for what he said. That’s what freedom of speech means.

    Freedom of speech does not mean we can say anything we want without ramifications for what we say from our peers or employers.

    We’re free to be racist, bigoted, anti-Semitic — pretty much anything we want. We can be these things, no matter how ignorant, because that’s what the Constitution gives us the right to be.

    But that doesn’t mean within a society we won’t face consequences for those “freedoms.”

    The suspension of Phil Robertson is not an attack on Robertson’s right to believe how he wants. It’s a consequence from an employer for him expressing an opinion which A&E feels represents them in a negative light.
    When he signed his contract, it almost certainly included a clause that says he’s a representative of A&E and is expected to act accordingly. All public figures, whether they want to be or not, are representatives of something. Be it a company, a brand, a sports team or league – it’s the price that comes along with fame.

    So, yes, he was free to say what he said – and now he’s paying the consequences for it.

    Just ask Alec Baldwin or Martin Bashir, two gentlemen who were fired (well, Bashir “resigned” but it’s clear he was forced to do so) for expressing their “freedom of speech” rights.

    Hell, weren’t conservatives calling for Bashir’s firing? So it’s absolutely hypocritical that they’re outraged by Robertson’s suspension. Especially considering Bashir only had derogatory words for Sarah Palin whereas Robertson ignorantly bashed tens of millions of homosexuals.

    And Alec Baldwin’s show was canceled for anti-LGBT remarks as well. I didn’t see many conservatives up in arms about that — but clearly it’s all about whose ox is being gored now, isn’t it?

    So once again, we are given the freedom of speech to say almost anything we want without legal ramifications for those words. But that does not mean that there aren’t any ramifications for what we have the freedom to say.

    Until Mr. Robertson gets thrown in jail for saying what he said, his supporters need to stop crying about this being an “attack on free speech.” Because when they do, they obviously prove how ignorant they are about what “freedom of speech” really means

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:42pm
  209. Good riddance asshole…

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:42pm
  210. BFD…..

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:44pm
  211. He is a no one is the midst of this. Why is this news? Met very few good cops in my long days. So just because he is a Sheriff does not make his opinions or actions on behalf of this situation matter.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:59pm
  212. Kim do you realize that what you said actually makes you a hater. PLEASE FOLKS ! It’s just as wrong. This country has gone from homophobic to hetrophobic. neither one is right.

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:13am
  213. Awwwwwww how sad! NOT. Phil should have kept his opinion to himself.

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:18am
  214. More trash? Why don’t we just round up all this disgust and filth as we burn them to pieces with battery acid. They are an offense to humanity and a complete embarrassment!

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:26am
  215. Phil is disgustting. We are all Gods children!

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:32am
  216. Who gives a shit?

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:42am
  217. This man means nothing to me……nothing.

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:47am
  218. He’s probably going to get fired.

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:49am
  219. WTF is he and why should I give a damn?

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:53am
  220. Buh bye! Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out!

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1:03am
  221. So what?

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1:14am
  222. awwwwwwwwwwww

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1:14am
  223. Another person that we can do without… just weed out all the bigots, they are easy to spot when things like this happen

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1:36am
  224. Fart head.

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1:44am
  225. I’m all for gay rights but this is going to far. It appears that if someone doesn’t accept your choices and says so they get raped by the media. You shouldn’t be the only one who can be loud and proud so to speak. Let the bashing begin.

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1:45am
  226. What’s funny is all of the Phil supports don’t understand is no one is violating Phil’s first amendment rights. Has he been arrested? Has he been killed for saying what he did? Did someone intimidate him into making an apology? We all can say what ever we want but that freedom comes with a price and Phil is paying it as he is a representative of A&E and I’m sure somewhere in his contract it states this and that he should act accordingly.

    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2013/12/let-me-explain-freedom-of-speech-to-all-the-phil-robertson-duck-dynasty-supporters/

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1:49am
  227. Sharon ,
    Please read all of the comment below yours for easy clarification of the facts. Pure & simple

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1:52am
  228. Racist Red-necks stay together against Gays and Blacks. HORRIBLE…

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1:55am
  229. Yet another inbred redneck douchebag. BFD

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 2:02am
  230. Well denigrating an entire part of the human race is never acceptable. And can never be accepted.

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 2:05am
  231. I agree with Kim, who cares, two states moved forward with marriage equality, that seems more important now than this!

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 2:11am
  232. ad yet again no one cares

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 2:12am
  233. His attitude about all this, is how he treats the denizens he is supposed to protect. Harass anyone that isn’t white.

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 2:16am
  234. Can u say bye bye you won’t be missed

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 2:18am
  235. Good riddance idiot!!

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 2:27am
  236. Pardon my french, but who the fuck cares about these ignorant hater witch hunter hypocrites?

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 2:31am
  237. Good….

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 3:02am
  238. The difference, for those of you too freaked out in paranoia and hysterical crying, is that when YOU call others names and act like assholes no one can say anything because YOU might get upset and god forbid a gay person be upset. PEOPLE have the right to believe what they want regardless wether you like what they think or not. Fucking deal with it or step the fuck off. You’re no better than a Westboro Baptist on a rant.

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 3:35am
  239. i hate this dickhead…people like him do not help Georgia’s reputation as the home of backwards xenophobic homophobic racist hicks

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 3:42am