(West Monroe - KTVE NBC 10/KARD FOX 14) -- State and national politicians are reacting to the suspension of 'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson by A&E.
Former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin posted this comment on her Facebook page: "Free speech is an endangered species. Those intolerants hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us."
Palin was recently in Monroe for a signing of her new book. While here, Palin visited the Duck Commander warehouse in West Monroe and met with members of the Robertson family.
Also Louisiana Governor Jindal has issued a statement on the Robertson suspension:
“Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended "
Louisiana Congressman Bill Cassidy issued this statement on his Facebook page:
"I hope that those who desire tolerance find a way to respectfully disagree with Phil, a reality TV show star who spoke in a real way; remembering that Phil stressed his concern and love for others, even if he does not understand or agree with their decisions."
LA House Speaker Chuck Kleckley issued this statement on his Facebook page: "I #standwithphil. I applaud his courage and ability to stand up for what he believes in a world that is only tolerant of their own view. What happened to freedom of speech?"
LA U.S. Senator David Vitter sent out this statement via Twitter:
"Our nation has approached a cultural crossroads and I am thankful for the Robertson family's positive example to millions of families across the world."
Louisiana Senate Candidate Rob Maness issued this statement:
"I stand by the Constitution and the First Amendment rights of both Phil Robertson and A&E. Phil Robertson is a man of faith and has the right to express that faith in any public forum any way he chooses. I also stand by A&E’s right to suspend Mr. Robertson.
This is not a rights issue. It is a cultural, spiritual and moral issue.
A&E reacted to the pressure from the intolerant left who jump at every opportunity to silence dissenting speech and to crush those whose values are not pre-approved by political correctness police. The intolerant left’s mission is not tolerance, it is not even acceptance…it is the complete capitulation of values, tradition and moral code.
The intolerant left’s favorite mechanism to advance their goal toward complete capitulation is public, loud, obnoxious temper tantrums.
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