Fans, Foes React to 'Duck Dynasty' Star Phil Robertson's Reinstatement

Reactions are pouring in to the A&E Networks’ reversal of “Duck Dynasty” hero Phil Robertson’s “indefinite” suspension for his comments against homosexuality. While fans remain uncertain of A&E’s “true intent,” opponents say they’ll be watching carefully the show’s next steps.

The decision by A&E to reinstate Robertson “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,” the advocacy group noted in a statement.

But Faith Driven Consumer added that the question whether their community has truly been heard still remains unanswered.

“Despite our celebration, we remain uncertain of A&E’s true intent,” the group said. In the A&E’s statement of their core values, which are “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,” it said, asking, “Do they also now embrace the biblically based values and world view held by the Robertson family and millions of Faith Driven Consumers?”

Announcing its decision to reinstate Robertson, A&E stated Friday, “So after discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family.”

But 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,” the advocacy group said, adding, “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.”

A&E said Friday the network would “use this moment to launch a national public service campaign (PSA) promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company, and the values found in ‘Duck Dynasty.’ These PSAs will air across our entire portfolio.”

The network’s reversal came nine days after A&E announced Dec. 18 that it had “indefinitely” suspended Robertson due to his views against homosexuality in the January issue of GQ magazine.

The fifth season of “Duck Dynasty” is set to premiere on Jan. 15. The show has sold close to $400 million in related merchandise, and has made the A&E network about $80 million in advertising sales revenue through September of this year.

Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins said the return of Robertson in the face of backlash “is quite telling to the American people who are growing tired of GLAAD and cultural elites who want to silence people and remove God and His word from every aspect of public life.”

GLAAD, formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, campaigned against Robertson’s comments, which contributed to A&E’s decision to suspend the conservative Christian.

“The attacks on Phil Robertson revealed to the American people that the push to redefine marriage is less about the marriage altar than it is fundamentally altering America’s moral, political and cultural landscape,” Perkins said in a statement.

GLAAD seeks to silence “anyone who dare challenge the idea that homosexuality is normal,” Perkins added. “However, the Robertson family’s refusal to cower to GLAAD’s bullying and the ensuing backlash to the suspension, unlike anything since Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, finally forced A&E Network to withdraw the suspension.”

Reacting to Robertson’s return, GLAAD said it would be watching carefully the show’s next steps. “Phil Robertson should look African-American and gay people in the eyes and hear about the hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists,” the group said in a statement. “If dialogue with Phil is not part of next steps then A&E has chosen profits over African American and gay people – especially its employees and viewers.”

The Robertson family released a statement to Foxnews.com, saying they were “excited to keep making a quality TV show for our dedicated fans, who have showed us wonderful support.”

“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 Robertsons said. “The outpouring of support and prayer has encouraged and emboldened us greatly.”

Robertson’s son, Alan, also part of the “Duck Dynasty” show and a pastor, said he is thankful for the support. “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 showed us wonderful support,” he 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.”

La. Gov. Bobby Jindal tweeted his reaction. “I’m glad to hear that A&E came to its senses & recognized that tolerance of religious views is more important than political correctness … Today is a good day for the freedoms of speech and religious liberty … The left may control Hollywood, but they don’t control the hearts and minds of a majority of Americans.”

In the GQ interview, Robertson said that homosexuality was a sin along with various other sexual sins. He commented that “bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men. Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers-they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

Robertson also said, in an explicit language, “It seems to me, a vagina – as a man – would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking, ‘There’s more there! She’s got more to offer.’ I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical,” he added.

In its statement Friday, A&E said Robertson’s comments reflect “his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey.” Robertson and his family “have publicly stated they regret the ‘coarse language’ he used and the misinterpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article,” the network added. “He also made it clear he would ‘never incite or encourage hate.'”

Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network Encourages Leaders to Mark Pulpit Sunday in January

PHILADELPHIA—As 2013 comes to a close, it will certainly be remembered as a year when many cultural and moral issues made headlines around the country, from marriage and family to Constitutional rights and religious liberties.

Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network (PPN, www.papastors.net) is encouraging pastors across the state to observe Pulpit Sundays starting on January 5, 2014—or on any Sunday they choose in January and then throughout 2014.

Pulpit Sunday is a time for pastors across Pennsylvania to preach to their congregations about today’s pressing moral and cultural issues from a Christian perspective.

“As ordained ministers of God, pastors have a God ordained authority and duty to speak out about what the bible says about all matters of culture,” said Sam Rohrer, President of PPN and the American Pastors’ Network (APN, www.AmericanPastorsNetwork.net). “The goal of preaching about these important issues is to have Christians and those who believe in Truth and the Constitutional civic freedoms we enjoy across the state understand and apply the concepts of self-government under God. We urge every pastor who believes in the authority of Scripture across Pennsylvania to join their fellow pastors in preaching the biblical truth about moral and cultural issues.”

For Pulpit Sundays, Rohrer encourages pastors to utilize Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network’s extensive resource library, with nearly 500 resources for pastors. The online library, found at www.papastors.net/resources, is organized by genre (books, DVDs, articles, links, audio and video) as well as by topic. Some books are available for purchase, and the library also offers pastors information about classes or workshops they can attend online or in person for a fee. Many resources are free for pastors to read and/or download.

A list of topics also help pastors who are looking for insight on today’s most pressing headlines, such as abortion, the Constitution, creation vs. evolution, economics, education, homosexuality, marriage, prayer, the Culture War and the environment. The library also houses many sermon titles that can serve as intelligent and timely starts to sermons that will equip congregations to be the salt and light of the Earth in a dark world.

For more information on Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network, Pulpit Sundays, or the American Pastors’ Network, visit www.papastors.net, www.americanpastorsnetwork.net or call 610.584.1225.

The Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network is a group of biblically faithful clergy and church liaisons whose objective is to build a permanent infrastructure of like-minded clergy who affirm the authority of Scripture, take seriously Jesus’ command to be the “salt and light” to the culture, encourage informed Christian thinking about contemporary social issues; examine public policy issues without politicizing their pulpits and engage their congregations in taking part in our political process on a non-partisan basis.

The Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network is a state chapter affiliate of the American Pastors’ Network. The American Pastors’ Network is a Ministry Program Affiliate of Capstone Legacy Foundation (a 501 C3 non-profit organization).

A&E Reverses, Welcomes Back Pro-Life Phil Robertson to Duck Dynasty

After a national debate about sexual moral and values following A&E’s decision to kick Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson off of the program, the cable television channel has relented and issued a statement late Friday welcoming him back.

An A&E statement to The Hollywood Reporter read:

As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s home and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principals.

That is why we reacted so quickly and strongly to a recent interview with Phil Robertson. 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. 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. 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 after discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family.

We will also use this moment to launch a national public service campaign (PSA) promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company, and the values found in Duck Dynasty. These PSAs will air across our entire portfolio.

Robertson said he was sticking by controversial comments he made about moral issues in an interview with GQ magazine that has caused a national and international furor. TV network A&E suspended Robertson from the show over the comments.

Robertson talked about sexual purity in the interview, saying, “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong… Sin becomes fine. Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there… Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”

Robertson is very strongly pro-life.

In a video featuring Duck Dynasty’s Robertson, the TV star – in what appears to be a religious sermon – declares his pro-life stance on the issue of abortion.  When discussing the ethics of, and that there’s even a debate on, the issue, he asks, “What in the world happened to us?”

“Listen, from the time you started inside your mother’s womb, Thomas Jefferson had it right, you have the God-given right to life for crying out loud. You’re this long (pointing to his finger). You’re a week old inside your mother. They suck you out of there when you’re about like that (point to finger again). You wouldn’t be here tonight!

“And, when you got to be the size of my thumb, they suck you out. You wouldn’t be here. Then, you grow a little bigger, like my fist – and finally eight, nine months later you come out.

Hopes for traditional marriage in Utah? Slim to none, says attorney

Utah is making an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal court decision legalizing homosexual “marriage.”

Last Friday, Federal Judge Robert Shelby ruled unconstitutional Utah’s constitutional amendment that was passed by voters in 2004 to define marriage as one man and one woman. Homosexual couples in the state quickly began obtaining marriage licenses and were married. The state’s appeal goes to Associate Justice Sonya Sotomayor, who can decide the appeal or pass it to the full court.

Attorney Matt Barber, vice president of Liberty Counsel Action, was asked about the prospects for victory.

“Unfortunately, they may not [stand much of a chance] with Sonya Sotomayor taking a look at this first,” he replies. “I imagine Utah’s pleas will fall on deaf ears.

“And now that we have Justice Kennedy operating as the swing vote on marriage, I’m not holding out a whole lot of hope the court is going to intervene, which they should and rein in this renegade judge,” he adds.

Barber points to the ruling this past summer striking down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

“[Judge] Shelby needs to remember here that Section 2 of DOMA is alive and well,” the attorney points out, “and Section 2 still permits states to determine whether or not the institution of marriage will be radically redefined in their states.”

Barber says Shelby’s ruling “completely ignores that material fact.”

Christmas Shopping Guide Rates the Faith-Compatibility of Popular Brands

A nonprofit organization that works to connect Christian consumers with faith-compatible companies has ranked some of the nation’s most recognizable brands in its annual Christmas shopping guide.

Faith Driven Consumer’s 2013 Christmas Guide includes reviews of 43 different companies. Each company is rated on a five-star scale based on several different criteria: pro-life, marriage and family, biblical sexuality, non-pornographic materials, wholesome entertainment, philanthropy, corporate responsibility and “other.”

The pro-life, marriage and family and biblical sexuality criteria are considered more heavily than the others in each company’s overall score “because these categories flow from an understanding of how humans bear God’s image as male and female,” the guide says.

“Faith Driven Consumer’s 2013 Christmas Guide is the single best resource for Christian consumers who care about spending their hard-earned dollars with companies that respect their beliefs and values,” said Chris Stone, founder of FDC, in a statement. “This rapidly emerging and economically powerful market segment of more than 46 million people are consumers who care deeply about whether the companies they actively shop with welcome their worldview.”

The most faith-friendly companies on the list, with four and a half stars, are DaySpring and Hobby Lobby.

DaySpring, a Christian greeting card company, is “bold in expressing its biblical values,” according to FDC’s review. The company is praised for supporting a variety of charities and ministries, and for maintaining a biblical stance on marriage, sexuality and family, among other things. One negative aspect of the company, according to FDC, is that it gives to United Way, an organization that “indirectly supports” the largest abortion provider in the U.S., Planned Parenthood.

Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts and crafts stores, is praised by FDC for supporting Christian ministries, staying closed on Sundays, playing Christian music in its stores and “courageously” taking a stand against the preventative services mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

Bed Bath & Beyond, Belk, Foot Locker, Kohl’s, Lowe’s and Michaels are listed just behind DaySpring and Hobby Lobby in the shopping guide with four stars. Abercrombie and Fitch, Nike and Apple are listed as one-star companies, and are described as “strongly leaning against a biblical worldview.”

Faith-driven consumers, a subset of the Christian market as a whole, make up about 15 percent of the American population and spend approximately $1.75 trillion annually, according to FDC. Research suggests 64 percent of the market segment is looking for places that are more faith-friendly to shop, the organization reports, and 81 percent will change brands after learning that a company is incompatible with their worldview.

Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network: Gov. Corbett is Wrong to Support ‘Sexual Orientation’ Policy That Threatens Religious Liberty

PHILADELPHIA—Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network (PPN, www.papastors.net) is urging Pennsylvanians to stand up to proposed state legislation that would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes in Pennsylvania law. Gov. Tom Corbett plans to support the law.

House Bill 300 and Senate Bill 300 claim to end discrimination, but the bills actually foster discrimination against business owners and employers with sincerely held religious beliefs. These types of laws in other states and jurisdictions have been used against people of faith and family-run businesses, such as bakers, T-shirt printers, florists, photographers and bed-and-breakfast owners.

“Our Governor is stating that he is supporting this bill because federal law does not recognize these protections without it,” says Sam Rohrer, President of PPN and the American Pastors’ Network (APN, www.AmericanPastorsNetwork.net). “The truth is that the federal government is not the law nor do those in office take an oath to support the politically correct views of the federal government. In all cases there is higher Moral law and civil law that that must underpin all state and federal laws.  This is not only a constitutional issue, but a biblical one.”

According to the Pennsylvania Family Institute, in 2010, when seeking the office of Governor, Corbett indicated he would oppose such legislation. In his signed response to the Pennsylvania Family Council Voter’s Guide Survey, Corbett answered “Oppose” on this question: Do you support or oppose a law that would “add ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ as protected classes in Pennsylvania’s anti-discrimination laws for housing, employment and public accommodation?”

“What exactly is wrong with the inclusion of gender identity in the human relations anti-discrimination law?” Rohrer asks. “It is the fact that ‘sexual orientation’, homosexuality, and transgendered indivuals do not rise to same level as race or other unchangeables protected under our current law. While some people may be confused, neither God or just law is confused on this issue.  Constitutionally and morally, protection for such issues  as race and religion are inherently different from the pragmatic considerations  our Governor is considering.”

PPN is encouraging Pennsylvanians to contact Gov. Corbett’s office regarding the bill, remembering to: (1) Be gracious and professional in communications to elected leaders and; (2) Pray for those in authority (I Timothy 2:1-2).

For more information on Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network, visit www.papastors.net or call 610.584.1225.

The Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network is a group of biblically faithful clergy and church liaisons whose objective is to build a permanent infrastructure of like-minded clergy who affirm the authority of Scripture, take seriously Jesus’ command to be the “salt and light” to the culture, encourage informed Christian thinking about contemporary social issues; examine public policy issues without politicizing their pulpits and engage their congregations in taking part in our political process on a non-partisan basis.

The Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network is a state chapter affiliate of the American Pastors’ Network. The American Pastors’ Network is a Ministry Program Affiliate of Capstone Legacy Foundation (a 501 C3 non-profit organization).

Pro-Life Victory: A Record 87 Abortion Clinics Closed in 2013

Operation Rescue has concluded an exhaustive survey of abortion clinics in the U.S. and is pleased to announce that it has documented a record number of abortion clinic closures in 2013, during which time 87 surgical abortion clinics halted abortions.

The total number of surgical abortion clinics left in the U.S. is now 582. This represents an impressive 12% net decrease in surgical abortion clinics in 2013 alone, and a 73% drop from a high in 1991 of 2,176.

Of 87 clinics that discontinued surgical abortions, 81 are permanently shuttered while 6 abortion businesses ceased surgical abortions, but continued to sell that abortion pill. The figures do not include the 11 abortion clinics that were closed temporarily in 2013, then reopened later in the year.

Abortion-pill-only clinic numbers remained relatively steady at 176, with 6 documented closures.

“These numbers show that the pro-life movement is gaining ground and that the abortion industry is collapsing – mostly due to its own negligence and greed, which has been exposed by their unwillingness and inability to comply with even the most rudimentary safety standards,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue.

Reasons for Closures

There are several reasons for the closures including:

• A decreased demand for abortion reflected in a declining abortion rate.
• Increased pro-life sentiment.
• A flood of new state laws that establish abortion standards.
• Increased enforcement of existing laws.
• Greater incidents of documenting and reporting of abortion abuses by pro-life activists.
• Retirement of aging abortionists, most of which are not being replaced.

The state with the most closures was Texas at 11, most of which shut down after Texas passed an abortion law earlier this year that required abortionists to maintain local hospital privileges. New clinic safety rules accounted for closures in Pennsylvania and Maryland as well.

Notable abortion clinic closures include

Nova Healthcare Center, Fairfax, VA, closed because of failure to pay back rent that caused Nova’s landlord to terminate their lease amid revelations from pro-life groups that women were being injured and mistreated there.
Associates in OB/GYN Care, Baltimore, MD, closed by the state after repeated dangerous deficiencies, including the death of patient Maria Santiago in February.
New Women All Women, Birmingham, AL, was ordered closed by a judge after pro-life groups documented and reported it for operating illegally in violation of a closure order last year.
Office of Dr. Feliciano Rios, Chula VIsta, CA, a troubled abortionist who has felony convictions for insurance fraud and firearms violations
Intgrity Family Health, Philadelphia, PA, closed by the state after pro-life groups discovered its illegal affiliation with the notorious abortionist Steven Chase Brigham.

Operation Rescue reported earlier how disciplinary action brought by pro-life activists has contributed to the abortion clinic closing trend.

Planned Parenthood Dominates Abortion Cartel

Planned Parenthood clinics account for 29.55% of all active surgical abortion clinics (172 of 582) and 93% of all clinics that offer the abortion pill only. Each year, Planned Parenthood is responsible for about a third of all abortions done in the U.S.

Most Accurate

The survey was a major update to a previous one conducted by Operation Rescue, which resulted in the launching of AbortionDocs.org in January, 2012. That website lists every American surgical and medication abortion clinic along with documents that often show that the clinics have engaged in dangerous practices.

“We have invested untold man-hours to ensure that AbortionDocs.org is constantly updated with the latest information about the status of abortion clinics, whether they are facing disciplinary action, or have been temporarily or permanently closed,” said Newman. “It represents the most accurate information on abortion clinics in existence.”

Debunking the Skeptics

Newman said that skeptics often express concern about whether clinic closures represent true pro-life victories. Some people still wrongly believe that when one abortion clinic is closed, another opens to take its place, making the effort to close abortion businesses futile at best. Newman says the latest numbers, carefully documented by Operation Rescue staff, show how effective pro-life efforts to close abortion clinics have been.

“We’ve been able to categorically debunk the notion that the abortion industry is winning,” said Newman. “The numbers don’t lie. A 73% drop in surgical abortion clinics is a significant loss. We are witnessing the death throes of the abortion cartel.”

In fact, even with the opening and/or discovery of six additional clinics, the number of surgical abortion clinics decreased by 81 in 2013. This represents huge gains over 2012, when 24 abortion clinics were known to have closed.

National Eye on Abortion Clinic Closures

The closures have caught the attention of the national media. Bloomberg News published a story on the closures called “The Vanishing Abortion Clinic” (November 27, 2013), based partially on data provided by Operation Rescue prior to the completion of the most recent survey.

“At least 73 clinics have closed or stopped performing abortions. New laws are responsible for roughly half of the closures, while declining demand, industry consolidation, and crackdowns on unfit providers have also contributed to the drop,” the article stated.

A map (with now outdated numbers) illustrated the closed abortion clinic locations and the reasons for their closures.

Predictions for record decrease in abortions

In November, the Centers for Disease Control released its latest abortion figures that showed a 3% decrease in abortion numbers in 2010. This decrease is in keeping with a 20 year abortion trend.

Data obtained by Operation Rescue predicts that when 2011-2013 numbers are in, 2013 will likely see the largest drop in abortion numbers since the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision decriminalized abortion.

“After the 2010 mid-term elections, conservative gains resulted in a wave of pro-life legislation flooding statehouses across America,” said Newman. “Much of that legislation was inspired by information gathered by pro-life groups, including Operation Rescue, which have increasingly publicized documentation of abortion abuses. Once legislators find out what is really going on at abortion clinics in their states, they understand the urgency of passing pro-life laws that protect women and their babies from clinics that prey on their vulnerabilities.”

Closures Save Lives

While national abortion numbers are three years behind, some states have more recent abortion numbers that confirm that additional oversight and watchdog efforts by pro-life groups close abortion clinics and save lives.

Kansas is one state that is an example of how closing abortion clinics saves lives. Since 2001, every time an abortion clinic closed in Kansas, the number of abortions significantly dropped the following year. Since the last clinic closure (While a new abortion clinic reopened earlier this year, there is not yet data to show how that clinic has effected abortion numbers in Kansas.)

Even temporary closures are effective at saving lives, the impact of which resonates years into the future. For example, earlier this month, a woman contacted Operation Rescue and indicated that while perusing the OperationRescue.org website, she noticed a May 2007, article about an Englewood, New Jersey, abortion clinic that had been temporarily closed due to gross deficiencies discovered after a botched abortion landed one patient in the hospital. She said that she had been scheduled for an abortion during the time when the abortion clinic was closed.

“The abortion clinic called me to reschedule and I never went. I have a beautiful girl that’s 6 years old now!” the woman stated.

New Strategies

While the dramatic decrease in the number of abortion clinics is great news, Newman acknowledges that there is still a long way to go. Desperate, the abortion cartel has attempted to push back. From violent protests in Texas to the liberalization of abortion laws in California, it is clear that Big Abortion is attempting to thwart the inevitable.

In fact, abortionists greatly fear the emerging trend of abortion clinic closures because they are acutely aware that theirs could be next.

“They know, like we do, that if one looks closely enough, none of them are completely following the law,” said Newman

He continued, “We will continue to develop new tactics to close abortion clinics until there are none left. That is our goal. We just don’t want to reduce the number of abortions. We want to end abortion altogether. But until we can get there, our strategy of closing abortion clinics by using the tools the system has provided is an effective way to save lives right now.”

Phil Robertson: I Will Not Back Down From Standing on Biblical Principles

After the dustup over controversial comments pro-life Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson made that has caused him to be suspended by A&E, Robertson and his family have released a statement saying they will not back down from Biblical principles.

Robertson discusses in his GQ interview his religious beliefs and about sin, saying, “start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”

Then, the GQ writer paraphrases Corinthians saying, “don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

Those comments have sparked a national debate and discussion and, today the Robertson family released a statement in response:

We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support.  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.  While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. P

hil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Phil would never incite or encourage hate.We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right.We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we 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.   Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.

A+E Networks, parent company of A&E, has released the following statement in response.

“We are 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.”

Robertson, who is outspokenly pro-life, has drawn massive support, including from his home state governor, pro-life Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Jindal issued a statement this morning following the news of Phil Robertson being suspended by A&E from the show.

Governor Jindal said, “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 ”

Robertson is very strongly pro-life.

In a video featuring Duck Dynasty’s Robertson, the TV star – in what appears to be a religious sermon – declares his pro-life stance on the issue of abortion.  When discussing the ethics of, and that there’s even a debate on, the issue, he asks, “What in the world happened to us?”

“Listen, from the time you started inside your mother’s womb, Thomas Jefferson had it right, you have the God-given right to life for crying out loud. You’re this long (pointing to his finger). You’re a week old inside your mother. They suck you out of there when you’re about like that (point to finger again). You wouldn’t be here tonight!

“And, when you got to be the size of my thumb, they suck you out. You wouldn’t be here. Then, you grow a little bigger, like my fist – and finally eight, nine months later you come out.

Pro-Life Duck Dynasty Star Phil Roberston Suspended After Controversial Comments

Duck Dynasty star Phil Roberston has been suspended by A&E because of controversial comments he made about the Bible’s view on homosexuality.

Robertson discusses in his GQ interview his religious beliefs and about sin, saying, “start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.” Then, the GQ writer paraphrases Corinthians saying, “don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

Robertson added in the interview, “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
A+E Networks, parent company of A&E, has released the following statement in response.

“We are 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.”

Robertson, who is outspokenly pro-life, has drawn massive support, including from his home state governor, pro-life Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Jindal issued a statement this morning following the news of Phil Robertson being suspended by A&E from the show.

Governor Jindal said, “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 ”

Robertson is very strongly pro-life.

In a video featuring Duck Dynasty’s Robertson, the TV star – in what appears to be a religious sermon – declares his pro-life stance on the issue of abortion.  When discussing the ethics of, and that there’s even a debate on, the issue, he asks, “What in the world happened to us?”

“Listen, from the time you started inside your mother’s womb, Thomas Jefferson had it right, you have the God-given right to life for crying out loud. You’re this long (pointing to his finger). You’re a week old inside your mother. They suck you out of there when you’re about like that (point to finger again). You wouldn’t be here tonight!

“And, when you got to be the size of my thumb, they suck you out. You wouldn’t be here. Then, you grow a little bigger, like my fist – and finally eight, nine months later you come out.

2013 Was Banner Year for Putting Abortion Practitioners Out of Business

This year was a banner year for abortion-related discipline. Several abortionists came to the attention of regulators due to complaints and publicity from Operation Rescue, which took their complaints to medical boards, health departments, and even to the Federal Election Commission and into court to shut down shoddy or illegal abortion businesses.

“We are especially excited when one of our complaints, or a situation that we helped uncover results in closed clinics and disciplined abortionists. That always means that innocent lives will be saved,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

The Eastern Seaboard has been most active during 2013 in disciplining abortionists who endanger women and break the law.

Maryland led the nation in abortion-related discipline with actions against the licenses of five abortion providers and the closure of at least three abortion clinics – all affiliated with the notorious New Jersey abortionist Steven Chase Brigham.

Brigham, who Operation Rescue has worked for years to expose, has also experienced trouble with regulators in his home state of New Jersey, where a complaint has been filed by the Attorney General’s office that is attempting to permanently revoke his last remaining medical license. Brigham is accused of illegally starting late-term abortions at his office in New Jersey, then transporting women to Maryland to complete the abortions, even though he has no medical license in that state. He also is accused of falsifying medical records to hide his abortion crimes and lying about his lack of malpractice insurance by providing a false certificate from a fraudulent insurance company in the Bahamas, which was previously closed for insurance fraud.

Meanwhile in Pennsylvania, the state closed Integrity Family Health after pro-life complaints that this abortion clinic was affiliated with Brigham, who was ordered not to have any part in abortion businesses in that state. Operation Rescue lodged a formal complaint against Brigham’s Pennsylvania accomplice, Eric Kfir Yahav, with the Pennsylvania authorities requesting Board discipline.

Brigham’s associate, Nicola Riley, was also disciplined in Maryland and her home state of Utah in 2013. She helped Brigham run an illegal bi-state abortion business that resulted in at least 50 illegal late-term abortions, 30% of which were done on babies beyond 20 weeks. Two of the babies aborted at Brigham’s secret Maryland abortion clinic were 31 and 33 weeks.

Maryland revoked Riley’s medical license for gross negligence and “fraudulent and deceptive” behavior after she botched a late-term abortion that brought attention to their illicit late-term abortion scheme. Maryland also found that Riley lied about a felony criminal conviction in order to gain licensure in that state, a charge that was discovered and reported by Operation Rescue. Later, Utah reprimanded Riley for unprofessional conduct for failing to call an ambulance for the woman injured during an abortion in Maryland.

In action also related to Brigham’s shoddy abortion clinic operations, the licenses of three abortionists were suspended in Maryland after an inspection discovered that a woman, Maria Santiago, had died from a botched abortion at a Brigham-affiliated facility located in a residential condo complex. One of them, Michael Basco, faces possible license revocation.

Also in Maryland, Harold O. Alexander was ordered to stop all surgical abortions after it was discovered that he was using unqualified employees to administer sedation. This followed on the heels of a license suspension due in part to a complaint by Operation Rescue. Further investigation discovered that Alexander was illegally operating his Integrated OB/GYN Services abortion clinic without a license. Operation Rescue alerted authorities and that case is pending.

In Birmingham, Alabama, Diane Derzis’ New Woman All Women abortion clinic was ordered to close after pro-life groups, including Operation Rescue, documented that the clinic was operating illegally in violation of a previous closure order. The documentation was turned over to the Alabama Department of Health, which sued to once again halt Derzis’ illegal abortion operation. In October, a judge denied the clinic’s motion to lift a previous closure order, shutting the clinic down for good. Life Legal Defense Foundation filed an Amici Curiae brief on behalf of Operation Rescue and CEC for Life that contributed to the ruling. This clinic had a history of botched abortions and 72-pages worth of health code violations.

Operation Rescue helped expose five medical emergencies that took place at a Wilmington, Delaware, Planned Parenthood and published a video taken by sidewalk counselor Rae Stabosz that showed her being attacked as she filmed one of those emergencies. That video when viral and was featured on Fox News before Youtube.com removed it. That publicity prompted two former nurses to come forward and blow the whistle on horrific conditions at the Wilmington and Dover Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. The abortionist, Timothy Liveright, who faced multiple negligence charges, entered into a consent agreement with the Delaware Board of Licensure and Discipline last month. The conditions of the agreement are set to be made public in January.

Robert L. Alexander
, the Muskegon abortionist who was caught running a squalid, Gosnell-like abortion mill that was closed by the fire marshal late last year, now formally faces medical board discipline based on a complaint filed by Operation Rescue based on information provided by a confidential informant. Conditions at his abortion clinic were among the worst we have seen.

In Florida, James Pendergraft stood by earlier this year while the furnishings at his Orlando Women’s Center were hauled away to pay a multi-million dollar court judgment against him while his associate, abortionist Randall Whitney was fined $7,500 and reprimanded by the Florida Medical Board after slapping a patient during an abortion as the result of an Operation Rescue complaint. Pendergraft was able to reopen his abortion clinic but still faces mountains of legal troubles.

An unusual case of disciplinary action came as the result of a Federal Election Commission complaint filed by Operation Rescue against Julie Burkhart, who operates South Wind Women’s Center in Wichita, Kansas. Burkart forked over $3,000 in fines from her Trust Women PAC, which Operation Rescue discovered was improperly funding Burkhart’s abortion operation. Burkhart remains under investigation for shoddy bookkeeping that shows over $37,000 in missing political action committee money.

In addition to the disciplinary actions taken this year, Operation Rescue staff members filed numerous complaints in 2013, which could lead to more clinic closures and disciplinary action in the future. One of the more high-profile cases that remain unresolved at this time includes an ongoing criminal investigation against Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen, who has been accused by former employees of murdering late-term babies born alive after illegal abortions. Operation Rescue worked with the women to obtain documentation of Karpen’s actions, including photographs taken on clinic workers’ cell phones of late-term aborted babies showing that their throats had been cut.

Operation Rescue works to research, document, report, and expose abortion abuses in order to save lives, spare women from exploitation at the hands of abortionists, and bring the abusers to justice. OR’s work also helps the public understand the truth behind the so-called “safe and legal” abortion trade that regularly maims women and kills babies — often illegally — in dangerous abortion mills across the nation.

“We have yet to find an abortionist that completely complies with the law. This makes the abortion industry very dangerous. When we can document abuses, we consider it a public service to report these shady abortionists to the authorities,” said Newman. “It’s gratifying to know that our work has helped save lives and has protected women from shoddy or abusive abortion practices. It’s an incentive to work even harder to end abortion altogether.”

Source documents of abortion abuses are maintained at AbortionDocs.org, a searchable database that includes every abortion clinic and known abortionist in America.