The story and future of Duck Dynasty and Phil Robertson are still evolving…though at this point A&E has stated that, “The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely” due to his recent remarks during a GQ interview about those living an active homosexual lifestyle based upon 1 Corinthians 6.
Granted, tact (and being “wise as serpents”) was lacking in some of Phil’s remarks, but the statements by the network make it clear that tact was not the reason for Phil’s dismissal. Rather, it was the non-politically correct Bible-based belief about sexuality contained in Phil’s message that got him blasted out of the show by A&E.
As a writer for TIME pointed out, we will still have to wait and see how everything will ultimately play out (even though A&E has already, ironically, demonstrated religious intolerance in the name of being tolerant). Personally, I am waiting to see what the Robertson family is going to say or decide to do or not to due in regards to this media flap and censorship of Phil’s stating his religious beliefs. [Update: Robertson family official statement released 12/19/13 at 7:13pm stating they are standing upon their faith and with Phil.]
In the mean time, here are some articles worth reading regarding the major Duck Dynasty flap:
Duck Dynasty Star Fired Over Remarks on Homosexuality by Joe Carter on the Gospel Coalition gives a snapshot of “The Story,” “The Background,” and “Why it Matters.”
Why Phil Robertson Got Suspended from Duck Dynasty by James Poniewozik at TIME points out some of the irony of Phil’s removal from the show over his remarks.
Duck Dynasty? by Russell Moore on Moore to the Point approaches the situation from the perspective of “genuine diversity” and “debate…in a free society.”
You Have Been Warned – The “Duck Dynasty” Controversy by Al Mohler on AlbertMohler.com directs attention to the “clear signal to anyone who has anything to risk in public life” regarding disclosing beliefs about “homosexual acts.”
Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson Suspended by A&E for Comments on Homosexuality by Mary Katherine Ham on Hot Air states, “I don’t agree with Robertson’s remarks, but this is clearly an overreaction” and directs attention to underlying assumptions of the “new morality” (Mohler phrase) while speaking in hyperbole that “He’s literally guilty of a thought crime against humanity even if he is literally tolerant of gay people every day of his life. There is no room for tolerance of him.”
Journalist Consensus: Media Lean Left by Dylan Byers on Politico does not directly address the Duck Dynasty flap, but rather, through the mouths of “Top journalists from The New York Times, NBC News and CNN,” reinforces the points brought up directly or implicitly in the above articles regarding an underlying media bias against traditional biblical views as espoused by Phil Roberston.