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Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments spark first amendment debate

Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson has been put on hiatus with A&E due to recent controversial comments. (Credit: Phil Johnson)

Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson has been put on hiatus with A&E due to recent controversial comments. (Credit: Phil Johnson)

Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the reality show Duck Dynasty, was placed on hiatus from the program after making anti-gay comments in an interview with GQ magazine. Robertson, a citizen of Louisiana and a conservative, compared gays to sinners “akin to adulterers and swindlers,” a contributor to the Manila Bulletin wrote in “Patriarch off ‘Duck Dynasty’ after gay comments.” Duck Dynasty’s network, A&E, which has a long history of supporting LGBTQ rights, placed Robertson on hiatus after the comments were released, and booksellers have faced pressure to take Robertson’s book, Happy, Happy, Happy, off the shelves. The events have sparked a controversy about whether the reaction to Robertson’s comments is an infringement on Robertson’s First Amendment rights — his guaranteed freedom of speech. Politicians including Sarah Palin and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal have weighed in. If you are looking for a good research paper topic in political science, take a look at the way politicians, critics and fans of reality television view the First Amendment. Read more