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Bristol Palin, daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, came to the defense of "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson and called out the LGBT community as being "hypocritical."
In "Bristol's Blog" on Patheos.com, the former governor of Alaska's eldest daughter suggests that people should "leave Phil alone for expressing his beliefs."
"I think it's so hypocritical how the LGBT community expects every single flippen person to agree with their life style. This flies in the face of what makes America great – people can have their own beliefs and own opinions and their own ways of life."
She goes on to say that everyone should treat each other as God would, "with love."
"I hate how the LGBT community says it's all about 'love' and 'equality,'" she continues. "However, if you don't agree with their lifestyle, they spread the most hate. It is so hypocritical it makes my stomach turn. They need to learn how to respect others' opinions and not just jump to the conclusion that everyone who doesn't support homosexuality and gay marriage is homophobic."
Palin adds that members of the LGBT community are intolerant of traditional Christian beliefs on sexuality and marriage, and thus, act counter to their claims of fighting for tolerance. She also notes that by living in a country like the United States, people have the right to freedom of speech and freedom of thought, and shouldn't be censored. Bristol then suggests that the Robertsons should leave A&E and take their show elsewhere, despite their contractual agreement with the network.
"They (the LGBT community) take the easy way out every time anyone speaks out about their beliefs on the Bible," she states. "If I were 'Duck Dynasty,' I would take my show to another channel."
Bristol believes that LGBT advocates, such as GLAAD – an organization that petitioned A&E to dump its highest-rated TV show and its relationship with the Robertson family over Phil Robertson's recent comments describing homosexuality as a sin – are showing "much disrespect."
To support her stance, Palin includes in her blog a Time magazine article, titled "The 'Duck Dynasty' fiasco says more about our bigotry than Phil's," in which the writer, who is gay, comments that "it's quite possible to throw one's political support behind traditional, heterosexual marriage, and yet not be bigoted."
The Time commentary then poses this question to the LGBT community: "Why is our go-to political strategy for beating our opponents to silence them? Why do we dismiss, rather than engage them?"
Outlining the commonality between Pope Francis and Phil Robertson who both hold the same views on homosexuality, the article points to the fact that one of these men is Time and The Advocate's person of the year, while the other is on indefinite suspension from his reality TV show.
"G.K. Chesterton said that bigotry is 'an incapacity to conceive seriously the alternative to a proposition,' the article continues. "If he is right — and he usually is — then I wonder if the 'Duck Dynasty' fiasco says more about our bigotry than Phil's."