A GOP candidate in Illinois running in the 11th district lent his opinion to the much reported controversy surrounding "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson's suspension over comments he made regarding homosexuality.
In an email to supporters candidate Ian Bayne insisted that in the same way Rosa Parks stood up against racial persecution, Robertson made a stand against religious persecution.
"In December 1955, Rosa Parks took a stand against an unjust societal persecution of black people, and in December 2013, Robertson took a stand against persecution of Christians," said Bayne.
"What Parks did was courageous … what Mr. Robertson did was courageous too," Bayne added
The controversy and subsequent suspension of Robertson was due to his candid and forthright remarks regarding sin and homosexuality.
While speaking with GQ reporter Drew Magary the patriarch of the Robertson clan provided a very candid and descript account of what he and the Robertson family, as evangelical Christians, are all about.
"We're Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television," Robertson says in the interview. "You put in your article that the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and let's get on with it, and everything will turn around."
Robertson went on to say that in the current state of America, "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 then went on to paraphrase a verse from Corinthians: "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."
There has been an outpouring of support for Robertson after news of his suspension spread with a Facebook page in support of Robertson gaining over 1 million "likes" in just 24 hours.
Bayne added that this exposure of Robertson's situation is an eye-opener for many who may have been previously in disbelief that the Bible is fast becoming considered "hate speech" by the media and society.