A&E Networks announced "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson's indefinite suspension last week after he shared his views on homosexuality, but an inside source from the cable channel is understood to have said the cast member is likely to return in the fifth season, which is set to premiere on Jan. 15.
A&E intends to keep Robertson on the air, says Entertainment Weekly, quoting an anonymous, inside source, who said, "There's no negotiation to have; we're doing the show."
The source added the network hopes the media and fan furor will cool down over the Christmas season and that "tensions over shooting future episodes can then be resolved." more >>
Camille Paglia, a social critic and a lesbian activist, is among the many who have blasted the A&E Networks for suspending "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson for sharing his belief that homosexuality is a sin. She called the action "utterly fascist and utterly Stalinist."
"I speak with authority here, because I was openly gay before the 'Stonewall rebellion,' when it cost you something to be so. And I personally feel as a libertarian that people have the right to free thought and free speech," Paglia, a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, said on Laura Ingraham's radio show this week.
"In a democratic country, people have the right to be homophobic as well as they have the right to support homosexuality – as I one hundred percent do. If people are basing their views against gays on the Bible, again they have a right of religious freedom there," Paglia said, as transcribed by The Daily Caller. more >>
An atheist group is offering a reward to find the people who were seen attempting to torch one of the organization's billboards in Pitman, N.J., that was erected to counter attack a "Keep Christ in Christmas" banner placed within the same town.
The "Keep Saturn in Saturnalia" billboard posted by the Freedom From Religion (FFR) foundation, whose message refers to an ancient holiday named after the Roman god Saturn that took place in the winter solstice, has been the target of protestors recently.
Now, FFR is hoping to reward $2,000 to anyone with information. more >>
Phil Robertson, patriarch of the popular A&E hit series "Duck Dynasty" who was recently suspended indefinitely from the show for call homosexuality a sin, was busy praying for a cancer-stricken young woman at his longtime church in Louisiana when the controversy erupted Wednesday.
Mike Kellet, senior pastor of White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, La., told CNN, "Phil led us in prayer. There were greater things on our minds than the firestorm of controversy about this article."
Randall Collins, a sociologist and author of Discovery of Society, tells us that culture is defined by the adoption of values and beliefs in 7 spheres of culture, but four of these have the greatest influence: military, economic, political and cultural. Arts and entertainment, media and education are the most influential in defining the values and beliefs people adopt in their life.
It only takes three to five percent of elites operating at the top of a cultural mountain of influence to shift the mindset of the larger population of that culture. Our best case study of this truth has been taking place in the last 25 years through the gay rights movement. This small group of people (less than three percent of the population) is literally changing the laws, the perceptions and attitudes of 97 percent of the population by the effective use of media, arts and entertainment and education. They have shifted the conversation from being a moral issue to being a civil discrimination issue. This has been a calculated and strategic plan since in the late 80s.
When values are expressed through movies, media, education and the arts, those who view these messages on an ongoing basis adopt it, often subconsciously. If the messages that are being communicated are anti-biblical in nature, it is only time before the culture at large begins to adopt these values. Such is the case in America today. The observer does not recognize the subtle change until one day it is too late – our culture becomes like Europe, a society void of a God-consciousness. more >>
A Facebook group demanding that A&E reinstate "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson has become more popular than the A&E's official Facebook page.
As of Friday, "Stand With Phil Robertson" has garnered more than 1.3 million likes on Facebook, versus A&E's approximately 588,000.
Earlier this week Robertson was indefinitely suspended by A&E over his remarks against homosexuality in a GQ interview. more >>