Phil Robertson is to be honored at a conservative conference this month for the vile anti-gay comments he made in 2013 that got him suspended.
In December of 2013, the patriarch of A&E’s reality TV show “Duck Dynasty” shared withÂ Esquire magazine his rather unique thoughts on homosexuality, comparing it to bestiality, adultery, prostitution, alcoholism, lying, stealing, and terrorism.Â
â€œIt seems like, to me, a vaginaâ€”as a manâ€”would be more desirable than a manâ€™s anus,â€ Robertson also told Esquire. â€œThatâ€™s just me. Iâ€™m just thinking: Thereâ€™s more there! Sheâ€™s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what Iâ€™m saying? But hey, sin: Itâ€™s not logical, my man. Itâ€™s just not logical.â€
â€œStart with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.â€
â€œDonâ€™t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlersâ€”they wonâ€™t inherit the kingdom of God. Donâ€™t deceive yourself. Itâ€™s not right.â€
Those ugly remarks he passed off and defended as biblical and Christian, and they created a firestorm on the left.Â
A&E suspended Robertson for a short time, which also created a firestorm, on the right.
Now, the conservative group Citizens United (the same people who opened the gates to extreme amounts of money into politics via their infamous Supreme Court case) will be awarding Robertson for those comments at the right wingÂ Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) conference next week.
“Even when the entire mainstream media demanded he disavow his beliefs and attempted to have him fired from his own hit show for expressing these beliefs, he stood firm in his faith,â€ Citizens United presidentÂ David BossieÂ told the Hollywood Reporter.
“When one does not have the freedom to speak out loud and anywhere what one believes, freedom is dead,” Robertson said in response to the news.
Nearly every Republican likely presidential candidate will speak at the convention, along with many other political and activist leaders. Ronald Reagan spoke a total of 12 times at CPAC.
Robertson will stand on the same stage as the next Republican nominee for President of the United States of America and receive theÂ Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award.Â
Andrew Breitbart, who served on the board of the now-defunct gay Tea Party group GOProud, will likely be rolling in his grave.
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“No agency shall require proof of any vaccination of any person as a condition of providing any service or access to any facility, issuing any license, permit, or other type of authorization, or performing any duty of such agency,” the bill’s text reads in part.
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Legislation has been introduced in the Georgia Senate with to ban any public entity from requiring *any* vaccination as a precondition for services or facility access, wiping out the preexisting standards. #gapol https://t.co/uKg5Y85T71 pic.twitter.com/TsyljBC10x
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– Tucker Carlson, Nov. 25, 2019pic.twitter.com/6cjRnjk5uW
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