More Support for Duck Dynasty's Patriarch, Some Surprising

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Despite all the "Duck Dynasty" controversy, life is going on pretty much as normal for the Robertson family and their hometown of West Monroe, Louisiana.

Phil Robertson's comments on a host of sins, including homosexuality, from a biblical viewpoint are still being discussed by fans and critics alike.

Click here to see CBN's original report on A&E's decision to suspend Phil Robertson and the fan backlash.

This past Sunday, the Robertson family attended church at White's Ferry Road Church of Christ.

The latest addition to the cast of the reality show and eldest son, Alan, preached as part of the pre-Christmas service.

"Hope your week went well," he joked. "Ours was kinda' slow."

Willie, who leads the Duck Commander business and inspired the hit show, wore camouflage waders and stepped into the baptistry to baptize three people.

"Who's going to be the lord of your life?" he asked a man, before dipping the man back into the baptismal pool at the front of the church.
For church members and residents of West Monroe this is the family they've known long before America did. They say the "Faith, Family, Ducks" is a motto the family really lives by.

They believe A&E was hasty in its decision to suspend Phil for his comments.

"The program and his comments take a snapshot and it doesn't represent the totality of what the guy is all about," said Richard Laban, the owner of Redneck Roots, a downtown West Monroe store that sells some 'Duck Dynasty' T-shirts and souvenirs.
"A&E reacted entirely too quickly," added Laban. "They really treated Phil as if he was a terrorist."

"I've known Phil for 30 years," said Mike Walsworth, the owner of another store in town called the Gingerbread Shop. "He hasn't changed for 30 years."

As part of the GQ interview that created such a stir - Phil Robertson also commented on race in south when he was growing up. He said he picked cotton with black people. He told the magazine he never saw African-Americans mistreated.

Rev. Fred Luter of New Orleans, the first black president of the Southern Baptist Convention, supports  Robertson's biblical views on homosexuality but disputes his memories from the Civil Rights era in the United States.

Luter has a different recollection. He says back then in Louisiana there was nothing happy about segregation or "being hung in a tree because of your race." He adds that blacks were definitely complaining, if not to Robertson.
Even Democratic State Rep. Marcus Hunter - a Democrat and black man who represents West Monroe - issued a statement saying that "the faith and family structure exhibited by the Robertsons on the hit A&E show is part of the allure which makes it so special."
Hunter did say he would like to "enlighten" Robertson about the "challenges and triumphs of black people during and after Jim Crow."


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