Duck Dynasty Family Standing by Phil, Fans Making a Difference

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It looks like the fan outrage over A&E's decision to suspend "Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson is paying off. At lease with one restaurant that had decided to pull part of the popular reality show's merchandise.

Cracker Barrel has reversed its decision to pull the items it originally said might be considered offensive as it tried to determine what to do following the fallout between the cable network and "Duck Dynasty's patriarch, Phil Robertson.

Tony Perkins, with the Family Research Council, says the fans made a huge difference.

"You rocked Cracker Barrel back into reality! Cracker Barrel admits they were wrong to jump on the GLADD band wagon and ditch the patriarch of Duck Dynasty. While I am relieved, Cracker Barrel has tarnished their image. I would hope the advertising or marketing guru who convinced them to unnecessarily weigh in on A&E Network's loss of reality is shown the door," Perkins said.

"Restaurants should serve food, not the politically correct mush of the Left. Maybe businesses who rely on the average working American to buy their products and services will think twice before signing up with the liberal elite. I encourage you to use your dollars wisely and know who you are supporting by going to www.2ndvote.com," concluded Perkins. 

A&E says it made the decision to suspend Robertston for his comments on homosexuality because it didn't want to disrespect its gay employees.

Robertson made the comments in a recent GQ article.

The decision by A&E to take "Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson off the air for those comments has sparked a nationwide debate that isn't dying down. While most people are just hotly arguing their points, the network reports receiving death threats from angry fans. However, most fans are boycotting A&E to get their message across.

Meanwhile, the Robertson family is standing behind their patriarch, which means duck season could soon be coming to an end for A&E.
 
"While some of Phil's unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible," the family said in a statement released late Thursday night. "We have had a successful working relationship with A&E, but as a family we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm."
 
The reality TV show featuring the Robertson family's redneck charm and duck calls is one of the most popular in cable history, averaging 14 million viewers per episode - and its viewers aren't abandoning the Robertsons now.
 
More than a 100,000 people have signed a petition on I-Stand-With-Phil.com. And on Facebook, more than a million fans have signed on to a page boycotting A&E until Phil Robertson is returned to the show.
 
The social media site is coming under fire as well. The administrator for one of the pages supporting "Duck Dynasty" says Facebook locked him out for eight hours before telling him it was just an "accident."
 
There are more than a dozen such efforts to support the Robertsons - including Change.org which says he shouldn't have been suspended.

The Under Armor company is standing with Robertson along with his publishers Simon & Schuster.

"He was basing his comments... on biblical verse... and these are views that a lot of people hold." Matthew Belloni, executive editor of Hollywood Reporter, said.   
 
Meanwhile, Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, told CNN that Robertson did what any Christian should do.
 
"All throughout that article -- and by the way, the GQ article was very clear on this -- his concern was to help people to know their need for Christ, and to believe in Christ and to find salvation in Christ," Mohler said.
 
"And when he was talking about that list of sins he wasn't comparing one thing to another," he continued.  "He was doing what the Bible does repeatedly, and that was put out a list of sins that includes all of us so that we know of our need for Christ."

Even Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal weighed in, saying, "The left is tolerant of every viewpoint except those who disagree with them."
 
Season five of "Duck Dynasty" is set to debut Jan. 15. Filming has already finished, and Phil Robertson is featured in all 10 episodes. It's still unclear how A&E will proceed.

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