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article imageSarah Palin defended Phil Robertson comments but hasn't read them

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 25, 2013 in Politics
Fox News had Sarah Palin on with Greta Van Susteren Monday and the host asked about Phil Robertson's comments on homosexuality. The comments sparked anger from the right, and Palin herself, that the Duck Dynasty star was abused for stating his opinion.
While Palin was strong in her condemnation of the condemnation of Robertson's words she couldn't make an informed response to Van Susteren's question on the remarks. Van Susteren asked Palin on 'On the Record' if she found Robertson's wording of his opinion of homosexuality in a GQ article offensive.
The reason Palin couldn't answer? Despite raising her voice to support the wording of the comments, she's never actually read them. “I haven’t read the article," she said. "I don’t know exactly how he said it.” Van Susteren let her off the hook, not pressing her on how she could comment so strongly on the reaction to comments she hadn't read.
Duck Dynasty star on homosexuality
This is what Robertson said in the GQ interview when asked which sins were damaging America: “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 said.
“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."
This is what Palin said in defending the comments, without actually reading the comments: "Free speech is an endangered species. Those 'intolerants' hatin and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us."
Taking on Phil Robertson
Palin implied with her statement that disagreeing with Robertson, that "taking on the Duck Dynasty star for voicing his personal opinion," was somehow unconstitutional (it was "taking on all of us.") However, she wasn't asked if those who disagreed with Robertson were also just voicing their "personal opinion" and whether taking them on was also "taking on all of us."
Further, she was also never asked if she'd read, or heard on videotape, other Robertson statements on homosexuality, such as comments he made on gays and lesbians in a video while talking to a Pennsylvania church in 2010.
"They committed indecent acts with one another. And they received in themselves due penalty for their perversion. They're full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant God haters. They are heartless. They are faithless. They are senseless. They are ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil."
A&E suspension of Phil Robertson
The broadcaster A&E has suspended Robertson from the reality show 'Duck Dynasty' for his comments in GQ. Meanwhile, some 200,000 people signed an online petition that seeks to convince A&E to end the suspension.
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