‘It’s not about money; it’s about freedom of speech’: Glenn responds to Duck Dynasty controversy

A&E has placed Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus because of candid comments he made about homosexuality in an interview with GQ magazine. Robertson offered honest – and crass – insight into his views on homosexuality in an interview that appears in the January issue of GQ.

“I want to start with Duck Dynasty and what happened with Duck Dynasty. It is one of the most incredible stories I have heard,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Now and I don't know what the Robertsons are going to do. I don't know what's going to happen. I can't imagine that A&E is going to cancel that thing, but if they do, I want to make it very clear to the Robertsons: If they fire you, TheBlaze would love to be in business with you. And it's not about money. It's about freedom of speech. You know, I said this with Paula Deen. I didn't agree with what Paula Deen said by any stretch of the imagination, but you don't destroy people like that. We're not those people.”

In the interview, Robertson crassly explains why he personally does not understand homosexually, but he also clarifies that he does judge anyone because “that’s the Almighty’s job.”

Feeling the pressure of LGBT groups like GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign, A&E decided to suspend the reality star from the show he stars in with his family. In a statement, A&E said:

“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."

Robertson released his own statement prior to the news of his hiatus:

“I myself am a product of the ’60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”

While Glenn did not necessarily agree with Robertson’s choice of words, he unfailingly defended his right to speak his mind. Glenn offered the Robertson family a bit of advice that might go against traditional counsel but would certainly force A&E to make a decision:

Now, if I am in the Robertson family, I sit down with my family and say, "Is this the way we're going to let him be treated? Is this who we are? We're just going to be quiet because he has an opinion about the scriptures? Well, I got news for ya. I don't care.”

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So what you do is you call up GQ and say, you know what? The whole family wants to do an interview. Whole family. GQ will... invent the teleporter to be able to be there within five minutes. And they will have the cameras and they will have all the best writers. And you say, "Look, this is going to be a really short interview. We agree with Phil."… And you say exactly what Phil said.

And then I guess A&E has to make a decision: Gee, are we going to make a stand because all A&E cares about… is the cash. And this is the biggest cash cow they have ever had. So do you think they're going to cut you loose? Answer: Yep. Yes, they will because they have already caved once, they will now have to cave every time after.

You should be giving interview after interview… You all memorize the exact words that Phil said and that's the only way you answer every question… No matter what they ask you, you only answer that way. And you force A&E to make a decision. And you will either be out, or you will be the most powerful people the country has ever seen on television. You already have all of the juice you're ever gonna get. It's never going to get more powerful than this – unless you take a stand.

And if you take a stand and they fire you, TheBlaze will… be on the phone… We'd like you at TheBlaze. We're not ashamed. We won't fold. We have people of diverse opinion here. There are people here that are godly and atheist. There are people here that are liberal and very conservative. There are straight people. There are gay people. There are white people. There are black people. They all have an opinion, and they're all welcome at TheBlaze.

Duck Dynasty, we would be proud to have you. May I suggest: Make your stand. You will never have a better chance. And quite honestly, you're our best shot as people. If we don't get people to wake up to the fact that this is fascism, that we are not allowed to have another opinion. If we don't get them to make up now, they're never going to wake up, and you're our best shot. Diversity of thought.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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