Bill O’Reilly Claims Phil Robertson Was Suspended to “Marginalize a Christian Who Has a Big Platform”

999795_10152109232377489_719327290_nWho would have ever thought that one individual facing repercussions for ridiculous comments would cause such a ruckus?  But the suspension of Phil Robertson has left the news world with no shortage of opinions or asinine comments to cover, considering how just about everyone has voiced an opinion about the situation.

I still just can’t get over how many people lack the ability to understand what the First Amendment actually protects.  It’s not even complicated.  The First Amendment covers protection from persecution from the government — and only the government — as it relates to free speech.  If a private business or corporation decides to terminate or suspend someone for their behavior or speech, that’s within their rights to do so.

Yes, it’s that simple.

To be honest, Bill O’Reilly didn’t really dispute this fact.  So I’ll give him credit there.  Unlike most knee-jerk “this is an attack on the First Amendment” conservatives, O’Reilly actually used a little common sense by saying:

“Mr. Robertson, I believe, made a mistake by the condemnation line.  And here’s why. It’s not about the Bible, or believing or not believing in the Bible. It’s singling out a group, it could be anyone, and saying to that group, ‘Hey, you’re not worthy in the eyes of the lord… because of who you are.’”

Laura Ingraham disagreed, going off on some unrelated tangent:

“People say things all the time about you, and me, that are hateful, horrible, but I don’t really want them to it lose their job.”

She obviously doesn’t get the difference between speaking bad about a public figure, which is mostly allowed as long as it doesn’t cross a certain line, and broadly attacking millions of people with ignorant comments.

See, it’s okay to say, “Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin are inferior human beings who lack intelligence.”  But you can’t say, “African-Americans/Jews/Women are inferior human beings who lack intelligence.”

It takes a little thought to understand it, but there is a difference.

But where O’Reilly lost it was when he made the ridiculous claim that Phil Robertson was suspended to “marginalize a Christian who has a big platform.”


It has nothing to do with the fact he said African-Americans were happier before civil rights, or that he compared homosexuality to bestiality and terrorism — it was to marginalize a Christian with a big audience.

If that was the case, why wait until now?  It isn’t as if the majority of the audience that watches the show are liberals.  His ignorant comments about homosexuality and African-Americans won’t really have a huge impact on the majority of the demographic that watches Duck Dynasty — so why use this as a reason to pull him off television?  Why not just do it well before this, when his “platform” was growing?

It’s asinine to really believe that A&E would suspend the star of an extremely popular show to “marginalize a Christian who has a big platform.”

And let me reiterate again, opposing homosexuality and carrying a Bible around has nothing to do with the teachings of Jesus Christ or being a real Christian.  Any fool can handpick a few quotes from the Bible, attend church and call themselves a “Christian.”   It’s how you treat others and behave as a human being which makes someone a real Christian.

So, Mr. O’Reilly, Phil Robertson’s suspension had nothing to do with any attempt to marginalize a Christian.  It had everything to do with A&E not tolerating absolute ignorance.

It’s amusing to me how many people seem so intolerant toward a company that chose to take action against intolerance.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Rowdy

    O’Reilly should change his name to O’Turdly to better reflect what comes out of his mouth.

    • meatwad_SSuppet

      I like to call him Billy Oh’Really

  • crystal22

    wowzer – I didn’t know that beleiving in the teachings of Jesus CHRIST didn’t make you a CHRISTian. That’s crazy. And that crazy book those “fake” CHRISTians keep carrying around. They are nuts – it’s a good thing they read it I guess – so we know who to compare every good person too. Amen

    • solange82200

      I know you are being sarcastic, but I find it funny because that is how i
      actually see you people. Fake Christians carrying around a crazy book. And it’s not really that absurd to say that someone who believes in the teachings of Jesus but lives their lives as greedy, hateful assholes are in fact not really Christians, or at least certainly not good Christians. I’m surprised you don’t agree. Or do you really believe in a sell out religion where one would only have to read the book, but not live their lives in accordance to its teachings? What a cop out.

    • meatwad_SSuppet

      So many things they see then talk about has offended them to no end, yet not one of them has plucked out their eye balls. Talk about a people that talk up a big religious conviction but can’t live it. Kind of proves that religion to be a complete failure.

  • Edward Krebbs

    So Duck spouting insults at everyone is the example of what it means to be Christian ? Shame that Jesus of Nazareth couldn’t get that little detail down right.

  • kilgores

    I’m a Christian. I think this Robertson guy is a racist, bigoted jerk who hardly reflects the best tradition of Christian values. I’m not marginalizing him. I’m righteously criticizing him.

    • I’m personally fed up with people hiding behind religious scripture as a justification for their bigotry.

      • Sidney W. Kilgore

        Me, too!

    • meatwad_SSuppet

      The behavior of so called christians has proven it to be a failed religious fraud.

      • Sidney W. Kilgore

        It’s certainly not my idea about what it means to be Christian…

      • LateNightLarry

        Too many of them are “Christians” in name only… CINO. They know a few passages from the Bible, and sprinkle those passages in their conversation… without regard to whether those passages are even relevant.

      • meatwad_SSuppet

        Yeah yeah yeah just another excuse and they have billions of em. The majorities behavior is that of a devils servant. By the way, I can make a logical case that their Jesus is that *one* which was cast out by his daddy. Take the Lucifer character, known for his ‘bright and morning light / star’, well the boy red-lettered confessed that role is his in revelations 22:16. “I am the bright and morning star”. Cast out of heaven or sent down from heaven, what the hell is the difference, the result is the same, not in heaven with daddy. Then there is the simplistic definitions of two very common words two year olds know the meanings of, ‘father’ and ‘son’. Yet the servants say they are the same. Is there not a warning that the demonics will change the meanings of words to fit their demonic goal.

        Follows some more of those billions of excuses to make the wrong right.

  • Dear Bill,

    If we want to marginalize a Christian with a big platform, we’ll go after the Pope not a manufacturer of duck-hunting products using the bible to justify his bigotry. Trust me on this….

    • steve

      Bigotry in your eyes maybe but not his and there’s nothing wrong with that.

  • Janet Munson

    I truly believe that no one who is a Christian would say the things he said he is ignorant as well as the people who are on his side, are these people who were silent when they tried to destroy Paula Dean when she used one word many years ago?

    • meatwad_SSuppet

      You see, the truth of christianity is they know not the definitions of Father and Son, and are following the jealous ones kid, not the creator just like it says in their Romans 1:25. (I do not buy into gods n demons btw)

  • moe/larry & curly keys

    I think Robertson is the greatest!!! after all………. he doesn’t shave; does he SHOWER? the claim he is wealthy has him living in a cesspool of Louisiana? he decries gays and says HE didn’t see blacks UNHAPPY? wow– he MUST be the greatest!! O’reilly is a GREAT great American!!! don’t be haters of billO— he has and IS making BIIIIIG money capitalizing on the stupidity of FOX “news” watchers who insist that OBAMA is Kenyan and giving bushels of MONEY to BLACKS –for votes– and OBAMA is spending “OUR” grandkids lives away,,,,( funny how when a white Texan was doing it the regressive white trash “Christians” didn’t CRY) I love Hannity and Limbaugh and michelle “no tits & hating her life” malkin and Huckabee ( ‘specially huckfuckabee) as they are simple men ( self titled) who get paid a TON to spread the neurotic gospel of white elitism to low IQ redneck southern trash.. I WANT MY OWN FOX “news” show!! I promise to hate Obama for 400K a year!!

    • christians are evil

      sorry i missed everything you said due to your profile pic lol….thats the way to have a conversation, blind us with tig ol bittys

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        and katherines are all natural,,,,,, shes 5’6 132 and native American and French- been drilling her for 6 months

    • christians are evil

      huh tits what

    • meatwad_SSuppet

      you come cheap, they may take you up on that

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        only if they are slim pretty NATURALLY large breasted white/ latino women,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, then Im super inexpensive

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        I also want sarah palin in my bed for a night

      • meatwad_SSuppet

        Yuk, its been with todd.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        don’t matter,,,,,,,,,,,,,,a strong hot shower and bidet for the bespectled lady and im down on her and “drill baby drill”

  • DCochran

    Robertson is free to say what he said. I am free to applaud it or be appalled by it. Viewers and potential viewers are free to complain or not. A&E is free to take whatever action management & shareholders think is appropriate based on their business model and values. The Duck-heads are free to retire or go to another network. And O’Reilly & Palin are free to spread lies that this is an affront to free speech or Christianity. If anything, it sounds like free speech is running amok!

    • meatwad_SSuppet

      More like the amok are running all over the place.

  • Genie Christie Long

    Dixie Chicks? Martin Bashir?

    • meatwad_SSuppet

      Hypocrisy 101, tell it Genie.

  • comdytrd

    decided, after weighing all the evidence, that Phil “the Duck” Robertson
    is a more important cultural figure than Honey Boo Boo.
    But, just barely. Intellectually? Pretty close.

  • FD Brian

    Human nature is the one constant throughout time and if you think the bible was written by people less homophobic than the ones today, you are delusional. One thing is constant throughout time whether it be homophobia, sexism or racism or just general hate altogether directed at one group of humans, it existed back then and it will continue to exist throughout the world. It is up to you whether it will be tolerated or not.

  • MLR

    Isn’t it ironic that the same wing of the lunatic party who had the audacity to attack the Pope, a man of the cloth and who truly lives his life pretty close to the teachings of Jesus, are defending the duck dynasty dude because of his “christian beliefs”? These people are unbelievable! But their ignorance is truly breathtaking because a true Christian would know the parts of the Bible that talks about the teachings of Jesus and He did not teach to hate or to be judgmental, quite the contrary. Jesus said those free of sin cast the first stone. Of course those were not the exact words but it’s close enough. As for sin, who are we to judge who’s sins are worse than others sins? In God’s eyes we are all equally sinful and only God has a right to judge us individually and he will. Oh and by the way, it’s in the Bible that you will be judged as harshly as you judged others so watch out you right-wing hypocrites!

    • meatwad_SSuppet

      Yeah right he lives his life according to the book. There’s that commandment breaking celibacy problem. Oh right you never thought of that did you.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        and a “10 commandments” which sends U to hades for using GODS name in “vain” but doesn’t mention RAPE as a sin

  • Jay

    I see I’ve fallen into the deep end of liberal stupidity here. Nonjudgmental people calling everyone who believes the Bible ignorant bigots. Ok. Jesus also said you will know them by their fruit, the wolves that is. You’re suppose to judge fruit. Lots of bad fruit in this forum. Hate on sinners! Repent and trust Jesus! The only way to be saved.

    • meatwad_SSuppet

      Yeah we know you by your actions. Talk about fruit,,, your big boys long ago avowed that celibacy thing. Now consider that tree bearing fruits, of equal quality as the tree, good or bad. Would not avowing to be life long celibates make them avowing to be life long sinners against one of their top ten commandments to multiply? So the bad fruit from then on falls in a christian named fruit, from the celibates tree.

      Yeah, we know your fruity.

      Ps, just watch for the varied excuses to fall from that bad tree.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        amen meatwad,,,,, amen. If a “Christian” claims all these miracles do as I do——- tell them U will donate all of your effort and money and time and sincerity to JEEEEESUS as soon as they cure an amputee

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      believing a book of superstition and voodoo merits acrimonious insults. Mad magazine has more plausibility

  • meatwad_SSuppet

    I know billy oh really is just talking out of his smelly hole. Why? Because of so much that he sees that offends him, yet it has not caused him to pluck out his eye balls. Another fake religious nut with absolutely no religious conviction.

  • Vic

    It’s actually believing in Jesus Christ as the Savior that makes one a Christian-but that is then lived out through our treatment of other people in our joy of being saved, otherwise, I love your articles.