Man Sues A&E, GLAAD, Obama Over Duck Dynasty Star Suspension
By Alex Panisch
Chris Sevier, a man who claims to be a “former Judge Advocate” and—according to his uncorroborated account—is a member of Phil Robertson’s church, says he’s filed a lawsuit against A&E, GLAAD, and President Obama over the suspension of the show’s star Phil Robertson. In case you haven’t been following this story, A&E suspended Robertson after he said some virulently racist and homophobic remarks in an interview with GQ.
In a letter which he sent to Out, Sevier wrote: “I filed a lawsuit against A&E, GLAAD, and others in respond to the discrimination against [Phil Robertson] for his religious beliefs that our church embraces. Here is the deal my brothers. I do hate gay behavior, prostitution, murder, theft, so forth. I certainly do not hate people, not matter what sins they are committing. This would explain why I am so heavily involved in prison ministry. I would like to send you guys the complaint so that you can pick it apart if you'd like. Thanks so much, Best, Chris”
TMZ also got wind of Sevier’s suit and note that he’s not new to litigation. They say that he’s sued Bill O’Reilly, CBS, Facebook, and Apple among others. He’s suing President Obama as well as A&E and GLAAD, because he says the president is working with A&E to further the gay agenda.
Dan Savage has weighed in on the Duck Dynasty scandal. He finds Robertson’s remarks on race—that African Americans in the Jim Crow South were perfectly happy as second class citizens—much more offensive. Robertson, in these remarks, essentially dismisses the struggles and victories of the civil rights movement as unnecessary.