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Letters: 'Duck Dynasty' man's free speech

Phil Robertson, the Duck Commander, holding the 1

Phil Robertson, the Duck Commander, holding the 1 millionth duck call assembled for 2013 at the company's warehouse in West Monroe, La. (Nov. 7, 2013) Credit: AP

"Duck Dynasty" patriarch and reality TV star Phil Robertson explained in a magazine interview what he believes is sinful ["Bad move, A&E," News, Dec. 20]: "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 simply equates homosexuality with perversion without offering any evidence or ethical reasoning other than his own Bible-based moral code. Blind obedience to a primitive moral code is not unique or rare, and many, such as former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, have voiced support for Robertson.

Palin wrote on Twitter, "Free speech is endangered species; those 'intolerants' hatin' & taking on Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing personal opinion take on us all."

This is pure hypocrisy; Palin has no problem criticizing others with whom she disagrees.

Palin and Robertson are both also under the misconception that religious belief allows one to be unethical toward others, in this case homosexuals. If your religion condones unjustified bigotry, it is a bigoted religion.

Hopefully, at some point, enough people will choose an ethical approach as opposed to merely hiding behind belief and obedience; that is when real moral progress will be made.

Gerry Dantone, Coram

What a disgrace for A&E network, committing a "fowl" against the Robertson family leader. His religious and personal beliefs should be respected alongside all others.

Newsday needs to stop taking sides on this issue, and stop misrepresenting the facts on the country's view of same-sex marriage and relationships. The majority of people I know do not agree with same-sex marriage or relationships.

Ray Sangiorgio, Farmingville