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'Duck Dynasty' suspension stirs controversy

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Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson and the rest of his family are very open about their Christian faith on the show.

But in a recent interview with GQ, Robertson upset the LGBT community with some of his comments about sin.

Many people -- fans of Duck Dynasty or not -- feel that Robertson shouldn't have been reprimanded for his opinions.

Carl Campbell has never heard of Duck Dynasty and doesn't know Phil Robertson. He believes freedom of speech is what America fought for. He says you've got to be careful though.

"We have to be smart enough to be saying 'we do want to talk but we have to be smart and respectful at the same time and never be rude about anyone's other lifestyle' because everyone has the freedom to do anything they want," Campbell said.

Jimmy Flannigan with the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce says it's simply a matter of an employee saying something his employer didn't like. He doesn't feel it's A&E's job to defend the First Amendment.

"Accordingly the employer removed him from his position temporarily or otherwise. And yet the people who are objecting to this would also at the same time want employers to fire people for being gay," Flannigan said.

During the interview, Robertson also spoke about how, to him, African Americans seemed happy when he was growing up -- pre-Civil Rights.

We asked Republican candidate for Texas Governor Lisa Fritsch how this made her feel.

"I think what he said was a reflection of what he saw with his experience with he and black people and not seeing the racism. I can't tell you how many times I've been criticized because I have spoke outwardly and said that I grew up not seeing racism in East Texas," Fritsch said.

Fritsch says there are certain jobs that shouldn't be held by people who have a bias against others but she doesn't view Robertson that way.

"However in entertainment and the role that he's in...that he believes a certain way, I don't think should be cause for him to be condemned and to be suspended from his job," Fritsch said.

We also received a statement from the Liberty Institute.

They say "Whether or not A&E violated the legal rights of Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson, they most surely violated a fundamental principle of American society: that people have the right to express their religious viewpoints without being punished."

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