The suspension of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson by the A&E Network after making controversial remarks in GQ magazine regarding homosexuality has been called a business decision. But now Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller is making a business decision of his own.

Miller announced on his personal Facebook page Friday night that A&E would no longer be welcomed to film or produce any of its programs or series with the help of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office or its facilities.

"A&E has suspended Phil Robertson for talking about his conservative Christian beliefs," Miller wrote." None of us are without sin and I am not judging anyone. I am sure A&E made what they believe is a good business decision. Many people who disagree with A&E might choose to remain silent and there was a time when I might have done the same, but no longer. In my mind the punishment is unreasonable.

"I know it will not matter to A&E, but it will make me feel better. A&E has produced more than a half dozen programs with the assistance of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. They will not do any more with my assistance while I am sheriff. It is time for someone other than Hollywood and the news media to stand up for what is right!"

Miller pointed out that if you look closely at what Robertson said, he was saying that he would not judge anyone. In fact, Miller said, Robertson said that he would leave that up to God and only gave his understanding of scripture.

What Robertson said, could be taken a lot of different ways. This is the passage straight from the magazine. “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there," Robertson said. "Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

Roberston tried to clarify his statements as being his beliefs.

“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," Robertson was quoted as saying. "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.”

A&E reacted quickly and suspended the "Duck Commander" patriarch "indefinitely," but said the shows they had already filmed with him would air. They issued this statement: “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.”

Miller said that was the network's prerogative, but he said he had to do what he thought was right to show how he feels.

"I guess I need to learn to keep my mouth shut too," Miller said in a phone interview Friday night. "But they are punishing a man for being honest and answering a question that he was asked. When he answered and gave his understanding, pulling from his Christian beliefs, this happens. It's not right and I had to say something about it.

"I don't hate anybody and you can ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you the same thing. But where we are in this country now, where you are punished for simply saying what your understanding of your Christian beliefs are is just too much for me."

Friday other Robertson family members released a statement saying they may not go on without Phil.

"We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right," the statement read. "We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty. Again, thank you for your continued support of our family."

Over the years A&E has filmed several shows centered here including most recently "Beyond Scared Straight," which featured the M.A.C.E. program sponsored by the DCSO.

To say that Miller's statements have caused a stir would be an understatement. As of Saturday afternoon, almost 400,000 people had viewed the story on www.douglascountysentinel.com. The story has broken the record for the most viewed story on the paper's Facebook page and is the most commented upon story ever posted to the Sentinel's website.

Miller said that getting attention wasn't his intent. He just saw something that he felt was wrong and did what he could to address it.

"Phil Robertson was talking about activities that he felt were sins in his understanding of the scripture," Miller said. "We all have sinned and so much of what is going on today is sinful. Eating too much – gluttony – is a sin. I know I am guilty of that. I know some people won't be happy with me for saying what I said, but it was the only way I knew to tell A&E that I didn't agree with them or what they did on this."

Country music star Ronnie McDowell, who was in Douglasville earlier this month for a concert, said he saw what has happening to Robertson and the stand that Miller made. He said it inspired him to write and record a song on Saturday about it all.

"After hearing all of that I woke up with a song in my head," McDowell said. "I went into the studio that day and an hour later I had it cut and the video made. It was one of those things that just hit me and I felt very strongly about."

The song, called "Let's hear it for the duck man" and video can be seen on YouTube. The link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rBxH-Q2MFc

(190) comments

Gbd
Gbd

A&E must be Gay.

Bunk
Bunk

You guys should date.

KyGirl4DD
KyGirl4DD

Very wise decision Mr Miller!..I'm happy there is still a few good people around who realize its not a crime to speak your opinion on your beliefs! My beliefs are the same as Phils..The word of God is the same for everyone and if you don't understand it then you should Pray for understanding...The Robertson family seem like great good ole country folk..God Bless each and every one of you.. Merry Christmas!

Christian not hater
Christian not hater

Good for you! We have to start standing or we will fall for anything![beam]

Jerschwah Jern
Jerschwah Jern

So A&E makes a decision that the Sheriff doesn't agree with. To show his disapproval he makes sure to send A&E and all their production crew members who come into the county and spend money supporting local businesses to another county that will welcome them and their money with open arms. That'll teach 'em.

Jesusfreak
Jesusfreak

Money isn't as important as standing up for what you believe in. If more people would do it our country wouldn't be in the mess that it is! I'm sure A & E was betting on the fact that their money would get them whatever they wanted. Wrong! There actually are people that are still willing to stand up for what's right. I knew there was a reason I loved the South! People in the South tend to have their priorities in order. The Robertsons and this Sheriff are prime examples of this.

Tricia Reilly zville Ohio
Tricia Reilly zville Ohio

God Bless You Sheriff for standing up to A & E! I wish more were like you. I do not feel Mr. Robertson said anything wrong. He wasn't judging others only stating what he believes is sin & what the Bible states is sin. I don't judge how others live or what they do, I agree that's between them & God also, but I'm so tired of being told what I can & can't say. I'm tired of seeing Merry Christmas changed to Happy Holidays, Christmas Parties changed to holiday Parties, God being kept out of schools, traditional Christmas songs taken out of school Christmas programs ect,ect,ect. Too many to mention it would fill a book. All for the sake of not offending someone. What about me, I take not being able to to have my freedom of speech. Once again Sheriff thank you for standing by Mr Robertson.

LauraleeInMIchigan
LauraleeInMIchigan

A simple Thank YOU from up north. Your stance on helping to protect our freedoms and support another that shares the same values is a great example of integrity and respect that still exists in this country. Just seems harder to find these days. Merry Christmas!

Sherrygranmaof6
Sherrygranmaof6

I applaud you Sheriff Phill Miller for having the courage to stand up at a time when people are more scared than ever of public ridicule if they state their beliefs. I stand behind Phill Robertson and uphold his right to have Christian beliefs and values. We need more like Phill and Kay and less like Miley , Kanye and Kim.

cpiwackette50
cpiwackette50

I applaud Sheriff Miller for standing up for Freedom Of Speech...A lot of people might not agree with what Mr. Robinson said but, He has that right...Reporter should never have asked him the question if they did not want to hear what he had to say..Love Duck Dynasty ...Hopefully they will move to another station..instead of A&E

cpiwackette50
cpiwackette50

Also we are parishes down here ...Not counties...That's just up North..sorry guys

Texas_Patriot
Texas_Patriot

Louisiana is the only Southern state that has parishes instead of counties. The rest of us in the South have counties... :-P :-D

Seabear
Seabear

Thank you Sheriff for Standing Up for what you believe in.
I also do not believe in the gay lifestyle, but they have the right to be gay
if they want to. Let God be the Judge. Someone said God loves everybody. Maybe so but the Bible KJV. says there are a few He doesn't like. I like you I am sure have several Gay friends whom have my friendship and respect. But A&E and now maybe Cracker Barrel will now be on my non support list. God Bless you again on your stand.

Bunk
Bunk

Get on this, bible-boy...Leviticus 20:9 If anyone curses his father or mother, he must be put to death.
20:10 If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death.

gskeers
gskeers

you bet run A&E out of town i stand by Phil

JeanieD
JeanieD

Bravo! Way to go for standing up in what you believe and supporting another fellow Christian. That's what we as Christians need to do is bond together and start standing up and fighting for OUR rights back that the Gov. and non believers are choking out. I commend you for what you have done God Bless!

Dennis
Dennis

I applaud Sheriff Miller for his decision. I support Phil Robertson and his family.

prez3657
prez3657

10-4 Sheriff Miller !!!!!

Phillip
Phillip

I don't think most people realize just how much constitutional power sheriff's really have.

duquata
duquata

This is awesome I thank you Sheriff Miller!!!!!!!!!! you have made this Christian's day[beam]

Tracey Robertson
Tracey Robertson

Sheriff Miller receives a Standing Ovation from the Robertson Family in Florence AL. Bravo Bravo Bravo!!!!

jabroni65
jabroni65

Way to go sheriff Miller, show A&E there not the only ones who can put people on hiatus. I'm sure there is another network out there willing to welcome Duck Dynasty, and stick it to A&E. To the Robertson Family way to go even if they reinstate Phil I believe you should still move over to a New Network and stick it to A&E for being outright foolish in the first place. Just my thoughts Love the show.

Retired Marine
Retired Marine

I've read everything Phil Robertson said in that interview. Phil di not attack homosexuality, he stated what sin is.

God made the rules what sin is, if these people attacking Phil don't like what God said I'd suggest they take it up with God.

Dspring5

The problem is not that Phil stated homosexuality was sin, the problem is that he equated homosexuality to bestiality and promiscuousness. Once you equate something like homosexuality to terrible things as those two, it becomes a matter of slander/hate rather than stating of beliefs.

With all of these comments, I just feel at least one person should try to look at it from the opposite perspective. I myself am a Christian, and I do not disagree with part of Phil's comments or the fact that a violation of personal rights has happened. But honestly, this "expression of religious beliefs" turned to slander the moment he compared homosexuality to the likes of bestiality.

Now I am sure probably almost every single person who reads this will disagree with my statements (mostly because I've lived in Douglas County my whole life and know how people work down here) but just take the time to at least try to see it from the other perspective.

RDJNTX

I see you failed at reading comprehension. they give classes in remedial reading comprehension in night school. you might want to sign up for some. he did NOT equate homosexuality to bestiality. he equated the ACCEPTANCE of homosexuality as a slipery slope to the ACCEPTANCE of bestiality. the fact that your kool-aid mixers quoted only part of the conversation and you drank it is very telling. Can't be telling the entire story so people actually get the CONTEXT of his statement now can we.

Bennie Blackward
Bennie Blackward

I totally agree with the retired Marine. Sin is what Phil hates because Phil is a Christian man who reads and understands what God says and God will be the one who judges every man and woman. Sinners cannot enter into Heaven. Thank you for your support.

Louisiana Kajun
Louisiana Kajun

Thank you for making a stand! This means more to us all then you and Phil could ever imagine!! Bless you all and y'all will be in my prayers! And that's a fact Jack!

zakk
zakk

It interest me that whenever ANYBODY disagrees with a person of special interest, they are immediately classified as being a bigot, full of hate, or ignorant. Fact is, most people don't agree with everything, all the time, and the question remains: People in these special interest groups often disagree with others yet are the ones that are quick to make an issue out of the situation. What does this say about them?
Well, it's not hatred, its a matter of belief. How can these people expect others to subscribe and support their beliefs if they are not willing to equally support others. Isn't that what equality is?

Or will would they rather things be unequal whereas they or others living their lifestyle are the only ones with rights?

How would they feel if a group of Strait Christian Men or Women demanded that they lose their jobs for posting a video, comment or otherwise expressing their beliefs or thoughts in support of Gays and Lesbians? Would this then be an issue of civil rights violations or would it simply be an issue of ignorance and hatred?

Sad thing is, I actually support Gay and Lesbian rights although I'm starting to think that Gay and Lesbian groups are full of bigotry and hatred my friend. It seems that over the past couple of decades I have seen more and more lies and attacks from Gays towards others in the name of Gay Rights then I care to remember. Quite frankly, I'm nervous writing this rant, as I am afraid that a Gay lawyer will fall down my chimney with a civil summons charging with with some ridiculous hate crime. (by the way, watch and see, it won't be long until they are making a fuss about Santa not being Gay)

Here's a question for our Gay and Lesbian Leaders: Why can't you encourage Gays and Lesbians to be tolerant of other people's views just as THEY (gays and lesbians) want others to be tolerant of their views?

Simple questions that will never get reasonable or simple answers....

I encourage EVERYONE to share this link and post:

http://angryhillbilly.com/2013/12/20/gays-and-lesbians-out-of-control/

http://angryhillbilly.com/2013/12/21/gays-and-lesbians-are-full-of-hatred/

What do you think?

Dspring5

The problem is not that Phil stated homosexuality was sin, the problem is that he equated homosexuality to bestiality and promiscuousness. Once you equate something like homosexuality to terrible things as those two, it becomes a matter of slander/hate rather than stating of beliefs.

With all of these comments, I just feel at least one person should try to look at it from the opposite perspective. I myself am a Christian, and I do not disagree with part of Phil's comments or the fact that a violation of personal rights has happened. But honestly, this "expression of religious beliefs" turned to slander the moment he compared homosexuality to the likes of bestiality.

Now I am sure probably almost every single person who reads this will disagree with my statements (mostly because I've lived in Douglas County my whole life and know how people work down here) but just take the time to at least try to see it from the other perspective.

TheSwabbie
TheSwabbie

The PROBLEM is you did NOT read what Phil actually SAID. While the word "beastiality" was IN the statement, he did NOT equiate homosexuality it.. only that BOTH were sins.. as is "running around" with other people (messing around) or swindling.

RDJNTX

kids destroyed because A&E can't film in your town? I highly doubt it. you are a prime example of knee jerk reaction to something you don't like.

have you not heard of re-runs? you obviously used a tape with the kid you used as an example. why can't you use tapes for the rest of them?

The sheriff is under no obligation to provide assistence to anyone filming in town he has exercised his office to delcare that he would no longer do so. let A&E spend the money to hire replacements

Jewell
Jewell

I am reposting the comment from Tricia Reilly because after reading her comment it is my sentiment exactly.. But I would also like to add to that ,If all the country artist, the movie and tv personality AND THE PEOPLE IN THE PUBLIC EYE would stand up for what they know is right then maybe we could put a stop to having everything a christian scrutinized.....
God Bless You Sheriff for standing up to A & E! I wish more were like you. I do not feel Mr. Robertson said anything wrong. He wasn't judging others only stating what he believes is sin & what the Bible states is sin. I don't judge how others live or what they do, I agree that's between them & God also, but I'm so tired of being told what I can & can't say. I'm tired of seeing Merry Christmas changed to Happy Holidays, Christmas Parties changed to holiday Parties, God being kept out of schools, traditional Christmas songs taken out of school Christmas programs ect,ect,ect. Too many to mention it would fill a book. All for the sake of not offending someone. What about me, I take not being able to to have my freedom of speech. Once again Sheriff thank you for standing by Mr Robertsonsays scrutinized...

TJ
TJ

applauding Sheriff Miller. They have been trying to ax alot of the good the show does. They have been trying to get the prayer at the end of the show off for a long time. This is one way that A&E has been able to railroad their wants. I am really getting tired of a handful of special interest groups trying to filter my line of thinking or opinions just because they are thinned skinned. And not to mention they all have severe control issues. If you are a true christian you have the same belief that homosexuality is a sin along with many other things Phil stated. Funny part is the media have only shown and chosen to attack this one statement out of the whole interview. I guess that is one way the media can control their opinions and belief too, by attacking ones moral opinion and view, or maybe that was the intent. I throw my support behind the Robertson family, for all the good they show of good ole fashion moral family values that are missing in this day and age. They teach the golden rule, believe in family, faith, do onto others as they would do for you. There is alot bad media, tv, movies, reading material that is showing and giving wrong impression of life to our young people. They are being shown and taught bad examples and giving the impression its ok to be this way. Its time society takes back our families values, hey it didnt hurt you, your parents, grandparents etc. and ya'll turned out ok.

Bunk
Bunk

No, you did not turn out okay. People hung African-Americans from trees. For thinking they were human.

a2011asap900

Who Cares ..

TheSwabbie
TheSwabbie

The whole problem is that liberals, gays in particular scream for "free speech" and "free expression" - UNTIL something comes along that they don't like or agree with. Sorry people... can't have it both ways. Better get some thicker skin because in this case.. Phil was quoting the Bible.

Saywhat

Aren't you now scream "free speech" and "free expression"? Also for a guy that doesn't give one darn about you.

tejana67
tejana67

I agree with The Swabbie!!! It is clearly in the Bible and he quoted the Bible. If everyone read the Bible they would know that homosexuality is a sin. What happened to freedom of speech?!

Bunk
Bunk

Waiting with bated breath for you to get on these sins, bible-girl............................. Leviticus 20:9 If anyone curses his father or mother, he must be put to death.
20:10 If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death.

Pbrkid
Pbrkid

I stand with Phil and Sheriff Miller to many time we as a people did not take a stand .. And got our believes ran over. We have taken God out of our schools and our Courts and Country.. And what have we seen killing in our schools , our country bombed and our courts letting crime run them .. Look around and see what they have done without God being there. Its all down hill.. Phil stand strong in his believe while other hind from it.. You so called Christians have turned the cheek once to many times... Its time to make a change...

Bennie Blackward
Bennie Blackward

I am not supportive of A&E to suspend Phil from making any more shows. Lets see God has been taken out of our schools. Cannot say the Pledge because it contains God in it. Government and state buildings cannot display the 10 commandments. Many other things because it contains God or Christ. God created this world and all of the universe and set up how marriage should be. He did this by creating Adam (man) and Eve (woman) as how a true marriage should be. He destroyed all of breathing things in the world by the flood 8 precious souls were saved along with two each of all the animals to REPOPULATE the world. This could not have been done with two males or two females of each kind. Only with one male and one female of each could have done this. Same with humans female and males could have repopulated the world. The Bible says God was sorry He had created man so He Destroyed all breathing men, women and animals so it could be started a new all over again. Noah and his wife (female) and their sons and daughters had the task of repopulating the earth again. They did it because males and females was the only way this could have been accomplished. The Bible also says hates Sin and loves the sinner. Phil only stated what God said in the Bible. I do not believe Phil loves the sinners but hates the sin they are tangled up with.

jnelson
jnelson

We have freedom in the United States, freedom of speech and religion, Freedom to choose what we read, listen to and watch on T.V. A&E fired Phil for answering a question. Phil expressed his christian beliefs. Since I dont agree with what A&E did, I will exercise one of my freedoms. I will not watch A&E anymore. Maybe when their rating start falling, because of their discrimination and violation our freedoms, they will change their mind. After all it is the viewers who determine the success of all the networks

studiosinger
studiosinger

I applaud the sheriff for speaking out and ACTING to show his support for Phil. It is high time we started pushing back against the hate mongering liberals who self-righteously call us names when they have no understanding at all of what Christian principles are. In fact, one can tell they rarely read their Bibles. If they did, they'd know exactly what Phil was talking about! By the way, I was a sinner until age 48, then repented and was baptized (Acts 2:38) for my sins. Now I am a SAVED sinner,and have been growing ever since in my understanding of what God wants from us. Very simply, that is ...a relationship! Sin separates us from God, so that's why God doesn't want us to sin. DDN'T MEAN TO PREACH...BUT I'M JUST SICK AND TIRED OF THIS "POLITICALLY CORRECT" BUNK, WHICH IS JUST ANOTHER WAY OF the liberals SAYING "IF YOU DON'T AGREE WITH US, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!

Saywhat

So you saying liberals should keep their mouths shut cause you don't agree with them....

Ruthe
Ruthe

No, fool, what he is saying is that if you are going to fight for the right to say what YOU want to say then, WE should have the same rights. Liberals only want people to say what they agree with and do only the things THEY want, no dissention. The majority of people do not agree with libs and we are not going to sit by and take being disrespected and dismissed anymore! WE STAND WITH PHIL! (both Robertson and Miller)

Jesusfreak
Jesusfreak

Yes we do!

Saywhat

So then you just disrespect and dismiss me. You notice the trend I'm trying to make here yet?

crystal01
crystal01

speaking about Canada.. Our country was built on Christianity....It is very sad we no longer can express ourselves...so others can expess them selves... That's not fair at all..But I guess that's what the world wants is to make sure God is hidden from people and never realize what he's all about..I pray for the world and what it is turning in to...

Bunk
Bunk

You know not God or the bible. Sorry

Debie
Debie

Thank you Sheriff Miller for taking a public stand. I have been reading several of the article of what took place in this interview and I truly feel Phil Robertson was set up. A&E knew by asking the question they did Phil would fall into there evil trap. You hear of Christians being persecuted around the world for there belief in Jesus Christ, but how much do you hear of that happens here in the good old U.S.A.? Phil is a true man of God to stand up and not sugar coat the truth. I find this all interesting that it came out here at Christmas. Look at the flamboyancy of the homosexuals, they want to shove there homosexuality in our faces. There is the coming out parties, the gay marriages, the desecration parades. and on and on. It in your face 24/7. All this with Phil just makes me more energized to take a stand for Christ. And ***Yes homosexuality is a sin!*** Amen!

George

I stand behind Phil and his family 100%. Kudos to the sheriff. America needs more like him.

One of the biggest problems surrounding this issue is the total lack of reading comprehension by so many - or is it just laziness? Some are simply content being led around by their noses and are incapable of any critical thinking or original thought.

Phil Robertson in no way conflated homosexuality with bestiality other than to say they both were in a large stack of sins.

So save the faux outrage and get a life. Clearly the Robertsons have.

oh, and now would be a good time to dump cracker barrel stock - they have abandoned Phil and their Christian customers to jump on the degenerate band wagon.

drtfis
drtfis

Great job Sheriff we stand with Phil and freedom of speech these liberals need to be stopped

Jesso
Jesso

Thank you Sheriff. The time to stand up for two way tolerance has long passed. Behind you all the way !!!

Bunk
Bunk

Or as I like to say, enough with all these minorities having a voice and demanding to be treated as equals!

caddella
caddella

It is a disgrace how A&E and others took Mr. Robertson's interview out of context to further their own agenda. Kudos to those that are not sitting on the sidelines of this issue!

Ohiogunr
Ohiogunr

http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/religion.cfm

HOW is it that A&E is not under indictment for Religious Persecution?

Jesusfreak
Jesusfreak

Wow! Good for him. A & E made the mistake of thinking Christians would lay down and allow one of their own to be unfairly judged. Wrong! I hope A & E loses millions for this mistake. After all, the Robertsons don't need their millions to be who they are, unlike A & E.

Bunk
Bunk

Asa Christian, please stop misrepresenting us. We do not approve of bigotry and racism.

kwright
kwright

i feel AMERICA needs more people like Sheriff Miller ,

lex
lex

A&E was in such a hurry to be politically correct, they left their common sense behind!

Mr. Robertson is not an extension of A&E but a person in his own right, and as such has every right to express his own personal beliefs in his own time.

While I may not be in total agreement with all of Mr. Robertson's views, I certainly found nothing offensive in what he said nor the manner in which he expressed his personal beliefs.

I most certainly would not have stopped watching A&E based on Mr. Robertson's comments. Nor did I associate his comments with A&E. Certainly the man has a life separate and apart from A&E and the entitlements that come with it.

It seems to me that America is quickly fading as the shining symbol of the "land of the free and home of the brave"; from being the global symbol of a nation of free speech and becoming rather a nation of mutes so afraid to speak or so fearful of those who do, they hurry to disassociate themselves from them .

A people so afraid to discipline their children for fear of reprisal, afraid to touch anyone with even mere affection, for fear of reprisal, afraid to express their opinions and beliefs, for fear of reprisal.

America is fast becoming a nation of "oppressed", granting "freedom" to every one clamoring at the door with a grievance; it is fast losing sight of the freedom it once stood for. It's too busy giving it away.

America will one day be a nation of zombies, unable to speak or act because every spoken word and every individual act will most certainly offend someone. America will have ceased to be a nation of free people because it will have become a nation of "fearful" people.

I take my hat off to persons like Sheriff Miller who have not lost sight of what America once stood for, and who are not afraid to stand up and defend it.

Midnight Black

I've long been a fan of Sheriff Phil Miller and agree often with his positions on things. However, I think those of you who are ranting about this situation including Sheriff Miller need to realize that our youth are the ones hurting from Miller's withdrawal from A&E activities. The series showing teens how bad it can get inside jail-- well isn't that what is important here?
The Duck Dynasty families already have tons of money, a lot more than most of us combined. Christians are not anything here. Look at how many of you are YELLING about your rights and Phil Robertson's rights. Well, it's also about everyones rights.
We all have a right to say "Happy Holidays" too, unlike what Fox News keeps ranting.
Most of all, I'm disappointed that up until my comment here, not one person has realized that A&E has been doing our teens a major good service and so has Sheriff Miller and the Douglas County Sheriff's Department. Now we can look forward to that service to our teens being destroyed. 10 years from now, will we pat ourselves on the backs for saying "I stood up to A&E who were pissing on this multimillionaire Christian's rights" while we visit young adults now in jail? I showed a 16 year old man/boy the A&E program and it made quite an impact on a kid who has been going in the wrong direction. Also, the kid lives in Indiana and this was a chance for the DCSO to reach way out.

Sonya Sims
Sonya Sims

A&E has been raking in the bucks on the back of Sheriff Miller and his programs, just as they have raking in the bucks on the backs of the Robertson family. Those same kids that the DCSO reaches, were being reached by the Robertson family as well...who were showing that one can be a Christian, and still be original, entertaining...that they can enjoy life and succeed without tossing moral values into the trash can. A&E, by virtue of their firing Phil, proved that it is not the best interest of the viewing audience that they have at heart.....and that includes those teens that need positive role models. If A&E is so concerned with delinquent teens, then they are free to find new filming locations....my guess is that they are less concerned with delinquent teens, and more concerned with their fiscal income.

rojoea
rojoea

Sodom and Gomorra stand as a mute testimony.

Gbd
Gbd

To My Liberal Friends,

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2014, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere . Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

To My Conservative Friends,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Justbill

Merry Christmas and have a wonderful New year!!

rojoea
rojoea

I guess Sodom and Gomorrah are not "pc" to use hear.

Solnovi
Solnovi

Certain News Networks tried every way possible to demonize Phil, but when the public outcry for the LGBT community was not as overwhelming as they had anticipated the network turned the argument into a race issue by attacking Phil for his comments on the Jim Crow South... Yet, many of these same reporters were calling Phil a "Redneck" a "Bible Thump-er" and stating that he had "lucked" into his fortune "by simply making duck calls" all in the same report?! How are these comments any less derogatory than what Phil himself said? The double standard is not only distasteful but makes me want to side with Phil even more, at least his comments were based on direct christian values. Whats A&E and Certain News Network's interest....certainly not the "majority" of their audience, it seems they would rather pander to the minority who find voicing christian belief to be beneath constitutional protection. Way to go A&E at least your "politically correct"!

RDJNTX

I have a fair number of Gay and lesbian friends and most of them are appalled at this reaction to what phil has said. they decry the over reaction and the lies that GLADD has used to get A&E to cave to the wants of a loud mouthed minority over a man voicing his public opinion.

Bunk
Bunk

No. You have no gay friends. You have no lesbian friends. You have no black friends. You are that person that feels free to lie whatever the cost to other human beings when it comes to supporting racism, bigotry and injustice.

tlinnb
tlinnb

great choice sheriff !!!!!!! great logic, America needs more people like you !!!!!! i'll stand with ya !!!!

skfurst
skfurst

Wonderful of you Sheriff! I am proud to stand with you on this and support the Robertson family. Keep up the good work. May God richly bless you.

GodBlessOurTroops
GodBlessOurTroops

Amen Sheriff Miller, I would vote for you if I lived in your county sir.

GetCorruptionOut

Strange that an elected sheriff would unilaterally declare that a national company is not welcome in "his" county without a resolution of the county commission. I would be prouder of the sheriff if he would provide refresher training to his officers on 4th amendment protections.

greg_ah
greg_ah

the head of a law enforcement agency has the right to tell A&E or any other organization they will not help them.... it is NOT law enforcement's job to provide support for tv shows.... the sheriff CAN make that decision,, if you read the story he just said they will not help A&E

MissA
MissA

Agree Greg. I don't think people get it. Organizations can't go around demanding advertisers not support one just b/c someone answers a question they were asked.

GetCorruptionOut

So if A&E announced they would be filming in Douglas County, hiring local extras, frequenting local businesses, using local catering, etcetera, you feel it's appropriate that the local sheriff can unilaterally decide the county doesn't need that infusion of money?
This is shameless pandering to idiots.
I'd like the sheriff to explain why he, David McDade, and a few chosen bail bondsmen used forfeiture money to create a private bank, make themselves the chairmen, and profit from it.

Mark Wester
Mark Wester

That is not what he said...he said a&e would have to go without the assistance of the sheriffs dept. during filming in his county. He is nor is any law enforcement agency obligated to help and protect filming crews...however, they must notify the law enforcement agencies of their intentions and purposes...

Big Dan
Big Dan

Sheriff, I don't live where you are, but I am glad that you have a "Set of Cods" to stand up for your beliefs, and not cave to Media or Hollywood Pressure! I am but a businessman in Louisiana, but I an sick and tired of being a white Christian man, to is attacked by people who want to incite anger and hatred, to get their way or advance their cause. All the way, calling us Racists or Anti Gay! I have many friends who are black or are LGBT. They know my heart and I love them as my own. Their lifestyle is between them and their God. Not my place to judge, and neither was Phil Robertson! He was simply stating his preference in Body parts, and quoting the scripture that saved his life and soul. To be punished for being honest is ludicrous! Thank you for having a back bone! Its about time we all stand for what we believe in this country and quit letting the 6% run things!

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Justbill

You know all the white supremacists and homophobes? Let me guess, you're a liberal, right? How do I know this? Because most liberals believe strongly in the 1st Amendment, until someone says something they don't like, then that person is a racist, white supremacist or homophobe.

medicinemanjeff
medicinemanjeff

It is about time that the christian side starts standing up for our beliefs. I am so sick and tired of having to give in. We gave away prayer in school, no more ten commandments on public property. What was this country founded on? What does it say on our currency? "in God we trust"

It is about time that we the majority stand up and say enough is enough!!!

just sayin'
just sayin'

Thank you Sheriff Phil Miller for taking a stand and doing the right thing. Some neg. comments are to be expected but, I am so proud of what you did. You took a stand for Faith, Family and Values and that is what our forefathers started years ago in Douglas County. Thank you for continuing what they worked so hard for. I am Happy, Happy, Happy [beam]

MissA
MissA

I don't agree with Mr. Robertson's views but I respect them; it's his right. The thought of if you are on "Reality" TV and you give an honest answer TO QUESTIONS YOU ARE ASKED; you are then called out and basically bullied into losing your livelihood sickens me. I know the Robertsons were wealthy before they joined the show; but what if they solely depended on A&E? It's interesting there is an article in the UK DAILY MAIL that says The Robertsons (allegedly) were set up and A&E was present during the interview and immediately came out with the statement. In other words, they are saying this may have been a set up with A&E to gain control b/c in the past they have bleeped out him praying to god. I don't want to link it here but if you google "Duck Dynasty set up by A&e" it's the 5th article down w/ dailymail uk.

MissA
MissA

I don't agree with Mr. Robertson's views but I respect them; it's his right. The thought of if you are on "Reality" TV and you give an honest answer TO QUESTIONS YOU ARE ASKED; you are then called out and basically bullied into losing your livelihood sickens me. I know the Robertsons were wealthy before they joined the show; but what if they solely depended on A&E? It's interesting there is an article in the UK DAILY MAIL that says The Robertsons (allegedly) were set up and A&E was present during the interview and immediately came out with the statement. In other words, they are saying this may have been a set up with A&E to gain control b/c in the past they have bleeped out him praying to god. I don't want to link it here but if you google "Duck Dynasty set up by A&e" it's the 5th article down w/ dailymail uk.

MissA
MissA

Sorry for double posting.

kayjones

Here's something I know, 99% of the people that read the next paragraph will stop reading because the information doesn't align with their pre-conceived notions of what is right/wrong.

The problem is that humans/people themselves can't be a sin. People may commit sinful acts, but people themselves can not be a sin. Homosexuality is not a choice. All medical evidence points to biological difference in that gay people are born that way.

Just to prove the point, let's do a scientific hypothesis and say the opposite, then disprove it using the scientific method, here goes -- All people are born gay, so when did you "choose" to be straight and how did you know when you knew you didn't want to be gay any more and decided it was the right time to make that choice?") Now, if you can't honestly say that at some point in time you were equally attracted to both men and women and then made a logical choice to be heterosexual because that is not sinful -- but rather know that you were born heterosexual because that is you you are inherently attracted to-- guess what that is exactly how it is with gay people. They are born attracted to the same sex and can't really conceive of wanting to be with the opposite sex, just like most heterosexuals can't conceive of being with the same sex. Now, since homosexuals were born that way, it would be as much a "sin" to say that being black is a sin as it is to say being homosexual is a sin (since people are both born black and are born being gay).

Unless you are all Biblical scholars, studied ancient texts in dead languages from 2000 years ago, and know all about cultures at the time, know about various writings of the Bible, different translations over time, interference by various rulers in re-copying the Bible, etc., then you may need some more information on the historical background of the Bible other than what you get from other equally uneducated people. Here read this: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-lose/what-does-the-bible-reall_b_990444.html

Also, A&E is a private entity and have the right to terminate anyone's contract who don't meet their standards of decorum. However, the Sheriff's Office, as a government entity probably needs to tread lighter if that governmental entity is indeed treating one company differently than another due to exercise of free speech. That would probably be for a Federal Court to decide.

I hope nobody got divorced and remarried because that is adultery... one of the "Big 10" sins, here's what Mark 10: 11-12 says: Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery. Read this article about divorce, remarriage, and homosexuality: http://blog.emergingworshiper.org/2009/12/divorce-remarriage-adultery-and.html

and also read this article: https://www.cbn.com/spirituallife/cbnteachingsheets/Divorce_And_Remarriage.aspx ... so it seems that a much greater population of the U.S. (almost anybody who was married, got divorced, and then re-married is committing adultery, one of the 10 Commandments (not just some vague, misconstrued references in a few areas of the Bible), and therefore should be put to death. ... and people are worried about a small percentage of people who are supposedly violating some vague references (that could be interpreted by professionals in other ways) buried in a laundry list of crazy "thou shall nots" that I will give some examples of below

Also for any women who had pre-marital sex (I know none of you did right), the Bible doesn't just say it's an abomination, it says you should be stoned to death! Deuteronomy 22:20-21 says "But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel: Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father's house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.

The Bible also makes around 100 references that it is OK to own slaves, so does he advocate that it should be OK to own slaves also? Read this article: http://www.faithstreet.com/onfaith/2013/02/13/on-homosexuality-many-christians-get-the-bible-wrong/15775 If you still have questions about the Bible and endorsing slavery, just Google Bible and slavery and see what you get.

It also prohibits tattoos (Leviticus 19:28), so I hope they don't have any.

The Bible also prohibits eating of pork or even touching their skin (e.g. football) (Leviticus 11:7-8). Or, for that matter, shellfish: Leviticus 11:10 “And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you.” And nobody should be eating McDonalds, bacon, marbled steaks because Leviticus 3:17 says “It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat…

So watching NFL teams who are working on Sunday would be a double-sin: “Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings.” Leviticus 23:3.

I hope they wear only 100% cotton or 100% wool garments because Leviticus 19:19 reads, "You are to keep My statutes.... You shall not... nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together."

I hope people don't like designer clothes or jewelry (hopefully not Duck Dynasty clothing either) because 1 Timothy 2:9 "... I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments."

Hopefully in their vast acres they don't mix different crops/plants (like most people who have a garden do) because Leviticus 19:19 says “Thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed.”

Pretty much everyone should have already been put to death at this point because I don't know a single child who hasn't at some point cursed at their parents: Exodus 21:17 "And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death."

Here is another look from a professional theologian at how homosexuality was written and specific words in the bible interpreted out of historical context: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/15/my-take-what-the-bible-really-says-about-homosexuality/

It is amazing how people can cherry-pick verses out of the Bible to support whatever view they have and then selectively ignore other verses that don't support their particular lifestyle or way of thinking.

How about going back to the basic rules such as the golden rule love thy neighbor as thyself, how about thou shall not judge, and actually living the rule "What would Jesus Do?" I know he sat down with lepers and prostitutes, the infirm, basically everbody that society wanted nothing to do with. That is the kind of loving God I think most people believe in, not a vengeful, hating, bigoted God.

MKrokus

I'm not going to go through your whole diatribe, but " All medical evidence points to biological difference in that gay people are born that way", please post some proof of this. I'm sorry, but I won't take your word for this.
Also, "Just to prove the point, let's do a scientific hypothesis and say the opposite, then disprove it using the scientific method, here goes -- All people are born gay, so when did you "choose" to be straight and how did you know when you knew you didn't want to be gay any more and decided it was the right time to make that choice? This makes no sense. If a species was "Born gay" It would not survive, as you well know two men or two women cannot procreate.
Great job "cherry picking" your verses.

happylada

"Homosexuality is not a choice. All medical evidence points to biological difference in that gay people are born that way."

Please cite ONE scientific study that has not been proven to be a fraud. You cannot. Theft is an attraction for many - our human spirit is supposedly stronger than the instinct of beasts, and therefore most of us don't steal.

In exactly the same way while some people MAY have an attraction to the same sex, as I did - that does NOT mean we have to act out our deviant side. IF one has such a strong attraction that they have NO interest in women, which is almost always never, then the Bible calls for abstinence.

And since sexual preferences are not cemented until somewhere in the early 20's, and first experience tends to cement orientation, kids being exposed to positive images of sodomy at a young age tends to over inflate the supposed numbers of sodomites, but they still only account for about 2% of the population. But many of them escape the dreariness of that lifestyle and lead a normal satisfying life. Gay homosexual is an oxymoron . . .

cybold
cybold

You people are simply terrible. I put up posts telling it like it is and you white supremacist homophobes who run your newspaper keep taking them down. You are evil, evil, evil and hell awaits you for your anti-Christian racism and homophobia. Are you planning to run a story encouraging your readers to go out and lynch some black people and castrate some homosexuals. From the posts you allow, it is clear that it is only people who hate gays and blacks who you allow to post. I know you must have readers who are not evil. Why don't you put up posts from people who follow the teachings of Christ instead of all this hateful stuff against gays and blacks?

RDJNTX

here ya go cybold. I am white but I am neither racist nor a homophope and I fully support what the Sherrif has done here. Frankly I find your post offensive, should I report it to your employer so he can put you on indefinate leave?

Bunk
Bunk

That is actually an option. That is how free speech works. Feel free to finish third grade and get back to me.

Solnovi
Solnovi

Leviticus 18:22, 24
Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind, it is abomination. Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things

Leviticus 20:13 - If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them.

1 Kings 15:11-12
And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father. And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.

Romans 1:26-27
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their woman did change the natural use into that which is against nature. And like wise the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another: men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

I can continue if you would like....this is the word of god, not me, not Phil Robertson if you feel you are justified to question it then by all means...be my guest.

Bunk
Bunk

Leviticus 20:9

If anyone curses his father or mother, he must be put to death.
20:10 If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death.
20:13 If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death.
Deuteronomy 22:20-1 If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the girl’s virginity can be found, she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done a disgraceful thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house.
Exodus 35:2....I am so waiting for you to enforce these....

For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death.

dun1947
dun1947

What does our 1st amendment say. Free Speech. Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs. You can express them, and then you can be evil in the way you express them.
Cybold you are entitled to the way you think and feel as Mr. Robertson is. He was interpreting scripture as he sees it and the way he was taught. A&E might not like what he said, but to put him on hiatus for answering the question is like the want to put a gag on him.. Cybold would you like someone to do that to you. Most people can make up their own minds and will. This show would not have been so successful if they had not shown their belief in God. He is your god the Robertson's and yours. Your hate is even worse , for you show no forgiveness nor willingness to accept people the way they are. Just my thoughts.

ds41439
ds41439

If Phil were a Muslim, you wouldn't hear a damn peep out of the left on this issue.

Charlie P

If Phil were a Muslim, he'd be a mighty queer duck!

Charlie P

Every single person who's commenting on this, including your sheriff and including myself, is being played for a fool. We are such suckers!

http://tinyurl.com/ddynopin

Ken in WV
Ken in WV

Sheriff Miller sounds like the kind of man we need in the White House!!

tractorman
tractorman

AMEN

Charlie P

It gets better! Turns out that the creator of the Duck Dynasty "reality" show once performed in a gay porn film. And we all know what gay porn does to ducks.

http://tinyurl.com/mrx5mog

lawman
lawman

I would like to commend Sheriff Miller for standing with Phil Robertson on the word of God. As a member of law enforcement in the Great Smoky Mtns., of NC I would be proud to work for a boss like you because we stand our ground here too. Good job Sheriff!

Christina17
Christina17

Everyone wants to talk about Freedom of Speech. Phil Robertson had every right in the world to say what he believes. All Freedom of Speech does is protect him from going to jail for what he says. Freedom of Speech and constitutional rights however do not protect you from the consequences of what you say and what you do. Try yelling bomb on a plane sometime and tell me that you don't have consequences for it. Try going up to a cop and tell him that he his a dirty bastard pig and tell me that there aren't consequences for it.

hallowqueen

Agreed! While there is "freedom of speech," that does not guarentee "freedom of consequence."

I could care less what anyone says about anything, it's not my business.
What people need to realize is that it's no different than getting on twitter or fb and voicing your opinion, you are going to have negative feedback if others do not agree.
If you work for someone and make what some think are disparaging statements, unfortunately people are going to go after the employer.
He is/was employee'd by a major corporation. He knew better than to express his opinion publicly whether it be bad or not.

"God" has nothing to do with this, lol. I grew up in a Christian church and find it amusing that you so called "Christians" are jumping on the band wagon to judge, based upon his theory. Did God not teach us to not "judge one another?"e

happylada

Unfortunately, you don't seem to understand the Bible. Christ stated not to judge, because such was impossible. The entire purpose of the ten commandments was to demonstrate our inability to please God because of our failures. As Paul stated - the law was a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ - without Him, we lived in constant violation of God's standards.

SO then He stated the fact that you will be judged by the same standard you use to judge. In other places in the Bible, we are commanded to judge the tree buy its fruit, and also that there will come a time when we can no longer associate with some people because of their evil. That, my friend, is judging. As required by the gospel. Funny how people take a verse away from its context and make a doctrine or philosophy of it.

As far as the relationship between Phil and A&E, he was NOT an employee. I suppose the thousands of insults hurled at decent folk, and at Christians by Bill Mahr, and others who ARE employees of networks is somehow excusable? Those comments that Palin should be deficated on, her daughter raped, were made by EMPLOYEES on company time. Phil was NOT an employee, and made a truthful comment on his own time in an interview on his personal beliefs.

That you equate the two seems to indicate you are a liberal, and therefore very likely incapable of rational analysis of the issue.

Slanderous statements, statements that show mental derangement, and statements encouraging violence against people you disagree with seem protected when made by Liberals. Phil made a statement of love and concern for all his fellow people, regardless of their sin (and we all have lots) There is obviously a double standard in play.

AL20

I fully understand the Community support for Phil Robertson via Phil's stand. It hits a nerve with every attack on our Christian beliefs. So, why do we as Christians speak up with so much passion for a Reality TV Star, as we don't speak up for the wrongs happening around our community?

A TV star is an easy person to support, but he already has a net worth of $400 million dollars. What about the homeless people who live on the vacant property next to Kroger. I think that's who the Robertson's Christian intent centers around.

Before we all get wrapped into this unleashing, let us all remember that being wrapped all into yourself is not Christian like.

Charlie P

AL20, the answer is that it feels much better to unload on a bunch of NY queers than to help the poor closer to home.

rwing
rwing

I agree with Mr. Robertson's right to say what he believes. I also believe gay people are born that way. I think A&E over reacted. Isn't the Sheriff also overreacting? He's using his political office to promote his religious beliefs. It appears he is breaking the 1st amendment as an elected officer of the law. If he was to say it as an individual, he has that right. However, he's using his position to punish A&E for their stance.

happylada

I think you have your issues confused. First, there is not a shred of scientific evidence that sodomy is a matter of genetics - it is a choice, and can be unchosen. IF you were right, then those involved in sodomy would be unable to resume a normal life. And IF you were right, there would be no reason for the sodomites to chant at their obscene parades " 10 percent is NOT enough, recruit, recruit, recruit". Every attempt to prove this using science has been a deliberate fraud.

Second, It is Phil who has had his rights violated, and the sensible sheriff simply won't allow A&E, based on this violation of his civil and constitutional rights, to use the county facilities while this violation is in place. He is quite within his reasonable rights in his position to so so. It is NOT a result of his religious conviction, although he is quite forthright with those, as is his right.

If some on the left would simply think a bit before posting emotionally based rants, the world would be a happier place. It seems that there ARE characteristics that divide the left and the right - the right uses law, common sense and reason to arrive at their conclusions; the left not so much.

You are certainly welcome to your opinion, and I would defend your right to be wrong - BUT you do NOT have a right to your own facts.

hallowqueen

Lol, my issues are NOT confused. I will not argue with you about sodemy and/or homosexuality. Not worth my time, all I can say is that you need to get with the times because it is what it is and discrimination like this is what is the problem.

The sheriff has every right to his opinon. Not arguing that. What I argue is your statement "It is NOT a result of his religious conviction, although he is quite forthright with those, as is his right." Said by who? Again, who are YOU to judge?

As far as the rest of your comments, whatever. I posted my opinion and it s what it is. Not out of emotion and if you cannot endure that, then please carry on.

hallowqueen

Happylada,

No, I don't understand the bible because I don't need to.

I have a personal relationship with God and I don't need to go to a church to prove it.
Further more...a liberalist? Lol, so you want to throw "politics" into this all?

I'm not political, I no longer have a relationship with the church because of people like yourself that "claim" they don't judge others.

Take a LONG HARD LOOK in the mirror!

doe277

IF you had a personal relationship with God then you would know to read the bible, daily, it says " ......but his delight is in the law of The Lord, and he doth meditate on it day and night....."(Psalm 1:2). Read that entire chapter, also Joshua 1:8. You can't claim to have a relationship with God if you are not spending time in His Word. IF you did THAT, you would also know He encourages us throughout the bible to gather together with other believers for strength, encouragement, comfort and support(Hebrews 10:25). This is done through the Church. By not going, you are in disobedience. Christ says "If you love me, you will obey me"(John 14:21), (1John 5:1-5).
Read His Word, Know true believers by the way that live according to His
Word. And also know that God hates all sin, and we all sin, it is only by the blood of Jesus Christ that we are accepted by God. Sooooo, we should all repent and obey. You gotta read His Word to know Him and to know what He has for you. You gotta! Much love!

hallowqueen

One more remark is that I highly resent your disparaging comments happylada!

Move forward and follow YOUR OWN ADVICE and not judge others!

happylada

Hallowqueen

"One more remark is that I highly resent your disparaging comments happylada!

Move forward and follow YOUR OWN ADVICE and not judge others!"

Move forward to what? To what you are doing? Making a new god in your personal image as you seem to have done? That is idolatry, as you would know IF you read what God has said to you. Oh, right - you don't have to know what God said to have a relationship with him. Try that with your wife.

Truth is hate speech to those that hate truth - I think your made my point for me very well. And I have NEVER said not to judge - judging is a command of the scripture, both in Jesus words, and other passages. Read the Bible - you do NOT have a relationship with God without knowing what He said!

bsparks42

So Phill M says no to making his office look good on national tv to support a guy who made racist and anti gay remarks. this is as dumb as all of the support this guy is getting. just because you have the freedom to say what you want doesnt mean it needs to be said. a&e has done a lot of great things for law enforcemnet with shows like 1st 48 and scared straight.

rdreeves

First, since when did being Gay become a race? in order for it to be racist, they would have to be a "Race"! Second, so your saying that the freedom to be Gay should be allowed, but the freedom to be a Christian isn't? He was asked a question. He didn't answer in hatred, he answered the question based on his belief. Does A&E have a right to suspend him? IMO, no as he was not representing A&E, he was being interviewed and asked a question that was baited to begin with, but answered it to begin with... The rights that many like you want to take from others, is the same rights that you and others like you may not have someday. And if you say they aren't trying to take his right away, then why the strong-arm tactic of suspension? Why not release a statement that the opinions of Mr Robertson, is no the opinion of A&E? As for what they have done for Law Enforcement? Give me a break. These are shows for them as a network to get ratings. Don't be delusional that they are helping Law Enforcement!!!

RuthAlice
RuthAlice

Unfortunately, this story, perhaps in order to make the Sheriff look good, ignored Mr. Robertson's comments on how happy black people were under segregation and Jim Crow, how they were singing and happy and didn't sing the blues.

Folks who defend Robertson focus on the gay angle and try to wrap themselves in some Christian principles, while ignoring his blatant ignorant racism as though that was not also said.

BrettWWaters
BrettWWaters

Again, before you go around referencing stuff, you should probably have facts on your side. I have replied to you once and feel the need to do it again. In the original transcript there was NO MENTION of "Jim Crow laws." Plus how is what he said racist. He was simply calling it how he saw it back then. Apparently he didn't see the abuse that took place. He saw they were happy, Godly people, whom he work side by side with.

Jesusfreak
Jesusfreak

Exactly. A & E are helping no one but themselves.

debbie68

not everyone is going to feel the same way I do.....not everyone is going to have the same values........not everyone has the same religious beliefs.........maybe in your world being gay is okay......that is not for me to judge......it seems like because a person voices their beliefs, after being asked what they are, then being punished for what they say......that is wrong......I'm sure that when they asked the question......they weren't expecting Phil to say he was all for gays......I am so tired of these watch groups that are out there waiting for someone to say something that they think is wrong then pouncing...telling us what we can or cannot feel.......I think it is time we started standing up for our beliefs.......I believe if I want to pray before a meal I should be able to.......and if the people sitting at the next table are offended...sorry......turn your head and don't listen. I am an American and these are my rights. .

Charlie P

Hey debbie, who has ever said you can't pray before a meal?

BrettWWaters
BrettWWaters

@Charlie P, she is referencing to when A&E told Phil Robertson the shows producers no longer wanted him to do his prayers before each meal at the end of each show.

Charlie P

She blabbed something about her not being allowed to pray. As for Phil, well, maybe the producer (the same one who was was a gay porn star, remember?) decided he didn't want the "reality" show to be a "reality revival." A&E's call, ain't it? Phil can pray at the local Chik Fil-A outlet next time he's there, huh?

tractorman
tractorman

Amen brother

lbartley
lbartley

Me and a lot of central Texans are with you Sheriff Miller. A&E films American Hoggers in and around my hometown. I've heard a couple of our local merchants are considering taking you're lead in making A&E staff unwelcome in their stores.

Bunk
Bunk

Dont forget to keep out the coloreds and gays.

larryecollins
larryecollins

Attaboy, Sheriff Miller. We all need to stand alongside Phil. Not because of what he said, but because he had the right to say it. If we don't protect the Bill of Rights with all due fervor, this Administration and the liberal media will take them away!

NiKKitA
NiKKitA

It is my opinion that it was an inappropriate question to ask in the first place. then to have it blown out of proportion and twisted around was asinine. the whole situation was setup for failure for both sides and A&E wanting to avoid a backlash acted to harshly which in doing ended up causing said backlash they were trying to avoid in the first place. if they would have just sat down and talked it out im sure all parties involved could have came to a much more "dramaless" conclusion. unless that is... what they were aiming for the entire time....

Charlie P

I think it's much more likely that A&E, GQ magazine, and the Robertsons planned the whole thing together all the way along.

Bunk
Bunk

Right! Why ask racists and bigots if they are racists and bigots? It is the fault of the interviewer when those leading questions are asked. Thats why they wear the hoods.

Bunk
Bunk

Right! Why ask racists and bigots if they are racists and bigots? It is the fault of the interviewer when those leading questions are asked. Thats why they wear the hoods.

RuthAlice
RuthAlice

So does Sheriff Miller also support Phil Robertson's claims in that same article that black people were so happy that they were just singing all over the place - but not singing the blue - back during Jim Crow?

BrettWWaters
BrettWWaters

@RuthAlice, if you had read the original transcript, you would know that the words "Jim Crow" were never mentioned. It was simply asked about his time working in the fields with black folks. So of course the Jim Crow statement has been spun into the story to cause sensationalism.

Bunk
Bunk

OMG, stop. The meaning was completely obvious. You people love the winking style racism. Dur, hur hur. Im racist but being slick about it. Which would be true, except you all have a collective IQ of 95.

bwrobida

Sheriff Miller, GOOD JOB! I have not commented on this at all, till now. Seems to me there are a lot of folks trying to make it this cause or that cause when there is nothing there. Some talk about their rights and freedoms being violated and my question is this, have you all lost your minds? If you don't want to read the Bible then don't. If you don't want to watch Duck Dynasty, then don't. I am sick and tired of being told that your views are mine and what I'm supposed to think and if I don't agree with you I'm a "hater." Get a life! I hate no one, I try to help anyone I can anytime I can. To bad you can't say the same. I have already stopped watching any of your programing on all of the networks owned or held by A&E. I ask that all other like minded people do the same. A note for Cracker Barrel, I won't be eating at your restaurants either. Next thing that will be banned will be praying with your family before meals and at bedtime. Get real, we are not going to take it anymore!

Jesusfreak
Jesusfreak

Amen

msscarlett30180
msscarlett30180

Sheriff Miller, like Phil Robertson, you have the right to your opinion, this is something we all agree on. As a taxpayer in Douglas County, I do not believe you have the right to prevent A&E from using any of our facilities and/or services that produce revenue for our county. I don't watch the program, so I really don't care if it's stays on or not, but remember, we are not reaping the financial benefits the Robertson's are, we need the money that any and all productions bring to Douglas County.

James Bell
James Bell

Segregation alone was the lesser of the evils compared to the imprisonment, lynchings, beatings, dismembering and many other atrocities perpetrated upon Africans and their ancestry through out the history of this country For Phil, (the bearded one) to even attempt to speak for generations of oppressed people is appalling. I bet the bearded one can even justify the atrocities committed against Indigenous peoples and even alleged "witches".

Does he have a right to do it? YES - Does his employer have interest in what he says publicly? YES

Does Phil Miller have a right to speak on the issue? YES. But Sheriff Phil Miller is an officer of the state and law enforcer of this county and represents our county.

While Douglas County attempts to generate economic development, Sheriff Miller's statement about who he will and will not help in this county has set back any efforts to bring film and entertainment production to this county. Word gets around and public statement will have a ripple affect throughout the entertainment industry. We can boycott them and they can boycott us. Who is more effected?

Public comments about race and lifestyles are sometimes should be kept to ourselves. Especially when it only serves to divide a community.

But we have a right to make stupid statements. I wish I had a dollar every time I've made one.

I'm not sure how this non-reality show has become such a distraction. It make me want to sing the blues.

jb

tractorman
tractorman

I am proud to seeSheriff Miller doing what believes is right That is what is wrong with this country . People are scared that they will say or do something that will hurt someones feelings.So what. Live and do by the bible . Way to go Sheriff and Phill. I support you 100%

Bunk
Bunk

You are so right! Following your example, let me be the first to call you an uneducated bigot who embodies the worst in this country. Thank you so much for empowering me.

val jacks
val jacks

Sheriff Miller rocks! Wish I lived in your district so I could vote for you in the next election!

phicouch

How many of you supporters of Sheriff Miller supported the Dixie Chicks right to say what Natalie said about Bush? Freedom of speech goes both ways.
Freedom of speech only says the government can't lock you up for what you say, and even that has limits. Yell "fire" in a theater.
I have to think the Duck Dynasty clan signed a contract with a "morals" clause. So there is probably nothing they can do about his suspension.
The Sheriff is pandering to his base, just like any other politician.

Maddbear

pHICOUCH, as someone who supports freedom of speech and supports Phil, the difference between him and Natalie Maine, of the Dixie Chix is very simple. Phil spoke to a reporter here in the US of A. The Dixie Chix were in England at one of there concerts and started her tirade against our President during a time of war. Now here's another thing, I support her right to say it, but as some one else stated there are consequences. I will not buy Dixie Chix cd's because I really am tired of hearing entertainers talk politics instead of sing. Mr Robertson was answering a question he was being interviewed for that A & E probably set up.

Charlie P

Just to be accurate (as if that would matter here), the Dixie Chicks (actually one Dixie Chick, but who's countin'?) made her anti-war statement 10 days before the beginning of the Iraq War. Not during it. True, everyone was expecting an invasion, but it hadn't happened yet.

Maddbear, your comment is funny. You're wrong about the circumstances 0of their comments, and you don't want entertainers to talk politics, but it's no problem when your favorite yahoo whose I.Q. matches his shoe size decides he'll quote the Bible verses that everyone's heard, oh, maybe 68,422 times in recent years' debates over gay this and gay that.

We do agree on one thing. I also think A&E set it up. Notice that they're going to keep the Yahoo In Chief on the show, except now they'll have a few more million Bible-whackin' yahoos tuning in and thankin' Jay-sus that finally the 36 millionth yahoo has spoken up about them queers.

I love America. I'd hate it if we ever thought we weren't all a pack of stupid hicks not so far down deep, wouldn't you?

lamb_servant72
lamb_servant72

Thank you, Sheriff Miller.

Jesusfreak
Jesusfreak

James Bell - while you are entitled to your opinion, I would like to remind you that while you are criticizing Phil for "speaking for generations of oppressed people", A & E spoke for the entire state of Louisiana. How dare they presume to speak for the people of that fine state. I don't know what you were reading but it obviously wasn't Phil's interview. He didn't promote hate against anyone, black, gay or otherwise. Funny how anyone in this country can say or do anything unless they are Christians. If a Christian has an opposing opinion they are called haters.


Bunk
Bunk

As a Christian, please stop misunderstanding my religion completely, and feel free to learn reading comprehension. He advocated slavery and persecution.

John Campbell

Sheriff Miller, Sir, well done. It seems Sheriffs from across the nation are starting to take a stand for decency and rights in various areas. I'm glad to see you're one of them. My heart felt thanks.

I also would like to thank the Douglas County Sentinel for .publishing a story with real journalism quality instead of the usual leftist propaganda promotional we see so much of across the nation. Very nicely done. Thankfully, I was able to create an account and log-in directly. Personally, I refuse to have a facebook, twitter, and other accounts. Too many people trying to harm others on those things and getting away with it. I prefer log-in on a local or if they have the Disqus forum service.

John Campbell
Bakersfield, Ca.

Luvstigers
Luvstigers

When we are saved and accept Jesus as our personal savior, it's our duty to try and guide others in the right direction. The Bible says if we don't, their blood will be on us. I, as a child of the King, refuse to close my mouth and stand back and not say anything. God has compelled us to teach about him in the highways and byways. Telling everyone that we can about Jesus, therefore in doing this we have to teach about sin. We all sin. We are human. There's no little sin or big sin, but you have to recognize something is a sin before you can repent of that sin. That's not going to happen as long as everyone keeps quiet. I agree with sheriff Miller and I certainly stand with Phil Robertson on his beliefs. I think they are both outstanding men, A & E will live to regret their decision. I for one will no longer be a fan of theirs.

Bamablingqueen
Bamablingqueen

AMEN AND AMEN!

shameless966
shameless966

this country was built on the bible,now they are talking God out of everything including our schools,we all see how that's going.when I was a kid in school we knew better than to do wrong we got our butts tore up.I stand behind Phil and the family all the way,if you cant quote the bible we are a very sad country. people are scared to offend someone but as a God given right to speak,they so no.what about us Christians is it ok to offen us?

Laurie Pruser-Stockman
Laurie Pruser-Stockman

Thank you Sheriff Miller for also having the courage to stand up and do what is in your heart. The people there are blessed to have men like you and Phil in their community.
We are told ( in the Bible) that we will be tried and tested and that at times, even prosecuted for our faith but in the end; We will reap the rewards. . . James 1:2.
Merry Christmas to y'all from Austin Texas. God bless us all!

Bamablingqueen
Bamablingqueen

Thank you for standing up for what you believe! It is all about freedom of speech! As Christians we are commanded to love "everyone" to go out and tell of Gods love and forgiveness for "ALL" sins...Jesus used many parables to led people to God...I believe Phil was doing just that! May you be blessed for standing for what you feel is right! Merry Christmas from Muscle Shoals, Alabama and the Moore's! God Bless You All!

Jerschwah Jern
Jerschwah Jern

Phil had and has every right to say what he said. A&E had every right to fire him. A&E never took nor do they have the authority to take away his right to free speech, but they always have and decided to exercise their right to sever indefinitely suspend the employment relationship. It's standard practice within the "reality" TV industry to include a "morals" clause in the contract with the talent. The clause would state that the talent may face punitive action for doing or saying things that may negatively impact the network. It has come to light that A&E held meetings with Phil regarding his tendency to speak out about his beliefs and make him aware that it wasn't acceptable per A&E's standards. As contracted talent for A&E, Phil was required to behave according to those standards and he was being compensated handsomely for it. When he decided to behave in a manner that was not consistent with the network standards, the network made a decision that was well within their rights. People need to realize that when it comes to whether or not you keep your job, your first amendment right no longer applies when you punch the clock or sign the dotted line. You have the right to speak. You don't have the right to be employed. No such right exists.
Also, since he's all about the Bible, Phil should know that his long hair is an abomination to God. It's in Leviticus. Don't be a cherry-picking Christian. Jesus wouldn't approve. He was all about love, forgiveness and understanding. Jesus also never said a word, not one single word about homosexuality.

John Campbell

Romans 1:26-27

26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

Jerschwah Jern
Jerschwah Jern

In Romans 1, Paul is clearly speaking only of public sexual acts that were commonly associated with idol worship. Paul was giving his account of witnessing orgiastic behavior and prostitution that was part of idol worship ceremonies. He wasn't referring to homosexual relationships in general.

happylada

Jerschwah Jern

"In Romans 1, Paul is clearly speaking only of public sexual acts that were commonly associated with idol worship. Paul was giving his account of witnessing orgiastic behavior and prostitution that was part of idol worship ceremonies. He wasn't referring to homosexual relationships in general."

Not so clear at all. Again, your lack of knowledge of the Bible is epic. Just who are you to redefine what Paul wrote when the plain reading of it is obviously that sodomites are damned unless they repent. Read Romans 1 and 2 again. Then compare that statement with others that parallel it. Find ONE statement anywhere tying it to idolatry - you cannot. Sort of knocks your concept off its rails. Its nice to be able to rationalize your sexual preferences, but using semantics doesn't make it so!

Bunk
Bunk

Dont bother to engage. Its clear his brain dont work outside of hating homosexuals, democrats and wishing the blacks hadnt got so uppity.

Jerschwah Jern
Jerschwah Jern

Bunk, you're spot on.

happylada,
What you see in Romans chapter 1 is a letter from Paul of Tarsus to the Romans. Paul was writing of his missionary trips. In that particular letter he was writing of his time in the city of Corinth. While he was there he saw some pretty trippy stuff that he attributed to the people turning their backs on God and worshipping idols. Given the historical record of that time and place we know of the sexual escapades that accompanied the idol worship because Paul wasn't the only one documenting such behavior. Context is important with any historical document including the Bible. Here's Romans 1:21-23
"21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles."
Clearly Paul was talking about witnessing the Corinthians engaging in idol worship and the associated sexual behavior. Again, we know this because Paul's account isn't the only one in existence.
Oh. One last thing. Contrary to your prejudiced assumptions, I'm a happily married heterosexual. However, I share the pews every Sunday with many loving homosexual couples who hold the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in their saved hearts. There is no doubt that they will share in the kingdom of Heaven along with the rest of the born again.
Also, I'm still waiting for someone to quote Jesus saying anything about homosexuality. I'll be waiting a long, long time because there isn't a single word about it from Jesus' lips in the Bible.

happylada

Jerschwah Jern

"Also, since he's all about the Bible, Phil should know that his long hair is an abomination to God. It's in Leviticus. Don't be a cherry-picking Christian. Jesus wouldn't approve. He was all about love, forgiveness and understanding. Jesus also never said a word, not one single word about homosexuality"

With all the respect I can muster for your irrational statements, you should think a bit before demonstrating your total ignorance about the Bible. Jesus taught for 3.5 years - and everything He stated can be read in five hours, even if you are a very slow reader. Don't you suppose that just maybe He said a couple things that are NOT recorded? Jesus DID say that he came to fulfill the law - and the law called for stoning of sodomites - God destroyed an entire civilization for their sodomy and violence - just what people are attempting to normalize in America.

Jesus was for love and forgiveness? Sure, if you knew you were a sinner and came to him for counsel or forgiveness. But what about the outrage He showed in the temple with the moneychangers? Calling the religious leaders children of Satan? Telling the crowds they would all go to hell if they didn't believe in him? Have you ever read the Bible? Appears not!

Jerschwah Jern

phicouch

Jerschwah Jern,

100% correct on all items. It is nice to see some facts here other than Bible quotes. It is not a religion issue it is a money issue for A&E.

I find it amusing that the Duck Dynasty company is worth about 400 million, and people are buying their merchandise in support to make them even more money.

Just how gullible is that?

GetCorruptionOut

Thank you Sheriff Miller for making a completely worthless comment on something that has nothing to do with your elected position and confirming that your electorate is comprised primarily of idiots that can placated with garbage.

I guess there's no crime in Douglas County (since you refuse to investigate the District Attorney's Office).

Ruth
Ruth

I commend you for standing up for what you believe. Keep up the good work. Also this was a very well written article. I enjoyed reading it.

Jerschwah Jern
Jerschwah Jern

phicouch,
Another interesting side not is that many retail companies are completely sold out of Duck Dynasty merchandise much of which is made in China. How ironic that by showing their support for Phil, his backers are helping bring profits to an atheist and communist nation that has repeatedly persecuted Christians.

mylani

thank you for pointing this out!

CWO4
CWO4

Liberals are truthaphobia. Unless you agree with everything they say, you have to be hateful. And PLEASE, don't mention that the homosexuals support NAMBLA.

Bunk
Bunk

May God have mercy on your bigoted, uneducated soul.

aggiekat

OH MY GOD. I had to laugh out loud at this one. Sorry, but most of the liberals I know are a heck of a lot more interested in truth than the Limbaugh/O'Reilly/Fox News SHEEP that think they're being fed the truth! The atheists I know give more to charity and volunteer their time much more than the Christians I know, who think they need to sit in church every Sunday in order to get a "golden ticket" into Heaven. I think it's funny that they feel the need to check in on Facebook and Foursquare to make sure that their friends and family know that they were in church. My atheist/agnostic/non-believer friends do things out of the goodness of their hearts...and don't need a big church or lobbying group to push their beliefs on others.

Just because you're a churchgoer and self-labeled Christian doesn't mean that you are better than others...that you have a right to judge others.

As Bunk posted above...may God have mercy on your bigoted, uneducated soul.

Captain Clarity
Captain Clarity

I don't know who these supposed Christians are that you know, but your claim flies in the face of all reality. Christians are known worldwide for charities throughout 3rd world countries. Most Christians give even more to other charities on top of of the 10% thithing they give to their respective churches.

My church alone has ministries and support for Men, Women, Marriage and Parenting, Young Adults, Junior & Senior High, children, Finance, Arts, Safety, Care Counseling, Disaster Response, Adoption, Blood Drives, Cancer Care, Chronic Pain, Compassion in Tragedy, Computer Services, Convalescent Home, Deaf, Deaf Foster Home, Diabetes and other Disabilities, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Elderly, End of Life, Firefighter/EMS, Food Cooperative, Food Trucks, Foster Youth Mentor, getting out of Gangs, Grief, Home Improvement, Homeless, hunger, human trafficking, Infertility, International Prison, Interpreters, Law Enforcement, Litter Removal, Makeovers, Medical, Memorial, Messianic Jewish Outreach, Mexican Christian Mission, Military support, being Neighborly, Nutrition, Offenders Prevention, Orphans, Prisons, Recycling, Recovery, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Short Term Missions, Single Parent Family, singles, Special Needs Children, Suicide Loss, Teen Moms, House Building in Mexico and Uganda Outreach.

I have never seen an Atheist organization that does much other than...insult Christians and sue them for their thoughts.

Bb195
Bb195

Nice to see a sheriff with back bone willing to stand up and be counted. I for one will not tune in to A&E as long as they continue to take their current stance against Phil Robertson!

DianeStewart
DianeStewart

Thank you sheriff for standing up for what's right!!!

GetReal

What's right? Who are you or the sheriff or Phil to decide for everyone what's right? That seems WRONG!

aggiekat

Your definition of "right" doesn't fit everyone. It's not your place to judge others...

CP1
CP1

I defend Phil Robertson's right to make his bigoted comments; I defend A&E's right to suspend him indefinitely since they are a private company and have a public opinion to manage; and I defend Sheriff Miller's right to refuse to allow A&E to film programming in his county. None of them broke a law.

RedneckWoman
RedneckWoman

I support Phil and the entire Robertson family, and am proud Sheriff Miller is standing up for free speech. A&E lost me as a viewer, and I will only buy DUCK COMMANDER or BUCK COMMANDER brands as A&E owns a % of duck Dynasty.

GetReal

Standing up for Free Speech? What, huh?? I support the Quacker's free speech and his right to look the fool in the process. I also support A&E's free speech and anyone who wishes to call Phil a judgmental, religious bigot.

bwrobida

"They're full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant, God-Haters. They are heartless, they are faithless, they are senseless, they are ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil." - Phil Robertson.

This is not an issue of freedom of religion or speech. This is not an issue of standing up for christian ideals or biblical teachings. This is a matter of being held responsible for the words that come out of your mouth. Phil Robertson represents a business, and he made comments after being warned against it that alienated a large part of A&E viewer base.

Phil Robertson is a bigot straight out of the 1860s. He serves as an example of when hatred disguises itself as love.

For all the people who complain about the politically correctness of media, lets be honest. Phil Robertson is just a politically correct version of the Westboro Baptist Church members with a bit of racism sprinkled on top.

aggiekat

Well said.

Volcano01
Volcano01

Thank you, Sheriff for speaking up for the overwhelming majority of Americans!

GetReal

Yes, thanks Sheriff, for publicly showing yourself as a judgmental bumpkin. Majority, well maybe in your small world, but shameful, nonetheless.

aggiekat

Majority? You're fooling yourself. I would guess that the "percentage" is almost exactly in line with Mitt Romney's 47%...that would be the losing side of the last election, by the way.

mylani

Since when do conservatives tell other people how to run their business'?Apparently,everyone EXCEPT A&E is allowed to express their beliefs and have an opinion.If I was employed by someone who approved an interview for me and I sat down and gave MY opinion on something KNOWING it didn't mesh with my employers opinion and my employer wouldn't like it,I would deserve to lose my job.Robertson KNEW the backlash that would ensue,potentially costing his employer hundreds of millions and he did it anyway.As far as the sheriff goes,all the money lost to hotels,restaurants,tourism and production losses in revenue for Douglas County should come out of his pocket.Movie and film production companies will be dropping Douglas County like a hot potato,costing taxpayers millions of dollars.Why you people play this card to try to get into heaven is beyond me.If the sheriff's faith is so strong he wouldn't have needed to say anything.

GetReal

How embarrassing for Douglas County. It will only prove to the rest of the country how backwards some folks insist on being. It is a continued blight on the region.

faithful
faithful

Yeah, When he was elected I didn't realize it gave Miller the right to speak for me. LOst income for the county, thanks Phil.

aggiekat

A few thoughts. Phil had a right to his beliefs, but his first amendment rights relate to his ability to say those things in public....but in saying them in a published magazine or on a television program...that speech is governed by his contract and the guidelines of those publications. NOT the government. If he's being paid handsomely, he doesn't have a right to say things that alienate the viewer base that a company has worked so hard for.

Secondly, it shocks me that so many conservatives...those folks who want the government out of their bodies/bedroom/gun cabinets/financial affairs...now want the government to step in and do something. It's not a menu, folks.

Thirdly, not all of us subscribe to the same religion. I was raised Christian. But I am sick and tired of seeing people use Christianity as a weapon against others. Your interpretation of the Bible is NOT the only one. Pope Francis has said it best..."Who am I to judge?" Isn't it truly Christian to leave the judgement up to God? I had an ex-boyfriend once who thought it was his personal job on earth as a "Godly person" to exterminate gays. That's completely screwed up.

Keep your Bible where it belongs. In your nightstand or next to your camo recliner. Remember that not everyone believes the same. And don't try to shove it down our throats.

aggiekat

Sorry, I misspoke. Conservatives don't want government out of their bodies. They want the government out of their business, but want the government to tell others what they can and can't do with their bodies and in their bedrooms.

comtegermain1
comtegermain1

Telling someone they are going to Hell for being gay and will burn eternally is not disrespectful at all. In fact to most Christian fundamentalist that is just God's tough love. If they considered that their little old grandmothers who never harmed a soul yet disagreed with some preacher's Biblical teachings would be baking pies in Hell. It honestly is enough to shock the senses. Christian fundamentalism is not only disrespectful it is dangerous! It also gives a bad name to all Christians who try to honestly love their fellow man instead of judging them.

Captain Clarity
Captain Clarity

Oh the irony. The PC police are using the Bible to beat Christians over the head by using "judgement" as their weapon. Unfortunately they hate the Bible, so they don't get it. God's judgement in the biblical sense is the FINAL judgement, which contains punishment and/or reward. PC'ers are mistaking judgement with opinions. Everyone should have opinions and God teaches discernment, therefore we are allowed and even expected to use good judgement and be discerning. FINAL judgement is His.

Jerschwah Jern
Jerschwah Jern

I love the Bible. I just hate when people try to justify their ignorance and bigotry by wrapping it in religion. Let's not forget that, for generations, the Bible was used to justify slavery in much the same way as Phil is using God's word to justify his feelings on homosexuality.

faithful
faithful

Leviticus 2:24 states that I may own slaves provided they are purchased from neighboring nations .Exodus 21:7 says I can sell my daughter into slavery Lev 11;6-8 says touching the skin of a dead pig makes you unclean, does this include footballs?Exodus 35;2 no work on the Sabbath. My neighbor does. Do I have to kill him or get Sheriff Miller to do it. Just saying!

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