Republican Candidate Compares 'Duck Dynasty' Star Phil Robertson to Rosa Parks

| by Michael Allen

Ian Bayne, a Republican who is running for Congress to represent Illinois, sent out an e-newsletter today, in which he compared "Duck Dynasty" reality TV star Phil Robertson to civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

According to RawStory.com, the e-newsletter is entitled, "Duck Dynasty Star is Rosa Parks of our Generation."

In his e-newsletter, Bayne wrote in third person:

In December 1955, Rosa Parks took a stand against an unjust societal persecution of black people, and in December 2013, Robertson took a stand against persecution of Christians,” said Bayne.

Parks, famous for refusing to give up her seat on a bus for a white person, as was the rule of her day, provided inspiration for a movement of equality of black people and white people in America.

“What Parks did was courageous,” said Bayne. “What Mr. Robertson did was courageous too.”

Bayne was apparently referring to Robertson's Biblical condemnation of homosexuals in a recent interview in GQ magazine.

But Bayne did not mention Robertson's claim that black people were "happy and singing" while living under Jim Crow laws in Louisiana:

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field.... They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

Of course, Parks fought against those same Jim Crow laws that black people were supposedly so "happy" living under.

Sources: GQ, RawStory.com, IanBayne.com