Sarah Palin, who was one of the first conservative pundits to defend the suspended “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson, admitted to Fox News that she never read the interview.
Palin appeared on “On the Record” Monday night when host Greta Van Susteren asked whether she felt Robertson’s anti-gay remarks were in any way graphic or offensive.
“I haven’t read the article. I don’t know exactly how he said it,” Palin said.
“But, Greta, what he was doing was in response to a question about a lifestyle which he disagrees with,” she added. “He was quoting the gospel. So people who are so insulted and offended by what he said, evidently, are offended by what he was quoting in the gospel. So that’s another interesting aspect in all of this.”
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When GQ asked Robertson “What, in your mind, is sinful?” he responded: “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says.
He paraphrased 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.”
Palin was an outspoken critic of A&E for suspending Robertson indefinitely.
"Free speech is an endangered species," Palin wrote last week on Twitter and Facebook.
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Van Susteren, a former attorney, implied that it’s not an issue of free speech.
“I think people loosely use the term ‘free speech,’ meaning all the sudden people jumped someone for saying something and that you don’t jump others,” Van Susteren argued. “On the same token, if the market wants to be such that people don’t want to watch someone, so be it.”
Palin said she'd let attorney's decide if it's a free speech matter. She said now the question has become “whether we’re allowed to express our personal opinions without threats of intimidation and mockery and criticism and loss of jobs and revenue.”
After Robertson’s suspension, his family issued a statement admitting the language he used was “coarse” and “unfiltered.” The family feels, however, that they can’t continue the show without him.
"It's the network's option, not theirs,” the insider said. “"Plus the family makes far too much money selling merchandise because of the show. It would be a bad business decision to leave it."