Senator commends A&E network
by Bill Kimber
Dec 31, 2013 | 1042 views |  0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sen. Jerry Fielding
Sen. Jerry Fielding
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State Sen. Jerry Fielding, R-Sylacauga, commended television network A&E for reinstating reality TV character Phil Robertson to its “Duck Dynasty” show, his campaign announced in a press release Monday.

Fielding announced last week that he will introduce a Senate resolution supporting Robertson when the Legislature convenes next month.

Robertson was suspended from the show over comments he made in an article with GQ magazine that many perceived as homophobic and racist. But following a national outcry, the network reinstated Robertson to the show on Sunday.

“I am pleased that A&E reversed their decision against Phil Robertson,” Fielding said in the press release. “Make no mistake; this would not have been possible had the silent majority of Christian Conservatives not made their voices heard. The right to express personal beliefs is a cornerstone of our freedoms as Americans, and it is of the greatest importance we defend the rights of individuals to exercise that liberty, regardless of political correctness.

“In Alabama, we will continue to fight for the rights of all individuals, including those like Phil Robertson and others who would be silenced by the liberal elite,” Fielding said.

Fielding campaign spokesman Tripp Skipper said the senator still plans to introduce the resolution, though Robertson’s suspension has been lifted, to give other legislators the opportunity to show their support for Robertson as well.

The recent attention on Robertson led to the discovery of a video in which he espouses marrying girls when they’re 15 or 16 years old.

CBS News and Slate.com reported Monday that a video from a sportsman’s ministry speech has surfaced in which Robertson gives “river rat counseling” saying teenage girls are best because they’ll pick the feathers off a hunter’s ducks.

“Look, you wait till they get to be 20 years old – the only picking that’s gonna take place is your pocket. You gotta marry these girls when they’re about 15 or 16,” Robertson said.

A link to the video is available at Slate.com.

Robertson has a personal fortune of $15 million, according to Celebritynetworth.com, where he’s described as “an American hunting enthusiast, businessman and reality television star” and “patriarch of the Robertson family which owns and operates a multi-million dollar hunting accessory company called Duck Commander.”

Duck Dynasty has 14 million weekly viewers and its merchandising brings in $400 million.

Contact Bill Kimber at bkimber@dailyhome.com.