‘You have to ask yourself, why this interview happened and why it ever became public. Someone from A&E was there and was aware of the kind of answers Phil was giving.Remember what your mother told you about playing with fire? It really does cause bed wetting. Just ask anyone working at A&E. Boycotts targeting A&E and its sponsors are being organized, Phil Robertson is called the Rosa Parks of our time, liberal Camille Paglia without calling GLAAD by name has denounced its "Stalinist tactics.
‘But despite that, they didn’t ever try to stop it or control it. Instead, they let it hit the headlines and then released a statement condemning it.
‘It is our belief that they knew what was going to happen and then used the situation to exercise control over Phil.
‘It is our understanding that when the TV executives came up with the concept for the show they wanted it to be a case of people laughing at a bunch of backward rednecks.
‘But when it didn’t turn out like that and people actually started identifying with the way the family behaved and were laughing with them, not at them, they became uncomfortable. It did not sit will with the New York TV types.
‘We believe they were also uncomfortable with the family’s insistence that there would be a strong religious presence in the show. They knew Phil was the driving force behind this and we think they have used this situation to bring him in line so they could steer the show back down the path they originally intended for it.
‘But they may have underestimated how united the family are and how committed they are to their beliefs. They also didn’t realize how much support Phil would get from the public, so things have backfired on them.’
This is one of those crises that is too good to waste. Governor Mike Huckabee said the evangelical community erred when it had everyone gathered at Chick-fil-A it didn't bring voter registration forms. The evangelicals, for all their fervor, do not vote their numbers. A voting block of 80 million adamant Christians that would call out those it who it deems as hateful would be a force to be reckoned with. As my partner here pointed out it's time to unbundle our cable packages so we don't have to pay for channels as disgraceful as A&E. Finally it is time to boycott the corporations that contribute to GLAAD just as GLAAD bullies compliance through threat of boycott of those who disagree with it.