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December 19th, 2013
06:07 PM ET

Should 'Duck Dynasty' star have been suspended?

(CNN) - One of the stars of A&E's mega-hit reality series "Duck Dynasty" is up to his beard in controversy, for something he said in interview with GQ magazine.

While lamenting the state of modern secular morality, Phil Robertson, the family patriarch, said, "Sin becomes fine ... 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."

Robertson also opined on the anatomical differences between straight and gay lifestyles in the bedroom.

But the conservative, religious head of a self-described family of rednecks gets paid to say controversial stuff, like this comment which aired on the show: "Women are like Labrador retrievers, you know, they all have quirks. But you stay married to one for 45, 50 years, you learn to go with the quirks."

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocates, like the group GLAAD, called on sponsors to re-examine their links with the show.

Then A&E suspended Robertson indefinitely from his own show, which has raked in $400 million in revenue for the network.

The Advocate's editor-in-chief Matthew Breen, and president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission Russell Moore discuss.

Editor's note: In a question during this segment, CNN said GLAAD "essentially gave Alec Baldwin a pass" after the actor apologized for sending a tweet with an anti-gay slur." GLAAD disputes that, saying in a statement that it "responded to Alec's apology and called for additional action. ... After GLAAD called for action and spoke out against Alec's subsequent use of anti-gay slurs in November, he was suspended from MSNBC and his show was later cancelled. We're living in a culture today that doesn't accept anti-LGBT slurs and comments- regardless of who is saying them.

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