Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has found some unlikely support from the Westboro Baptist Church. After the reality star was suspended indefinitely by A&E for his anti-gay comments, the controversial church announced plans on their Twitter page to support Robertson and picket the network’s headquarters in NYC in February. The Westboro Baptist Church also publicly supported Robertson and said he was simply stating what’s in the Bible.
“Quack Quack! New York City Headquarters perfect for world class WBC picket,” tweeted the Westboro Baptist Church. “A&E suspended Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty 4EVER for telling you f**s won’t go to heaven. Hello?! GOD HATES F**S.” They also released a series of signs and Vine videos related to the picket, telling Robertson that “if you claim to fear and obey God, never apologize for speaking the truth.” The Robertson family has not publicly responded to WBC’s picket plans.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that the church has threatened a picket in recent weeks. After Fast and the Furious actor Paul Walker passed away last month in a fiery car crash, the church shocked and angered his fans by vowing to protest his funeral. "The furious God cut off Paul Walker! Thank God for His condign wrath! WBC to picket funeral!" tweeted the Westboro Baptist Church. "Paul Walker had a duty to live sober, righteous, godly #HeFailed #InHell Wants YOU to heed our warning (Luke 16)." They also included a Twitter photo of their controversial signs including "Be Wise: Fear God," and slammed Walker in their picket announcement.
“Paul served himself & the gods of this world (money, fame, excess of riot, etc.) while refusing to serve His Creator & use his platform to encourage his neighbors to do the same,” read the photo. “He’s in Hell & Westboro will #PicketFuneral.” However, there were no media reports of church members being present outside of the funeral or burial site.
Robertson caused plenty of controversy last week with his GQ interview in which he declared homosexuality a sin, compared gay people to terrorists and the act itself to bestiality. "It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man's anus. That's just me,” said Phil. “I'm just thinking: 'There's more there! She's got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes!' You know what I'm saying? But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man. It's just not logical."
After the suspension, Robertson’s family stood by him and said they wouldn’t continue the show without him. "While some of Phil's unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil would never incite or encourage hate,” read a statement from his family on the Duck Commander website. “We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right. We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty.”