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Phil Robertson face of American conservatives, Louisiana pols praise series

By April Neale Dec 23, 2013, 18:28 GMT

Phil Robertson face of American conservatives, Louisiana pols praise series

The Duck Dynasty flap has touched off so many protests and backlash against Gay media groups who condemned the interview in GQ magazine with patriarch of the reality TV clan that even Louisiana\'s lieutenant governor is talking about it.

The Duck Dynasty flap has touched off so many protests and backlash against Gay media groups who condemned the interview in GQ magazine with patriarch of the reality TV clan that even Louisiana's lieutenant governor is talking about it.

USA Today reports that the politicians of Louisiana, a conservative state with heavy Catholic (New Orleans) and Evangelical pockets - the latter being the type of Christianity the Robertson family believes in - says the Duck Dynasty reality TV show is important to state tourism.

The network suspended patriarch Phil Robertson last week for telling GQ magazine that gays, like thieves, adulterers and swindlers, cannot go to heaven unless they repent for their sinful behavior.  Robertson is a deacon in his faith and he has publicly spoken out against gay lifestyle before.

"Regardless of one's views on Phil Robertson's statements, 'Duck Dynasty' has been an important representation of the state of Louisiana, inspiring prospective visitors and investors since its debut," Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said in a statement emailed Saturday.

The show reportedly attracts fans to visit northeast Louisiana. The Duck Commander warehouse — the headquarters of the Robertson family's multi-million-dollar business - is a bona fide tourist attraction.

Dardenne, whose job includes running the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, said the show's audience of millions is eager to visit Louisiana.

Gov. Bobby Jindal said Thursday that everyone is entitled to express their opinions.

More than 2 million fans have liked the Facebook page titled "Phil Robertson" — one of numerous pages with similar names, some calling for a boycott of A&E altogether.

Duck Dynasty is on hiatus until Jan. 15, when Season 5 is set to premiere. Filming for that season is complete.



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