Bring Phil Robertson back!
  • Petitioned A&E Television Network, LLC

This petition was delivered to:

235 E 45th St. New York, NY 10017.
A&E Television Network, LLC
235 E 45th St. New York, NY 10017.
A&E Television Network, LLC

Bring Phil Robertson back!

    1. Laire Lightner
    2. Petition by

      Laire Lightner

      Naples, FL

  1.  
  2.   
January 2014

Victory

Phil Robertson was removed from his TV show Duck Dynasty because of statements he made in an interview about his personal views. People started hundreds of petitions to A&E Network, asking that Phil Robertson be reinstated, and the network complied.

A&E needs to bring Phil Robertson back!!!

Freedom of speech along with freedom of religion is being attacked every single day in this country. Phil Robertson simply stated what his convictions are. Homosexuals have their convictions and Christians respect them. There is a difference between respecting someone rights to exercise free will and imposing on others what we believe. Phil has done nothing more than state what he believes in. Just because homosexuals do not agree, does not mean Mr. Robertson needs to be suspended. That is not only discrimination, it violates his first and second Amendment rights. Duck Dynasty has a huge following and WE THE PEOPLE stand behind Phil Robertson and his family. We stand for faith and  freedom. We stand for family and values. Those who disagree have the God given right to, that doesn't mean Phil needs to be punished for exercising his rights. We will boycott A&E if he is not brought back and the network apologizes for such treatment. 

We the people, have spoken! 

Phil Robertson was suspended from the show because of his comments/beliefs on homosexuality. 

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/12/18/phil-robertson-suspended-after-comments-about-homosexuality/

 

Freedom of Speech and Expression as explained by Wikipedia. 

Concepts of freedom of speech can be found in early human rights documents.[3] England’s Bill of Rights 1689 granted 'freedom of speech in Parliament' and is still in effect. The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, adopted during the French Revolution in 1789, specifically affirmed freedom of speech as an inalienable right.[4] The Declaration provides for freedom of expression in Article 11, which states that:

"The free communication of ideas and opinions is one of the most precious of the rights of man. Every citizen may, accordingly, speak, write, and print with freedom, but shall be responsible for such abuses of this freedom as shall be defined by law."[5]

Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948, states that:

"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."[6]

Today freedom of speech, or the freedom of expression, is recognized in international and regional human rights law. The right is enshrined in Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, Article 13 of the American Convention on Human Rights and Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.[7] Based on John Milton's arguments, freedom of speech is understood as a multi-faceted right that includes not only the right to express, or disseminate, information and ideas, but three further distinct aspects:

  1. the right to seek information and ideas;
  2. the right to receive information and ideas;
  3. the right to impart information and ideas

International, regional and national standards also recognize that freedom of speech, as the freedom of expression, includes any medium, be it orally, in written, in print, through the Internet or through art forms. This means that the protection of freedom of speech as a right includes not only the content, but also the means of expression.[7

 

Where to find the petition in the news. 

Local Newspaper I interviewed with...

http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2013/dec/20/fla-mother-petition-reinstate-duck-dynasty-phil/

 

Fox News.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/12/19/group-starts-petition-demanding-ae-reinstate-phil-robertson-on-duck-dynasty/

 

CNN News.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/19/showbiz/duck-dynasty-suspension/

http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/20/showbiz/tv/duck-dynasty-boycott/

 

The Hollywood Reporter.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/duck-dynasty-petition-reinstate-star-667405

 

The Canadian Association for Free Expression

http://cafe.nfshost.com/?tag=phil-roberston

 

New Hampshire News

http://new-hampshire.icito.com/duck-dynasty-family-fires-back-5/

 

ChristianPost.com

http://www.christianpost.com/news/phil-robertson-returning-to-duck-dynasty-in-january-111355/

 

The Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/23/changeorg-duck-dynasty_n_4494735.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

 

TMZ

http://www.tmz.com/2013/12/19/duck-dynasty-fans-petition-phil-robertson-freedom-of-speech/

 

My Inteview with Wink News. 

http://www.winknews.com/Local-Florida/2013-12-23/Collier-County-woman-behind-AE-petition#.UrkKyP0RbwI

 

Interview with NBC2

http://www.nbc-2.com/story/24299001/naples-woman-petitions-to-reinstate-duck-dynasty-star#.UropTf0RbwI

To:
A&E Television Network, LLC, 235 E 45th St. New York, NY 10017.
A&E Television Network, LLC, 235 E 45th St. New York, NY 10017.
Bring Phil Robertson back!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. We did it! 100K and going strong!

      Laire Lightner
      Petition Organizer

      "Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles."

      "Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others."

      Abraham Lincoln.

    2. Reached 100,000 signatures
    3. Goal of 100K signatures by the end of the night!

      Laire Lightner
      Petition Organizer

      I stand amazed at the outpouring of support not only for Phil's family but for the christian community as a whole and our rights. Thank you for making this happen. Thank you for sharing and for letting your voice be heard. Thank you for your commitment to faith, courage and brotherly love. You all truly inspire…there is power when the church comes together. Thank you and continue to share so we can reach our goal of 100K by tonight. :)

    4. Reached 50,000 signatures
    5. Good Morning!

      Laire Lightner
      Petition Organizer

      We did it! We reached 25K signatures! Our immediate goal is to reach 100k, then move on to 500k. The more signatures we get the more attention we can bring to this issue. Remember that those that have gone before us fought just like we are doing. Peacefully but making their voices known by coming together as ONE. ONE BODY. The body of Christ, standing for each other and protecting not only EVERYONE'S rights…but securing the constitutional liberty we are due for our children and our children's children. Our God reigns!!! To Him be the glory!

    6. Reached 25,000 signatures
    7. Phil's support continues to grow!!!

      Laire Lightner
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to all that have signed! The christian community has shown their support in incredible ways. I am speechless to see the love, support and faith of all who have come out to support Duck Dynasty. We are doing this for The Robertson Family, for the protection of our freedoms and for the GLORY of our AMAZING GOD!

    8. Reached 12,500 signatures
    9. We are doing it!

      Laire Lightner
      Petition Organizer

      5K signatures in support of not only The Robertson Family but OUR freedoms. This petition was not only about the Robertson's, but Christians linking arms together saying ENOUGH is ENOUGH. We ALL need to share the same rights given to us by the constitution. Not only for our sakes, but for our children's sake. If we do not make our voices known…what will happen tomorrow? Think about it! Your actions today, dictate your world tomorrow!

    10. Reached 5,000 signatures
    11. SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!

      Laire Lightner
      Petition Organizer

      We have over 1,000 signatures. I believe we can shoot for 500,000. Keep sharing…I am planning to go to my local tv station! Keep them coming! Our God reigns!!!!!!

    12. Reached 1,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Joan Cross CALGARY, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      We have a right to say how we fee as well as our Christian stand

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    • Katherine Watson NASHVILLE, TN
      • 9 months ago

      Everyone in America has the right to express whatever the hell they believe in.

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    • Emily Bergquist ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      everyone has the right to voice their opinions on their beliefs , after all we keep getting homosexuality crammed down our throats even if we believe its a sin but we keep being told we have to accept them, really... God did not make Adam and Steve,and Itake offense that my grandchildren are told this is acceptable and normal to be this way...

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    • Kristen Hunter MANSFIELD, OH
      • 9 months ago

      In America, people should have a right to say and believe what they want to. Phil's beliefs are rooted upon Christian doctrine....it isn't Biblical to be gay...and punishing him for having those beliefs is wrong. There have been plenty of other controversial statements made throughout t.v., take South Park for example. Yet no one has every punished the makers of South Park for their extremely offensive depictions of Jesus. This is a one sided bias. A bias against the Christian faith and what we stand for. Furthermore, Phil isn't a political figure. He's not running for congress or attempting to represent a large group of people, he doesn't even claim that this is what the vast majority of Christians in America believe. He's simply stating his beliefs and his take on the Bible.....and that's something for which no one should ever be punished.

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    • zain az- zaid RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA
      • 9 months ago

      I am from the most conservative country in the world where being gay can get your head sliced off. Not saying that I think all homo's should have their heads sliced off but I believe a man should have the right to voice his opinion if he lives in America. I thought it was all free speech there but the truth is that free speech is past it's expiration date in America.

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