Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined other Republicans on Thursday in defending the star of “Duck Dynasty” who was suspended over anti-gay remarks.
“If you believe in free speech or religious liberty, you should be deeply dismayed over the treatment of Phil Robertson," Cruz wrote in a statement on his Facebook page.
“Phil expressed his personal views and his own religious faith; for that, he was suspended from his job. In a free society, anyone is free to disagree with him — but the mainstream media should not behave as the thought police censoring the views with which they disagree,” Cruz wrote.
“Duck Dynasty” cast member Phil Robertson was suspended for calling homosexuality a sin during an interview with GQ magazine, which was published in its January issue and posted online Wednesday.
Robertson was put on “hiatus from filming” indefinitely by A&E, the network that produces the reality show.
"It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man's anus. That's just me. 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," Robertson said in the interview.
He was also asked what he considered “sinful.”
"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," he replied.
Former Gov. Sarah Palin and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also spoke out in support of Robertson. Both said he should be entitled to free speech.