Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Cruz in 2016 said 'something fundamentally wrong' with Christians who back Trump: book Hillicon Valley: Twitter says Trump 'go back' tweet didn't violate rules | Unions back protests targeting Amazon 'Prime Day' | Mnuchin voices 'serious concerns' about Facebook crypto project | Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid MORE (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.


Cruz, a freshman Tea Party senator, said Americans love the show because it represents the America “usually ignored or mocked by liberal elites.”

“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.