A suburban Atlanta sheriff says he will no longer assist A&E in local productions after the network suspended a popular reality television personality for comments criticizing homosexuality as sinful and “not logical.”
Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller said in a statement late Friday that the suspension of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Roberts by A&E had forced the lawman to rethink his department’s relationship with the network, which he said had filmed in the area on several occasions.
“A&E has suspended Phil Robertson for talking about his conservative Christian beliefs …,” Miller said. “Many people who disagree with A&E might choose to remain silent and there was a time when I might have done the same, but no longer. In my mind the punishment is unreasonable.”
A&E, Miller said, had previously “produced more than a half dozen programs with the assistance of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office,” but no longer should executives expect any cooperation moving forward.
“It is time for someone other than Hollywood and the news media to stand up for what is right!”
– James Richardson