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O’Reilly: ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star “Made a Mistake”

On Thursday night’s O’Reilly Factor, Bill and Laura Ingraham took on the controversy surrounding Phil Robertson’s suspension from Duck Dynasty. Robertson made anti-gay comments in an interview with GQ Magazine, saying, “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and those men.”

Ingraham outlined the crux of the issue, asking whether we want people who have the same Christian viewpoint as Robertson “to essentially be drummed out of public life or to be so castigated […] that they retreat from public life altogether or censor themselves and frankly deny their own faith?”

O’Reilly countered, “Mr. Robertson I believe made a mistake by the condemnation line. And here’s why. It’s not about the Bible or believing or not believing in the Bible. It’s singling out a group, it could be any group, and saying to that group, ‘Hey, you’re not worthy in the eyes of the Lord […] because of who you are.’”

Ingraham argued that people should be able to express their viewpoints without being fired.

According to O’Reilly, if Robertson had simply said that he objects to homosexuality on religious grounds, the network would not have been able to suspend him.

“But once a verdict on behavior is introduced by a public figure, watch out!”

Hear much more from O'Reilly on the controversy, tonight at 8/11p ET on The Factor.

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