Sarah Palin believes the backlash over "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson's anti-gay comments is a threat to freedom of speech.
The 67-year-old duck hunter made headlines when GQ published an interview in which he discussed morality and sin, and juxtaposed homosexuality with bestiality.
“It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man’s anus," he told the magazine. "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.”
After the quotes were published, GLAAD spoke out against Robertson's comments, calling them vile and misinformed. A&E ultimately suspended him from "Duck Dynasty" with an indefinite hiatus, saying his views do not align with those of the network.
Some are coming out in defense of Robertson, like Palin, who believes he is being persecuted for merely practicing his First Amendment right.
She took to Facebook to voice her opinion Wednesday, Dec. 18.
The Chick-fil-A-loving Republican has long been a fan of the "Duck Dynasty" brood and has commended them for promoting conservative values. (Phil Robertson is staunchly antiabortion, and Salon suggested the cast's long beards act as "symbolic reaffirmation of traditional values" for Americans opposed to social change.)
In August, Palin even recommended Washington emulate the "Duck Dynasty" family, CNN noted.
"To our GOP leaders in Washington, especially - this is what Americans desire and deserve; we're not rooting for your social truces," she wrote on Facebook at the time. "Kudos to these Duck dudes for speaking their minds, and for their boldness in living the American dream of LIFE, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness - reminding us all that it's only with freedom that anything is possible."
In a statement obtained by The Huffington Post, Robertson defended himself against the controversy, saying he is only sharing God's word.
"My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together," he said, in part. "However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me."
Clarification: The headline of this article has been amended to specify that Sarah Palin defended Phil Robertson's freedom of speech.