Starnes has been firing off vicious tweets regarding A&E supposedly discriminating against Christians including the following choice morsels:
@AETV and their minions could provide us with a list of what Americans can say, think and do?
If you want to work at
@AETV you need to buy a brown shirt.
@AETV is run by anti-Christian bigots. Sad.
Duck Dynasty worships God. A&E worships GLAAD.
@AETV advocate burning the Bible?
A&E says they are strong supporters of homosexuals --- but Christians -- not so much
A&E suspends Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty. The Christian cleansing of American television continues...
Allow me to repost Robertson's comments regarding the lgbt community; comments Todd Starnes is defending as the example of "Christian" speech:
“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."
. . . “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong. Sin becomes fine. 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. Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers -- they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
Also, you will notice that Starnes has not said a whit about Robertson's racially insensitive comments, i.e. his inference that black people were happier in the days before integration:
"Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I'm with the blacks, because we're white trash," he said. "They're singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”
So if I were to imply like Robertson did, I would have to guess that Starnes' version of decent Christian commentary would be one which focuses on talking about anuses, vaginas with a little mixing of Biblical verses and the belief that black folks were happier when they were picking cotton and singing in the fields as second-class citizens under the grip of Jim Crow.
Regardless, the bottom line is this. Robertson has no free speech on A&E. He was hired to make money and his mouth has now interfered with that goal. So now he pays the penalty.
Good ole American capitalism. God bless it.