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East Texans react to comments made by star of "Duck Dynasty"

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

"Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson has been taken off the air for his comments about homosexuality and African Americans.

The controversy has now launched into a nationwide debate with fans and politicians weighing in.

"Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana," Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said. "The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don't agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views."

Last week Peppard Autoplex in Nacogdoches bought Robertson's old truck at an auction in Dallas that they hope to sale to another "Duck Dynasty" fan. Now they are coming to the defense of the duck commander.

"We think the whole controversy is pretty silly, Spence Peppard said. "We love "Duck Dynasty."

"I don't think Phil's life is going to be effected," Tyler Peppard said. " Phil said he wanted to return to the old days, and I bet he will do that."

"You can't have people saying , ‘oh we can say anything we can say, but you can't say this," Chris Peppard said.

It's no secret that the family promotes Christianity on the show. Pastors are coming to the defense of Phil and agreeing with Phil that homosexuality is a sin.

"I cannot apologize for what the bible states clearly in several passages," Central Church of Christ pastor Marshall Coffey said. "I think that is what Phil would say and why he made such a remark."

"I understand why people are offended, but they are not offended by the words that Phil Robertson spoke," First Baptist Church of Lufkin pastor, Andy Pittman said. "They are offended by a new cultural definition of the word tolerance."

There were however several people who did find Robertson's remarks out of line.

"Some people were born in the world that way, and that is just the way they are," Betrice Cardwell said.

"I think anybody should know that that is something you should censor and not bring up," Mikki Arnold said.

"A&E has to protect their company if anyone is making a statement like that against their views," Katie Kimmey said.

Only time will tell if the duck commander can weather the storm.

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