Forgive us if we don’t quite see the connection here. Yes, the “Duck Dynasty” patriarch was suspended after he told GQ that he believes homosexuality is a sin, but as far as we know he’s never committed any violent acts against gays. No crime was committed (unless you count thought crimes), and A&E might even be the real victim in the situation, if the Robertsons decide to part ways with the network, as they’ve suggested.

As a result, plenty — including Sarah PalinCharlie DanielsTed Cruz and more — stood up for Phil Robertson’s right to free speech and religious liberty, while Kirsten Powers tried to compare Robertson’s words to those of MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, who with his words wished harm on a specific person.

If those two don’t compare, there’s certainly no comparison to be made to the murder of Matthew Shepard (which might not have had anything to do with Shepard being gay after all, but rather with drugs). Regardless, Shepard’s murder was a horrible crime; as far as we know, quoting from the Bible isn’t — yet.

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