Congressional candidate likens embattled ‘Duck Dynasty’ star to Rosa Parks

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – A congressman from Illinois declared “Duck Dynasty” actor Phil Robertson the Rosa Parks of our generation after spewing out controversial remarks about gays and blacks in a GQ interview set to be published in January.

Congressional candidate Ian Bayne, who’s running for the 11th congressional district in Illinois in 2014, sent out an email to his supporters on Friday defending Robertson’s comments about homosexuality.  Bayne said homosexuality is a sin, putting it in the same light as bestiality and promiscuity.

“In December 1955, Rosa Parks took a stand against an unjust societal persecution of black people, and in December 2013, Robertson took a stand against persecution of Christians,” Bayne said in the email.

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He goes on to say that while Rosa Park’s act 58 years ago was courageous, what Mr. Robertson did was “courageous too.”

Bayne added that the exposure brought upon by Robertson’s situation will be an “eye opener” for people who have been previously in disbelief that the Bible is fast becoming considered “hate speech” by the media and society.

Robertson, who was suspended indefinitely by A&E Network for his anti-gay slurs on Wednesday, also said that growing up in Louisiana before the civil rights era, he saw blacks were “happy” under the leadership of Jim Crow.

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Rosa Parks, a legendary civil rights figure, was arrested after refusing to give up her seat on the front of the bus to a white man. (Image/Bio)

NAACO and the Human Rights campaign penned a collaborative letter expressing “their outrage and deep concern over the recent racist, homophobic and ill-informed remarks made by Phil Robertson” to the A&E President Nancy Dubuc.

However, there is an online petition  circulating to bring back the embattled patriarch of the Duck Dynasty show and has so far collected more than 89,000 signatures, citing that “Robertson simply stated what his convictions are.”

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