Dear Phil Robertson,
Wow, you've had kind of a bad week, huh? It really sucks to be held accountable for your speech, doesn't it? And it's even worse when people deliberately conflate issues, like when politicians try to make a First Amendment issue out of your suspension. A couple of things about that. First of all, the government had nothing to do with your suspension. Second of all, Sarah Palin, who was at your side commiserating about those big old meanie head liberals as fast as she could drag a camera crew along, led the charge to have Martin Bashir fired -- not suspended till the controversy blew over but deprived of his livelihood for daring to suggest she might be stupid. You might want to keep that in mind on the off chance you ever run afowl of her.
Let's talk about your suspension for a second. One of the many positions I've held in my lifetime was in personnel. You were not fired from A&E. You were suspended which means you won't be on-camera for a little bit. I have not seen the terms of your suspension anywhere and they're probably not publicly available anymore than the terms of your original contract were because those are private, between you and your employer. All we can do is speculate about what those terms might have been and common wisdom has it that there was probably a clause inserted that covered A&E's ass in the event that you or anyone else involved in Duck Dynasty did or said something boneheaded. That's pretty typical and it was such a clause that covered them when Duane Chapman delivered a racist rant onto an answering machine in 2007, leading to the suspension of production of the wildly popular Dog: The Bounty Hunter.
I have to say that the cynic in me finds the timing of all of this mighty interesting. It all came down a week before Christmas, the spending season in full swing. Shoppers already emotionally manipulated into buying the War On Christmas just might be motivated to buy a piece of Duck Dynasty merchandise in an effort to take a stand for something with their wallets. Suspension or not I highly suspect you'll be laughing all the way to the bank.
Before I finish I'd like to introduce you to a few women whose committment to freedom of conscience I really do admire. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Aloykhina of Pussy Riot were released from prison today, convicted over a year ago of "hooliganism." Please make sure you read that correctly: PRISON. As in, the government of their country deprived them of their freedom in a very real physical sense because they expressed their opinion. The amnesty order read in part that they were being released because they are both mothers with young children. Your own children are grown and your place at the head of your family's table is secure even if Uncle Si will be leading grace for a while. Count your blessings and start with living in a place where you won't actually be jailed for saying what you think.