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Congressional candidate likens 'Duck Dynasty' star to Rosa Parks


"Duck Dynasty" star ​Phil Robertson has been called a lot of things the past few days, but civil rights icon... that’s a new one.

“A Republican candidate for Illinois’ 11th Congressional district today compared Robertson to civil rights icon Rosa Parks.”

This is Ian Bayne. He says the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch is the Rosa Parks of our generation. (Via IanBayne.com

In a fundraising email to supporters, he wrote:

“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 .... What Parks did was courageous, What Mr. Robertson did was courageous too.”​

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Robertson found himself in hot water over an interview with GQ magazine during which he compared homosexuality to bestiality. His comments went viral, and gay rights groups have since demanded an apology from the reality star. (Via A&E

​But it wasn’t just his comments about homosexuality that has people talking. He also suggested the African-Americans were happy living in the old Jim Crow South.

On living in Louisiana in the 50s and 60s, Robertson told GQ: “I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person.”

​As a writer at The Atlantic puts it, Robertson's remarks don't reflect reality. “The black people who Phil Robertson knew were warred upon. If they valued their lives, and the lives of their families, the last thing they would have done was voiced a complaint about "white people" to a man like Robertson.”

A few other Republican politicians have since come to Robertson's defense, including Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. (Via Facebook / Sarah PalinFacebook / Ted CruzOffice of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

Duck Dynasty will return for its fifth season January 15. A&E has indefinitely suspended Robertson from the show.

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