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Government union demands firing of ‘Duck Dynasty’ fans for ‘I Support Phil’ decals

- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 12, 2014

A government union at Eglin Air Force base in Florida says two senior managers should be fired, or at least removed from their leadership roles, because they have decals on their vehicles that read: "Duck Dynasty: I Support Phil."

The decal refers to openly Christian Phil Robertson, one of the stars of the reality television show, "Duck Dynasty."

Alan Cooper, executive vice president of the local chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees, also said one of the managers put the same decal in his office and provided extras to those who wanted them, Fox News reported.

"We took offense," Mr. Cooper said, to Fox News. "These two particular individuals have a great amount of influence over individuals who may be gay, who may be African-American, and we have a concern they should not be in a position to exert that influence when it comes to promotions."

In an email to union members, Mr. Cooper explained that the "Duck Dynasty" decal could very well violate the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

"Phil Robertson has made disparaging remarks against a vast array of people, which created a firestorm in the media in the recent past," he wrote, Fox News reported.

Apparently, his remarks referred to Mr. Robertson's comments in GQ in which he cited biblical passages about the sin of homosexuality, as well as the sins of idolatry, adultery and slanderers.

Mr. Cooper said to Fox News that his overall goal is to have the two managers — who are civilian employees at the Air Force base — removed from their offices.

"I don't know how long these individuals harbored these views," he said, Fox News reported. "[Maybe they] could have impacted employment opportunities for folks that have been disparaged by the likes of a Phil Robertson. It's definitely 100 percent inappropriate for an organization that espouses a zero-tolerance policy [for discrimination]. ... If it's zero tolerance, it's zero tolerance for everybody."

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