- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 17, 2015

“Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson will be honored with a free speech award at the Conservative Political Action Conference this month for standing “firm in his faith” when his show was suspended in December 2013.

Citizens United is expected to present Mr. Robertson with the “Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award,” named after the conservative new-media publisher who died unexpectedly in 2012, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Even when the entire mainstream media demanded he disavow his beliefs and attempted to have him fired from his own hit show for expressing these beliefs, he stood firm in his faith,” said Citizens United president David Bossie.

Mr. Robertson received a wave of criticism in 2013 after he cited the Bible in condemning homosexuality and gay marriage. A&E suspended “Duck Dynasty” indefinitely on Dec. 18, 2013 but lifted the suspension after an outcry from conservatives.

“When one does not have the freedom to speak out loud and anywhere what one believes, freedom is dead,” said Mr. Robertson, who is set to receive his award at CPAC on Feb. 27 in National Harbor, Maryland.

The first Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award went to conservative radio host Mark Levin at last year’s CPAC.

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