WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Former Arkansas Governor and current cable talk show host Mike Huckabee is making his feelings known about the controversy surrounding “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson.
Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Huckabee said the suspension by the A&E network shows that “militant activist groups” want to silence biblical views.
A&E announced it would suspend Robertson from the popular show after he told GQ magazine that homosexuality was a sin and that a woman’s vagina was much preferable to a man’s anus.
In the same article, Robertson said African Americans were better off before the civil rights movement.
Those comments prompted strong statements from LGBT and civil rights groups.
Huckabee said Phil Robertson’s comments echoed what President Obama said in the 2008 campaign.
He said when Obama spoke, he “made it very clear that he opposed same-sex marriage, and he said he did so because he was a Christian and because of his biblical views.”
Huckabee added that he doesn’t consider homosexual acts worse than other sins.
The Fox News host has launched an online petition calling on A&E to reinstate Robertson.
When asked if he was considering another run for the White House in 2016, Huckabee said the chances are “50-50.”
Huckabee sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, starting strong but eventually yielding to Arizona Senator John McCain.