Ian Bayne, a candidate for the 11th congressional district in Illinois sent out this email to his supporters Friday:
Today, Ian Bayne called Phil Robertson, star of the A&E series "Duck Dynasty," the 'Rosa Parks' of our generation."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," said Bayne.Parks, famous for refusing to give up her seat on a bus for a white person, as was the rule of her day, provided inspiration for a movement of equality of black people and white people in America."What Parks did was courageous," said Bayne. "What Mr. Robertson did was courageous too."Bayne believes that the Duck Dynasty star knew that going on GQ would result in the current controversy going on surrounding his suspension, as well as his suspension.Bayne added that this exposure of Robertson's situation is an eye opener for many who may have been previously in disbelief that the bible is fast becoming considered "hate speech" by the media and society.
Since news of his email hit Twitter it hasn't been received too warmly...
Ryan Broderick is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.