"Phil Robertson is not being put in jail; he is just being taken off a TV show for a while," Lucas says. "This is not a government action, so the First Amendment is not in play."
Lucas notes that in 2010 Robertson gave a videotaped sermon in which he invoked the biblical tale of Sodom and Gomorrah and seemed to say about gay people: "They're full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant God-haters. They are heartless. They are faithless. They are senseless. They are truthless. They invent ways of doing evil."
"This is not just, 'Ick, gay sex is icky,'" Lucas says. "This goes a lot deeper."
Update: A&E Calls Off Hiatus: