Let’s just get this out of the way up front. No, Phil Robertson was not suspended from A&E for his Christian faith. The Robertsons have been speaking loudly in public about their religious views for years. If A&E were on an anti-Christian witch hunt, they wouldn’t have hired the family to do the show in the first place, and they wouldn’t have kept them around for what will now be five years beginning with the season premiere in January.
There are lots of ways to express Christian beliefs, even restrictive sexual mores, without sounding like a brutish jerk. Instead of acting like an adult and having respect for how other people might receive his comments, Robertson chose to be “himself” and express his beliefs in the form of verbal diarrhea.