When A&E suspended Phil Robertson, it chose profits over Phil Robertson. When A&E reinstated Phil Robertson, it chose profits over gay people. The network never cared about gay people, and it never cared about Phil Robertson.
While I disagree with the sentiment that Mr. Robertson shouldn't face negative consequences for his bigotry, my larger concern is that public figures are exploiting the public's thin knowledge of history, the Constitution and the Bible to purposely mislead their followers.
Few top-tier celebs are intellectually capable of handling just about any topic -- politics, culture, art, God, world events -- thrown their way, by anyone, at any time, in front of any TV camera or live microphone.
Mad Men and Women of America, let me remind you. There are nearly 80 million of us and we're going to be around for a good long while. We are the "youth generation" and no matter how old we get, we will continue to believe that we are the "youth generation."