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Published On: Thu, Nov 14th, 2013

Tennessee Baptist group cancels ‘Duck Dynasty’ Willie Robertson over ‘Duck Commander Wines’ deal

A Christian group in Tennessee responded to the news that Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson will rollout a line of wine by cancelling his appearance.

duck-dynasty castFree Will Baptist Family Ministries in Greeneville., Tenn., said there was an inherent conflict between having Robertson appear and the organization’s mission of helping adolescents.

“Our greatest responsibility is to the young people we serve,” development director Derek Bell said on the group’s Facebook page. “Therefore, we feel that in light of the recent news that the stars of the show ‘Duck Dynasty’ are partnering with Trinchero Family Estates to launch Duck Commander Wines, to continue with this event would send mixed messages to the young people who go through our Adolescent Drug and Alcohol program.”

The organization assists teens, saying more than half are battling drug and alcohol problems, so the group fears sending mixed messages.

“Our message must be consistent. The lives of those children may well hang in the balance,” Bell said.

The Duck Commander Wines, in conjunction with the winemakers of Trinchero Family Estates in Napa, the Robertsons’ own line of Red, Moscato and Chardonnay is slated to hit stores next month.

The group apologized to anyone who had already purchased tickets for the April event; the venue, Viking Hall Civic Center, is currently offering refunds.

The event was to raise funds for the ministry’s “School Expansion Project” — a 10,000-square-foot expansion effort to help increase the organization’s ability to serve young people.

 

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