Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined other Republicans on Thursday in defending the star of “Duck Dynasty” who was suspended over anti-gay remarks.

“If you believe in free speech or religious liberty, you should be deeply dismayed over the treatment of Phil Robertson,” Cruz wrote in a statement on his Facebook page.

“Phil expressed his personal views and his own religious faith; for that, he was suspended from his job. In a free society, anyone is free to disagree with him — but the mainstream media should not behave as the thought police censoring the views with which they disagree,” Cruz wrote.

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