12/19/2013 AT 4:00 PM ET
Jindal claimed that Robertson, 67, was simply exercising his freedom of speech in the interview for GQ in which Robertson likened homosexuality to bestiality.
“I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive,” Jindal said in a written statement. “But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment.
“It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended,” Jindal added.
Jindal wasn’t the only one voicing his opinion on the controversy – Robertson’s granddaughter Sadie, 16, took to Twitter Wednesday, making a vague statement that did not directly support her grandfather, but noted the value of prayer.
“Prayer is the best conversation of the day. It’s better to go to God before taking it to someone else,” she wrote.
Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin joined Jindal in decrying A&E for Robertson’s suspension, saying, “Free speech is an endangered species. Those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us,” she said on her Facebook page.