Updated 12/27/2013 at 9:31pm
(CNN) - Like many conservatives, Louisiana’s Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal was happy to find out Friday that “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson’s suspension from the show had been lifted.
“I am glad to hear that the folks at A&E came to their senses and recognized that tolerance of religious views is more important than political correctness,” the possible 2016 presidential candidate said in a statement mere hours after the network announced its decision.
“Today is a good day for the freedoms of speech and religious liberty,” Jindal said.
Robertson had been briefly suspended from the reality show, which is filmed in Louisiana, over comments the “Dynasty” family patriarch made to GQ in the January issue of their magazine. Those comments included his belief that homosexuality is a sin, one he put in the same category as bestiality and promiscuity. He also made controversial comments about race relations during his time growing up in the South.
A&E reversed its decision Friday after extensive backlash.
"After discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family," the network said in a statement.
Thousands signed petitions backing Robertson against A&E, with many on the right crying foul over a perceived assault on Robertson’s right to express his religious views in the name of “political correctness.”
"The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with," Jindal said in a statement last week.
Jindal was joined by other prominent conservatives in condemning the suspension. At the time, former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin declared on Facebook that "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," Palin, who met the series' cast while on a book tour in Louisiana, wrote on Facebook, along with a photo of her and the cast of the A&E series.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz - another possible 2016 Republican presidential contender - also spoke out for Robertson last week.
In a Facebook post titled “Free Speech Matters,” Cruz wrote at the time that "The reason that so many Americans love Duck Dynasty is because it represents the America usually ignored or mocked by liberal elites: a family that loves and cares for each other, believes in God, and speaks openly about their faith," he said.
After A&E reversed its decision, Cruz took to Twitter to celebrate:
Back on. pic.twitter.com/qWepexc5t4
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 27, 2013
In a later tweet Cruz wrote: “As PC enforcers often forget, tolerance is a two-way street. Welcome back, Phil.”
The head of the conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition also spoke out in favor of the reversal after calling the initial suspension "a brazen act of anti-Christian bigotry."
Founder and chairman Ralph Reed said in a statement Friday that he was glad that A&E "came to their senses."
"Their rash suspension of Mr. Robertson threatened to destroy the most valuable franchise on cable television and alienate 40 million evangelical Christians in the process," Reed said.
"While Mr. Robertson used some admittedly ill-advised language in the interview, he said nothing that justified this punishment. He simply quoted the Bible in answering a question about his faith. We applaud A&E for taking this step and hope the network will never again take the bizarre step of sanctioning someone for expressing their Christian faith."
Friday, Jindal - who is term-limited and openly considering a presidential bid - blasted “the left” for trying to quiet Robertson.
“The left is going to have to get accustomed to the fact that it does not have a monopoly on free speech and is not the only group who is permitted to voice its opinion in the public square,” Jindal said.
“The left may control Hollywood, but they don’t control the hearts and minds of a majority of Americans.”
–CNN’s Dana Davidsen, Marlena Baldacci and Brian Stelter contributed to this report.