Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin criticized "hatin'" intolerant people for their reaction to "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson's comments about gays.

"Free speech is an endangered species," she wrote on her Facebook page Wednesday night. "Those 'intolerants' hatin' and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us."

Robertson was put on "indefinite hiatus" from the popular cable reality show by A&E officials after furious activists reacted to his comments.

Palin posted a photo of her Dec. 8 visit with the Robertson family during her book promotion tour.

Robertson apologized for the remarks in a statement:

I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.