Nobody ever said that speaking the truth as we see it, and following God's word, would be without ridicule. Phil and his family know that, all Christians know that, or should.
So yes, you are right, let people speak and let those who hear draw their own conclusion.
After all, we can sit here all day going back and forth with explanations and interpretations of what he said, or we think he meant to say. But in the end, we see it the way we want to, we support only those with whom we agree.
The lesson learned is for all. Grow a thicker hide, and yes, that includes any group of people, including minorities who are offended at any particular moment about anything that is being said, meant to be said, implied or hinted at.