Duck Dynasty star refuses to back down on ‘anti-gay’ remarks
December 18, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - From the top of the Drudge Report to every major media outlet, a GQ interview with the founding father of the Robertson clan of Duck Dynasty fame is making waves for so-called “anti-gay” remarks.
In rather graphic and blunt language, Phil Robertson describes the complementary anatomy of men and women leading to natural attraction.
Beyond that, Robertson responded to the question, “What, in your mind, is sinful?”
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there,” he said. “Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."
“Don’t be deceived,” he added, paraphrasing Scripture. “Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
Media outlets slammed Robertson’s comments as “bashing gays” and “anti-gay”. And homosexual activist group GLAAD said, “Phil's decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to re-examine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families."
Robertson issued a response to the controversy that reinforced his point rather than backed down from it. "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,” he said today. “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.”
Robertson concluded, “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."
Robertson is not the only public personality defending his remarks. Fox News & Commentary host Todd Starnes took to Twitter to say, “Mainstream Media STUNNED to find out that Duck Dynasty staff believes in the teachings of the Bible.” He added later, “Shouldn’t Americans be allowed to hold personal beliefs -- even if you don't agree with them?”