Phil Robertson Catching Grief for His Beliefs in GQ Interview [POLL]
Phil Robertson, one of my most favorite characters from the hugely popular 'Duck Dynasty,' recently did an interview with GQ and shared some controversial remarks on a few topics including homosexuality.
Seems like he was being baited a little to me. The guy writing the thing obviously was out to make the Robertson's look bad, you can tell just by the language he uses in his story, but the article is worth reading to make your own judgement. Phil is a born-again Christian, and in the interview he talks about what he calls the sin and immorality in a lot of the world around him:
Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men. Don’t be deceived. 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.
Phil went on to say:
It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.
Further on he shares his thoughts on non-Christian societies in the world:
All you have to do is look at any society where there is no Jesus. I’ll give you four: Nazis, no Jesus. Look at their record. Uh, Shintos? They started this thing in Pearl Harbor. Any Jesus among them? None. Communists? None. Islamists? Zero. That’s eighty years of ideologies that have popped up where no Jesus was allowed among those four groups. Just look at the records as far as murder goes among those four groups.
When asked about race relations in Louisiana when he was growing up Robertson said:
I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field. ... They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word! ... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly. They were happy. No one was singing the blues.
Once the news of the interview reached the LBGT folks and they started pitching a fit, A&E issued a statement from Robertson:
I myself am a product of the '60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock 'n' 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.
It's my opinion that he should be able to have any opinion he wants about anything he wants. This man lives his life the way he chooses, and seems to me he wants others to live the way they want. He never wanted to be a celebrity, and is not the best at playing the part of the "star". After all, this is the same Phil that gave his home address to the world on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
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