Response from conservative, Christian, and pro-family commentators and leaders has been strong in the wake of the forced “hiatus” of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson (shown on left in photo) from the popular A&E show over public comments Robertson made about the sinfulness of homosexuality.
Robertson, who has been outspoken about the no-compromise Christian lifestyle he and his family embrace, was interviewed on a number of issues for an article appearing in the January 2014 issue of GQ magazine. But it was his views on homosexuality that drew the most interest — and for which A&E producers pulled the plug, at least temporarily — on Robertson's appearance on the popular show.
When the far-ranging interview naturally turned to his Christian faith, Robertson spoke about the need to repent from sin. “What, in your mind, is sinful?” asked GQ reporter Drew Magary, to which Robertson responded: “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.”
Robertson didn't just target the sin of homosexuality, however. “Don’t be deceived,” he added, paraphrasing I Corinthians 1 Corinthians 6:9. “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.”
In his frank and crusty manner, Robertson managed to make comments that infuriated homosexual men. “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” Robertson observed. “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.”
Reaction from self-appointed homosexual activist spokespersons came quickly and with a predictable demand that A&E drop the wildly popular show. “Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe,” said the homosexual group Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). “He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans — and Americans — who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil’s decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.”
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