Phil Robertson, the kicked-out former star of A&E’s popular “Duck Dynasty” reality show, spoke out for the first time about remarks he made to GQ about homosexuality – comments that have ignited a firestorm of controversy and ultimately led to the patriarch’s indefinite suspension from the show.
Allowing a media member to join his family’s church group in West Monroe, La. last week, Robertson vowed he would not "give or back off" of what he said regarding gays and lesbians.
“I love all men and women,” Robertson said in response to his critics. “I am a lover of humanity, not a hater.”
Speaking of his interview with GQ and the comments he made, Robertson said, “I didn’t think much of it at all, but it seems a lot of other people did.”
Robertson was suspended indefinitely by A&E after saying that “everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong... Sin becomes fine… 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 said of the reaction to his comments:
“I am just reading what was written over 2,000 years ago. Those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom. All I did was quote from the scriptures, but they just didn’t know it. Whether I said it, or they read it, what’s the difference? The sins are the same, humans haven’t changed.”
In support of Phil and in response to what the Robertson clan feels is an unfair sanction and an infringement on free speech, it’s been reported that the Robertsons have considered pulling the plug on the popular program.