It was inevitable that Phil Robertson was eventually going to take heat for his very outspoken Biblical views. It took a while because America has been so enamored with "Duck Dynasty;" most viewers had never listened to Phil Robertson's sermons which are readily available on YouTube. According to a Dec. 18 report on Fox News, the gay rights group GLAAD has come out to criticize Robertson's views regarding homosexuality that he mentioned in a recent interview with GQ Magazine. He stated the Biblical view that homosexual acts are sin, and it has caused an avalanche of response both for and against the patriarch of the Robertson clan.
The opinions of the inventor of the multi-million dollar Duck Commander duck call have prompted a response from A&E to Fox on behalf of Robertson. If his critics are waiting for a concession that he was wrong, they will be waiting a long time. His statement expressed what his fans already knew about him: there is no malice or disrespect intended. He believes and promotes what the Bible says on any issue, regardless of who it offends.
“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. 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 will be interesting to see how his remarks impact the show’s affiliation with A&E Network. Phil Robertson has made statements recently that indicate he does not plan to be on the show much longer anyway. You can read about that here.