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Has Phil Robertson struggled with homosexual behavior?

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"The lady doth protest too much, methinks."

Queen Gertrude, Hamlet's mother Shakespeare's Hamlet, act III, scene II

“It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man’s anus," Robertson told GQ. "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.”

Phil Robertson Duck Dynasty

The Duck Dynasty controversy/publicity stunt/faux suspension captured the media spotlight over the holiday season and since the publicity value has faded the ‘suspension’ has been lifted. But a larger question remains. Why is Robertson so passionate about speaking to his love for, as he indelicately puts it, vagina?

We know in the last decade that many anti-gay celebrities and politicians have in fact protested vehemently in the false hope that their gay secret life will never be exposed.

It is unfair to draw these conclusions about Robertson, but it is not unreasonable to wonder based on these examples:

On the ranking website under the heading Top 15 Anti-Gay Activists Caught Being Gay we see the parallels to Robertson including:

  1. Georgia Pastor Eddie Long, a Baptist and famed televangelist in his area. In 2004, he led a march to Dr. Martin Luther King's grave in the name of defining marriage as between a man and a woman. He has also been quoted as saying that his church can "deliver" people from homosexuality. He is currently being sued by four young men (ages 21, 20, 23 and 22) for using his fame and influence to coerce them into sexual relationships. The relationships lasted months and occurred during the boys' late teens. As the pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Eddie Long used his influence to take the boys places such as Kenya, paid for their hotel rooms and gave them gifts such as cars, cash and jewelry in exchange for mutual masturbation, oral sex and sensual massaging.
  2. Alabama Attorney General Troy King, known for his vocal opposition to gay rights and for his attempt to outlaw sex toys was caught by his wife while having sex with a local homecoming King Troy University. Pastor Ted to his congregation at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Ted Haggard was outed by prostitute, and professional masseur, Mike Jones in November 2006 for paying him to engage in sex with him for three years. Haggard had supported Colorado Amendment 43, which bans same-sex marriage in the state. In his own words, he's not a homosexual; he's just a "heterosexual with issues."
  3. Glenn Murphy Jr., former head of the Young Republicans and one of the (former) leading Republicans of Indiana, always advocated "straight" family values and straight forward sexual orientation views. He was caught performing fellatio on another Young Republican while that man slept, without that man's consent. He was later jailed in 2008 and as of March of 2010, has been forced to register as a sex offender.

The list goes on and on from Mark Foley to Larry Craig but the cynicism created by these high profile scandals involving anti-gay crusaders makes it imperative that any anti-gay celebrity like Robertson be very careful to avoid the spotlight of controversy. Only Robertson knows his personal sexual history and if he has considered any past or present behavior sinful he believes in a forgiving Savior and a redemptive path to righteous living.

Of course so did the others on this list as they all are out and proud Christians.

See the entire list at



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