During a recent interview with GQ magazine Robertson was asked the question, “What, in your mind, is sinful?’ to which he replied, “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 then continued by paraphrasing Corinthians, “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.”
A&E quickly released a statement on Wednesday evening replying, “His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E networks who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.”
Robertson has now been barred from filming the TV reality show and that decision has ignited a firestorm among the social media; with everything from Twitter, using hashtag“#StandWithPhil,” the Facebook page “We Stand With Phil,” which conservative Christians launched to show their support, and last but certainly not least, where the fans really hope it counts, by threatening to boycott the cable network. The GQ article will hit the newsstands on Dec. 24.
It seems a little ironic that the success and popularity of their show was due largely in part to their strong conservative Christian beliefs, so really it should come as no surprise, Robertson’s personal opinion was always an open book, which leads to the question, “How do you respond when someone asks for your opinion? Are you honest, or do you just say what you know they want to hear? I'm asking, and I want to love to hear your opinion!