As Phil Robertson’s comments that he made in an interview that appeared in GQ about homosexuality and African-Americans continue to be debated, the “Duck Dynasty” patriarch has finally broken his silence but may have added more fuel to the fire. As PEOPLE magazine reports on Dec. 23, Robertson made his first public statement since being suspended by A&E at a Bible study group in his hometown church in West Monroe, La.
The 67-year-old Robertson, who compared homosexuality to bestiality and related African-Americans as being in a happy state pre-Civil Rights, started the Bible study talk expressing his love for all people. He stated:
“I love all men and women. I am a lover of humanity, not a hater.”
But what has many people upset about Robertson’s initial comments is his lack of understanding that same humanity he claims to love. He did defend his position and turned to the Bible to support his opinions.
“We murder each other, and we steal from one another, sex and immorality goes ballistic. All the diseases that just so happened to follow sexual mischief…boy there are some microbes running around now. Sexual sins are numerous and many. I have a few myself. So what is your safest course of action? If you’re a man, find yourself a woman, marry them and keep your sex right there.”
He goes on to say that procreation is common sense, a common argument used by those who oppose homosexuality. The lack of understanding that homosexuality is not a choice leads to a divergence which asks homosexual men and women to lie about who they are in order to live a more “accepted” life.
Phil Robertson believes turning to Jesus will help homosexuals rid themselves of their sins.
“Jesus will take sins away, if you’re a homosexual he’ll take it away, if you’re an adulterer, if you’re a liar, what’s the difference? If we lose our morality, we lose our country.”
But many homosexuals Robertson is referring to already have Jesus in their lives. As far as morality goes, it is more about acceptance and loving people for who they are that makes “our country” stronger opposed to weakening it as Robertson suggests.
As far as “Duck Dynasty”, A&E intends to keep Robertson on air when new episodes begin airing on Jan. 15.