‘Duck Dynasty’ Patriarch Phil Robertson Talks Killing ISIS

By: Kimberly Ripley - September 3, 2014

Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson told Fox News during a recent interview that the only two ways to respond to ISIS are to “convert them or kill them.”

It was while talking with Sean Hannity that the Duck Dynasty star made his remarks as the two talked about the brutal tactics ISIS is using, including demanding that communities convert to Islam or die.

“In this case, you either have to convert them, which I think would be next to impossible,” Robertson told Hannity. “I’m just saying convert them or kill them — one or the other.”

The Duck Dynasty patriarch added that he’d much prefer converting them to Christianity–participating in a Bible study with the members of the militant group so he could “show them the errors of their ways.”

Phil Robertson added that he wouldn’t hesitate to kill the ISIS militants if engaged in a gun fight with its members.

Anyone who follows Duck Dynasty and the Duck Commander crew knows this isn’t the first time Phil Robertson has been outspoken about controversial matters. It was back in December when he made blatantly homophobic comments during an interview with GQ magazine that was published in their January issue. In fact, A&E temporarily suspended Duck Dynasty for a while following his remarks.

Phil Robertson appeared in a Good Morning America interview on Tuesday saying “I don’t hate anybody,” with regard to those homophobic comments.

The Duck Dynasty star appeared on GMA in an effort to promote his new book, unPHILtered: The Way I See It, that went on sale Tuesday.

Do you suppose Phil Robertson’s comments about killing or converting members of ISIS will spark the kind of controversy that his comments about gays did? Or do you think people will simply disregard what he said, since he now has a reputation for ‘spouting off?’

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  • Pappy_Joe

    Isn’t that the tactics that ISIS is using over there. They either convert their captives or they kill them. Robertson is basically just saying we have to fight by the same rules that our enemy is using.

    • Deborah Allen

      There is no such thing as forced conversion, at best they would agree and then once released come back angrier and more dangerous. Also do you think that Freedom of religion is limited to people living in the U.S.? Are you suggesting that if those living outside of our country commit atrocities we should set aside our own ethics, morality and humanity and become like them?

  • David

    They’re either “with us, or against us”…..THEY can pick!!

  • Robert Moretti

    The “author” of this “article” writes: “Phil Robertson talks killing ISIS”. Then refers to his comments as “controversial”. What controversial about his comments? He’s only talking about killing ISIS; Obama is actually doing it. Is that controversial?

    • Deborah Allen

      He says they should be killed if they do not convert to Christianity. That is the controversy.

  • Helen Kenney

    Explain to me the difference between saying “convert to Islam or die” and “convert to Christianity or die” I’m against ANY group who says, my way or death.

    • katie askins

      The difference is no one is gonna kill you if you dont convert to Christianity. Please get real and understand the message and not focus on just the words. It is easy to see he would like them to change there behavior. He also states “he doubts they will change” so knowing that we need to take stronger actions against them and prepare for a fight. At that point it’s obvious it has nothing to do with religion. So don’t twist the words to what they were never intended to be.

      • Deborah Allen

        There are a number of groups that believe non-Christians should be killed. Are you so naive you don’t think there are people in the military who joined just so they could go to the middle east and kill Muslims? Just because Christian extremists find a legal way to accomplish their goal, doesn’t mean that they aren’t killing non-believers. Extremists of any kind are dangerous, unstable and violent.

        • katie askins

          lol are you so naive to think we join the military to kill muslims because of religion?? I was in the armed forces and i wanted to kill them because of what they have done to us NOT because of what they believed. actions speak louder than words. i could care less if they believed we all should be dead. but once they act on that belief is different. So before you speak about the military please know what your talking about. All through the bible you must love your neighbor and so on. But once someone harms your family or friends you need to react. Obv prayer wouldn’t do anything. its ok to believe it will. All his message states is they will not change and we need to take care of the situation before they kill more innocent people. its ok i can see you still be in santa also. so when i see him i’ll tell him to come visit 😉 BTW i would bet your an atheist 😉

          • Deborah Allen

            My grandfather served in WWII, my dad Korea, my brother Vietnam, my son was part of the first wave in Iraq, all of them said the same thing, most of the men and women they served with were there to defend their country, they also said that there were others who were only there to kill japs, krouts, gooks and towel heads, as those few referred to them. And it is a religious war started by some who hide behind Islam as a excuse. Responding in kind makes us as bad or worse than they are. So saying convert them or kill them is just ignorant prejudice. Again not everyone is an extremist, but those who are, are dangerous, unstable and violent.

  • Blake

    Well if he talks about killing people we as a society agree with majority wise it’s fine. But if he says based on his religion you may go to hell because you’re gay the world stopped for 15 minutes. I don’t have the answers on that, but is is Phil Robertson who is backwards or is it society? Because I do know it clearly says DO NOT KILL, and there is no follow up to that saying “if they can’t be converted” and at the same time it does say homosexual activity is a sin. So when he reads scripture that is accurate our society throws away his freedom of religion and freedom of speech and marks him as a bad guy, but when he says what most people feel about terrorists and KILL THEM, we all cautiously agree. This is our society. Just for the record, I am 100% pro Phil, and 100% pro gay marriage/rights.

    • Guest

      The difference is no one is gonna kill you if you dont convert to
      Christianity. Please get real and understand the message and not focus
      on just the words. It is easy to see he would like them to change there
      behavior. He also states “he doubts they will change” so knowing that we
      need to take stronger actions against them and prepare for a fight. At
      that point it’s obvious it has nothing to do with religion.

      • Deborah Allen

        Seriously? There are a number of groups that believe non-Christians should be killed. Are you so naive you don’t think there are people in the military who joined just so they could go to the middle east and kill Muslims? Just because Christian extremists find a legal way to accomplish their goal, doesn’t mean that they aren’t killing non-believers. Extremists of any kind are dangerous, unstable and violent.

  • Rochelle Chavez

    Go Phil!

  • Deborah Allen

    Jihadist are extremists just as Westboro is. They do not represent the entire Muslim religion just as Westboro does not represent the entire Christian religion. No person or religion should demand that any or all other religions convert to any one religion. Robertson spews hate as vitriolic as that of Westboro does.

    • katie askins

      The difference is no one is gonna kill you if you don’t convert to
      Christianity. Please get real and understand the message and not focus
      on just the words. It is easy to see he would like them to change there
      behavior. He also states “he doubts they will change” so knowing that we
      need to take stronger actions against them and prepare for a fight. At
      that point it’s obvious it has nothing to do with religion.

      • Deborah Allen

        Really? There are a number of groups that believe non-Christians should be killed. Are you so naive you don’t think there are people in the military who joined just so they could go to the middle east and kill Muslims? Just because Christian extremists find a legal way to accomplish their goal, doesn’t mean that they aren’t killing non-believers. Extremists of any kind are dangerous, unstable and violent.