Phil Robertson is promoting his new book, titled unPHILtered: The Way I See It. We already know a lot about how Phil Robertson sees things. We know that he is against gays and “sin”, in general. We know pretty specifically that he is perplexed at why someone might prefer anus over vagina. And we know that he doesn’t really care whether you like his viewpoints on these things or not. His show is doing just fine, even with a ratings dip.
Recently, Robertson appeared on Washington Watch with Tony Perkins. Perkins is head of the Family Research Council, a group with strong anti-gay positions.
“Do you think it’s a coincidence that all of these debilitating — and literally it can cause death — diseases follow that kind of conduct?” Robertson asked. “God says, ‘One woman, one man,’ and everybody says, ‘Oh, that’s old hat, that’s that old Bible stuff… Either it’s the wildest coincidence ever that horrible diseases follow immoral conduct, or, it’s God saying, ‘There’s a penalty for that kind of conduct.’ I’m leaning toward there’s a penalty toward it.’”
Of course, the notion that sexually transmitted diseases are a display of God’s wrath on gays is not a new position. Phil is just playing one of Pat Robertson’s oldies. If he really wants to get into the deep album cuts, he has to start saying tornadoes and earthquakes are because of the gays too.
But Robertson then says something that should be verifiable, but obviously is not. He said that heterosexual couples are “not going to get chlamydia, and gonorrhea, and syphilis, and AIDS”, that only gay people will.