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Phil Robertson: A Modern John the Baptist?

    July 27, 2014
    Mike Tuttle
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Phil Robertson, star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, has been known to stir up a pot of trouble from time to time. Robertson is outspoken on his views, especially those that reflect his personal beliefs.

Back in January, Robertson caught all kinds of public flack for his statements in an interview with GQ where he held court on his views about homosexuals.

“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. 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.”

In the uproar that followed, America took sides. Robertson was suspended from his own show, but was reinstated within the month.

Now Phil Robertson’s son, Alan Robertson, a minister himself,–and the only unbearded one of the clan–recently compared Phil to another live-off-the-land muckraker from the Bible.

“[H]ow many people make their way out just to talk to my dad about the good news of Jesus Christ? And so he was a lot like John the Baptist. He is that guy … Now I’m often reminded when I tell people John the Baptist that he also lost his head, for speaking the truth, right? In a culture that really wasn’t prepared to hear truth,” said Robertson. “And yet, you know what, that doesn’t change my dad’s view at all. Prophets tend to not care about their public image, they tend to talk about judgment as if it’s real, and they speak what God gives them to speak. And that’s what my dad does.”

John the Baptist, best known for his role in the Bible in baptizing Jesus, was also known as a man who spoke out about the corruption of those in power in his day. According to the Biblical narrative, John made one too many incendiary statements about Herod the King and ended up in prison. Some time later, Herod had John beheaded on a request from his wife via their daughter.

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  • Mitchell joe Don

    Funny. Delusions of grandeur much?

    • emncaity

      Not sure what your point is here. What was the “grandeur” in being John the Baptist in the first place?

      Besides, Robertson’s son doesn’t say he is equal in status or historical/religious significance to JTB; he just makes a comparison based on several specific points, each of which is essentially true.

  • Jeff

    Truth is subjective.

    • Tracy

      Real Truth is not subjective, Truth is the same for all people for all times and for all circumstances. In other words, truth never changes!!!

    • emncaity

      Cool. I feel like what you said is false. Now what?

  • prinefan

    The myth of god and the scam of religion is a perfect fit for the worst of humanity.

    • Hildy_K

      Perhaps you don’t realize it, but you have a god, and it’s your ego. A personal relationship with Jesus Christ has nothing to do with organized religion.

      • David

        Let me ask you. How many times have you had a conversation with Jesus where he talked back?

        • Billy P

          Many my friend.

          • Whisky

            then you’re a psycho

          • duranie

            Whisky, lol, little kookoo in the head too perhaps.

            Humanity continues to amaze me with their stupidity..

          • eryche

            Whiskey, you’re just jealous because the voices talk to Billy P.

        • emncaity

          What a stupid question.

        • Hildy_K

          Once, through the Holy Spirit. Jesus left his message to all. You just do not want to receive the message.

  • eryche

    OMG that’s funny! People don’t make their way out to see Phil Robertson to talk about the good news of Jesus Christ. They make their way out to see him because he’s a reality TV “star”. Please.

    • chuck howard

      Sort of a televangelist with a gun?

      • eryche

        LMAO! Yes! That’s a bit scary isn’t it?

    • emncaity

      That’s amazing. How did you get that job checking each person’s self-report of why they wanted to “see” Phil Robertson, so that you know exactly zero people are there to hear him talk about his religion?

      • eryche

        Funny, but I just read my own post and I don’t see where I said “zero people” or “all people”, just people.

        • emncaity

          Funny, but I just read your post, and I see a clear indication that you believe “people” (generally) go to see Robertson only because he is a reality TV star, with zero evidence. If you’re more comfortable with the following revision of the question, feel free to answer: “How did you get that job checking each person’s self-report of why they wanted to ‘see’ Robertson, so that you know a clear preponderance of those people are there because of his reality-star status rather than his religion?”

          Here, I’ll even make it multiple-choice:

          A. I don’t actually know that or have any evidence to suggest it; I’m assuming it.

          B. I do have evidence to suggest it, as follows: ____________________________________ .

  • Daniel

    Alan’s description of his dad, Phil, isn’t too far off. A follower of Christ is a follower of Christ is a follower of Christ. Meaning anyone who’s willing and able to spread the Good News, is one of God’s people. And that is admirable, at least to me. Someone with such influence usually uses they’re fame for their own agenda. But Phil doesn’t care what he loses, or if he loses his money and fame. His life’s objective is to spread the Gospel no matter the costs! As a Christian myself, I can he has more kahunas than I do sometimes. Good job, Phil, Alan and the rest of the clan! Keep up the good work :)

    • David

      Is spreadin the good news comparing homosexuality to beastiality and preaching that marrying women prior to an age where they will understand the ramifications of their actions?

  • Natchez

    Amen, Daniel!!

  • Billy P

    John the Baptist a “muckraker”? Jesus said there has not been one born of woman greater than John the Baptist. Would not stand to close to the writer of this article.

  • Robert Moretti

    Phil is my hero

  • Guest

    here’s a truth: this redneck is an old ignorant bigot who thinks his religion entitles him to speak down on others who don’t agree with his backwards way of thinking

  • diane

    Pretty full of themselves, aren’t they?

  • chuck howard

    I had no idea that John the Baptist was an inbred, racist redneck from the swamps of Louisiana!

  • duranie

    Humanity continues to amaze me with their stupidity..Phil Robertson is no exception. A modern day moron is more like it.

  • skulldruggery

    if phil is a modern day john the baptist im jesus himself…..

  • commonsense

    Lets see one guy sticking his penis in another mans anus is natural? Did God need to put a sign on each asshole to say “For exit only” It seems like that it is what it is for.

  • rode

    John’s message to God’s people was simple and direct: repent and be baptized–pretty fair comparison for those who respect God.