Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson is not one to tone down his opinions or issue politically correct statements. Robertson was in a phone interview on Tony Perkins’ Christian-themed radio show on Tuesday and he didn’t hold back.
With no apparent concern over how he might offend the LGBT community or anyone suffering from debilitating diseases, the 68-year-old boldly attributed sexually transmitted diseases to immoral acts.
“God says, ‘One woman, one man,’ and everyone says, ‘Oh, that’s old hat, that’s that old Bible stuff,’” Robertson said. “But I’m thinking, well let’s see now. A clean guy — a disease-free guy and a disease-free woman — they marry and they keep their sex between the two of them. They’re not going to get chlamydia, and gonorrhea, and syphilis, and AIDS. It’s safe.”
“To me, 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,’” he added. “I’m leaning towards there’s a penalty toward it.”
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Last December, the Louisiana native caused outrage with his take on homosexuality in an interview with GQ. “Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men… 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.” GQ quoted Robertson.
He was also criticized for grouping homosexuals with terrorists: “We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus – whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”
A&E suspended Robertson from the TV series briefly due to these “offensive” statements, but was re-instated soon after, following petitions from his fans.
In his new book, unPHILtered, Robertson wrote about how his interview response was merely a Bible quote on sin in general. “…If he had asked me whether stealing is a sin, I’d have given him the same text. Same for slandering. We don’t say it’s worse than other ones,” and ended by saying he wasn’t passing judgment.