Why Phil Robertson is the Most Dangerous Man in America

philThe headline reads: “A&E declares war on ‘Duck Dynasty’s’ Christian values.”  It seems the patriarch of the Robertson family made some “offensive” comments in an interview with GQ Magazine.  Before we go any further, mull that over for a moment.  A camo-wearing, bearded, red-kneck duck hunter being interviewed in a magazine called “Gentlemen’s Quarterly”?  Is the world as we know it coming to an end.  I’d say it is, but I digress.

For the uninitiated, Duck Dynasty is the saga of the Robertson family of West Monroe, LA.  The patriarch of the family, Phil, invented a duck call that sounds very much like a real duck.  (Several ducks actually.)  This duck call has made the family and their company, Duck Commander, very successful.  Phil’s son Willy has parlayed the success of Duck Commander and the unique lifestyle of the family into quite an empire, including the hugely successful TV show.

In spite of their newfound wealth, the Robertson men continue to do the things that they’ve always done, primarily hunting and fishing and making duck calls. The hook is that these multimillionaires still look and dress like red necks (their words, not mine) and wear very long hair and beards..  It doesn’t hurt that each of the sons has married a beautiful “yuppy” woman.  There’s also the mom, Miss Kay, and Uncle Si, the family philosopher.  They are unabashedly Christian.  Phil is a reformed drunk and womanizer who found Jesus and doesn’t hesitate to talk and preach about it.  In fact, Phil and all of his sons are ordained ministers.  There’s the rub.

At the end of each show the family gathers around the dinner table and joins in prayer before the meal, something that must make the A & E executives cringe.  They’ve tried to get Phil and company to forego the end of the show prayer with no success.

So, here’s the deal.  Duck Dynasty is the most-watched cable reality show ever.  A & E (and the Robertsons) are making a ton of money.  Clearly the network is between a rock and a hard spot.  They love the money but they hate it that the family is so blatantly Christian.  Most of their attempts at censorship have failed.  They’ve gone so far as to “bleep” non-profane language just to give the impression that the family swears from time to time.  It just ain’t so and it’s a pretty cheesy trick to play on their biggest cash cow.  What to do?  What to do?

Now we’re back to the GQ interview.  The Interwebs have been going crazy today, both pro and con on Phil’s comments.  As usual, it’s obvious that the critics haven’t bothered to read the interview.  You should.

There are two basic things that have the anti-Christian crowd in an uproar.  First are his comments on homosexuality.  The writer asked him “What, in your mind, is sinful?”

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. 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. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

Notice carefully that he said “homosexual behavior”.  Phil is a fundamentalist Christian but his view is right in line with the Catholic position on the subject.  Hate the sin.  Love the sinner.  BTW, the quote is from 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10.  Look it up.  One interesting comment on another web site was that Phil doesn’t speak for all Christians.  Clearly he only speaks for those who believe the Bible.

He also said,

“We’re Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television.  You put in your article that the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and let’s get on with it, and everything will turn around.”

Really, Phil?  How does he get away with such hateful comments?

Another group that has it’s panties in a knot is the NAACP.  They say Phil is racist.  Here’s what he said about growing up in pre-civil-rights-era Louisiana.

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field…. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

Again, look at the words.  Where is he saying anything about being anti-black.  He’s reporting what he saw and what he lived.  I see no denial that there were racial problems in those days, just that they didn’t exist in his world.  I grew up in the 60s in an all-white suburb of Saint Louis.  The only African-Americans I ever came in contact with were bus drivers, cab drivers, an occasional waiter or a janitor.  Like Phil, the blacks that I knew were always extremely happy.  I’m sure they felt the effects of discrimination but I never saw it either.  In a letter to A & E, the NAACP wrote in part, “”As you may know, Phil attacked both African Americans and LGBT people in a recent GQ interview.  Sorry guys, nice try but it just isn’t true.  Just who is the “bigot” anyway?  Does the NAACP have a problem with white Christians?

So that’s the crux of the controversy.  A cable TV network that features such epic shows as Storage Wars , Storage Wars New York and Storage Wars Texas ( where people try to make money on the misfortune of others who can’t pay the rent on their storage lockers), Bonnie and Clyde (which glorifies ruthless bank robbers), Rodeo Girls (insert joke here), and several series on house flippers, gets in bed with a family of fundamentalist duck hunters and now they’re concerned about the message that the Robertsons are sending?  They should thank God (if they believed in Him) for sending them a show with some moral values.  But obviously these country bumpkins are too smart for them.  A & E can’t figure out why Americans love the Robertsons, they can’t make them go away because of their 17 MILLION viewers and the millions of dollars that they put in the till, and they can’t censor their show because we already know who they are.  That’s why 17 million of us watch.

I notice, too, that in spite of their issues with Phil, the A & E website still contains eight pages of Duck Dynasty merchandise including an $8,500 Duck Dynasty Segway and an $800.00 camo recliner chair.

So we get back to the original question:  Why is Phil Robertson the most dangerous man in America?  First of all, he’s a man of conviction.  He knows what he believes and he’s not afraid to say it.  This is a rare quality in America today and most sensible people will respect him for it even if they don’t agree with everything he says.

Second, he has God on his side.  His scripture quotes are accurate.  He and his family and company represent values that are fading away in our society.  Deep down I believe most of us wish we could return to the more simple life and that includes praise and worship of the One who gave us everything.  If God is for us, who can be against us?

Third, and most dangerous of all, he doesn’t care what you and I think.  He’s made his millions.  He and the family are set for life.  If the TV show goes away, he’ll just keep making duck calls, preaching the Gospel, and hunting his beloved acreage.  His devotion to God and family is real, born of a lifestyle that was full of sin.  He found Jesus and all he really wants is for us to find Him too.

And finally, at least for now, he has a big megaphone.  The TV show has given him a huge audience.  Thousands of people come to hear him and his sons preach the Gospel all over the country.  His church in West Monroe is full to overflowing every Sunday.  With or (hopefully) without the “Arts and Entertainment Network”, he will continue to be a force to be reckoned with.  The current controversy will just increase his fame and his influence.  A Facebook page, Bring Back Phil Robertson, started today, already has 638,000 “likes”.  The A & E page, which has been up for five years has 580,000 likes.  Imagine that!

What we need is more “dangerous” men and women like Phil Robertson in this world.

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359 Responses

  1. Thank you Mike Buckley for that article, we most certainly do need more Christians to stand up for God. Bless you.

    • Please refer to my comment on 12/22/2013 at 1344.

      • OK, we saw your comment. Had a little trouble understanding what you meant by it, but we saw it. If you are going to keep bringing peoples attention to something them please make sure that it can be understood. All i got was that he was not arrested for what he said. Yet you never mention any reason why he should be. Yes Dr. King and a few others where and that was wrong, but that time is over. Also i have no clue what the Stalin comment was about. So please next time you are so excited about a comment that you refer to it 10 times, make sure it makes sense first.

      • These verses are very important to any Christian Phil 2:9-11 this is where the power is not in us A&E can’t comprehend the name of (JESUS)
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      • I believe you are referring to your comment at 15:44, which means your numerous references to what you obviously believe are profoundly sagacious observations all point to the wrong time. Could it be that they point to wrong thinking as well? Let’s consider:

        You blithely assert that since Robertson was not arrested and jailed for his views (King and Mandela) or murdered (20 million under Stalin) his rights were not violated. Here you err in several ways.

        First of all, where is it defined that one must be arrested in order to suffer a violation of civil rights? Since you return to this them in your last sentence, this is something you apparently seriously believe, however absurd.

        Secondly, is Robertson complaining that his rights are violated? I may have overlooked it, but I haven’t found it. Most of what I read suggested that they are quite well-off, even if only considering their revenues from the series so far, to say nothing of residuals.

        More importantly, the controversy has little to do with civil rights, at least in politics and law for which King and Mandela fought and conversely, Stalin trampled. Here the arena is entertainment and culture, and any legal questions are resolved by reference to contract, not constitutional, law.

        So at issue is the content of Robertson’s comments and A&E’s response. No one contests Robertson’s right to hold them, or GQ’s right to publish them (or not). The only controversy is whether A&E should continue to produce “Duck Dynasty.”

        A&E is a commercial enterprise, and 14 million viewers is a significant audience for its product. Due to the tremendous (and free) publicity, they reasonably can expect a bump up in ratings and revenues. Absent anything really egregious, they will not cancel the show, no matter how much kerfuffle may ensue.

        So how egregious were his comments, anyway? As Drew Magary’s interview reported and Mike Buckley points out above, Robertson, for all his gruff humor, reflects the careful, principled distinctions Christianity makes between a person’s behavior and their eternal destiny, between those who unfortunately struggle with same-sex attraction and those who engage in those behaviors.

        Like you I’ve never watched Duck Dynasty, but I might in the future; either way, I don’t know of any risk of arrest. If you are avoiding watching because you fear arrest, what jurisdiction is making this threat? Are the black helicopters overhead?

        As for your final sentence, you owe your freedom more to God than you are apparently aware. The Founders of our great country were either Christian or greatly influenced by Christian thought, as many of our bedrock principles, such as the personal dignity of the individual flow from our Judeo-Christian heritage.

        The rights we take for granted in Western countries took centuries of time and much blood, sweat, & tears to develop, and arguably the best fruit of which is the U.S. Constitution. Many in the rest of the world still struggle with considerable oppression, while many in this country would silence those with whom they disagree.

        If you really value freedom, then no matter how much you may disagree you should celebrate the success of Duck Dynasty, which flouts the leftist Hollywood conventions to their great consternation. After all, in the process of exercising their rights to profess their beliefs without fear, Duck Dynasty is helping to preserve yours.

  2. Spot on Mike…I totally agree,thanks for putting my feelings into words,and may God continue to bless the robinsons

  3. Thank you so much for standing up and living the truth that this country was founded on. I agree and stand by your family for acknowledging God as the creator and the most important component of peace for our lives. I am so troubled about how sin has slowly creeped in to blind our society of what is true and righteous. We must stand firm on our beliefs to share the gospel because I know His return is approaching soon. My prayers are with you and your family .

  4. My family and i are behind you all the way…God Bless you and your family.!! i also want to thank A&E for showing their true colors..unless you are brought back under your own contitions A&E will be blocked from my T.V. MERRY CHRISTMAS..LOL

  5. A&E knew what Duck Dynasty stood for before they hired them but A&E clearly has no christian values and believed that once the Robertsons had money rolling in they would not compromise that by quoting scripture and what God says about sinA&E was wrong and im glad that they were.Robertson family im proud of you.Hold on to what you believe.

  6. AMEN!!!!!

  7. Great article. You nailed it good!

  8. I read this reply myself and have been maddened by the bastardization of it by the media.

    Christian America does need to start taking a stand on their beliefs. But on the other hand we have never in my memory (62) met with such hostility as we are beginning to experience.

    Jesus never pushed his teaching on anyone. He would simply start a discussion with a few and a crowd would gather. So I stand on my faith but never try to push anyone into my view point. That is called free (informed) choice. Which I respect. Jesus said educate, not convert.

    The time for Christians to fence set is rapidly coming to and end. We are going to have to do as Phil did, stand. The outcome is going to be what Phil is facing, on a much smaller scale.

    That his words we misquoted, read into and twisted does not surprise me. The love of money has taken over and man will stop at nothing to get it. The love of God is waning because it does not jive with the sinful nature of man. Gods word cannot be twisted to make sin okay. The lie that Lucifer told Eve is still the # 1 stumbling block for mankind today. That is, man is good and does not need the blood of Jesus to cover his sins. God sent Jesus to us as a sacrifice. Jesus message was ” you are forgiven,go and sin no more”. To do this we die daily in prayer for forgiveness.

    Phil merely quoted the Bible and his faith. But that twisted a lot of noses. I pray that the Robertsons will stand fast and not betray their faith for profit. I personally admire them for it.

  9. Bravo Mr. Robertson! State your views, but notice, you weren’t arrested and jailed for it. Therefore, your rights were not violated. Nelson Mandela was jailed for 27 years. Martin Luther King was jailed for his peaceful protests. It is believed that Joseph Stalin killed 20 million people for resisting his totalitarian regime. I’ve never watched Duck Dynasty, and probably never will, but I don’t anticipate being arrested for it. Thank “god” for that!

    • With the direction things are going, it’s just a matter of time. Don’t believe me if you don’t want to but our government wants to take away our freedoms one group at a time and GLAAD is just playing into their plans by silencing the largest group first.

    • It’s not that he was suspended. I’ve defended A&E’s decision. If they’re getting complaints, they are to listen to their consumers. Good on them. It’s the outcry that the first amendment shouldn’t apply to him by news outlets. It’s the outcry that the government should force him into “re-education” so he appreciates homosexuals more. It’s the way no one is talking about him saying he loves them, even though he doesn’t agree with them. While we aren’t there yet, it’s the beginning of that path, we’re very realistically on it, and if we don’t recognize that we’re heading down it, it won’t be long until there are legitimate rights being violated.

  10. Freedom of speech. He was asked a questionabd now you want to ccrucify him because you don’t agree! Sad day for A&E abd NAACP alway put their 2 cebts where it don’t belong.

    • Please refer to my comment on 12/22/2013 at 1344.

      • They won’t, Dennis… it doesn’t play into their Persecuted Christian Narrative.

      • First off Dennis Rowe your comment was at 3:44 not 13:44!! If you are meaning military time then it’s 15:44! Secondly, quit replying to everyone’s message with the same message with inaccuracies included!! Quit bringing up the past we are dealing with censorship in present day America. We are all well aware of what happened to Mr. King back in the days of segregation. The other two instances you included in your post didn’t even happen in this country which we are talking about here….FREEDOM of speech in this COUNTRY!!! Oh and it’s God (with a capital G)! God Bless!!

  11. Can not say it any better..You hit the nail on the head.God Bless & Merry Christmas.

  12. It is easier for a donkey to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into the kingdom of god.

    He does not have god on his side and if he does what a hateful god.

    • Lisa, though perhaps unknowingly, you tout a poverty theology that is as old as the hills: “Rich people are evil. Poor people are good.” It is inarguable that God most passionately cares for the poor and marginalized. But deeper study will show that the Bible is actually morally-neutral on the subject of money. The axiom of Jesus that you referenced was a figurative (and humorous) way of communicating how hard it is to love God while being rich. But the Scriptures make clear that it is the love of money, and not money itself, that corrupts (1 Timothy 6:10). It is, therefore, what you do with your assets that counts.

    • Actually, it’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. Matthew 19:24. This must be put into context with what was going on at the time. A rich man asked Jesus what good deed he must do to enter the kingdom of Heaven. Jesus told him to sell all of his possessions and give the money to the poor and then follow Him. Then the Bible says that the man went away sorrowful because he had many possessions. It isn’t inherently wrong to be wealthy….it becomes a spiritual issue if a person loves their physical possessions and money more than following God’s commandments. A person has to be willing to sacrifice everything in order to follow after God. I’m not sure what is meant by your comment Lisa Conner “He does not have God on his side and if he does what a hateful god.” Nothing could be further from the truth. God is full of love and mercy, after all, He gave his only son as a sacrifice for our sin. I can’t think of a greater love than that.

    • He’s not hateful. As Phil said, it’s a sin. There are a lot of sins. We’re to love through it. Phil admits to his own list of sins, and says we are still to love.

    • Camel, not donkey.

  13. Maybe, just maybe this is the leader that God thinks America needs.

  14. That is what I call REALITY TV! We need more Phil’s in the world. Maybe it wouldn’t be so screwed up! Wtg Phil. This is what real family is about!

  15. A fact that has come to light in another article is that a representative from A&E was there during the interview. Thank you Mr. Robertson for standing firm in your faith. (Just a side note Dennis Rowe save your fingers I read your comment already) Merry Christmas everyone and may God bless America.

  16. They were hoping to make the Robertson’s look stupid so the world could laugh at them, instead the world laughs with them and finds them endearing!

  17. Thanks for the clarity. He has a large backing behind him including me and my family and our extended families. We were watching the show all the time but won’t now that A&E took their stance. I hope their show finds another home or A&E brings him back. God Bless the Robertsons and God Bless America!

    • I just think Ppl Need To Respect Others Ppl And Live there lives By what They Say They believe, Cuz when It Comes Down To The Bible And Politics Everyone Have There Own Believes So Why Get Mad About Something Someone Else Said, That’s Why It Call Freedom Of Speech, It’s All About RESPECT!

    • oh the robertsons are totally blessed financially..they don’t even have to be on the show..they can totally retire actually and just live off their land..

      • I have deleted the other nine comments from kerry. They were just more of the same. I will say again, READ THE ORIGINAL INTERVIEW. Most of what folks are objecting to was never said by Mr. Robinson, but rather by critics paraphrasing what he said. He didn’t condemn homosexuals, just homosexual behavior, along with heterosexual sin as well. While I appreciate anyone taking so much interest in my humble blog that they are compelled to post sixteen comments, kerry and I both have better things to do with our time. Happy Easter!

  18. FINALLY!!! A response to this topic I can agree with 100%.
    God bless, Merry Christmas & a Happy, Happy, Happy New Year!!

  19. Phil is stating his opinion. Which is what A&E is opposing and everyone is objecting to. People should be allowed to voice their opinion and not be condemned for it. Sure they like the money but the minute something controversial comes up the bolt. Look at what happen to Paula Dean, yes she used a racial slur but who has not retired in their life. You also need to look at the time when she grew up and used that type if language. Sad that networks can cause so much attention to certain speech and then look for a way out.

    • Phil is stating how he believes about homosexuals..that is his right but what about all the other verses in the bible about heterosexuals..why did he leave those out..because it’s also his right to..just like it’s any bible person’s right to just focus on homosexuality and post verses and keep the focus on that..and that only…

  20. Very nicely worded. Thank you.

  21. The NAACP also fails to mention in their complaint that Phil has a bi-racial grandson. They didn’t have much of a bone to chew. I love the Robertsons. I love how they stand together and stand up for their beliefs. If your going to believe some of the Bible you have to believe all.

  22. amen this sums it up perfectly. WE NEED MORE PEOPLE LIKE PHIL ROBERTSON AND HIS FMILY.

  23. To Dennis Rowe, I cannot comment on Nelson Mandela other than to say he was treated abhorantly and terribly, but I do not know the laws surrounding his imprisonment, if there were any they were ridiculous and obviously it wasn’t in America. Joseph Stalin was a tyrant again not in America. Martin Luther King Jr was in America, he fought for equal rights, free speech, he was not on a mission for black people! He was on a mission for equality of all people! So that Phil Robertson can say whatever he wants because it’s his right! So you can’t spit your nonsense because it’s your right! And so I can blow up your nonsense and make you look like a fool! If you have anything to respond to me, my response will always be SEE THIS POST! I am so tired of everything being made a race or gender or sexual preference issue! Just live and let live!

  24. I thought this was credible until the God speech.

  25. I just want to know one thing, did the NAACP actually read the article before stating that Phil attacked ‘African Americans and the LGBT community’?????? Because if you had, you would realize how asinine that comment actually is.

  26. I’m a Protestant, and I love what you have said here. So accurate and well said. Thank you, and bless you.

  27. Very well written… awesome article and so so so true… It is so scary to see the world turning into a huge anti-Christ that is eating itself alive. A&E, Lifetime, and any other network they own will NOT be watched in my home again… as a matter of fact, I’ve been watching for networks that are showing Christmas movies and sadly they are few and far apart… Disney and Starz are … Starz even has a Christmas list of movies on their demand. Nothing on HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Encore, Epics, or TMC…. very sad.
    People just need to start watching who they are making rich … I know I am starting to leave my tv off more often nowadays because of it.

  28. I’m happy that Phil’s turning to Christianity has ended his drinking, womanizing and the disrespecting of his family. I’m also all for the family’s beliefs that holds them together. I agree that Phil was completely within his rights to speak his mind as well. However, what a lot of folks are forgetting, is that the network is also free to decide who they want working for them. Phil is an educated man. I don’t believe that in this day-in-age, that he wouldn’t know that his views would cause this level of controversy. Knowing that, he made the decision to voice his views publicly anyway. Well, his decision has consequences. The network is now deciding whether or not they want to have someone working for them that is willing to raise controversy.

    • I’m sorry the network is “between a rock and a hard place”, but what do you bet that the bottom line, all that money, will decide their answer. In the end?, Money and ratings generally decide that corporate America will do. I worked for the media, (radio), and I know what they will do to keep from paying unemployment benefits. They hung me out to dry. As far as Phil speaking his mind, everyone else certainly has. Many people lack the courage to speak up about their Christianity for fear of ridicule or a cold shoulder. Bravo, Phil! I have not seen the show, but I certainly will now. One more number for the ratings This has been needed for a long time.

  29. You nailed it and love the last statement ,,,What we need is more “dangerous” men and women like Phil Robertson in this world…AMEN TO THAT

    • for those who want more americans like phil robertson..then do the phil robertson..follow him and be like him..and please respect others don’t want to..

  30. Good Luck to the Entire Robertson family, love your show and hopefully we will be see you again, even if it’s on another channel, Merry Christmas to all of you, and we need more people like you on TV instead of all the other trash that’s on tv. You are a great Leader, I have learnt so much from your show, I loved every minute of it, if I had my choice I would watch it 7-24, I wish that you had your own station, You could sell products, gun cleaning, Miss Kay cooking and preach. Possibilities are endless, one of my favorite was when you took the berries off the tree and made jelly from it, wow! You really show us how to survive in the wild, thanks Mr Phil, young people know nothing about this .

  31. You have nailed it spot on! A & E has a tiger by the tail and doesn’t know what to do?

  32. This is the most well written article I’ve read on the issue. Thanks.

  33. Amen! Christians have been silent too long. I am convicted of what God’s Word says because I am filled with the Holy Spirit. Those who don’t believe the TRUTH of God’s Word are not filled with the Holy Spirit and thus have been decieved by the greatest deciever of all, satan. Sorry if that sounds heartless but it is the truth. You can’t understand the truths of God’s Word unless you have been filled with the Spirit. God’s Word says Christ came so that all would know. Christians believe that we were created for a relationshipwith God. We are to tell others that God so loved the world He sent His Son to die so that none would perish but have everlasting life. We are here to judge. But we have a respinsibikity to protect the Truths of God’s Word. There is no changing it ti fit your lifestyle. I have friends and family that are living a sinful lifestyle yet I love them. I do not agree with their lifestyle. I pray that they will be convicted and be able to see truth. All this is not to say I never sin. We all sin. However, I am not living a sinful lifestyle seperated from God and I am convicted when I do fail my God. A true Christian can not be filled with the Spirit and continue to live a sinful lifestyle because the Holy Spirit would convict them. God can not be a part of sin. So why if this is my belief, the way I see God’s Word is it wrong or offensive? Because we humans want to justify our sinful behavior. It is a lot easier to point a finger and blame someone else than take responsibility for our own actions. It is easier to say you are wrong than I am wrong. God forgives. Look at the crucifixtion. Jesus forgave the criminal beside him and welcomed him into heaven. Its all about God’s Grace!!!!

    • We are NOT here to judge

    • Linda..can you explain how someone can be seperated from a God who is all places at all times..? you say sin does that..well where does God go..? unless we can control where God is or isnt ..can we?
      or does our sin control God..and is more powerful than God and where God can and can not be?

  34. Loved this article. On a side note you mentioned that Robertson’s stance on homosexuality is in alignment with the Catholic Church. Sadly, according to statements from the newest Pope and the conclusions of the Third Vatican Council, the catholic church has changed its official position on that matter. In fact they appear to declare that God has changed His opinion as well. It might be nice if you wrote on this matter as I see it as of far greater concern world-wide than the Duck Dynasty controversy.

  35. Thank you for putting into words everything that I was thinking, so beautifully!

  36. Love the show and the Family . God bless u all

  37. It isn’t the Robertsons that A&E, other networks, or anti-Christians hate; they hate Jesus Christ.

  38. Please note. Its spelled redneck. One word no K thank you. Btw great article.

  39. I also found, almost word for word in the Book of Romans, chapter One starting at verse 26, what Phil was saying.

  40. The hatred for truth is not new in our world. Praise God for the Robertsons and Mike Buckley who do not fear truth haters. May God bless them continue using their powerful influence.

    • Nadine, thank you very much. I’m honored to be in the company of the Robertsons.
      Merry ChristmaS

    • The “truth” according to your bible? What about the “truth” in other religious texts. Or the “truth” in religions with no holy books?

  41. Like the article, well done. There is one point to correct, God is not on Phil’s side, rather Phil is on God’s side.

  42. This article really does nothing but show how ignorant many Christians are of the issues at hand. The real issue is not that Phil “took a stand” you can totally do that, but it is how. Comparing my friends in the LGBT community to terrorist and comparing the homosexual act to bestiality is beyond the pale. There are many Christian ministers who state there case more tactfully. Also the commentary you write about blacks in Jim Crow America is disturbing because it lacks any critical analysis. Blacks had to sing and be happy or get hanged. Seriously, you do not have to jump on some evangelical bandwagon, think for yourself. That is what truly “dangerous men” did – they thought for themselves.

    • good point Mark..about phil comparing the lgbt people to terrorist and homosexual act to beastiality..is that the love of God..to pick out a specific group of humans and do comparisons like that at or to them? are the heterosexuals such a trophy sector of society to be able to talk about the lgbt community of humans like that..without flinching and really beliving God is smiling on them for it?

  43. I respect all of your convictions and your right to vocalize your opinions.

    There are two points however I would like to bring up for observation and discussion. One is this. What Phil said about homosexual behavior, and linking it in the same category with adulterers, etc. and using 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10 as evidence to back up his words is a subjective opinion based on which Bible translation one uses, and how one chooses to translate two particular words which have proved by Bible scholars to be very ambiguous at best and whose true meaning has proved to be allusive for hundreds of years.. See this:

    http://www.wouldjesusdiscriminate.org/biblical_evidence/no_fems_no_fairies.html

    If you choose to speak of the translation which translates these words into ‘homosexual behavior,’ then that is your choice. But be aware there are many many people, including many Bible scholars for many generations, who believe those words mean something entirely different. They believe this with just as much conviction as Mr. Robertson believes it refers to two men who happen to love each other physically expressing their love.

    Secondly, let us keep in mind that Phil Robertson and his family work for A&E. The company is their boss. Of course Phil and his family can speak about anything they want, but while they are being paid by A&E, and under a contract which has stipulations regarding speaking out against controversial issues which may put A&E in a negative or controversial light with the public and their advertisers, they must be careful of how they represent the brand. They cannot just say anything they want if the want to keep their jobs. For instance, if I spoke publicly against the wishes of my company and put the entire company in PR jeopardy with my words as a representative of that company, I could potentially be fired as well. That’s just business. I understand that when I take the job. It doesn’t mean I’m changing any of my beliefs My company does not ask that of me. It simply means I understand and agree that any beliefs I have which don’t “jive” with my company I need to be respectful when addressing in a public forum. I do not think A&E is “anti-Christian” or anti-anything. They are simply holding up the terms of the contract. In my opinion, there’s nothing wrong with that. It seems only fair. For example: look at the Charlie Sheen situation with Two and a Half men. Fired. Tiger Woods with all his endorsement deals after his public womanizing. Fired. Lots of examples of celebrities who have in essence been “fired” from their “job” for not respecting their employer. I don’t believe A&E has any issue with his strong Christianity, it obviously appeals to a large demographic, it is a hugely successful show! But it was Phil’s choice how he chose his words. There is not a doubt in my mind he knew they would be controversial. He had a choice. He could have been a little more careful. He knew he was offending a large demographic. If Phil was a devout atheist and spouted off against Christianity, I believe A&E would have done the same thing. You can’t offend a huge section of an audience while publicly representing an entity which relies on advertising for its livelihood, regardless of what your opinion is.

    Just thought I would offer an alternative perspective. Food for Thought.

    Merry Christmas every one.

    • You said: “there are many many people, including many Bible scholars for many generations, who believe those words mean something entirely different.”

      I’ve studied this issue for decades and the trend toward revising the meaning of the passages you referred to, as well as the ones in Genesis and Leviticus, is a relatively recent phenomenon which was embarked upon by people with a single agenda–to undermine what the Bible clearly says about homosexuality. To claim that “many generations” have believed those words mean something different is to revise history.

      • Thank you for your perspective. I can appreciate your argument. You are obviously much more of a Bible scholar than I. Much more.

        However, I would find very odd if what you said was true. To assume that every single person who questioned the meaning of “those” two words was somehow trying to further the “homosexual agenda” with relation to the Bible would be highly unlikely and opinion at best. I would think common sense would dictate that the more likely perspective would be in favor of the “old school” translation remaining simply as an argument to be used to discredit and further demoralize homosexuals on account of it being one of the last pieces of evidence the fundamentalists have to try and make their argument make any kind of sense.

        I will however revise my previous statement to take into account your obvious thorough knowledge of when this new thought process began. I will redact “many generations.”

  44. A true Christian doesn’t ‘cherry pick’ the Bible. If Phil lives his life according to the Bible, he’d put more effort and his fortune into helping those who Jesus aligned with, the sick, the poor, the disabled, the sinners….. Matthew 19:24, Luke 18:25, Mark 10:25, 1 John 3:17, Matthew 19:17, Luke 3:10-11, and the list goes on. The Bible speaks more about this than the few snippets on homosexuality.

    • You’re assuming something that isn’t true. My understanding is that Phil and all the Robertsons are very generous to the poor, to children, and especially to their church.

      • DeidreS, Well said.

      • Well let’s see…Does he eat pork and shellfish? Does he think women who aren’t virgins when married should be executed? Does he have more than one of anything? Does he believe it’s ok to sell his children into slavery? The Bible is very clear on these points. My point is, ‘let those without sin, cast the first stone.’ He’s not a hero, he calls himself a Christian but doesn’t act very Christ-like. The Bible shouldn’t be a weapon to degrade God’s children, but a guide for living one’s life.

      • is it your understanding..or fact that phil is generous to the poor..because if the wealthy were really generous to the poor..why do we still have the poor..and please no bible verses ok.

      • I’d answer your question with a question. What have you done personally to eliminate poverty? If the Robertsons gave every single penny of their wealth to the poor, there would still be more left unserved.

        You said no Bible verses. OK. But there was a very smart guy once who said that the poor would always be with us. I believe that’s true.

    • GQ didn’t ask Phil about what charities he gives to, he was asked about homosexuality and he answered, therefore all the conversation is about those comments.

      You have no basis or proof for saying the Robertsons are giving. You don’t know how Phil is living his life so don’t judge.

    • Those who try to dismiss what the Bible says about homosexuality are cherry-picking the Bible as well. But my understanding is that the Robertsons do help the poor, etc.

      • At most, the Bible briefly mentions homosexuality 6 times and that depends on the version you use. However, being kind to others, not judging others and helping those in need are persistent themes in the Good Book. If as much effort was put into that as in standing by Phil, we wouldn’t have poverty.

  45. Amen

  46. Best post I’ve read on the subject, and I’ve read plenty! Thank you for pointing to the things that matter: the ETERNAL.

  47. Great read.

    If you go two paragraphs after the “sinful” section, you see Phil say, “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?”

    I just don’t see what Phil did wrong.

    • I’ll tell you what He did wrong!!! He spoke his mind which now days is totally, politically, incorrect. Due to the political police you can not I repeat you CAN NOT speak you mind if it is contrary to any minority, race, sub group or religion(other that your own) that may in any shape from or way to offend any damn idiot in the world. SHAME ON HIM for speaking his mind and or for him sharing his beliefs (from the word of GOD) HOW DARE HE ATTEMPT TO BE HIMSELF AND (GOD FORBID) SPREAD THE WORD OF GOD. ps he should have known better making a statement of that type while doing an interveiw with the GQ(GAY QUARTERLY )magizine

      • Many conservatives are claiming Christians are being persecuted when a crude reality TV performer gets suspended, but silent this very same week that gays are being given life in prison under a new law in Uganda (inspired by visiting American evangelicals). The “Anti-Homosexuality” law also gives 3 years in jail for any heterosexual who gives shelter, food, assistance of any kind to a gay person instead of immediately reporting him. The law requires parents to report their own child if they suspect he is gay or they face the jail time, too.

      • Two wrongs don’t make a right. What’s being done in Uganda is outrageous.

      • What he did wrong was obviously not read his contract. Let it be a lesson to people who don’t bother to read them. His own fault!

      • Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.

      • does the bible compare homosexuals to terrorists and beastiality?…and why did he just focus on homosexuals..why not what heterosexuals do all the time..?

      • Have you read the article? Apparently not. Here’s what Phil said when asked “What, in your mind, is sinful?” “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. 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. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

        He didn’t focus just on homosexuals. Besides, you and the other Robinson-haters can’t seem to get the distinction between sin and sinners.

    • Neither do I, MR RILEY, Sir. I have yet to watch the show. I am Catholic, and my belief is that this man has an absolute right to express the Christian views of himself and his “CLAN”, any way he/they desire. I still believe that after ALL is said and done folks, this is still “The land of the Free and the home of the Brave” where we, as legal citizens, still have the right of free speech and free choice of Religion, to speak our beliefs without retribution of any kind. The ABSOLUTE MINORITY (AND PLEASE GET THIS REALLY GOOD AND ABSOLUTELY UNDERSTAND THIS STATEMENT): THE MINORITIES, folks, THE MINORITIES, which INCLUDES SUCH PEOPLES AS THE: Atheists, Blacks, Hispanic, Liberals, Leftists, Islamists, HOMOSECTUALS (both Lesbian and Gays), AND OTHERS, like The A&E Network, as well as any other person or group that attempts to suppress America beliefs, freedoms, religions, and ALL that is RIGHT for US and OUR Country.

      A&E ENTERTAINEMENT MADE A MAJOR ERROR HERE BECAUSE OF THEIR INEPT WAY OF HANDLINE THE SITUATION. THE “DUCK FOLKS” HAVE ALEADY BEEN ACCEPTED BY OTHER NETWORKS. SO IT ENDS UP THAT ALL OF THOSE WHO DO NOT ACCEPT THESE FREEDOM BELIEFS, YOU ARE “FREE TO LEAVE ‘OUR COUNTARY’ NOW”. We will, of course, because we are Americans, wish you well in your future plans. Jack Spratt

    • What angered homosexuals is the use of the word “sin”. LGBT say they are made the way they are and so what they are doing isn’t sin. Who am I to say otherwise?? It’s not for me to judge “sin”. But I agree that Phil can say what he wants and so what about A&E. They aren’t worried about the truth, ever, just making money. As far as the NAACP and Sharpton. He is just looking for more attention for himself!! He doesn’t care about DD or Phil or anyone else for that matter..

  48. My wife’s grandfather used to work in the fields with black people when he was young, doing what ever they did, singing with them etc. He was a poor white man and the poor blacks and whites worked together.

    Before he died, he told us basically the same thing Phil said concerning his experience black people. There was no racism in those comments.

  49. I wish you and everyone who believes like you do would quit trying to take us back. No most Americans do not want to go back, we want to go forward. You just admitted that you just a backward thinker, we need leaders.

    • If going forward means accepting sin and not speaking out, then I want no part of it. Phil did not condemn homosexuals, he pointed out that homosexual acts are sinful. God created love between man and woman as a way to populate the world. Any sex act that can’t produce children is a perversion of God’s plan.

      • So you plan to be celibate once you, or your spouse, is past child bearing age? For most women this occurs around 40-50 years of age leaving a good 30 years to allow for “a perversion of God’s plan”. And heaven forbid that you or yours cannot bear children due to a medical condition.

      • What you’re referring to are natural events. Being past child bearing age is not a perversion of God’s plan, two men together is a willful violation.

      • So what you’re saying is that God couldn’t have possibly planned ahead to place a natural stop to overpopulation? 1500 of Gods species practice homosexuality.

      • Andrew, that’s crazy. There have been multiple scientific studies trying to determine if homosexuality occurs in nature (mostly to support claims that it is natural for some people). I have no argument with the fact that species have been found, particularly Bonobo monkeys that were the first found to practice bisexuality, but 1500 is just a plain lie. At last count only three species were found to practice some form of bisexuality and none that were truly homosexual otherwise there wouldn’t be any of that species around.

      • Matt, by comparing homosexuals to monkeys you are in danger of losing your cable show. Be careful.

      • Here’s one article to support my statement. I wasn’t just pulling a number out of thin air. http://www.news-medical.net/news/2006/10/23/20718.aspx

    • I find it so interesting when ignorant liberals try to say they think they know what “most of Americans” want. YOU’RE WRONG.. the boycotts and outcry is evidence of this… Take us back.. PLEEEEEEEEEASE you’re trying to take us “forward” off the cliff..

    • Was a wise man that said, when its all said and done it will all be said and done ,then your eyes will be open and you will see what a wise man Phil is.

    • Ms. Ellis, He is not trying to re-live the past, he is trying to remind us that GOD is the most important person in our lives. This country was founded on Christian principles and we are a Christian Nation. Many Americans have turned their backs on the Lord because if they don’t they will feel guilty about sins committed by everyone everyday.Ms. Ellis he was commenting on satanical remarks that he was a racist and he explained the actions in his life to answer that accusation.

    • Yahhhh Phil is a leader, and he is going to take a lot of people backwards where we all belong… where we had , morals and values… Thanks Phil for standing up for your belief, cause if you don’t stand up for what you believe, than you will believe anything anyone tells you.. Shame on you A & E…Figure this… we only use so little percent of our brain capacity , “WHY” because we forgot where we came from, maybe its time that we let someone help the world remember and help take us back to where we really came from and that’s walking back to GOD….. Isn’t this what GOD wants of us…. for his sheep’s to come home….Call me “OLD SCHOOL” all you want and i’m staying there in the old school with all the morals and values and not in the new school where all the drugs and guns infiltrate the school system by people that have no morals or values….GO PHIL GO…..If you opened a can of beans and ate it, would you know which bean made you fart, well A & E you opened that can and one bean farted and all the other beans are of the same kind and were all farting and making a big stink about this to make the world open their eyes and nose and become receptive of what we CHRISTStians stand for…..” WE STAND FOR GOD “…….

  50. What an excellent article. It says what the majority of America thinks. And bottom line, we DO need more men like Phil, a man of conviction who is not afraid to thank God for his blessings. How refreshing to have a family that hasn’t caved in to the nonsense of political correctness – the evil that is attempting to destroy our nation. America stands behind Phil and the Duck Dynasty Family 100%!

  51. I am with Phil. I believe if I am correct, the second book in the Old Testament begins speaking about homosexual “behavior” and in the 1st Chapter of Romans it is very explicit about how God feels toward the sin.
    As for the NAACP they simply like to jump on the band wagon and exercise their power. As a child I was taught by Christian parents that God created us in His image regardless of color…I believe Phil accepts that Scripture as I do. NAACP is a bigoted group who here of late seems to encourage racism among the blacks and whites…listen to Al and Jessie rant.
    I am a white woman who happens by the Grace of God to be a Christian. I have a wonderful Christian husband who is very active in our church and everyone loves him; though he is the only black man in the congregation; he also stands with Phil and sees nothing wrong with the comments Phil made. He is also against the NAACP and the Black Caucus (Chocolate Clan)…so that makes him racist? Uncle Tom etc.
    As Christians we believe right is right and wrong is wrong and in this case Phil is absolutely correct.

    • Amen, and again I say ‘Amen’!

    • Not trying to offend you because im a man who was raised southern baptist, but please do not quote the old testament when it comes to this topic. The old testament is not our book, it’s the Jewish (Hebrew) book. Feel free to quote any scripture in the new Testament but if you want to quote the Old Testament and take it literally please look up Exodus 21:7, Exodus 35:2, Leviticus 11:7 and Leviticus 25: 44-46 follow them as well.

  52. excellent article. although you forgot to include where Phil was speaking of homosexuals/homosexuality that he does not judge anyone, he loves everyone and prays for everyone–judging is the Almighty’s job. that is something every media outlet fails to include to further this racist bigot angle by GLAAD and NAACP. this country needs more people like the Robertsons, we would be much better off!

  53. anti Christ needs to fear CHRIST. I pray that more people will stand up to anti-Christ and scream WE LIVE FOR GOD, WE LOVE GOD, and GOD is our HEAVENLY FATHER. Without him we are nothing, with him we are everything.

  54. Except in that the Bible verse that Phil is quoting, it’s referring to the young boys being kept as prostitutes and the sodomites are the older men engaged in sexual activities with those young boys.

    It’s condemning older men engaged in sexual activities with young boys, not a consenting relationship between two adults. So sorry folks, you’ll have to point to another verse to justify judging gay people. Most “anti-gay” verses in the Bible are based on cultural norms at the time, not anything that God or Jesus has said directly.

    Then again, the Bible also says that slavery is a natural human condition and people used that as justification to enslave others in America for well over a century, so if we’re going to get literal with what we should follow, we better get the chains ready.

    But what does the Bible say about judging others?

    “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” – Matthew 7:1-5

    I was taught as a Christian growing up to take that to heart. It’s not our place to tell others that they’re sinners because we sin each and every day. Unless someone is sinning against you, then it’s not your place to condemn them.

    • I completely agree with your scriptures you quote hear but most people that are upset with this agenda is that it does take away our rights to speak like Phil did and there were you have to draw the line in the sand. If people like Phil didn’t lose their job over what they said then I would have no issue with what you are saying. I will also add one more thing, people that live in the Gay lifestyle live in known sin without repentance that is a big difference in God’s eyes. When I sin (and I do daily) I seek God’s forgiveness and try my hardest to get better at it. If I lived a Gay lifestyle and knew each day I was doing it and didn’t try to do what the Bible calls me to do, then these scriptures you use hear would not apply. I hope you can understand what I’m saying but if not I pray one day you will. Merry Christmas

    • That is an ignorant statement. So even if you were having consensual sexual activities between 2 adults, it would still be adultery. Adultery is very clearly described as a sin.

    • Your use of “judge not” is incorrect. See, we as Christians do not need to judge whether or not something is a sin. GOD has already judged it. HE is the one who says something is right or wrong, not us. So, how can one say murder, stealing, etc are wrong? Because GOD has judged it to be wrong. Me saying so is only mentioning GOD’s judgement, not my own.
      We are not to judge the condition of one’s heart, because we can never know the condition of someone else’s heart. We can also not judge acts that GOD has not already judged. Further, the context of those verses points to people who are being hypocrites. (Get the beam out of your own eye first…. Why? So you can see clearly to help your brother get rid of the speck in their eye.)
      Also, if you read that chapter in Matthew further, CHRIST tells us to beware of false prophets – and that we will know they are false prophets by their fruit… their actions. We are to look at a persons actions and judge whether or not to follow those people in relation to their actions.

    • Here you go again. You will try and tell us what the bible “really” means and we are wrong for believing what it says. You can’t change the bible to justify your sins. You will not find it in the bible where it says it is okay to be gay. Give it up already.

      • I’d just add that the Bible doesn’t say it’s wrong to be gay either. God created all of us, including our faults. What the Bible does say is that it’s a sin to perform homosexual acts. That’s also what Phil said.

      • You know it’s awful funny that you worded it like that. Last I checked most Christians tend to pick and choose which verses in the Bible apply to them, and every church interprets the scriptures differently. You can’t change the Bible to justify your sins either. So no more mixed fabrics, no shellfish, no Christmas trees, no sex before marriage, no divorce, no pork…..and that’s as far as I’m going because it would be an awfully long list.

    • How’s this?

      Romans 1:26-27
      26For this reason God gave them up to degrading passions. Their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, 27and in the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error. (NRSV)

      1 Timothy 1:8-10
      8Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it legitimately. 9This means understanding that the law is laid down not for the innocent but for the lawless and disobedient, for the godless and sinful, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their father or mother, for murderers, 10fornicators, sodomites, slave traders, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching (NRSV)

      I empathize with my gay brothers and sisters. This is a tricky subject. I have a friend who is gay, I haven’t had much luck with him. And, we really don’t talk much about it. He has turned his back on Christianity due to this and I worry for his soul. I try to not be “preachy” towards him, instead asking him to search for God in his life. We are all fallen with sin and require forgiveness for our sins. However, is it more loving to shut up and let our fellow children of God perish due to their sin? Or to speak out and pray for those of us who are willingly turning their face from God and hopefully saving their souls?

  55. I hate the tone of this article. Why are we Christians pitting ourselves against those we’ve been commanded to bring into relationship with Jesus? This deviciveness, this us vs them stuff as to end! Why are we so eager to cling to 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 but we forget or ignore James 3 which speaks to the value of the wise and unjudging tongue. Or take Paul’s words only a chapter later in 1 Corinthians 5 “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?”.

    You mention above that Phil doesn’t care what you or I think, which may be true, but as someone who I would consider a leader in the church (he certainly seems to have a following) we should all care what those outside of the church think of him according to 1 Timothy 3:7 “Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil’s trap.”

    It matters how we are perceived by the world. It matters how they receive our message (particularly when it is said in a well subscribed magazine). And the more we treat those outside of the church as our enemies the further we move ourselves away from having and permission in their lives to introduce them to Jesus. This is why Jesus and Paul were so adamant about us being peacemakers.

    For instance, Phil grouped homosexuals, drunkards, and terrorists together and saw no reason some my be offended by that. But for a person outside the church, particularly a homosexual, you are immediately coupling them with things that are universally and morally rejected. It’s an us-them list.

    And yes, it may be that their hearing of our words are sometimes uncharitable and unjust, but I’m sick of us Christian lamenting how unfair it is that we can’t speak uncensored truth without backlash. We don’t live in a Christian world. And frankly, a lot of really cruel and evil things have been said and done to homosexuals in the name of Christianity. And every time another one of these things happens and Christians flood to defend the words of a fellow Christian despite the fact that they were uncharitable and unwise at best, we are pushing the unchurched farther and farther away from us. It doesn’t matter if they start it. It doesn’t matter if we are right. You want to bring America back to Jesus? How many unchurched people will you bring with you to the pew this week? How many poor will you feed, sick will you heal, naked will you clothe and hurting will you come along side? Where the street corner prophets failed, Jesus succeeded.

    • Beautifully put ikiddikidd. Thank you.

    • Andrew and ikiddikidd: You condemn Phil for opinions you ascribe to him but that he never expressed. Be more like Phil. He never speaks badly of any sinner. He is against the sin but loves the sinner. He never judges anyone. He tries to turn people away from sin but leaves the judging to God.

  56. DD is Bigger than A&E, reason is they live by The Bible and follow GOD! A&E needs to learn something for the families of DD.

  57. Totally agree. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

  58. Phil is correct. The media blows this out of porportion. Also the family is not materialistic. They dont need your money. They have love. A&E may learn a lesson. Another network would pick up Duck Commander and allow them to promote christanity and have huge ratings. Telivision is so dirty now. Duck Commander and football are the only things not promoting sex and sin.
    I also grew up in south Louisana with blacks. I worked on the farm and lived in the city. I never saw a black treated any different from whites. There may be an isolated cases where whites or blackes were mistreated but we worked side by side and were happy, happy, happy.
    Love God and love your neighbor. Everything will be fine.

    • I just love it when a white person says that they never saw any racism, so obviously it wasn’t much of a problem. You’ll get a very different version if you ask a black person who grew up in the south at that time. As a white person, obviously you were not subject to mistreatment by racist whites, and living in a world of privilege, you probably didn’t see the myriad ways in which black people were slighted and discriminated against, to say nothing of Jim Crow laws, lynchings, burning of churches, etc.

      • Personally I grew up in an all white suburb and, like Phil, I didn’t personally witness any African American persecution. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t aware of. I was. But I had no personal experience of it which is what Phil said. I’ve never seen Mount Everest but I know it exists based on other people’s testimony.

  59. Lost people are gonna act like lost people Bc they are lost! They will not see the truth until the truth is in their heart so we can’t expect them to see where they are wrong Bc in their eyes, we are wrong! I hope that Christians will get in such and uproar about this that lives are changed and then GOD gets the glory for all of this! Love the sinner, hate the sin! Don’t become complacent with society and the lifestyles that are contrary to our Bible (drunks, abusers of anything/anybody, liars, thieves) stand your ground but at the same time love them and show Gods love! I believe if we do this, more will come to HIM! So you go, Phil!! Although I would’ve said things a little different (difference in where/when you were born) you are absolutely right! I pray protection on your family and thank you for standing up for Christ in such a bold and public forum! I pray more of us can be like you!!!

  60. this is great love how you all also are not afraid to tick people off with the truth of God’s word we need more of this. May God bless both you and Phil for your courage!

  61. Extremely well put… I couldn’t agree more!!!

  62. It interest me that whenever ANYBODY disagrees with a person of special interest, they are immediately classified as being a bigot, full of hate, or ignorant. Fact is, most people don’t agree with everything, all the time, and the question remains: People in these special interest groups often disagree with others yet are the ones that are quick to make an issue out of the situation.

    What does this say about them?

    Well, it’s not hatred, its a matter of belief. How can these people expect others to subscribe and support their beliefs if they are not willing to equally support others. Isn’t that what equality is?

    Or will would they rather things be unequal whereas they or others living their lifestyle are the only ones with rights?

    How would they feel if a group of Strait Christian Men or Women demanded that they lose their jobs for posting a video, comment or otherwise expressing their beliefs or thoughts in support of Gays and Lesbians? Would this then be an issue of civil rights violations or would it simply be an issue of ignorance and hatred?

    Here’s a question for our Gay and Lesbian Leaders: Why can’t you encourage Gays and Lesbians to be tolerant of other people’s views just as THEY (gays and lesbians) want others to be tolerant of their views?

    http://angryhillbilly.com/category/gay-rights-2/

    • And what about that special interest group “Christians”? Every time someone tries to uphold the constitution and have religious symbols or bible quotes taken out of public spaces and government entities, a very vocal segment of the Christian community moans about the attack on Christian values or the “war on christmas”.

  63. I stand with Phil, A& E can kiss it. Don’t even turn to that channel any more

  64. Better change that to over 1 million likes on FB for “Bring Back Phil Robertson”

    This article spells it out perfectly, that you for posting it!

  65. Amen and Amen and Amen! We should all be as brave to speak up for what we believe. He is sooooo right. Our country and our world would be a lot better place if we all turned to God and lived by the Bible. This is the guidebook to happiness.

    • And what about those who were born into other religions? They might say the same thing to you, that if you just followed their holy book, all would be well. What gives you the right to say that your religion is right and all others are wrong?

  66. this is the best article so far . people take what they want and run with to start drama . its sad to say the least. people need to grow up and stop the drama

  67. Amen to your article. I think Phil and his family are here to Open a whole bunch of eyes and pray it happens quickly. TV is just about worthless these days. You can’t even watch the un-biased news without cursing and some rude comment or another.

  68. Seems you left out the most offensive part, his degrading, unloving and disrespectful version of his views on gays and gay sex.

    How convenient for your argument.

    • Sorry, I did nothing of the kind. Reread the post.

    • You’re still not getting it, are you? You poor thing. Go take a nap and then read his interview yet again. People like you are exhausting.

      • How how how many times must it be pointed out that he did NOT say anything offensive. Phil was trying to explain scripture to you morons.

      • Here I thought the morons were the people who don’t understand scripture because they’re using a bad translation. Please go look up what the Greek word arsenokoitai actually means and get back to us. I’ll give you a hint…any half decent self-respecting minister or scholar wouldn’t translate it as “homosexual”.

  69. My family & I are 100% behind Phil Robertson & his family! This old world would be better off if there were more people in it that stood up for Christian’s instead of putting us down! We will win in the end of time.

  70. 1 Peter 4:12-14 “, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon.”

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  71. Maybe the reason phil and duck commander is because thier are alot more people. Than the big tv execs realized and we are tired, i enjoy the show because its good tv ,would rather watch a duck dynasty rerun than the other crap.
    Thanks phil

  72. I would like to point out that the family was al yuppies 12 years ago while making millions. They did some magazines back when they were clean shaven and hangin on the beach and golfing (while still hunting too). They grew the beards to prove a point about judging books by it’s cover and it worked in reverse where they are now judged as rednecks based on appearance and it got them a reality show. A reverse Beverly hillbillies. Only thing genuine before and after the beards is their faith. That never changed and won’t change.

    • Really, did you know them personally? I think not and they were never yuppies. We don’t have yuppies around here, so if you don’t know them don’t comment on who they were or are.

  73. I just read this post and really like the part about conviction. I just finished up two articles on having conviction like Phil Robertson http://www.wolfandiron.com/how-to-be-a-man-of-conviction-like-phil-robertson-part-1/

  74. Reblogged this on A Hurley Point of View and commented:
    God bless this man. I know I have had my say on this. That it seems like this is already simmering down. But i am glad someone has pointed this out.

  75. All I can say is “AMEN” for Phil Robertson!

  76. Most dangerous man? Dream on lol.

    Who makes up these fairy tales? Saying that where there is Jesus there isn’t violence? Did Phil forget about the 100,000 people tortured and murdered by Christians because they thought they were witches?

    The genocide of native Americans when we conquered America?

    The million dead Iraqi citizens from our little war over nonexistent WMDs?

    Name one single group of people responsible for more violent deaths in the 21st century than the “Christian” Republicans…. name just one.

    • Anti-Christians. There were more Christians martyred in the 20th century than in the first 19 centuries combined.

  77. Thanks brother for your conviction to Christ our Lord!!

  78. Thank you. This was a great article

  79. “It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus.” How about that quote? I thought that was pretty unnecessary. I’m against punishing someone for voicing their opinions, but I’m even more against two sides that refuse to tell the whole truth, just to make their biased point. I feel he has every right to say whatever he wants, but I also feel that gays have every right to get upset over what he said, especially when you’re criticizing their sexuality just because he happens to not be into what gay guys are attracted to. I wonder what kinky fetishes that Phil has that others would think were nasty although he can’t help what gets him turned on, just like gays can’t help being gay (and if you believe it’s a choice, let me ask you this, men: could you ever FORCE yourself to want to have sex with a man?). Phil shouldn’t have been punished for his comments, but gays shouldn’t be criticized for being offended. Simple as that. I’m sick of seeing one side against the other, each one ignoring the wrong that comes from its side and only focusing on the wrong that comes from the other.

    Quote from: http://www.gq.com/entertainment/television/201401/duck-dynasty-phil-robertson#ixzz2oMFQdEO5

  80. It is true that he doesn’t speak for all Christians and only the Bible believing Christian; not all who claims to be Christian believe in the Bible… There are what we call Socialist Christian who rather have their own views.

  81. Everyone is in such an uproar about Phil Robertson and his GQ interview and the excerpts that each group is trying to use to their own benefits and promote their own causes. I wonder how much uproar there would have been if PAT Robertson (700 Club) had done the same interview and quoted the same scriptures and gave the same opinions based on those same exact scriptures. Would all these groups be trying to shut him up or shun him or bleep him on his broadcasts? Sorry if his freedom of expression has stepped on some toes and exposed some truths that groups don’t like being brought to the light, but I personally feel that society has grown to be too permissive in it’s tolerance today. I’m sure there are a lot of groups that have been celebrating liberties they’ve recently been enjoying because of the relaxing of tolerances of society, but has it really improved society? Phil and his family and their convictions have brought light to this and have made many feel uncomfortable. To that I say Oh Well, Sorry About That.

  82. “Black’s were happier back on the plantation, now they’re all welfare queens.”

    Racism? What racism?

  83. You left the most offensive part of the interview when he goes into graphic detail about the differences in being attracted to an anus vs a vagina! I’m a Christian and a Duck Dynasty fan but I found his words egocentric, provocative, and hurtful (none of which are Christlike at all). I love the family and I really don’t believe A&E has a problem with them praying, that isn’t hurting anyone. There’s a difference in living God’s word and judging others.

  84. God said it Phil just repeated it ! Try condemning God …. To no avail! Gods word still stands no matter who does not like it !, Go Phil, just wished more Christians had the guts to stand up for what is proven to be right in the Bible!! Gigi

  85. I’m a few years younger than Phil, raised in an Oklahoma small town, working for farmers growing up. We had one Black family and everyone would always take them Carp if they caught it. I also had a secret crush on the daughter, she was beautiful, but in the sixties, that did not go over well, especially in a town of 350 people. I also worked the fields, hoeing peanuts, cotton, and also worked with mostly Illegals. All are wonderful people, believe in God, only problem was, they were here illegally, which I did not realize at the time, being young. Phil was even more country than I was, but as Christians, we believe the same, and what Phil said was not wrong, only in the eyes of cowardly Leftists and Racist groups, like the NAACP and the sick perverted group called GLAAD.

  86. That is true America is going downhill with all it’s doing . Everyone knows GOD is against all we do but we do it anyway. Legalized same marriage , taking GOD. Out of schools. And a lot more we do . So I am also a Christian I support Phil Robinson. We do need more women and men just like him not afraid to speak their minds. Stand for GOD our Father. We need to be the temple that GOD wants us to be. Spreading GODS word in the whole world. Starting here in America is a good place to start. Way to go Phil u did an awesome job. Amen brother.

  87. “It is easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle then for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.” When will Phil & Co give up all their riches eh?

  88. I would like to point out that the average age is 40-50 for women to no longer have kids but with god anything is possible apparently you do not read the bible and I will call you out on it. Abraham had a son when he was 100 years of age his wife was 90 as scripture tells us. Gods plan is gods plan. Who are you to disrupt the world and gods plans with your thoughts. No one not even I can control the divine plan and let me make clear I am not attacking you in any way but the bible says to speak gods word. So this is me delivering the message.

  89. I personally LOVE the Robertson’s! They teach us so much just by watching a 30 minute show! They teach how important family is to us, what hard work&dedication gets you, and most of all…how to have fun! So if your one of the ones who hate on a show for not cursing or doing ungodly things, I think its time for you to grow up and look around. You could learn from these people. The simple life…is all I want for my family. I’m 25 years old with a 2 year old son and a husband and we love this show and these people.

  90. Robertson has also said:

    Women with women, men with men, they committed indecent acts with one another, and they received in themselves the due penalty for their perversions,” Robertson continued. “They’re full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant, God-haters. They are heartless, they are faithless, they are senseless, they are ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil.

  91. 1 Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:

    2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the aheathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

    3 For the acustoms of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

    4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

    5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be aborne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

    It looks an awful lot like they are disregarding the bible in this photo. Not meaning to judge them, just saying that it is interesting how we Christians are so apt to point out the faults in others lifestyles but – our own? That’s another story.

    I support Phil but we should remove the plank from our eyes before removing the speck from others

  92. Robertson has also said the following:

    Women with women, men with men, they committed indecent acts with one another, and they received in themselves the due penalty for their perversions,” Robertson continued. “They’re full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant, God-haters. They are heartless, they are faithless, they are senseless, they are ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil.

    Sounds pretty judgmental to me…

  93. […] The article was illuminating and insightful.  You can read the full article here. […]

  94. Thank you Jesus for this family and their conviction and their commitment to Christian standards.

  95. Seems to me if the Robertson’s were racist, it must be really difficult for Willie Jr. If you have watched the show you would notice he is Black!! So why would these RedNeck Racist adopt a black kid, because just maybe they are not Racist! Stay strong Phil!!

  96. Here is my letter to A&E;

    Dear A&E,

    I have been an avid fan of your programming for many years. It has always been my understanding that A&E provided diverse cultures a platform for a large variety of programming. It has always been my understanding that the views of the programs do not necessarily reflect the views of A&E. And I am sure that Duck Dynasty has been no exception. I am pretty certain A&E has broadcast programming covering Islam, Muslim and various other religious groups in its history.

    But I think I speak for millions of Americans who avidly watch Duck Dynasty when I say that it appears that the above beliefs about A&E are untrue. Phil Robertson responded to a question asked of him for the GQ magazine. To crucify a person for simply speaking their beliefs is a real travesty. Phil Robertson exercised his constitutional right to express his “opinion”; which by the way was mostly reading of scripture from the Bible. Phil didn’t write those words, GOD did. So if GLAAD has an issue with the Bible, they need to take that up with GOD.

    At no time can I remember anyone forming a “hate group” to destroy the culture depicted in the type of programming presented by A&E over the years. So why is A&E allowing a known “hate group” such as GLAAD to dictate how programming is to be determined?

    I belief a “homophobe” is anyone who buckles under the fear of retribution by the gay and lesbian community and conforms to their agenda. So A&E, it would appear, you are the homophobe since you are now operating in the fear of what the GLAAD community “might” do to you, not the Robertson family.

    I will no longer support A&E programming if you are going to silence the voice of anyone who simply speaks their beliefs. There are millions of viewers who watch Duck Dynasty who do not agree with the homosexual lifestyle. A&E pulling the plug on Duck Dynasty will not change anyone’s opinion or belief.

    We are watching the slow demise of this country, and a steady increase of moral immorality that was a contributing factor to the downfall of one of the greatest civilizations ever known to man. You A&E, of all people, should know who I am referring to; the Roman Empire.

    I will not endorse or support an enterprise such as A&E that flagrantly allows one group of our society to silence that of another. I think you need to rethink your treatment of Duck Dynasty and its viewers. You are spitting in the face of millions of your supporters. If you remove Duck Dynasty from programming I will have no choice but to boycott A&E and will advise all my friends and relatives to do the same.

    You should be ashamed.

    • Can we take it up with whoever translated the English Standard Version of the Bible, which for some reason decided to use homosexuality for a word that actually seems to refer more to male prostitution or sexual slavery, at least in the places it appears outside the bible?

      Also I love it when people bring up constitutional rights. You might notice that the government is not trying to throw him in jail or anything; rather A&E, a private entity that also has a constitutional right to air or not air whatever content it sees fit, has decided that his views do not represent the image they want to portray. Phil has the right to express himself, and no one is trying to deny him that. There is nothing in the constitution however that guarantees protection from the consequences of one’s speech, or requires private companies to provide anyone who wishes to say something with an audience.

      • Why is it every time someone tries to justify their particular sin…it’s a bible “translation error”? Listen the Bible talks of the sin of homosexuality in Leviticus, Romans, and Corinthians….original transcripts in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin…are they ALL mistranslated?

      • No offense dude, but you aren’t making a very good argument seeing as the term “homosexual” wasn’t coined until the late 19th Century by a German psychologist. Therefore it is highly possible it’s been mistranslated or taken out of context from the original text.

      • Leviticus 18:22
        “‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.

        Romans 1:27
        In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

    • Great comments!! I agree 100%.

    • I agree with this post 100 percent!!!!!!

  97. He spoke the doctrine of the Catholics and southern baptists and last time I checked Muslims were stoning homosexuals to death and Russians were wishing they could.

    Good thing the pope doesn’t have a show on A&E. He would have to be suspended too.

    • Catholics are coming around, but just because other groups are worse doesn’t make latent bigotry acceptable. It seems to me the doctrine Jesus would have followed wouldn’t be to call gay people sinners, but to say treat others as you would have them treat you.

      • Just saying, he never directly said that they were sinners. His words that homosexual behaviors were sin. His words were directed at the actions. Like if I said lying is a sin. I did not attack liars, just mentioned it was a sin. This is what happened to him. His words got changed by different people’s interpretation of his words. Then he quoted the bible to say what is ahead for those who choose sin. Nothing worth taking offense over.

      • “Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.” ― Augustine of Hippo ― I suggest that you actually read about Jesus in the Bible, then you might have a better understanding of what Jesus would do and what his doctrine might be.

      • Then you know nothing about Jesus and you should stop pretending that you do. Try actually reading the Bible and you’d see that His mission was to seek and save the lost, save them from their sin. Permitting someone to go on in their sin as if there’s nothing wrong with it and condemning them to damnation is not helping them, no matter how you cut it.

      • Latent bigotry? There wasn’t one little bit in the statements by Phil Robertson. He commented on his view and God’s view of what is sin. Please note he got in drunkards, thieves and others. Yes, Christ would have treated all with the same compassion. ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

      • Don’t forget that Phil was a notorious sinner before he found Jesus. He readily admits it and even wrote a book about it. Because he admits that the things he did were sinful, does that mean he hates all sinners?

      • They are sinners.
        You are a sinner.
        I am a sinner.

        Get over it.

      • Catholics are not coming around. The Pope is encouraging all of us to focus on Loving one anther. that does not change the churches stance on what is a sin and what is not. We as a church just dont have to go around pointing fingers at everyone all the time. We will all be better off just Loving each other.

      • not just gays are sinners Lee…we ALL are sinners.

        I cannot get around the FACT that the Bible is the irrefutable word of God and the Bible explicitly states in numerous verses over the ages that God considers homosexual acts as sin. Would you have me as a Christian denounce my faith so as to NOT offend a gay or lesbian? I cannot.

      • Well your seeming is incorrect about the doctrine of Jesus because it’s obvious you have not read and studied it. You are just guessing about it or taking it out of context. Heck, even Phil siad just what you did about how to treat others, but you even took what he said out of context and have that all wrong as well. Just because God has said what sin is does not mean we can change that because culture thinks we should. We can be forgiven for what we do and we all sin and need forgivness. But people don’t like to hear that about themselves do they? Just because you dont like to be called a sinner based on a question asked of a christian’s discription of what sin is to him doesn’t mean that this christian is attacking you or your life style. GQ asked the question and got what they wanted from Phil. Something to make a conflict from for their sales. If you do not believe in Christ’s teachings or that He died for you to forgive those sins, then why are you so worried about what a christian thinks about the life you lead anyway?

  98. We have not herd one word from Phil and his family on this latest issue. I think it is a good thing that the family has kept themselves out of the media “spin”. Just the way Christians should handle themselves.

    It’s very simple folks, their is good and bad, their is right and wrong, their is HEAVEN and HELL. and their is Gods word, the Bible. If you choose to read it, it will give you all the right answers.

  99. dint know what a and e was before duck dynasty so phil made u bring him back

  100. I really don’t understand why people are breaking down what Phil said and arguing over the details of the words he said. All Americans should be outraged that he is being taken off the air in order to “punish” him or prevent him from exercising his freedom of speech. That should be the issue. Whether you agree with Phil’s words or strongly disagree enough to hate his words, the real issue is that his freedom of speech is being censored.

    I may or may not agree with what you say or what you believe, but one thing I will support is that you have the right to say it. I may be offended by your words and I may choose not to listen to what you say, but guess what? I am still going to support you in the fact that you have the right to your beliefs and opinions. I don’t understand why so many people are willing to support freedom of speech when it’s something they believe being said, but want to quickly condemn and take the right of free speech away from those whose th different beliefs and opinions conflict with their own. Is it because they are afraid? Are they afraid too many people will listen to those they disagree with and change their beliefs, or that they themselves may not have rick solid convictions and may feel shakey or unfounded in their own beliefs? I know what I believe in my heart, and I must choose to hear or block out what you say. However, I do not have the right to forbid you from speaking, just because I don’t agree or like it. I admit, I am afraid of the fact that so many support banning someone because of their words and beliefs. We have the choice to speak against what is said, but do we really want to condemn his right to speak? Could this lead to all of us losing our rights given to us by the Constitution?

    • Seriously? Apparently you need a little lesson on the first amendment…

      The freedom of speech protects you from being punished by the GOVERNMENT. A&E is not the government, they are a private company, and they are also protected by that same first amendment you like to scream about so much….their free speech right and freedom of the press gives them the right to put anything on the air they want, or to take it off the air if it does not meet their standards. Phil Robertson can say whatever he likes, no one will stop him from doing that. But that doesn’t mean that just because he can say whatever he wants that he’s free from the consequences of that speech, or that other private entities are required to give him an audience.

      • EXACTLY F Lee

      • Why are there “consequences” for what he said? If he said he supported gays there wouldn’t be any “consequences”, you wouldn’t even know he said it. I think its time we stop forcing “consequences” on people for having a different view.

      • His comments weren’t made on A&E, they were made in an interview with a magazine for an article THEY were going to publish that had little to do with A&E, but they suspended him because of an uproar caused by a small group of noisy radicals that disagree with his views
        So maybe us Christians should raise a little cane and see if we can get him back on air. It worked for Chik-fil-a!!

      • It’s worth mentioning again that a representative from A & E sat in on the interview. As part of Disney and ABC, they certainly have enough clout to have censored the interview if they found it so disturbing. Their reaction had nothing to do with what Phil said and everything to do with maximizing their ad revenue. I don’t think they had any idea how Christians would react.

      • You are absolutely correct! But isn’t it neat as heck how the public is speaking right back at A&E for their decision to fire Phil Robertson? A&E made a decision to fire him & there have been consequences for that decision. Every action has a reaction.

  101. Why did you leave out the section of the article that he discussed Anya’s and vagina’s. Is it because those words are too graphic for your website? Can you imagine that A&E didn’t want to be associated with those graphic comments?

    • Yes, I did leave them out because I thought they were too graphic for a religious blog, but I can’t say I disagree with them. I didn’t feel they were necessary in my post. I will repeat what I’ve said before, A & E has every right to do what they did. The point of my post was that the anti-Christians left has misquoted and mischaracterized most of what Phil said. The man is not anti-gay or anti-black. He’s only anti-sin.

      • And you don’t take issue with what he finds sinful, or understand the problem with the translation of scripture he’s using? Do you think if you cloak it in religion it becomes okay? Do you not find this business of proclaiming to hate the sin but not the sinner not only self-righteous, but a deception and a cop-out?

    • The medical terms for anus and vagina are anus and vagina. I agree his phrases were coarse, but technically slang like b-hole or….well, you get the picture. Anus is not actually a bad word. Neither is vagina. I’m a sonographer and that is exactly what we call them. Technically speaking.

    • As a nurse, I was a bit surprised that you thought anus & vagina were graphic. As a matter of fact, children are taught at a young age to use anatomically correct terminology.

  102. The GQ article was written to be fairly tame so that it wouldn’t offend *their* readers. Perhaps you missed Phil’s 2010 rant/sermon where he had somewhat less loving words to say about homosexuals: “They’re full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant God haters. They are heartless. They are faithless. They are senseless. They are ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil.”

    Those are not the words of a loving, Godly man.

    • “Loving, Godly men, are called to help others get to heaven. Pointing out sin, where ever it exists, is part of that call. If you see someone about to step over the edge of a cliff, isn’t it your duty to try to stop them?

      • Well the godly men need to admit that their list of sins currently is hand picked from the Old and New Testament to suit modern day common sense. Surely you recognize this as fact since you are yourself a godly man. And this being the case, maybe it’s time for everyone to realize that making a group of people feel filthy and and wrong for their natural desires should also be a thing of the past, such as I don’t know, killing disobedient children and stoning adulteresses and such. Which as you also know, the bible is also VERY clear on.

        Stop being a force for bad. Use your head. The one God gave you.

      • Be careful in pointing out sin versus making judgement. Saying homosexual behavior is a sin is one thing, saying they are a sinner is not your job, that is God’s job. So, make sure to remember that in dicernmenr of teachings and such.

    • That is also a direct quote from the Bible. See Romans 1:29.

      • Yes, almost a direct quote. And here is another direct quote, oddly just a few lines down in Romans 2:1 “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. “

    • He was paraphrasing/preaching scripture from the bible. Here’s how I look at it. Either you believe the bible is true or you don’t. Your comment is misleading because you don’t explain that he is paraphrasing bible scripture which could lead someone to think he thought it up all own his own. Your post could be taken out of context if someone didn’t know this. The bible is one reason I am agnostic.

  103. I didn’t see where there was any mention of his own personal thoughts before he smoothed it over with quotes of scriptures from the bible! In the GQ article, he says “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 staying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
    These are his own personal thoughts and he says so himself on homosexuality and are not scriptures from the bible! Scriptures from the bible were used after this distasteful comment to smooth it over! If he had only expressed his beliefs through scriptures in the bible and not added his own offensive opinion, he wouldn’t be in this situation!

    • If we look for a problem with something or someone, We Will Find It. Have you :KindToEveryone ever watched the show. Freedom of speech is just that, My opinion, your opinion and Phil’s opinion have freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to bare arm’s, and the list goes on.
      \Think before you speak or comment.

      • Sissy…..In response to your “think before I speak or comment” remark, maybe you or someone should have suggested that to Phil Robertson! Freedom of Speech is our right to say what we want without punishment from the government! A&E is not the government! They are a private entity that Phil Robertson works for, and they have that right to take him off the air if he does not meet their standards of conduct in representing their network! As with any entity that that you or I…or anyone works for, we can’t just blurt out anything we want without paying the consequence of possibly loosing our jobs! Phil Robertson is free to say whatever he wants, and he did…that’s his right, but he’s not free of the consequences when representing a private entity! So, because he did not think before he spoke, he is paying the consequence….just like any of us would if we were representing a company we work for!!

    • So what you are really saying is to you, the truth is distasteful. The man did not use slang words, he used acceptable words found in any anatomy book, vagina and anus. What exactly do you find distasteful about those words?
      Or could it be you find the thought of a man using another man’s anus distasteful as do the vast majority of people on this Earth.

      • What I find distasteful Dmac is anyone’s detailed comment of what is more desirable to them, or who has more there, or more to offer them. He could have referred to a vagina and penis, or a woman’s anus and penis, and I still don’t want to know what his desires are!! That’s not your typical conversation in an interview, or in any general discussion as far as that goes…..rather you use correct anatomical terminology or not!

    • In reality, most heterosexual men share the same opinion as Phil Robertson. I’m sure the homosexual men feel just as repulsed by the thought of being with a woman. To each his own.

  104. All of this really gives me a headache. Do we see how much religion causes fights. Since the beginning time, holding one persons God over another persons God. It’s all really stupid. Why can’t we remove all that noise and just live by reason and common sense?

    • Phil wasn’t representing A&E when interviewed by GQ and asked what his personal beliefs are about sin. He was working for A&E at the time on his family show and they have now suspended him for his interview with a magazine. But they have not fully removed him for what all he has said. Let’s see how A&E stands on Phil’s removal whether temporary or long term when it comes time for the family to take the show and go elsewhere for broadcasting $. Show me the money and see what morals A&E wants to stand on then. Will they litigate for money, bring him back to keep the show, or stand strong for their beliefs and fire the entire family and show? What are A&E’s convictions going to look like from here forward?

  105. I don’t watch this show. Like all other reality shows it’s FAKE. There is no way those lazy guys make all of the duck call’s they have on shelves in stores. A Factory is cranking those things out a mile a minute. To that I say more power to them for creating the calls for duck hunters. As far as what the guy said I don’t see where he was wrong. Like this article of many said he never talked anti black or the N word. He said what he saw with his 2 eye’s. How the hell is the NAACP (Which should be changed to NAAAAP since every time I look Blacks have a new title. We were Colored, Negro, Black now African American) going to tell him what he saw through his eyes. I’m not much younger then him and I always went where I want to all of my life. This story needs to do like a gut shot deer and crawl away and DIE!!!!!!

    • I only disagree with your last sentence. I hope this story stays front and center because it’s raising people’s awareness of the anti-Christian mentality that’s so prevalent in this country.

      • How is this story doing that?

      • Anti-Christian mentality? So now it’s anti-Christian to point out that someone who claims to be a Christian is preaching things that are totally against everything that Christ stood for?

      • F Lee he isn’t preaching what Christ wouldn’t have. Christ was against the sin and for the sinner. Homosexuality is mentioned as a sin multiple times in the Bible. We are all guilty of sin, no matter what sin it is.

  106. I am with Phil and his family all the way. We need more people to believe in GOD and Him will not ours. and thanking GOD for your blessing is the right things to do. I would rather watch Phil and his family on tv then to watch a show that all you see is someonegoing around undressed and using all the nasty and dirty words they use on tv. most show do that. a person cant find a good clean show to watch on tv any more. then people want to know where their children come up with all the things they do or say. think about it . i’m with Phil all the way. GOD Bless bless all you people who believe in GOD and is Not afraid to Said it. Keep praying in JESUS’S name.

    • I believe in Jesus and I believe in God and Phil Robertson’s remark about a woman’s vagina was absolutely disgusting. That remark served no purpose whatsoever in his interview (other than to humiliate his wife, daughters-in-law, grand daughters, and every other woman with even a speck of self respect. Since hearing that remark, every time I see him, that will come to my mind. Duck Dynasty used to be my favorite show but I’ll use my handy dandy remote and turn the channel. If other folks want to watch a disgusting perverted old man, more power to ’em. This is America.

      • Ask any man you know, at least any heterosexual man, if he agrees or disagrees with Phil’s comment.

  107. Ms. Pam, if you look at the past 50 years incrementally, you can see how bad things have gotten in society. We are not yet at our worst…so, if we continue to “move forward” this logically means that we would move towards our worst. Let’s not be too quick to embed something that is clearly NOT working. Why not back up and punt so to speak. Things were happier 50 years ago, no 100 years ago. We had more than we needed and everyone behaved better. Period. Don’t knock it until you try it. Progressivism offers nothing new…read the history.

    • Sorry qiqiquillian, your post to me makes no sense. If what I said came through as ” progressivism”. I am a died in the wool conservative. Unless this was another ” Pam” I must have been writing in my sleep and having a nightmare if I supported anything but a Christian view point and support for Phil. I also am 63 years old,I remember 50 years ago real well.

      The morals and choices that people and America are making today are in my opinion starting down the Highway to Hell. There are many things to yearn for in remembering yesteryear. I do however like the medical progress that we enjoy today indoor plumbing. washing machines,dishwashers. Not having to wring chickens necks and plucking feathers, well the list is endless. But if I had too I remember how.

      To me there is one undeniable basic to our decline, the LOVE of money. In its pursuit man will abandon any principal in attaining it. It means power in this world. This is over simplified of course. But its a starting place.

  108. His scripture quotes are only accurate if you’re using a deeply flawed translation of the Bible. If you understand the original Greek text however, you would not translate “arsenokotai” as “homosexuality.” Therein lies the problem.

    • Then what would you translate it to?

    • I don’t think you can explain away this:Rom 1:26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature;
      Rom 1:27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
      Rom 1:28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.

    • F Lee how much Greek, Hebrew and Latin have you taken? The bottom line is this: Homosexuality is a sin and those who practice that sin will go to hell just like those who practice adultery, envy, murder, etc. The Bible, GOD’S WORD, declares that to be true. Phil Robertson simply said a woman is more appealing to him and then he listed things that the Bible identifies as sin.. Come judgment day I think Phil will be just fine!!!

  109. First I should say I am a white male United Methodist Christian of 29 years. Now prepare your mind to be blown – the prayers at the end of the show are staged and scripted. The only word that has been edited or bleeped is “Jesus.” I agree that is censorship and not necessary. As for homosexuals, activists are in an uproar not because of Phil’s personal Christian doctrine, but because he compared homosexual behavior to bestiality. There should probably be a distinction between two consenting self aware humans versus the forcible molestation of a lesser creature that has no choice. If all sins are equal, he could have compared it to any common Christian sin like adultery or premarital sex, but instead he compared it to something very uncommon, inhuman, and grotesque. Third, he is under attack from racial minority groups because of comments that reinforce the “happy slave” stereotype, such as stating that blacks were happy to be working in a field. I know these were free blacks who chose to work for farms, but they also sound very similar to indentured servants. According to Phil, he and the rest were all poor, meaning they were paid very badly, which is in itself a form of slavery. As a white man, Phil also could have found a job elsewhere. Meanwhile, for black men in 1960s louisiana, working in a field may have been the only gainful employment available. There are also stereotypical implications to statements like “pre-entitlement and pre-welfare” used in relation to blacks. The majority of people on welfare in the United States are in fact white, so the statement about welfare and entitlement is irrelevant and at the very least ignorant or naive, if not outright prejudice. I don’t think what he said was meant to hurt any group intentionally, but his statements are being exploited by the media because they know it will make $$$. I really enjoy the show, but Phil had a very very poor choice of words.

  110. PHIL ROBERTSON FOR PRESIDENT

  111. Love the read! Whats a red-kneck tho lol

  112. Just wanted to address the NAACP… Phil has an adopted African American grandson… (Willie’s son)… And they accuse him of being a racist..? Really?… He was only speaking from his experiences calling people who he worked with side-by-side..”Godly People”… He said merely that were happy!… He wasn’tt imlpying that slaves should be happy… He was saying that GODLY PEOPLE are…The Bible speaks of this in 1 Peter 2:18-19 which says:
    18 “Servants, be submissive to your masters, with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable. 19 “For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up sorrows when suffering unjustly.”

    The Bible notes that slavery and servitude is unjust but says to serve with respect because God finds favor in those that do… Phil was serving also, because as he said, “He was poor white trash.”.. But they found happiness in the Lord… That is not racisim of which he speaks but the joy of the Lord.. Unless you have experienced it for yourself, you know not what he speaks … Because the joy of the Lord trumps all… Even the evils of slavery, servitude, and discrimination…(this includeds discrimnation of homosexuals as well..)

    • Actually you’re wrong. He says they were “godly and they were happy.” He throws out stereotypes like “singing the blues,” myth of the happy servant/slave, and also implies that all black people are on welfare. And did you seriously using a bible verse about masters and servants to defend your position?!? Did you seriously suggest that slaves should be obedient to their masters even though slavery is wrong?!? Next thing I know you will be saying that masters should “keep the body, take the mind” of their servants. I don’t think Phil is racist – he’s just ignorant. The NAACP was right. And….I’m white.

      • Well.. He says the blacks “worked for farmers” not that they were slaves. Then he said “no one was singing the blues.” how about you read and type the whole sentence. You are just taking his words and then turning them into something that sounds racist and rude. And yes they did certainly use a bible verse because it is true. Plus… The “I’m white.” comment, yeh that was stupid.

      • Oh and did you even read it? I dont think so.. So here read this.

        “They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

        Doesnt look familiar? I wonder why?

      • Just goes to show how people can differ in their interpretation on another persons remarks.

  113. The problem is not his thoughts or his statements The problem is he lacks the political ability to understand the world he lives in. Most of the seemingly racist and homophobic statements made today come from people who haven seen the drastic changes on the political landscape and continue to communication as if those changes didn’t take place.

    If you are going to be in the public eye you simply have to know you are under the vision of a political worldview. A&E is not anti-christian it is not pro-christian it is a business caught in a difficult place. Phil blew it on this one. Such is life.

    • Phil hit the nail on the head. Society got it wrong, not Phil.

    • If the quoting from the bible is blowing it, then I guess your right. If he isn’t as eloquent as you would like, fine. But, the truth is the same today as it was yesterday and it will still be true tomorrow. He’s not a political figure. He was asked by GQ to discuss the world as he sees it and that’s what he did. Americans who do not agree with the homosexual behavior/actions as well as the ever coarsening of our society have set quietly as we drift further and further from the values of God and family for a long time. Finally, someone had the guts to say enough!
      The steady pounding securitization of our country is perverting our youth further with each generation. The earth is growing darker and darker year by year. Fortunately for those that will heed HIS word, it was foretold to us 2000 years ago and we were given a roadmap to walk into the light again.

  114. Personally, I understand that white Christians can’t understand why the NAACP and other African-Americans are upset over Phil’s comments. But let me try to provide some perspective from the AA point of view. Phil may have had a great experience with African Americans in his youth. But suppressed, oppressed, and depressed negroes lived to survive and maybe provide a better future for their children. Furthermore, to suggest that blacks are godless now that we are not shucking cotton and bailing hay on some plantation is INSULTING!!! You may not understand but then again you can’t relate.
    Now I don’t believe that he should be fired based on some comments that went over the line. A simple apology would do.

    • What interview did you read? I must have missed the part where Phil said blacks are godless.

      • “They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

        I am sorry mlbuckley. Maybe it’s my interpretation of “were godly” pre-entitlement, pre-welfare. If you use past tense to describe people pre something are they not godly post civil movement. This is were his words become insulting. I hope that makes sense to you.

      • Mikey,

        Its your interpretation…..What word beside “were” should have he used? “Were” in context does not have anything to do with current blacks. It is past tense, as you say, and has to do with the specific group he was around back then.

      • Not just that, it smacks of ignorance and naivety. Would a black person go running their mouth about white people in the pre-civil rights era, knowing full well it could earn them a lynching?

    • I am a Christian and I did not like the comment Phil made about the African Americans he knew being happy. I knew that was a very ignorant thing to say. How could anyone be happy under such circumstances.

      • He said the African Americans he knew were happy. They were doing the same job that he was doing. Anyone who lived during the 60s should be aware that many white people were isolated from blacks and had no idea what kind of prejudice was going on. I personally never saw a black person being persecuted either. But I was aware that it was going on. Does that make me a racist?

        BTW, I did hear a lot of hateful comments about the Irish.

  115. One final thought…Phil is still entiteled to his opinion… If you find it offensive.. Oh well… Christians are offended everyday by things they see on tv.. and hear o the radio… What are we told to do about it? “If you don’t like it, change the channel.. don’t watch… change the radio station”.. etc… Well, same rule applies here.. If you don’t like his opinios and find them offensive.. The don’t watch him…change the station… turn the channel… Don’t buy Duck Commander Duck Calls (as if you ever did :/ *note sarcasm)… This is the United States of America and freedom of speech does not specify freedom of politicall correct speech or speech that is not offensive to certain people… Again Christians are bombarded everyday with offensive speech.. Prfanity and obsceinities filling the airwaves… so welcome to the club!.. Freedom is a two-way street.. It only works if it works equally for all parties.. Someone is ALWAYS going to be offended…Just sayin…9Please excuse typos..typing quickly and not proofreading)..

    • RIGHT…and A&E didn’t like his speech, so they decided to exercise their freedom not to give him an audience for it.

    • Yes Phil is entitled to his opinion, however when you voice that opinion in the public forum via a media publication like GQ, it is no longer just his opinion. He is speaking as a public figure; a representative of conservative Christian southern beliefs.

  116. Phil Robertson isn’t a racist or a homophobic person. He isn’t very politically wise. One of the realities of living in our world if you choose to be a public figure you have to be politically wise.

    Furthermore, all the Christian shooting about A&E being anti-christian is nonsense. A&E is neither anti or pro anything but profit. The goal of a business is business not the promotion of a given set of moral leanings. Phil has the right to his positions and A&E has the right to weigh those decision against its bottom line.

    If Phil were a politically wise man he would soften his rhetoric. He doesn’t have to nor does that mean he is a bad person. It just mean he may be removed from time to time to appease the bottom line. It is constantly nutso for Christians to constantly see ghost behind every corner of the culture.

    • You make very good points. I would just add that maybe homophobic isn’t the right word, but his rhetoric definitely sounded to me as bigoted against homosexuals, and that may be blamed on a bad translation and poor understanding of Biblical text, but that’s not an excuse for it. Certainly it does not breed love or tolerance, and in that respect I think there is a strong case for saying it is homophobic.

    • I wouldn’t call Phil a racist, but either naive or ignorant. However, he is blatantly homophobic – you can tell by reading the quotes above. He should have just said “Based on my personal beliefs, I feel that homosexual acts are a sin.” There is no need to start comparing vaginas to butts – completely unnecessary and made him look stupid. Not to mention many homosexuals do not even have anal sex – surprise!

  117. One final thought…Phil is still entiteled to his opinion… If you find it offensive.. Oh well… Christians are offended everyday by things they see on tv.. and hear on the radio… What are we told to do about it? “If
    you don’t like it, change the channel.. don’t watch… change the radio station”.. etc… Well, same rule applies here.. If you don’t like his opinios and find them offensive.. Then don’t watch him…change the station… turn the channel… Don’t buy Duck Commander Duck Calls (as if you ever did :/ *note sarcasm)… This is the United States of America and freedom of speech does not specify freedom of politically correct speech or speech that is not offensive to certain people… Again Christians are bombarded everyday with offensive speech.. Profanity and obsceinities filling the airwaves… so welcome to the club!.. Freedom is a two-way street.. It only works if it works equally for all parties.. Someone is ALWAYS going to be offended…Just sayin…(
    Please excuse typos..typing quickly and not proofreading)..

    • I am glad you understand that if you do not tow the company line you can be cancelled. Your freedom of speech does not protect you from losing your job. It was put in place to protect people from legal prosecution when speaking out against the government. Just saying.

    • Freedom of speech is a political right- It is not the right to have a television show on a particular network. If A&E doesn’t want to show Phil anymore, that is A&E’s right.

  118. I find his racial comments much more disturbing than even his ones towards gays. Sure, his read on Christianity dictates that, fine. But what’s his excuse for his willful ignorance about race in his home area, the deep south. I can’t find a way to excuse him for that, and I am a happy viewer of DD, and will continue to be. I just have to speak out about this since the emphasis is so on the homosexual angle and leaving this out.

    • For the umpteenth time, Phil said nothing negative about race. He stated his own experiences. He didn’t say there was no discrimination against blacks, he just said that he never witnessed it personally.

      • I can understand where you are confused about missing the negative comments, since you are not African American, you can’t relate. AA do find it insulting. Not necessarily bigoted but insulting in the context it was presented.

      • The fact that he says he never witnessed it personally simply magnifies his either ignorance or stupidity. It shows that he is incapable of any deep thought. He really thinks blacks were going to go around in that day rebelling, backtalking “whitey”? He’s not aware that Blacks HAD to act that way in the depth of KKK territory??? Stupid, stupid, stupid.

      • my favorite was when he says “they weren’t singing the blues then.” Um…that’s exactly how when and why the blues were invented.

      • He said a couple negative things, without realizing it. Like that pre-welfare blacks were godly and happy. That implies that nowadays, all blacks are on welfare. Quite the opposite – most welfare recipients are white. He also says that nobody was “singing the blues.” This is a stereotype of black people, that many of the either play or enjoy blues music. Also, he doesn’t understand that in the 1960s south, the only job for a black man was hard labor. His coworkers had no choice – Robertson did, and now he is a millionaire.

    • I realize on the surface you may see his comments as discriminatory. However, he was identifying with the black community as that they were all poorer than dirt, but they were “Godly” and “Happy” despite their circumstances. He called himself “white trash” and that he was out there hoeing fields with the black folks.
      My grandfather was a poor tenant farmer in East Texas back in the 30’s and 40’s. He has essentially told me the same thing. He was referring to people were more family oriented back then and focused their lives around God and family. Phil was comparing that to today after a couple of generations of the entitlements and the “War on Poverty” the African American community is in worse shape in a lot of ways. I think he was actually trying to say that DESPITE the discrimination back then, that African Americans were happy because they had a strong sense of family and God was the focus in their homes.

  119. I have friends that are gay. I do not judge them for their lifestyle because it is not for me to judge them. I am friends with them because they in turn do not judge me for my lifestyle, I am straight and married and the Lord willing I will stay that way. I don’t feel threatened by them and I hope they are never threatened by me or my beliefs.

  120. Jesus was the King of the Jews not the King of the Catholics, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Episcopalians, Baptists, Mormons, Evangelicals, Pentecostals or any other man made religion that falsely believes they are the one true religion. Christianity has been used for centuries, to murder, subjugate, imprison, control, hate and enslave. It is not your place to judge or point out another’s sin. It is your job to lead by example what it means to be Christ like.

  121. May I just say that I am a gay teenager and this really is the stupidest argument ever. The show is good and Duck Dynasty is even more popular after this whole controversy. The only thing that bugs me is people complaining about ‘free speech’. Free speech was intended to protect the people from the government. A&E is a private business and last I checked, was not a part of the government. They have the complete control over who they fire, and why they fire them.

  122. Truth sounds like hate when it’s the truth.

  123.  

    Good grief, really?
    To you guys who are patently ignorant about the nuances of bigotry and racism, of course this person didn't outright make any smoking gun racist comments, he just used WORDS-in-context that white surpremacist/racists use regularly.

    Oh my god, how daft are you?  

    Go back and read the post by Croma on December 24, 2013 at 11:28am, and let a white guy take you to school, which he so eloquently did.

    I concur with him as well.  

    Why on earth did he use the words "pre-entitlement", "pre-welfare" in the CONTEXT of statements he was making (ASSUMING) about the heart condition of "blacks", EVEN the ones he THOUGHT he knew.  

    This was a very odd manner of speaking, given that a (too) large segment of white conservatives (and more troubling, Christians) consider non-whites (even their so-called brethren in Christ) to be lazy, unproductive, un-American, and ungodly people who are all about entitlements and welfare, affirmative action, race-baiting, pants hanging, children out of wedlock, violent, and scary.  If you say otherwise, you're lying, so just don't go there.  

    Also, let me let you all in on a little secret, there just so happens to be "blacks" who don't (or didn't) bitch and moan about their lot in life (publicly), even when they are (or were) categorically and institutionally oppressed, undervalued, underestimated, and marginalized.

     And I can guarantee you those "blacks" that Phil worked with WERE indeed, oppressed, undervalued, underestimated, and marginalized, and they developed COPING MECHANISMS, like MANY oppressed people, to get through their daily dismal lives.  

    So stop making excuses for ignorance and stupidity.

    Moreover, as a Servant of Yahweh and one who strives to keep his Law and love their neighbor, I am opposed to the things that this person is also opposed to as it concerns the "mainstream" sins that are political talking points for conservative believers.  He and I would most certainly differ on matters of justice and correctness at all times in all places in the known universe for all people without exception.  I doubt he'd share my views on that.

    Moreover, I also agree with Croma about his previous statements about bestiality.  What on earth, and why would this man go there in that context.   A person of any modicum of critical thinking, intelligence, or even fairness, is going to know that homosexuality (while abominable) and bestiality (while abominable) are not likely mutually exclusive nor collectively exhaustive.  This also applies to his statement about the "blacks" in his past.   What was the purpose of even mentioning entitlement and welfare?  The fact is, by his wordswhether intentional or notthat's what brother man was saying, and he needs to come correct or be honest.  It's not like any non-white person is going to drop dead in surprise if he actually was part of the class of white conservative Christians who had righteous disdain for non-whites.  Nowadays people are just coming out and saying exactly what their transient thoughts and consciences forbade in the previous decade. 

    When I visit blogs frequented by Christians, its often hard to tell if it is Stormfront.org,  DixieNet.org, WCOC, or the National Alliance sites.  (Yes, I have seen the stuff out there)  And these are supposed to be my brothers and sisters in Christ!  No thanks, man.  The vision of Christ that some of ya'll see, is my visions greatest enemy.  My Messiah died for everybody, even non-white people.  Sorry to disappoint Phil and his fan-club.

    • “My Messiah died for everybody, even non-white people. Sorry to disappoint Phil and his fan-club.”

      Please point out where Phil said otherwise. There was no discussion of who Christ died for. He did point out that the Blacks he knew growing up were Godly people. That doesn’t sound like condemnation to me. In fact, some of your words seem a lot more hateful than anything Phil said.

      • My last post didn’t go through…but as I wrote, you cherry-picked my response.

        It seems you would know better.

        I inveigh against the unseemly…it doesn’t have to be so-called racism or any such thing. What it has to be is something that promotes oppression and which undervalues, underestimates, and marginalizes.

        Oh, and being flat-out ignorant qualifies as well.

        If, by your words, you give ANY INDICATION that you are not 199% for justice and correctness at ALL times in ALL places in the known universe for ALL people without exception, then you’re a target, and unfortunately the conservative brethren make themselves a target by their ungodly hegemony and callousness towards non-whites and other ethnic minorities.

        If people don’t want to be talked about, then they should stop. It’s just that simple. Christ is nowhere in that, nor does he care about your racialist patriotism or christian identity politics. Keep those Hammerskin posters at bay…please.

    • Patrick Pedat Ebediyah Golsto, I doubt seriously if you have a speck of knowledge about being poor. He was not speaking of blacks in the “Jim Crow” context. He was actually identifying with poor blacks in that even though they were poor, people (black,brown, yellow and pokey-dot) everybody were more family oriented and more Godly than they are today! Period. That’s as far as it went. When he said pre-entitlement, he meant that The Great Society has been a failure! Black people are just as bad off, if not worse ECONOMICALLY today than they were back then–in the sense that they were closer to their families and closer to God then as today. That’s it. My grandfather was a poor tenant farmer in East Texas in the 30’s and 40’s and my mom was out picking cotton, hoeing fields, picking tomatoes out with the POOR black folks and he had lots of black friends. And, I’ve heard him make essentially the same statement. And, he would have given the shirt off his back for his friends. Of course they were discriminated against and it was horrible, but their children didn’t grow up in fatherless homes. That’s what he was talking about, and if you were honest with yourself you would know it. People like you always seem to view things in Race colored glasses.

      • Classic de-railing and winking at lawlessness!

        Nice try, not going to work.  More derailing, it seems, from you guys.

        While I've been poor, AND oppressed, myself..that wasn't the issue with his statement.

        Moreover, I didn't say that person was a racist either, I tend to look for more elevated type of dialogue than that…than you even.

        Ya'll just need to admit that his words were poorly framed, and you all are projecting just as much of what you believe (and maybe even HOPE) he meant as those people on the other side.  Using historical (past and present), and contextual (past vs. present), language as a guide, I personally conclude his statements about the "blacks" he grew up with, and their coping mechanisms during Jim-Crow, to be ignorant and short sighted, yet not as racist as some others see.  You dig?

        I understand the anxiety and resentment caused when non-whites (and otherers) invoke the terms racist and bigot your way.  I'm not doing that to this person, but I am doing it to the posters, because of how you present yourselves when non-whites and other ethnic minorities talk about their feelings and concerns in this dismal country and planet, as if empathy and understanding were something the Father hates.  

        There are waaay worse things one can be called other than racist.

        "People like you…".  You've cherry-picked and skimmed your way into non-essentialness.  Keep it moving.

  124. “Godly” adj meaning devoutly religious, pious. To live the godly life.
    “Were” second person singular past, plural past and subjective form of be.
    So, basic grammar and English tells one that the phrase “were godly” is referring to the subject’s past, likely last time they were together.

    That’s how I interpreted his words. Back when Phil was around the cotton fields, they were all godly.

  125. I would like to see some actual evidence that A&E was “bleeping” non vulgar language to make it appear the cast members used vulgarity. I do not think that is true.
    As a middle aged woman raised in the deep south, it is inconceivable to me that anyone with an IQ over 75 would be able to NOT observe the blatant, universal oppression of black people in every part of Louisiana.
    As to whether Mr. Robertson “should” be suspended for his comments- that seems entirely up to A&E. I certainly would not want his remarks to represent my company.

    • Phil said he didn’t see any discrimination with his own eyes. Unless you were there with him, I fail to see how you can argue with his statements. I hate to keep repeating this, but I never personally saw any racial discrimination in the 60s either. Maybe it’s because I was poor myself. The few black people I did know seemed to be very happy. That doesn’t mean they didn’t face discrimination, maybe they just did a good job of hiding it. Or maybe it was because they were Christians and didn’t buy into the self-pity that so many people engage in today.

  126. Really? I mean, don’t ask any question you don’t want an honest answer to. I don’t hate a homes equal but I DO NOT AGREE AT ALL with the life they live and choose to say they were born that way. Quit lying to yourselves it is a choice. If you want to experience hell then that’s on you. Not my problem but I admire the man because like him, I don’t care who I offend or piss off, I will speak the truth. Ant the bible is 100% TRUTH!!!

  127. Christian my foot. He’s a businessman first and foremost. Money is his god. He could have answered the very softball question “what is sinful” a million different ways. Yet he singled out gays. Really? That’s the worst thing on the planet? The entire interview is calculated to stir up controversy. And are you so naive to believe that A&E didn’t know what was in a interview conducted 30-60 days or more prior to publication? Or that Walmart wasn’t in on it? You mean that entire “Duck Dynasty aisle with new cheap china-made chotchkies magically appeared out of thin air? And never mind that the family was loosing high paying church gigs because they were launching a new line of wines… or that they said in an October issue of parade magazine that they would be pulling off a big PR stunt to boost sales of their “christmas” album. This was a massive PR stunt and if you fell for it, you should be ashamed of yourself – and re-examine your own values.

    • How do you define a Christian? How can you say that anyone isn’t a Christian. Nothing says you can’t worship God and make a nice living, especially if you give away as much as the Robertsons do.

  128. A&E can kma. People need to get over being offended and A&E needs to quit censoring their shows. it is blocked from our tv until they put Phil back where he belongs with his family. Cracker Barrel did the right thing by putting their merchandise back in the store after all the comments they received on their facebook page. A&E is also getting negative comments which are as far as I am aware are being ignored. God bless shows with family values that doesn’t have sex, vulgar language and violence. Maybe that’s why A&E doesn’t like it. They don’t understand it. Probably didn’t grow up with The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie. There is no way you can air anything without someone crying about some whiney ass thing. It’s not like Phil said anything on the show anyway.

  129. Very well put. Add this I pray for the staff of A&E….if just ONE person there is changed by this whole thing. Family members praying for there uncle or brother that works there….just saying. I trustbin God. He is IN CONTROL OF EVERY THING! Trust him and pray for everyone else. In the end It will be ok.

  130. From the Christian Research Institute:
    Leviticus18:22and 20:13 forbid a man lying with another man as one would with a woman. Leviticus was originally written in Hebrew, but Paul was a Greek-educated Jew writing to Gentiles in Greek, the common language of the day, and probably was using the Greek translation of the Old Testament available in that day, the Septuagint, or LXX, for his Scripture quotations.
    The Greek translation of these Leviticus passages condemns a man (arseno) lying with (koitai) another man (arseno); these words (excuse the pun) lie side-by-side in these passages in Leviticus. Paul joins these two words together into a neologism, a new word (as we do in saying database or software), and thus he condemns in 1Corinthians and 1Timothy what was condemned in Leviticus.
    Jones believes, then, that the most credible translation of what Paul is condemning in 1Corinthians6:9 is a person doing exactly what Leviticus condemns: engaging in homosexual sex (a man being a “man-lier”). Far from dismissing the relevance of Leviticus, Paul is implicitly invoking its enduring validity for our understanding of sexual sin, and drawing on it as the foundation of his teaching on homosexual conduct. He is saying, “Remember what it said not to do in Leviticus18:22and 20:13? Don’t do that!”

    Anyone care to claim that the Old Testament was mistranslated from the original Hebrew?

    • Yes. I care to claim that.

      You are splitting 2000 year old hairs my friend. The fact is that Jesus, as far as your flawless bible tells us, never mentions homosexuality once. Not once. Think about that. I mean really, really think about that.

      You’re scholarly breakdown of this subject means nothing if it wasn’t important enough for Jesus to address in his entire life.

      Why don’t people like you go after Wall Street executives with the furver that you do homosexuality? Because you know, Jesus DID have a lot to say about greed and the distribution if wealth. Why is this not important to you, but who another man chooses to love is a central issue?

      Look. At. Yourself.

      Please.

      • I’m not going to spend time repeating other’s comments. Check the earlier comments to see where homosexual activity is mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments. As far as distribution of wealth is concerned, I believe that you’d look long and hard to find any group that does more to help the poor than Christian churches of every denomination.

      • Andy, it is you who are splitting biblical hairs. I know getting you to wrap your mind around whether the bible was written by Jesus or simply divinely written by his one of his disciples (who went to their death rather than to deny him by the way) makes no difference. Your argument is the #1 talking point for non-believers. I doubt seriously if you would believe in Jesus if he materialized on the hood of your car on your way to work. So we will continually talk past each other. But that’s also commented on in the New Testament:
        (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)–And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

    • No, but I can claim as a Christian that the Old Testament was replaced by the New Testament, in which Jesus says “Judge not least ye be judged” and “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Leviticus is no longer valid, and it was written for the Jewish people.

      The only thing you prove is that some Christians consider homosexual acts a sin. Duh – everyone knows that. That is not the reason Phil is being attacked. If he had just come out and said “Based on my personal beliefs, I believe homosexual acts are a sin” No one would have criticized him. But he didn’t – he said a bunch more unnecessary statements that not only offended people, but also made him look pretty ridiculous.

      • To Croma. If the Old Testament is obsolete then why include it in the cannon. Also are you chucking the Ten Commandments out too? Were they only for the Ancient Israelites (using “Jewish” to describe them is an anachronism)?

      • Also even if there were a so-called replacement of the OT a good text critic would have to come to terms with the Greek translation from the Hebrew. Meaning that if Paul is quoting Leviticus you must acknowledge the original Hebrew language unless your agenda must supercede intellectual integrity.

      • The same chapter in Leviticus (18) also bans bestiality & incest, so are those OK in the New Covenant? Btw, since Paul repeats that as a sin, it is part of the New Testament. Btw, “love thy neighbor as thyself”… Jesus was quoting Leviticus (19:18).

      • Who is judging? It is in Gods word!! And I am sooo sick of everyone using the verse “JUdge not least ye be judged.” every time they have no other argument. I totally disagree with you that the Old Testament is no longer valid. Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. He even added to the law! Phi said that we should love them. Did you even read it?

    • I won’t claim that it was mistranslated, but I will say it is left to interpretation. It could also refer to how women were treated as property at the time. So basically don’t treat another man as a lesser being as you do a woman. Men being head of house and dominant over women is a common theme throughout the bible. Taking away another man’s right to be a man in that time period wouldn’t have been acceptable. Another way would be to take that very literal. Men don’t have sex with men the same way that you do a women, meaning positions or even the act of anal penetration.

    • The old testament also talks about David’s multiple wives which God was okay with, and many others who had 2 or more wives. There were also animal sacrifices plus a whole bunch of other radical stuff. You can’t just pick and choose what you want to make your point.

      • Old Testament vs. New Testament. As Christians we believe the New Testament takes precedence.

  131. Those of you are correct who keep saying the 1st Amendment only pertains to the government suppressing/prosecuting free speech and not private companies or corporations doing so. However, where you are missing some info is, under the EEOC an employer is not allowed to punish an employee because of their religious beliefs. That is considered discrimination under Federal Labor Law.
    So whether you agree or not with Fhil’s comments in the original article, he is protected under the EEOC.
    Here is a link to the EEOC regulation in case you want to familiarize yourself with it for future reference…
    http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/religion.cfm

  132. F Lee, I have to agree with some of what you say. A 7 E has every right to sit Phil down for his comments. but, we , the people, also have the right to turn the channel off of A & E, and to boycott them, as well as not purchase any of their cheap china-made ‘Duck Dynasty crap from Wal-Mart and elsewhere. but the most disturbing comments were concerning “political correctness”. Why should we have to tip-toe around what we say, for fear of hurting some bleeding-heart liberals feelings.I think there are too many people out there with too much spare time on their hands. Grow up and get in the real world. there are much more important things to worry about in this world than some whiners crying because their feelings got hurt. Give us all a break.

  133. The problem is this man is saying the exact same thing as Fred Phelps, yet everyone crucifies the Phelps family. People identify with the bad boy looks of the Robertson family so we treat them as royalty. If there was a radical Islamic group speaking the truths they believe are in the Quran or about their thoughts of Christian people, Christian groups would be hollering their heads off. If a black family wearing hoodies had a show but were ordained ministers would they get same treatment as the Robertsons. No. People won’t believe a black family coming to Christ and preaching the Gospel if they wear hoodies and still act black. The stigma is in our heads that black people wearing hoodies are no good.

    I do not find anything appealing about the Robertson family. So they believe the Bible and preach. Many cult leaders do too. They pick parts of the Bible to support their own basic opinions to follow not the whole Bible. They center on scriptures that have been translated many times and from Gospels that were not even there with Jesus. They don’t consider those books left out of the Bible because the scholars didn’t like what it represented. We do not have all the facts to the Bible yet we cling to those few scriptures that degrade certain groups. We all believed the Bible gave us rights to own slaves and treat them as animals. Yet we wonder why black people still get upset. White people do not know the extent that racism still exists in this country.

    Phil Robertson is nothing more than another narrow minded man who has ideas about what he doesn’t know and is praised for it. Phil I’d just like Fred. Speaking out against certain groups and letting people know we can hate these people because he doesn’t much about them. Typical stereotyping at its best. If Phil said we need to kill off all homosexuals to keep lives simple and easier to live the word of God according to him, are you all going to start killing those you believe are gay. It doesn’t matter if its his own opinion, he put this idea out there and young people are impressionable enough to start violence against homosexuals because Phil said their bad. It’s a shame that living in the land of the free doesn’t really mean everyone is free. As for Phil Robertson, he is nothing more than another Fred Phelps attacking only certain groups of people. Which is odd because those he spoke against are those who Jesus associated with and were his followers.

    • Please go back and read the interview. Phil Robertson didn’t attack anybody. Pointing out that someone is committing a sin is not attacking them. As far as blacks are concerned, he said that he never personally saw an African American being abused. That’s hardly an attack.

  134. Merry christmas everyone.
    I love how in the verse he quotes he mentions “the greedy.”
    This is the same family that demanded more money or they were walking from the show.

    But that is ridiculous.
    Because that would liken his own family to homosexuals.
    I must be taking it out of context.

  135. Just for the record…here is the GQ article link:
    http://www.gq.com/entertainment/television/201401/duck-dynasty-phil-robertson

    And here is the first quote from Phil Robertson in the article in reference to homosexuality:

    “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.”

    Although I agree with and appreciate Mr. Robertson’s later quotes that are truth spoken in love, I do not agree with nor appreciate his vulgar language used in the above quote.

    Yes, again we can pull the “freedom of speech” card on his above quote, but because he represents G-d and His Son AND because he was in an interview and knew full well anything he said was fair game to be quoted and released to the masses, he should have been more careful and thought before he spoke.

    Matthew 12:36…
    “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.”

    • Anatomical terms are vulgar? Would you prefer he’d used the more vulgar terminology that you hear on HBO and Cinemax?

  136. This is what happens when we live in a secular society first, with the individual right to practice religion second. If every person were to turn to God for answers there would exist a greater number of people in strife unaware of what will happen next. Looking to the sky and trying to interpret a piece of literature thousands of years old may not fit everyone’s best interest. Not to mention the tension religion incites when it is thrust upon others who do not wish to divulge any invest, adhere to, or acknowledge as useful to themselves. I do not think America is an anti-Christian place, I just think religion has a place in society, just not a place for intolerance within and inclusive society. Religion is a private practice of spiritual influence, when it spills out into the general public there is going to be problems. The general public does not warrant unwanted subjection to views on homosexuality regarding the Christian faith or any faith of that matter. Which brings me back to my original point, America is a secular society first, with the right to practice religion second. Religion will never come first in this nation for many reasons. Many of the posts above this explain my opinion of the above line.

    • America is “a secular society first” only to those who haven’t taken the time to investigate what God has done. He is the Creator of the Universe. To say that anything is separate from God or religion is just silly.

  137. The Bible is the Bible it is GODS word, NOT MANS, you either believe in all of it or none. When you die and meet GOD he isn’t going to send you where the fence riders are. You will go to either heaven or hell. Maybe people should actually read the Bible instead of pretending they know it all. Their is only one person who who does and thats GOD. Would you rather do what the Bible tells us God says and here the word enter, for heaven, or hear the words -I do not know you, and be sent to hell. OH did i mention that you will have all of your sences as you do now when you are in hell, and you will BURN for eternity. Maybe people should read about Lazuras and the rich man. Gods only son came to this earth to show us the way to live and die. You can not enter Heaven and God but through him. This is the for Christmas.

  138. Well said…we support the Robertson family

  139. I was told last night that if we buy Duck Dynasty stuff, you are supporting A&E. If you want to support the Robertson family, you need to buy only Duck Commander stuff.

  140. His comments regarding a woman’s anatomy were vulgar. I can only hope that either his wife (doubtful) or one of his daughter-in-laws sat him down and told him this. As far as his view of homosexuality, all he had to say was that he thought it was a sin and let it go. His remarks about blacks was just plain stupid. When he referred to himself as white trash, he was dean on. Bottom line – if he wants to sit in judgement of others and use the bible to justify it, he needs to shave his beard, cut his hair, and give away his fortune. What he did was no different than a homosexual pointing out his sins of long hair, facial hair, and being rich (which the bible says will keep you out of heaven), Funny how that never gets brought up. Must be one of those unimportant sins. .

    • Read the whole interview, not what some liberal commentator cherry picks from it. BTW, there must be some pages missing from my Bible. I can’t find where long hair and beards are sinful (have you seen a picture of Jesus)? I also can’t find where the Bible says a rich man can’t go to heaven.

  141. the robertson’s like most christians in america don’t really know JESUS all that well. they still celebrate christmas which is a pagan holiday and to try to judge people by what little knowledge of what u have experienced is just ignorant.

  142. Reblogged this on (a)typical amateur and commented:
    This sums up the artificial scandal over what Phil Robertson said pretty well.

  143. He did this interview when? They said 2010 why did it take so long for it to be a problem

  144. As I read through the arguments going back and forth on this topic, I’m reminded of another scripture that was in 2nd Corinthians:

    (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)–And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

  145. Ok first of all they don’t need a @ e,their net worth was over 80 mill b4 the show. And what pill said are his believes and that’s his right to speak them….. He also said in another interview b4 that one that he loves all gods children, no matter what their believes .

    Phill Roberson for president..

  146. I am astonished at the ridiculous level those who have deciphered Phil’s every word have taken this to. Get over it. Phil is not a racist, nor a hater. He is a Christian man who loves God, and according to what he said, he loves everyone and he is not here to judge anyone. How about people reading what he “really” said. All these arguments are pointless. A&E needs to get over it too. Seems like the ones who are perpetuating a “racist” behavior, are those who refuse to forgive the “sins” of our ancestors. I for one, am not responsible for what my ancestors did and am not going to take the heat for it. This whole affair is nauseating to say the least.

  147. Excellent, very well written. Thank you for sharing. I agree on all points given.

  148. Excellent. Very well written, thank you for posting. I agree on each and every point given.

  149. Thought this was well written.

  150. Just as some Christians love their neighbors but hate their sins, it is also possible to love the bible but hate the parts of it that are worthy of public outrage. There are parts of the bible that advocate the MURDER of homosexuals. It is possible to love Phil Robertson but begin to misunderstand him when he says he is a bible thumper who thinks homosexuality is wrong, even if a person is born that way. Phil indicates he thinks that homosexuality is a sin because he accepts the bible’s assumption that it is a choice.

    • Sorry, Pei, but you have made two errors. First, it is not possible to love the Bible but hate parts of it. The Bible, while made up of many parts, is a single document, beginning with Genesis and ending with Revelation. It’s all or nothing.

      Second, nowhere has Phil ever said homosexuality is wrong, or that it is a sin. Homosexual ACTS are sinful, just as adultery, and many other sexual acts are sinful. Homosexuals and heterosexuals are both capable of sexual sin. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that homosexuality is a choice.

  151. […] does the Catholic Church exclude homosexuals?”  It reminded me of the recent kerfuffle when Phil Robertson’s comments on the sin of homosexual behavior caused him to come under attack for being […]

  152. There was never a doubt that A&E, Disney Corp, would bring the Robertson’s back since they never left A&E. A&E even did an extensive marathon which made them a huge amount during their so-called suspension which did not result in any lost episodes or real suspension. Despite the capitulation to those in the production company crew who are of “reprobate mind” and objected to the comments of Phil Robertson, and the SAD (sexually aberrant deviant) lobby groups to do something, A&E was not going to cut their own throats with this cash cow.

    Neither was Cracker Barrel, who quickly recanted once their own customers (of which my family and I are ones) let them know they would not be back in the restaurant if CB removed Duck Commander merchandise (yes, Suzie there is a difference between Duck Commander and Duck Dynasty merchandise…DC goes to the Robertson family and their church and charities, DD goes to A&E/Disney)

    Phil Robertson told a mutual friend that he would not compromise during this uproar, and he did not. He expressed the Word of God in I Co. 6, and could have also quoted Romans 1. The ones that blinked was A&E/Disney, not Phil or the Robertson family. I don’t believe they will compromise in the future either.

    May all of us who name the name of Christ, who call Him Lord and Savior, who read and try to live by His Word, may all of us not compromise with the world and with evil either. Sinful behavior is sinful behavior.

    Phil has made this vow as have we: For me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

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  154. […] Last night Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame was on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show.  You may recall that Phil got in hot water last January for comments he made in an interview with GQ Magazine.  I’m still trying to figure out how a guy who dresses in camouflage and has a waist-length beard got into GQ, but I digress.  (See Why Phil Robertson is the Most Dangerous Man in America.) […]

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  156. The show is about values. It’s about family.. Every family should be that loving.
    Phil Robetson For President!!!!

  157. […] that seems a bit odd, here’s the back story. Phil, by his own accounts was once a drunk and womanizer. He found Jesus. There is no hesitation in […]

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