'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson: The media has railed against me for telling the truth that homosexuals are "sinners"
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/23/2014
Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson is continuing to defend and preach his beliefs on how homosexuals are "sinners" and the media is partly to blame for its false coverage.
During an Easter Sunday sermon at Whites Ferry Road Church in his hometown of West Monroe, LA, Robertson, a 67-year-old bearded reality TV star and devout Christian, slammed the media for being "absurd" and "blurring" his version of the truth in regards to gays.
"They were mad at me. You say, 'Why'd they get mad at you?' 'Cause instead of acknowledging their sin, like you had better do, they railed against me for giving them the truth about their sins. Don't deceive yourselves," Robertson told the congregation in a video that's gone viral.
Robertson then paraphrased a Corinthians Biblical verse.
"Neither the sexually immoral, nor the idolators, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor greedy, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God," he exclaimed.
"The news media didn't even know it was a verse! They thought I was just mouthing off. 'Is homosexual behavior a sin?' the guy asked me. I said, 'Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Don't be deceived.'"
A&E had briefly suspended Robertson from Duck Dynasty after making anti-gay comments during a December interview with GQ magazine. The network had claimed it was "extremely disappointed" to have read about his personal views, which "in no way reflect those of A&E Networks."
Robertson had told GQ he feels what's right and wrong has become blurred in society and homosexuality is on the same level as terrorism, alcoholism and bestiality. He said he "never, ever" passes judgement on such people but God will eventually sort out the "homosexuals, drunks and terrorists."
Robertson's family released an official statement at the time saying they were "disappointed" the patriarch had been placed on hiatus "for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right." They had even threatened to quit their reality series because they couldn't imagine doing the show without him.