December 18, 2013

Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson Reveals Himself to be a Religious Quack with Anti Gay Remarks


In a recent interview with GQ Magazine, Phil Robertson (which will be released in the January issue) made some pretty not-so-stunning revelations about how he chooses to believe with regards to homosexuals:

"everything is blurred on what's right and what's wrong ... sin becomes fine... 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."

Robertson continues:

 "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."

...and continues...

"It seems to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man's anus," he explained. "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."

Very shortly after, GLAAD spokesman William Cruz responded:

"Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil's lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe. He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans — and Americans — who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil's decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families."

Robertson followed up:

In a statement released via A&E, Robertson attempted to clarify his remarks: "I myself am a product of the '60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other."

Sounds like someone's PR/damage control brought the man some sense...

But seriously, this follow up? Did Robertson not think that his words would ignite some sort of fire? Usually, with this sort of situation, I would chalk it up to ignorance, and say everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
However, it is language like this; uninformed and negatively focused, that is hindering people like Robertson from becoming more tolerant and accepting of all people, cultures, and beliefs.

Robertson has founded this rhetoric on the teachings of the bible which, he says, saved him from a life of sin. In reality it sounds like he caught the fear of Christ, got his act together, and went with the group-think method where homosexuals are concerned in relation to "that sect" of "Christians."

So what do you think? Is this just another instance of an ignorant man speaking, or do his words to more damage being that he is a popular public figure? 
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