Reality star and founder of Duck Commander, Phil Robertson, is standing his ground after his homophobic remarks to GQ Magazine.
The Robertson family patriarch defiantly stated that he will not back down from his statements, but adds that he loves humanity and is not a hater.
Phil spoke to his bible study group at his church in West Monroe, Louisiana following his suspension by A&E over his controversial comments to GQ.
Robertson, 67, stated, “I love all men and women. I am a lover of humanity, not a hater.”
Robertson said to his bible class at White’s Ferry Road Church, “We murder each other, and we steal from one another, sex and immorality goes ballistic. All the diseases that just so happened to follow sexual mischief … boy there are some microbes running around now.”
He adds, “Sexual sins are numerous and many. I have a few myself. So what is your safest course of action? If you’re a man, find yourself a woman, marry them and keep your sex right there. Common sense says we are not going to procreate the human race unless we have a man and a woman.”
Robertson said that over the last 2000 years, “the sins are the same” and “humans haven’t changed.”
“We get high, we get drunk, we get laid, we steal and kill,” he stated. “Has this changed at all from the time God burnt up whole cities because their every thought was evil?”
Robertson urged homosexuals to turn to Jesus, saying, “Jesus will take sins away, if you’re a homosexual he’ll take it away, if you’re an adulterer, if you’re a liar, what’s the difference? If we lose our morality, we lose our country.”
Robertson also defended his own intelligence, saying, “I am not uneducated. I have a degree from Louisiana Tech. But this week I have been called an ignoramus.”
Entertainment Weekly reported Sunday that A&E intends to keep Robertson on the air, hoping the furor will die down over the holidays, and that footage featuring Phil will remain intact when new episodes begin airing on Jan. 15.
After his class, Robertson joined his congregation for a church service led by his eldest son, Pastor Alan, and even tried to make light of all the controversy.
“Well, we’ve had quite a quiet week, shot some ducks, done some shopping, ignited a national controversy.”
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