It looks like Phil Robertson has gotten himself in a bit of trouble with the gay rights groups. In a magazine article published in the January 2013 GQ magazine, Phil speaks his mind like he always does, and says that homosexuality is sin and that it is illogical.
Phil said “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,” he tells the magazine. Paraphrasing Corinthians, he says, “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.”
Needless to say, GLAAD and other gay rights groups are up in arms. Let’s just say that they are NOT happy, happy, happy. GLAAD calls Phil’s statements “vile and extreme stereotypes” and they ask A&E, the network that hosts the Duck Dynasty show, to re-examine their relationship with the Robertson family. They also asked the network to speak about whether they stand behind Phil’s comments or not. “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,” said GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz.
In the interview with GQ magazine, Phil says “We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”
A&E released this statement from Phil in reply to the controversy “I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and 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.”