A recent interview Phil Robertson, the Duck Dynasty patriarch, did with GQ and the subsequent uproar has caused A&E to indefinitely suspend him from his own show. The uproar centered on Phil being outspoken about his views on homosexuality.
The most talked about quote from the entire interview is where Phil gives his reasoning as to why homosexuality isn’t logical. 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 saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.
This is graphic. I’ll give you that. However, Phil has never been shy about speaking his mind (i.e. “to me“). This was a practical reason why he believes homosexuality just doesn’t make sense to him. The 1st Amendment gives him the right to freedom of speech. Lastly, there was no hate in his speech.
At another point in the interview, Phil was asked, “What is sinful?”. Phil said the following:
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.
Phil is just answering a question. The journalist was the one who brought it up. Many people are ignorantly claiming that here Phil is comparing homosexuality to bestiality, as if to say that a gay person is the same as a dude who wants to have sex with a duck. He’s not doing that at all. He’s merely listing sins. Also, he is directly quoting and following the list of sins from 1 Corinthians 6:9.
These two quotes are the major points in the article that have people talking. To no one’s surprise, GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, quickly condemned these remarks. Among the many things they had to say about Phil, they said that Phil’s words were “some of the vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication“. Many other groups continued the train of condemnation concerning Phil’s remarks.
After everyone had his or her run at Phil, Phil himself released a statement about the whole situation. He said,
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.
Then, the family, as a whole, released a statement about what Phil said and what they plan on doing going forward:
We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E’s decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart’ and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Phil would never incite or encourage hate.We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right.We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty. Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.
Phil Robertson is a Christian. As a Christian, he believes the Bible (shocker). God has declared through his Holy Scripture that homosexuality is a sin. You might not believe in the God of the Bible, but Phil does. He will speak God’s truth, especially if you pose a question to him. There’s much for the Christian to learn from this whole situation.
Phil didn’t shy away from answering questions that were posed to him. He didn’t sugar coat what he had to say and he did it in a loving manner. I love that Phil in his post-uproar statement didn’t take back his words. He meant what he said. This is a man of God. Jesus was crucified for saying controversial remarks (i.e. I am God). Phil is being crucified for the same thing (i.e. saying that God is right about homosexuality).
As a Christian, you’re either criticized for picking and choosing what you believe in the Bible or ignorantly believes everything in the Bible.
There is no victory for the Christian in this world, since this isn’t a Christian world. Personally, I’d rather be criticized for being Biblical than be criticized for being non-Biblical. God is worth people not liking me.
Phil Robertson said:
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