Lefty gay rights activists are up in arms over comments Phil Robertson made regarding homosexuality. The “Duck Dynasty” patriarch told GQ that he believes homosexuality is a sin:
“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.”
Many were quick to pounce on Robertson’s comments, denouncing him as a homophobe and using the remarks as evidence that committed Christians are intolerant bigots.
Here’s “Ellen Show” executive producer Andy Lassner:
GLAAD spokesman and former “My So-Called Life” actor Wilson Cruz also expressed disgust:
And GLAAD issued a statement condemning Robertson:
Whether or not you agree with Robertson’s views, it’s clear that they stem from his firm belief in biblical teachings. And Robertson is careful to emphasize that he is not in any position to pass judgment on someone else:
As far as Phil is concerned, he was literally born again. Old Phil—the guy with the booze and the pills—died a long time ago, and New Phil sees no need to apologize for him: “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?”
“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.”
And from the looks of things, Robertson won’t have to defend himself by himself:
Indeed. If Robertson’s critics are truly appalled at blatant homophobia, if they are truly interested in addressing genuine persecution of homosexuals, they ought to focus their attention elsewhere:
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