Christmas just ain’t Christmas without a good, old-fashioned controversy!
The cast of the A&E reality hit Duck Dynasty is featured in the January issue of GQ magazine — but it isn’t the accompanying photospread that’s getting all the attention. In the story, titled “What the Duck?” Phil Robertson, patriarch of the soap-starring clan, is vocal about his Christian faith, the perils of sin and how it all relates to homosexuality.
He even compares same sex romance to bestiality and terrorism.
In news that should surprise absolutely no one, critics and interest groups are not pleased.
“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?”
Of sin, Phil, 67, says:
“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…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.”
“It seems like, to me, a woman would be more desirable…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.”
See the dilemma?
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has issued a statement chastising Robertson for his candor. According to the group’s spokesman, Wilson Cruz:
“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 re-examine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.”
GLAAD says its reached out to A&E to see if the network stands behind Robertson’s comments. For his part, Phil released a statement of his in wake of Wednesday’s uproar. Though, its worth noting, that he hardly backs off, saying:
“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.”