Video has emerged of Phil Robertson, suspended indefinitely from A&E’s Duck Dynasty for anti-gay comments made to GQ magazine, making even more hate-filled remarks during a sermon prior to his reality show days.
In the sermon, Robertson said gays and lesbians are ‘full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant, God-haters. They are heartless, they are faithless, they are senseless, they are ruthless.’
He also said: ‘Women with women, men with men, they committed indecent acts with one another, and they received in themselves the due penalty for their perversions.’
On Wednesday, remarks he made to GQ about gays caused an uproar as well as debates about free speech with former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin stepping up to defend Robertson.
He made crude comments about gay sex in the article, compared it to bestiality and also grouped ‘the homosexual offenders’ with prostitutes, swindlers, drunks and others who ‘won’t inherit the kingdom of God.’
Also, more quotes from his GQ interview have surfaced that deal with his views on discrimination against blacks – he does not think there is any.
‘I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person,’ he told GQ. ‘Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field…. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.’
Robertson’s family has released a lengthy statement in which they say ‘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.’
The family adds: ‘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.’
Below is video of Robertson’s anti-gay sermon: