'Duck Dynasty's' Phil Robertson video: Affirms anti-gay stance in sermon
The Whites Ferry Road Church of West Monroe, Louisiana posted the Easter Sunday video to YouTube back on April 21, but it attracted little attention for several weeks. Then RadarOnline noticed the references to homosexuality and to Robertson's Dec. 2013 interview with GQ. In that interview, Robertson drew parallels between homosexuality and bestiality and also made racially inclined remarks.
This sermon is nowhere near as direct as the earlier interview. The relevant segment of the sermon begins at about the 8:45 mark in the video below:
"I gave some guy one list," Robertson says, comparing his earlier statement to the lists of God at the Second Coming. "You say, were they mad at you about that list? They were mad at me. You say, why'd they get mad at you? 'Cause instead of acknowledging their sin, like you had better do, they railed against me for giving them the truth about their sins. Don't deceive yourselves."
"You want the verse? The news media didn't even know it was a verse! They thought I was just mouthing off. 'Is homosexual behavior a sin?' the guy asked me. I said, 'Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Don't be deceived.'"
"'Neither the sexually immoral, nor the idolators nor adulterers nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God," the reality-show star said, paraphrasing a verse from Corinthians.
Is this hateful speech? That's a complicated question. It's clearer that these are anti-homosexual remarks from a religious standpoint. Probably, it would have been better for the church not to record and post the video.
Because it did, however, A&E could be looking at another public-relations issue. Robertson eventually apologized for his comments from December, but it remains to be seen whether he will be apologizing again before the "Duck Dynasty" Season 6 premiere on June 11.