Phil Robertson’s definition of what is sinful has sparked a controversy.
In a new interview with GQ magazine, the “Duck Dynasty” star, 67, who turned to God after his own struggles with morality, explained that in his eyes, homosexual behavior — along with bestiality — is sinful.
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there,” he said. “Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”
Still, “We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job,” he added. “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?”
GLAAD released a statement calling his sentiments “some of the most vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication.”
“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,” said GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz. “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.”
Robertson and his family, including his son Jep, who said that he’s “definitely in line” with his father’s beliefs, live in Louisiana.
“”We’re Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television,” Phil Robertson added. “The Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and let’s get on with it, and everything will turn around.”