Phil Robertson, patriarch of the Robertson Family from A&E’s wildly popular show Duck Dynasty, is learning the hard way about the mainstream media’s sacred ground – homosexuality. Despite being a self-proclaimed “Bible-thumper” and a non-negotiable on the prominent role that faith and religion play in the Robertson Family’s life, Phil was recently “suspended indefinitely” from the show for remarks he made in a GQ Magazine profile in which he, among other things, discussed his opinions on the immorality of homosexuality.
Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center commented:
“What Phil Robertson said about homosexuality as an Evangelical Christian in his GQ interview, reflects the teaching of the Catholic Church, and the viewpoint of a vast majority of Americans. A & E willingly capitulated to the intimidation tactics of the militant homosexuals. Remaining silent in this circumstance of religious intolerance merely emboldens militant homosexuals. Christians must mobilize and respond with the same zeal and vigor as these homosexuals.”
The discussion on homosexuality begins after this line from Robertson,
“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong,” he says. “Sin becomes fine.”
When asked to explain what he means the article quotes Robertson as saying:
“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.”
Then according to the article he paraphrases Corinthians by saying:
“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.”
Not a bad paraphrasing as 1st Corinthians 6:9 reads “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality.”
Some criticize Robertson for allegedly saying homosexuals are going to hell. That’s not what he said. In fact, Robertson, in a vein similar to that of Pope Francis’ statement of “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” states:
“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven... 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 ’emout later, you see what I’m saying?”
Robertson, in his own backwoods way is reflecting the teachings of the Catholic Church on homosexuality. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
“Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’ They are contrary to the natural law . . . . Under no circumstances can they be approved.” (2357)
The Catholic Catechism’s version of Robertson’s “We just love’ em,” quote is:
“They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.” (2358)
Members of the Robertson Family regularly discuss religion, abstinence, family values and traditional American heritage in interviews and on the show, which is part of the show’s appeal and a large draw for its millions of fans.
Only this time, militant homosexual groups got involved.
The homosexual agenda’s number 1 priority has been to silence Christians about homosexuality. The right to Free Speech, in their opinion, does not belong to the faithful, including Phil Robertson.
The Thomas More Law Center supports the rights of Christians to freely discuss their faith, including their faith’s stance on homosexuality. As we stood by high school student Daniel Glowacki when he was disciplined by his teacher for stating that as a Catholic he opposed homosexuality, we stand beside Phil Robertson.