Dec 18, 2013 4:13 PM
‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Slammed by Gay Activist Group for His Biblical View on Sexuality
Phil Robertson, patriarch of the family that stars in the A&E hit series Duck Dynasty, came under fire today in the national media for comments he made about homosexual behavior in a GQ article released today.
In the article, Robertson offers his views on a wide range of subjects and shares the Gospel message of sin, repentance and new life in Christ with writer Drew Magary. In this context, he also offers a biblical view of homosexual behavior and other widely accepted sins in America.
But it’s Robertson’s comments on homosexuality that have sparked a firestorm of outrage and condemnation from gay activists – led by the group Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), which tracks the portrayal of homosexual, bisexual and transgender issues in entertainment and media.
In the GQ piece, Robertson draws from 1 Cor. 6:9-10 and says:
“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.”
Within minutes of the release of the GQ article, Wilson Cruz, a spokesperson for GLAAD called Robertson’s comments “vile” and said that Robertson is lying about what “true Christians” believe about the subject. Cruz also offered a thinly veiled plea to the
corporate sponsors to drop their support of the top-rated Duck Dynasty show, which draws 14 million viewers weekly and is set to begin its fifth season in January.
In follow-up remarks today, Robertson qualified his GQ comments, 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.”
As this story continues to unfold, it will be interesting to see the degree to which A&E and its corporate sponsors are pressured to drop the show by gay activists and their allies in entertainment and the media.
We are equally interested to see whether or not biblically orthodox Christians will stand alongside Phil Robertson and proclaim – in love and grace – the truth about what the Bible teaches about sexuality, marriage and family.