Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson is making headlines again, this time for “A startling video…showing [the] patriarch unleashing another homophobic rant.”
Not really sure what’s so “startling” about this; Robertson definitely made his thoughts on the subject clear during his interview with GQ in December.
This time, Robertson addressed the famous interview during an Easter sermon, saying, “They were mad at me. You say, ‘why’d they get mad at you?’ ‘Cuz 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.”
Referencing the Bible quote Robertson alluded to in the GQ interview, he went on to say, “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.'”
This is not homophobia. WebMD says having a phobia means “you are extremely afraid of a specific object, situation, or activity. Having a phobia includes feeling stressed about being near the object, being in the situation, or doing the activity. It also includes being afraid of the object, situation, or activity itself.”
Wikipedia says a phobia is “a type of anxiety disorder, usually defined as a persistent fear of an object or situation in which the sufferer commits to great lengths in avoiding, typically disproportional to the actual danger posed, often being recognized as irrational.”
If Robertson’s interview were at the actual GQ headquarters, chances are he encountered more than one homosexual, and didn’t go to “great lengths in avoiding…the danger.”
He even clarified his Christian stance: “We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. 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 ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”
And let’s say Robertson did have a phobia. Isn’t it the left’s prerogative to coddle and excuse anyone who is in the least bit different? They aren’t being very accepting and inclusive of someone who may be suffering from a “disability.”
Robertson disapproves of homosexuality, but he isn’t afraid of it. And if his aversion is a “disorder,” then he is in good company with the millions of fans who protested his disciplinary hiatus the first time so much so that A&E brought the program back.
To quote, appropriately, the Book of Matthew, “But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.”
Duck Dynasty is set to begin airing its sixth season on June 11.
Teresa Mull is the managing editor of Human Events.