Phil Robertson, the 68-year-old patriarch of the family that stars on A&E Network’s “Duck Dynasty,” has gone on the record again about his beliefs that homosexuality is something frowned upon by God — or at least his version of the Almighty. This time, as reported by UPI on Sept. 11, he notes that AIDS is God’s “penalty” for acting immorally.
In fact, Phil Robertson sees it as no coincidence that if an individual acts in an immoral fashion, they contract all sorts of sexually transmitted diseases. “Do you think it’s a coincidence that all of these debilitating — literally that can cause death — diseases follow that kind of conduct?” the reality star asked rhetorically at one point in the interview. “God says, ‘One woman, one man,’ and everyone says, ‘Oh, that’s old hat, that’s old Bible stuff.'”
He went on to tell Tony Perkins: “But I’m thinking, well let’s see now. A clean guy — a disease-free guy and a disease-free woman — they marry and they keep their sex between the two of them. They’re not going to get chlamydia, and gonorrhea, and syphilis and AIDS. It’s safe.
“Either it’s the wildest coincidence ever that horrible diseases follow immoral conduct, or, it’s God saying, ‘There’s a penalty for that kind of conduct,'” he concluded. “I’m leaning towards there’s a penalty for it.”
Robertson was suspended from taping his reality show, “Duck Dynasty,” back in January after making national headlines by saying that homosexuality was illogical and like bestiality in a GQ interview. He was later reinstated after a fierce public debate saw sides drawn up on both sides of the issue. However, regardless of his beliefs, many (if not most, even those who disagreed with with the reality show star) thought Robertson had the right to express them if he so chose to do so. Many also thought that A&E Television had the right to suspend him if they so chose, depending, of course, on their contractual dealings with Phil Robertson. Most business and/or organizations have clauses in their contracts that speak toward acts by contractees that reflect negatively on the contractor.
Shortly after his reinstatement, Robertson again made headlines talking about the sinfulness of homosexuality at a Louisiana Easter service.
He then paraphrased the biblical verses of Corinthians, per EOnline: “Neither the sexually immoral, nor the idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
Whatever one’s opinion of Phil Robertson might be, at least his message is consistent. To the millionaire outdoorsman, being gay is far from divinely approved behavior.
“Duck Dynasty,” which was, prior to the controversy, the most popular show on cable television, quickly saw a precipitous drop in viewership. Still, the show is watched by millions and is in constant rotation on A&E. “Duck Dynasty” just completed its sixth season, the finale pulling in 6 million viewers, according to Deadline, a drop of 29 percent from the 8.5 million that tuned in to the Season 6 premiere.