Critics are once again raging over “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson’s newfound comments about homosexuality, with some accusing the reality show star of “unleashing another homophobic rant” during an Easter sermon he delivered last month.
Robertson’s latest comments were made April 20, 2014, at Whites Ferry Road Church in West Monroe, Louisiana, though his statements took nearly a month to gain mainstream attention.
In the video, the 68-year-old can be seen speaking to parishioners for more than 40 minutes about the Christian faith, while also poking fun at the media and specifically addressing the controversy that broke out in December following his controversial interview with GQ magazine.
Rather than backing away from his past comments about homosexuality and sin, Robertson doubled down.
“They were mad at me. … because instead of acknowledging their sin like you had better do, they railed against me for giving them the truth about their sin,” he said of those angry about his past comments. “‘Don’t deceive yourself’ — you want the verse? The news media didn’t even know it was a verse. They thought I was just mouthing off.”
Robertson went on to further explain his interview with the GQ reporter, paraphrasing the Bible verse that first landed him in hot water. He said that the reporter asked him if he believes homosexual behavior is a sin.
Then, he told the congregation how he responded.
“I said, ‘Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Don’t be deceived. Neither the sexual immoral, nor the idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor greedy, nor druggards, nor slanderers, nor swindlers will inherent the kingdom of God,’” Robertson recounted, reciting Paul’s remarks in 1 Corinthians 6:9.
The reality star said that he gave the reporter the biblical list, then delivered the “good news” — that Paul, among others, were once offenders of many of the sins mentioned in the verse, but that God changed them.
“We’ve all been there,” Robertson said, admitting he himself in his past life would have fallen under the biblical list. “The reason we’re here today is to remind you of the gospel that was preached.”
Watch these comments below around the 8:30 mark:
Robertson is now agin taking some heat for his remarks.
“If you’re in the mood for feeling sick to your stomach … watch Phil Robertson in all his ignorant glory!,” reads a post on gossip site PerezHilton.com.
And critics also took to social media to offer strong reaction to the sermon. Here’s just a snapshot of some of the critiques:
Ironically, Robertson’s son, Alan Robertson, defended his father’s candid beliefs Thursday night, telling an audience of pastors at the Family Research Council’s “Watchmen of the Wall 2014″ event that his dad “has the heart and mindset of a prophet.”
The younger Robertson’s comments were not explicitly tied to this new video, but they did address the furor that broke out in December.
Despite modern-day culture’s refusal to hear the messages Phil Robertson delivers, Alan praised his father for being unafraid to speak his truth, according to the Christian Post’s account of the speech.
“My dad has the heart and mindset of a prophet and is most compared to John the Baptist … for speaking the truth in a culture that isn’t prepared to hear truth,” Alan told the crowd. “That doesn’t change my dad’s view at all. Prophets tend not to care about their public image. They tend to talk about their judgment as if it’s real and they speak what God gives them to speak … so he is, in that sense, a 21st century prophet.”
So far A&E has declined comment on the new video. The sixth season of “Duck Dynasty” is scheduled to begin June 11.