"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson is once again under fire after offering up a graphic example involving atheists, rape and murder during a prayer breakfast speech that he delivered last Friday — comments that have left his critics reeling.
But John Bona, founder and co-chair of the Vero Beach Prayer Breakfast in Vero Beach, Florida — the event Robertson was speaking at when he delivered the remarks — told TheBlaze that he believes that the reality TV star was using the example to illustrate how human beings discern right from wrong.
Phil Robertson with his wife, Miss Kay. (Getty Images)
Robertson's hypothetical example centered around two burglars breaking into an atheist family's home and raping and killing a woman and her children. Here's the controversial transcript of his remarks:
"I'll make a bet with you. Two guys break into an atheist's home. He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters. Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him and then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of 'em and then shoot him and they take his wife and decapitate her head off in from of him. And then they can look at him and say isn't it great that I don't have to worry about being judged … there's no right or wrong … and then you take a sharp knife and take his manhood and hold it in front of him and say wouldn't it be something if this was something wrong with this, but you're the one who says theres no God, there's no right, there's no wrong…. so we're just having fun. We're sick in the head. Have a nice day."
Robertson ended his example by claiming that the atheists would surely believe that the criminals' actions against them "just ain't right."
With that in mind, Bona told TheBlaze that the "Duck Dynasty" star was attempting to illustrate that "if there's no God, everything is permissible."
"That graphic point, he applied it to murder," Bona said. "Every human being has ingrained in them a conscience and they know murder is wrong and people who deny their conscience, because they don't have Jesus."
He also said that the media haven't reported that Robertson repeatedly told the crowd that "he loves everyone."
"I think Phil was saying that we have laws against murder, because the people who made the laws back then had a high degree of the value of life and they believed it is wrong to murder," he continued. "What he was saying — if there's no fixed point of morality, God's law, that leads directly back to a God, then anything goes."
Some atheists and non-believers, alike, have hit back hard at Robertson, claiming that the example he provided was a poor one at best.
"Oh look, it’s Christianity’s biggest strawman all over again," Terry Firma wrote on the Friendly Atheist blog. "I don’t know a single atheist or agnostic who thinks that terrorizing, raping, torturing, mutilating, and killing people is remotely OK, and I frankly think that Robertson doesn’t either. I don’t reckon he knows any atheists, so he feels free to make up s*** about them."
See some of the other responses here.
As TheBlaze has previously reported, Robertson has come under fire numerous times in the past over his past social commentaries.
(H/T: Palm Beach Post)