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  1. Matt27 says

    His career in Hollywood is ending three…two…one. But I am sure he likes much more giving hateful speeches to people like himself than working in environment where some of the people might actually be gay (openly, not in the closet like in the groups he speaks to).

  2. anon says

    Can you provide the proof that A&E KNEW about his anti-gay and anti-black opinions before putting him on the air? Can you provide the proof that A&E knew and approved of his interview with GQ? You make these assertions without backing them up with any evidence.

  3. Mike says

    I hope the show doesn’t get canceled, or him fired. Not because I don’t think they deserve it, but because this is an incredibly popular show and I think gay people will be blamed for the cancelation. There will be a lot more anti-gay sentiment over getting the show canceled than anti-Duck sentiment over making the comments.

  4. Rafael says

    So he lived a life of sin, converted to Christianity and now gets to trash talk gays? Give me a break. You will see more good in Gay people who just want to love and live descent lives than you will ever see from this clown. If you believe in God, you know that the holy spirit didn’t cease to exist with the culmination of the books in the Bible. Therefore ones relationship with God is equally affirming and perhaps more relevant that something that was written from the same divine inspiration in the past.

  5. JohnAGJ says

    TMZ and Towleroad do know that Robertson is quoting almost verbatim at points from Romans chapter 1, although I don’t know which translation he’s using. I don’t agree with the view expressed, nor that this applies to our understanding of gay, but he’s not taking this from nothing.

  6. Jake says

    For much of that clip, he is quoting/paraphrasing from Romans 1, a very familiar biblical passage. Do you think he shouldn’t believe in or quote the Bible? He is a Christian after a

  7. johnny says

    What I find sad is his calling all gay people who believe in God “god haters” when there are millions upon millions of gay people who not only believe in God but also work with churches, are pastors, go to church frequently, do good works for churches, etc.

    Blanket statements are always self-condemning and this will eventually be his undoing.

  8. says

    He is not correct when he calls me a God hater. I do not hate any imaginary fictional characters. There are some human beings I find less than wonderful, but as far as an Imaginary Bearded Sky Daddy is concerned, meh.

  9. GregV says

    @Johnagj and @Jake: I know exactly the words (from a letter by Saul of Tarsus, who, by the way, had previously persecuted Christians) that he is citing. But as they were written, they had NOTHING to do with gay people or same-sex couples.
    Saul was expressing his opinion about a specific religious cult in Rome in which married people worshipped reptiles and birds using each other and models of those reptiles and birds in an orgy ritual.

    This is no different in tone or intent than the so-called “Christians” (led by the Southern Baptists) who right through the 1960’s widely read black people into verses about Noah’s family to call all African-descended people cursed, inferior, immoral, etc.

  10. JJ says

    It sounds like he was paraphrasing Romans 1:25-32. Not sure it makes sense to take offense at a man simply reading from the Bible. Interesting how the media spins it…
    Romans 1:25-32
    For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions ; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural , 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil ; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice ; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful ; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

  11. tjones says

    This is the kind of absolute hatred that I endured in West Texas where I grew up. Your back was up against the wall with these people. And it was not to be questioned. I was born in the early 1950’s and his whole sermon and tone just typifies the atmosphere of the place. No quarter was given: If you were queer, you were lower than dirt. This proves that religion backs this kind of attitude up all the way.

  12. Shelly says

    This whole thing is a deliberate publicity stunt manufactured to create the “Chik Fil A Appreciation Day” effect, just in time to cash in on the ubiquitous Duck Dynasty holiday marketing.

    I couldn’t care less about these guys or what they believe, but all sides of this issue are using a manufactured controversy to cash in and milk it for all it’s worth — GQ, the “news” networks, GLAAD, NAACP, the usual right-wing loudmouth politicos, and last but not least A&E who precipitated this nonsense. Everybody wins — except the gays, blacks, and an increasingly polarized and culture-war-torn public-at-large who guzzle down outrage and indignation like it’s the hottest drug ever.

    The whole thing is disgusting.

  13. OddBet says

    I really wish people would actually read the damn article. It is painfully obvious that most sites are just using the excerpts being passed around the internet as their source. Robertson’s rants were largely impromptu; he was not asked about his opinions on homosexuality. The questions that were asked were to clarify points of his rants. According to the article, the author had a hard time getting a word in, due to Robertson’s proselytizing.

  14. DingDong says

    PLEASE TWEET Harvey Levin about his constant homophobia. He constantly bashes Obama on TMZ Live and recently said all the modern family award wins is due to the gay agenda. ON AIR. And he gets away with it because he’s gay. A bitter old gay
    self hater.

  15. JohnAGJ says

    GregV: Thats a probable interpretation of Romans 1 which I personally think is likely. Yet this is one with a very modern origin it should be noted. Robertsons view goes back to early Christianity so no one should be surprised that there are Christians who hold to it. Ditto for the Flood story or Creation. Of course in those cases at least we have science to show just how problematic a literal interpretation of these can be, to put it nicely. Science has yet to show us, and it’s is really beyond its provenance, about what happens to a soul after death (let alone if such even exists). I could care less what Robertson thinks of my eternal chances because I’m gay. Plenty of folks think I’m going to burn forever or come back as a bug or something because I don’t conform to what they believe about God or morality. What, you think only some Christians believe this? In the context in which gave his remarks I wasn’t offended nor do I think he should have been fired by A&E (although they have every right to do so). This was also a poor choice by GLAAD to make an issue about.

  16. Matthew says

    How was A&E to know that he would be asked questions about homosexuality? I would have assumed they would talk about Duck Dynasty and whatever it is the people on that reality show do. I wouldn’t expect The Kardashians or The Real Houswives to have to field questions about homosexuality either if I sent them out to do an interview with GQ.

  17. SmokingMirror says

    My deeply held beliefs tell me that Phil Robertson and his anti-gay ilk are shameful perverse, heartless, senseless prejudiced bigots worthy of existing in the ugliest depictions of a place called Hell… Nothing personal, they’re just my opinions & beliefs… freedom of religion etc

  18. Thomas says

    This Phil-istine (like Ernestine?)seems very obsessed with gay sex and men’s anuses. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he – like so many other right-wing Republican Christian Fundamentalists – has a dirty little secret of having “filthy sinful satanic” gay sex in public restrooms. Because, come on, why else does he care so much about gay sex? It’s just psychology 101 – the one who protests the loudest is always the most guilty. Come on, Phil-omena, you self-hating nasty old closet-case queen…it’s ok that you secretly love man anus, come out of the closet and out of the restroom stall, and stop hating yourself – and us please Mary – and just be okay. Jesus still loves you. And we will too. (But honey please, start grooming yourself, great-grandmama.)

  19. jarago says

    I think somebody on A&E wanted to unmask this loon. Hard to believe that they would allow GQ just to ask him anything and let the bigot fool answer unless they wanted him exposed.

  20. *****overTX says

    @TJones, ”
    This is the kind of absolute hatred that I endured in West Texas where I grew up. Your back was up against the wall with these people. And it was not to be questioned. I was born in the early 1950’s and his whole sermon and tone just typifies the atmosphere of the place. No quarter was given: If you were queer, you were lower than dirt. This proves that religion backs this kind of attitude up all the way. ” ….I can testify that it was the same way in Central Texas and according to my best friend, also in East Texas.

  21. Bill says

    @JohnAGJ : Aside from the Romans, there were the Corinthians – Corinth was pretty much a party town with pagan temples in which male temple prostitutes would dress up in drag as fertility gods and the local men would have sex with the surrogate deity to ensure a good harvest. What a scam for a power bottom! Paul’s comment basically meant that the straight guys were being punished for their idol worship as they were doing what was unnatural for them.

    The killer for Noah’s flood is the “sign of a covenant” (or whatever they called it) – the rainbow. They didn’t know that rainbows are the result of the index of refraction varying with wavelength and with light interacting with small water drops, so they explained it as some sort of signal from God.

  22. cando64 says

    This whole thing seems to have been blown out of proportion. I don’t agree with anything he is saying nor do I excuse anything he has said but freedom of speech is a constitutional right. If we as gay people want our right to freedom of speech and expression then we have to live with what others have to say as well. We don’t have to like it but we have to quit crying about it – as do the self-righteous Republicans and Christians many of whom do not at all live or embody the teachings of Christ. I think that A&E needs to reinstate the man to his show. If and when he uses his show as a soapbox to espouse his misguided beliefs, then A&E will have the right to not only suspend him but to cancel the show.

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