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04/19/2007


Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson Says He Believes 'What the Bible Says' About Gays Going to Hell — VIDEO

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In a new interview with CNN's Kyra Phillips, Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson discusses last December's controversy over Phil Robertson's GQ interview, in which he blasted homosexual sinners, and said they're going to hell like terrorists.

Asks Phillips: "Let's lay it out. He paraphrased First Corinthians where it talks about homosexuals, male prostitutes, drunkards, thieves, that they're all the same. Is that what you believe?"

Says Robertson: "I believe what the Bible says. And so that’s what he says to put those in. You have to read the Bible and make up your own mind. God will ultimately decide that. We don't profess to be God and we certainly don't profess to be perfect because we have our own sins to deal with."

“And for him and for you, the Bible is literal, that’s how it is, right?” Phillips asked.

Replied Robertson: "That’s how it was said."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

In related news, Duck Dynasty ratings last week dropped to a 16-month low ahead of the season finale, according to THR:

Wednesday's Duck Dynasty averaged 4.7 million viewers, the first time in over a year that the series has fallen below the 5-million mark. The new low comes on the heels of a fatigued season for the A&E juggernaut. It returned to 8.5 million viewers in January -- steadily dropping ever since.

The softer fifth season, the first to air after star Phil Robertson's incendiary remarks about gay people and the Jim Crow South, is likely as much of a victim of gravity as it is of negative publicity. Duck Dynasty has been on a slow but steady decline since last summer, when it obliterated ratings records with 11.7 million viewers.

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Hate Group Leader and Log Cabin Republican Face Off Over Gay Romney Spokesman: VIDEO

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American Family Association radio host and hate group leader Bryan Fischer, who has launched an all-out assault on Richard Grenell, Romney's new out gay conservative spokesman, appeared on CNN today with Log Cabin Republican Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper, Think Progress reports.

Fischer was asked to explain his campaign against Grenell, and was pushed into a corner by Kyra Phillips, who reminded Fischer that Grenell was also spokesman for UN ambassador John Bolton, whom Fischer praised as having done a "great job."

Argued Fischer: "Well, the point here is that personnel is policy. Everybody in D.C. says that. Personnel is policy. When Governor Romney picks somebody who is an activist homosexual and puts him in a prominent position, he’s sending a shout out, it seems to me, to the homosexual lobby."

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Homophobic Rep. Allen West and Potential VP Pick Won't Have Gay Marriage Discussion on CNN: VIDEO

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Congressman Allen West (R-FL), an outspoken opponent of 'DADT' repeal who has said that being gay is a choice comparable to choosing the flavor of one's ice cream, refused today to have a discussion with CNN's Kyra Phillips about marriage equality, accusing her of trying to lead him down a "rabbit hole".

West has been rumored to be on Mitt Romney's short list for VP.

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CNN's Kyra Phillips Hammers Former NFL Player David Tyree Over Anti-Gay Marriage Statements: VIDEO

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CNN's Kyra Phillips questioned NOM spokesperson and former New York Giant David Tyree over statements he made in a recent video for NOM that same-sex marriage would lead to lawlessness and anarchy.

Phillips challenges Tyree with a 23-year study from the UCLA school of law proving that kids raised by lesbian parents gained more respect for diversity and differences than kids raised by straight parents, and that same-sex couples have strong marriages.

Tyree is only left with the argument that "it's unnatural."

Phillips demands he clarify that as well. She definitely gets props for this segment.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: Dan Savage Tells CNN That It Must Stop Giving Platforms to Hate Group Leaders Like the FRC's Tony Perkins

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CNN ran a segment on bullying and hate crimes inspired by the SPLC's recent report and their designation of 13 new organizations as "hate" groups.

Dan Savage tells Kyra Phillips, who is incredulous over the numbers of violent crimes committed against gay people, that change must begin with organizations like CNN, which give platforms to leaders of hate groups like the Family Research Council, which masquerade as religious organizations.

Says Savage: "There are no ‘two sides’ to the issue of LGBT rights. Right now one side is really using dehumanizing rhetoric. The Southern Poverty Law Center labels these groups as hate groups and yet the leaders of these groups, people like Tony Perkins, are welcomed onto networks like CNN to espouse hate directed at gays and lesbians. And similarly hateful people who are targeting Jews or people of color or anyone else would not be welcome to spew their bile on CNN."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via two)

UPDATE: Savage says, "The question about what could be done to lower the rate of anti-gay hate crimes was the planned final question in the segment, CNN knew I was going to slam 'em when they asked it, and they had me on anyway. Which is to CNN's credit."

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CNN's Kyra Phillips Says 'Ex-Gay' Richard Cohen Was 'Not Appropriate', Scolds Those Who Sent Her 'Hateful Messages'

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CNN's Kyra Phillips addressed "ex-gay" conversion therapy again today and had on Dr. Clinton Anderson of the American Psychological Association to counter the arguments made by her guest earlier in the week, discredited "ex-gay" crackpot Richard Cohen.

Phillips also addressed outrage over Cohen and said she's received "vicious" emails.

Said Phillips, in part (my transcript):

"Richard Cohen was not the most appropriate guest to have on, but it is a decision that we made and the result of that is our continued discussion today. That is what journalism is all about. And we will continue to do our best to discuss gay and lesbian issues in a fair way on this program. I wish that all of you knew my heart. And as a journalist with a long track record of covering gay and lesbian issues, I wish that those of you who sent me vicious emails watched my newscast more often because if they did, my guess is they would not have been so quick to send such hateful messages. They don't know my record and my unswerving support for all communities in the battle for human rights, including gays, lesbians, and transgendered individuals. And to make it perfectly clear, I love debating issues. It evokes passion but if we cannot treat each other in a civil manner, even when we disagree, then we will never move forward and have a world where all people are treated with the respect that they deserve."

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