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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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'Duck Dynasty' Premiere Ratings Down 28 Percent After Anti-Gay Controversy

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Duck Dynasty returned to A&E last night for its fifth season, and the ratings are down following controversy over Phil Robertson's anti-gay remarks, EW reports:

Wednesday night’s Duck Dynasty season 5 premiere had 8.5 million viewers. That’s huge for a cable reality show, but down 28 percent from its record-setting fourth season debut in August (11.8 million). It’s also slightly down from the show’s third season premiere in February last year (8.6 million). A&E notes the number up slightly from the fourth season finale on Oct. 23 (though obviously it’s standard to compare premieres to premieres).

Robertson was placed on a short hiatus following the remarks and got a scolding from A&E and a few sponsors, but didn't end up losing a single one for his statements in GQ, in which he said homosexual sinners were going to hell like terrorists, prostitutes, and drunks.


Janet Porter: Phil Robertson's Reinstatement is a 'Game Changer' in God's Fight Against Homosexuality

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Wingnut Janet Porter, who in the past has warned that homosexuality is more dangerous to your health than smoking and even called a fetus to testify in committee on a state's abortion bill, weighed in on the Duck Dynasty controversy last week saying that Phil Robertson's reinstatement on the hit show is a "real game-changer" in God's plan to fight against homosexual rights. Right Wing Watch reports:

Dynasty“This is the turning point, thanks to the courage of Phil Robertson,” Porter told CNSNews.com. “The tide has turned against the homosexual agenda, and the message is that the only way to keep our freedom is to use it.”

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“What I saw happen for the first time in this debate is that Phil Roberston [sic] asserted his freedom and America stood with him. This was the biggest breath of fresh air since Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” she added, calling Robertson’s reinstatement “a real game-changer.”

“God uses the unlikely to confound the wise,” Porter added. “I love how God can use somebody – it doesn’t matter what area they are in. This guy chose duck hunting over professional football. He used his God-given talent to come up with a duck call that leads to the # 1 cable show and he suddenly has more prominence and influence and a bigger platform than any football star. 

Porter went on to warn of the homosexual lobby’s efforts to “silence us with name-calling and threats” and urged Christians to continue speaking out in support of Duck Dynasty and against homosexuality. 


Phil Robertson Advocates Marrying Girls When They Are 15 Or 16: VIDEO

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In addition to Phil Robertson's enlightened views on African Americans and homosexuality, Robertson also apparently advocates men to marry girls aged 15-16 because, as is common knowledge, by the time they hit 20 they're over the hill.

In a newly surfaced video from 2009, Robertson told the Sportsmen’s Ministry in Georgia,

“Look, you wait ‘til they get to be twenty years-old and the only picking that’s going to take place is your pocket. You got to marry these girls when they’re about fifteen or sixteen and they’ll pick your ducks.”

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GLAAD: A&E Choosing Profits Over African American And Gay People

6a00d8341c730253ef01a3faf8fa53970b-800wiFollowing the news that A&E has lifted Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson's suspension, initially instated over homophobic and racist comments he made in an interview with GQ, GLAAD released a statement condemning the network's move.

Phil Robertson should look African American and gay people in the eyes and hear about the hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists. If dialogue with Phil is not part of next steps then A+E has chosen profits over African American and gay people – especially its employees and viewers.

In addition to announcing filming would resume on Duck Dynasty, A&E has promised it would film PSAs "promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people." A&E has not said whether Robertson or any of the Duck Dynasty clan will be incorporated in these messages.

Recently, GLAAD Vice President of Communications Rich Ferraro said the organization has experienced significant backlash in response to their criticism of Robertson and their support of his suspension. However, the group has vowed not to back down.


Duck Dynasty Fans Launch 'Chick-Phil-A' Day

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Following the widespread backlash against "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson's racist and homophobic comments in a GQ profile published earlier this month, a group of Robertson supporters have started a campaign to show support for Robertson entitled, "Chick-Phil-A-Day," The Huffington Post reports. The group is calling on people to "stand for free speech" by wearing camouflage and eating at Chick-Fil-A, notorious for its support of anti-LGBT groups, on January 21. The proponents of "Chick-Phil-A-Day" claim no ties to the fast food company, saying they are "independent and organized from a grassroots view." The campaign's Facebook page has amassed some 34,000 likes to date.


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