Duck Dynasty star Phil Roberston has once again ventured into the area of human sexuality, a topic that has caused him controversy in the past, especially with his comments regarding homosexuality. This time, in a recent sermon delivered at a Duck Commander Mission church event last month in West Monroe, Louisiana, Roberston made the claim that practicing “Biblically correct sex” causes a person to become immune to all sexually transmitted diseases.
“Man marries a woman,” the Duck Dynasty patriarch declared in the sermon delivered on September 14 at White’s Ferry Riad Church. “You know what those two will never have? They will never have a sexually transmitted disease. You know why? They keep their sex between the two of them. They can’t catch a sexually transmitted disease.”
Robertson went on to pronounce “Biblically correct sex” to be “safe.”
“You’re not going to get chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, AIDS,” said the founder of the Duck Commander duck call manufacturing dynasty. “If a man marries a woman, and neither of you have it, and you keep your sex between the two of you, you’re not going to get ever sexually transmitted diseases.”
In the sermon, Phil Robertson blamed the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases, such as those he listed in his sermon, on “orthodox liberal opinion,” which he described as, “Just have at it. Go for it. Don’t be bridled and shackled and live a life of restraint before God Almighty.”
Recent statistics show that 110 million Americans are infected with some kind of sexually transmitted disease. In the Duck Dynasty home state of Louisiana, according to the Center for Disease Control, chlamydia alone infects 598 of every 100,000 people.
But is it true that entering into and remaining in a “Biblically correct” monogamous marriage is a sure-fire way to prevent STDs? Not if one or both of the partners has ever had sexual relations with anyone else, prior to starting the monogamous sexual relationship, medical experts warn.
The chances of contracting an STD while in a monogamous relationship depend on how often and how thoroughly each partner has been tested for STDs, according to the medical site Sexualhealth.com.
“If you did get an STD from a past sexual partner, you probably wouldn’t test positive for it right away,” the site’s experts say. “For example, for the most accurate HIV test results, it is recommended to wait at least three months after possible exposure to the virus. Herpes simplex virus, on the other hand, can usually be detected after about four weeks.”
Without regular testing, it is always possible that one or both partners could be carrying an STD, even without showing any symptoms, and that disease could infect the other partner.
As for “Biblically correct sex,” the definition offered by the Duck Dynasty patriarch is far from the only type of sexual relations described in the Bible. For example, in Genesis 19:30-36, the Biblical character Lot is plied with alcohol then raped by not just one but both of his own daughters.