Phil Robertson’s NASCAR prayer was a little out of the ordinary — more than the typical blessings and calls for safety of the participants. Robertson is no stranger to controversy for his expression of his conservative views, and particularly for using his reality star fame to spread these views. Now he’s using his involvement with NASCAR to do so again — and again, it’s making waves.
Robertson first drew attention for his views when he spoke to GQ about the role of Duck Dynasty in correcting the wrongs of the world — including “homosexual behavior,” bestiality, drunkenness, and swindling.
The resulting furor included people looking up more of Phil’s background, and uncovering an older video in which he preaches that one should marry young girls, ideally girls at 15 or 16 years old. According to CNN, Robertson said the problem is that “boys” are waiting until “girls” are 20 years old to marry.
Look, you wait ’til they get to be 20 years old, the only picking that’s going to take place is your pocket. You got to marry these girls when they are about 15 or 16. They’ll pick your ducks.
Next there was the scandal when the men of Duck Dynasty were accused of faking their personas for the reality show, as photos surfaced of them in khaki shorts and beardless.
Now, Phil Robertson is a part of the NASCAR family, and appeared at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday morning for the Duck Commander 500. According to Sporting News, Robertson opened the event with a prayer — one that carried a few lines some fans found questionable.
TO begin with, Robertson opened the prayer by announcing that “…we got here via Bibles and guns” and that his God made that possible.
Robertson then thanked God for founding America, asked for help recognizing that the people around him were military members, and credited faith in the military as “the reason we are still here.”
Finally, he really got political — he prayed that Americans would put a “Jesus-man” in the White House.
While most presidential candidates in recent elections have declared themselves Christians, the current election has a couple of candidates that definitely do not fit Robertson’s criteria. Hillary Clinton is, of course, not a man, and while Bernie Sanders hasn’t declared specific opinions of Jesus, he is Jewish and told Washington Post in January that he is not involved with organized religion.
It’s hardly the Duck Dynasty star’s first time getting involved in politics. Last March, when Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was battling to prevent marriage equality in his state, Phil Robertson was a vocal supporter.
As for this year’s politics, Phil has already endorsed Ted Cruz. Robertson appeared at one of Cruz’s rallies and there declaring — a bit more specifically than “a Jesus-man” — what he wanted in a president. According to Christian Post, Robertson described his candidate as follows.
“My qualifications for president of the United States are rather narrow: Is he or she godly, does he or she love us, can he or she do the job, and finally would they kill a duck and put him in a pot and make him a good duck gumbo? Cruz fits the bill.”
Robertson also vocalized his opinions on marriage equality again at that rally, calling it evil and wicked. Robertson declared this evidence that America is losing its moral core:
“When a fellow like me looks at the landscape and sees the depravity, the perversion – redefining marriage and telling us that marriage is not between a man and a woman?”
While it isn’t drawing the ire that resulted from his statements about LGBT rights and marriage equality, Phil Robertson’s NASCAR prayer has him in the spotlight again — and again, drawing disapproval.
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