Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame made an appearance on Fox News with Sean Hannity Tuesday night. Robertson is baffled by ISIS’s hatred towards the United States, especially as the U.S. military continues to withdraw from the region.
Hannity immediately noted Phil had a copy of the Bible with him. “I never leave home without my woman and my Bible,” Robertson began the interview. Hannity segued the conversation into a discussion of good and evil, appealing to Robertson’s “preacher’s heart” and catapulting into the recent, gruesome beheadings of Americans committed by ISIS.
Robertson, who does know his Bible, responded with the Biblical verse 1st John 5:19, quoting, “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.” He said that there were only two types of people in this world – those who are the children of God, and those who are evil.
Continuing with his Biblical references, Robertson said ISIS are prisoners of their own sin, and “captive of Satan to do his will.” Finally opening his obviously well-loved, tattered Bible (showing a copy of the Declaration of Independence which he says he uses as his bookmark), and relying on Proverbs, Robertson concluded: “All who hate me love death.”
“We’re not even on the premises,” Robertson added, saying that they (ISIS) can’t blame “us.” Using Egypt and Syria as examples, he talked about how, regardless of U.S. presence in the Middle East or not, the people there continue to “slaughter each other,” and reiterated that “All who hate me, love death.”
What then, Hannity asked, would the solution be? “I think they’re at war with us,” Hannity said, to which Robertson agreed. In response, Robertson replied:
“In this case, you either have to convert them, which I think is – would be – next to impossible. I’m not giving up on ’em, I’m just saying either convert them…or kill them.”
Robertson himself believes that “that time” to convert them has “come and gone,” and he likened the terrorist organization to “street thugs on steroids.” By that, he means ISIS follows no rules of war, but instead engage in terrorist behavior that violates the boundaries of warfare, much like street gangs.
Hannity warned Robertson that the media may focus on the harshness of the phrase “convert them or kill them,” saying he knows how the media works and seeming to forget that he, himself is a member of the media, as well.
Robertson shrugged, relying on his own strange brand of conviction that never seems to waver, said, “I’d rather have a Bible study with them.”
Watch the interview between Sean Hannity and Phil Robertson in its entirety below and tell us – do you think Robertson is right?
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