Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson is making headlines once again, expressing his belief that AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases are a punishment from God, leveled at homosexuals for “immoral conduct.”
According to The Daily Mail, Robertson made the comments during a Christian radio show as part of a tour to promote his new book. Speaking with host Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, Robertson addressed the controversy that erupted last year, after comments he made in an interview with GQ caused a public backlash against Duck Dynasty. As the Inquisitr reported, Robertson was briefly suspended from the show.
“God says, ‘One woman, one man,’ and everyone says, ‘Oh, that’s old hat, that’s that old Bible stuff. But I’m thinking, well let’s see now. A clean guy — a disease-free guy and a disease-free woman — they marry and they keep their sex between the two of them. They’re not going to get chlamydia, and gonorrhea, and syphilis, and AIDS. It’s safe.”
As ThinkProgress notes, Robertson continued, indicating his belief that there is a deeper meaning behind sexually transmitted infections.
“Either it’s the wildest coincidence ever that horrible diseases follow immoral conduct, or, it’s God saying, ‘There’s a penalty for that kind of conduct.’ I’m leaning towards there’s a penalty for it.”
— Tony Perkins (@tperkins) September 10, 2014
Robertson has been unapologetic in his anti-gay stance, and was briefly removed from Duck Dynasty amid the media firestorm that accompanied his previous comments. In an interview with ABC News last week, Robertson again addressed the controversy his remarks caused.
“I’m as much of a homophobe as Jesus was. People who are participating in homosexual behavior — they need to know that I love them.”
The Robertson family patriarch also ignited a controversy earlier in his book tour when he spoke about the Islamic terrorist organization ISIS. During an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Robertson discussed the brutal tactics that ISIS have employed, which includes forced conversion to Islam.
— Tom Maloney (@t2gunner) September 4, 2014
“In this case, you either have to convert them, which I think would be next to impossible,” Robertson told Hannity. “I’m just saying convert them or kill them — one or the other.”
Phil Robertson is currently touring to promote his book “Un-PHILtered.”
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