Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson is well known for being outspoken about his religious beliefs. He has had no problem expressing his strong, conservative Christian values on the show, and does not appear to care how anyone feels about it. The Inquisitr reported that on Friday night Robertson was attending The Conservative Political Action Conference to receive the Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award. When he got up to get his award however, Robertson decided to start giving his own version of a sex ed lecture to the crowd.
While it is an honor to be the recipient of an award promoting free speech, I’m sure they did not plan on Robertson using his free speech to touch on a variety of subjects from religion to STDs for almost half-an-hour. Robertson got up to the podium, and told the crowd that he had gone on the Center for Disease Control’s website prior to the event and discovered that nearly 110 million Americans report having a sexually transmitted disease.
Robertson then continued his rant according to the Huffington Post.
“I don’t want you, America, to get sick. I don’t want you to become ill. I don’t want you to come down with a debilitating disease. I don’t want you to die early. You’re disease free and she’s disease free, you marry, you keep your sex right there. You won’t get sick from a sexually transmitted disease.
“I mean, I’m reading this stuff from the CDC and it says, how many sexual encounters does one have to have to catch a sexually transmitted illness? It said one. I’m figuring the out the odds on that one. How many seconds does it take to get genital herpes? It said 30 seconds. I’m like, whoa, that’s pretty quick.”
Something that Robertson did fail to mention in his speech was that out of those 110 million cases, 79 million of them are from Human Pappillomavirus or HPV, the Washington Post reports. While HPV is serious because it can cause cervical cancer, it is also preventable with a vaccine. This vaccination is recommended for pre-teen boys and girls. The vaccination for HPV has been highly debated by Republicans, and was also a hot topic during the 2012 Republican election.
The reason Robertson probably did not include this in his rant was because Phil himself is conservative and does not believe in pre-marital sex. Several political conservatives agree with Robertson and have argued that the vaccine can lead to promiscuity which is why they refuse to support it. Robertson also did not mention that the CDC reports that all of these sexually transmitted diseases are preventable if you practice safe sex and use a condom every time.
To conclude his lecture Robertson offered up his own solution to the problem of STDs in America.
“You want a godly, biblical, medically safe option? One man, one woman, married for life, and if you hate me because I told you that, I told you my love for you is not contingent on how you feel about me. I love you anyway. I don’t want to see you die early or get sick. I’m trying to help you, for crying out loud. America, if I didn’t care about you, why would I bring this up?”
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