- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 22, 2014

A tape has emerged of “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson giving yet another sermon in church about the biblically based sin of homosexuality and saying that his views haven’t changed in the months since he created a media stir by preaching the same.

In the tape that’s just been posted on TMZ, Mr. Robertson is shown speaking from the pulpit of his local church on Easter Sunday, April 20, explaining to those in the pews that while plenty were angry by his December 2013 statements about homosexuality — that it’s a sin — he’s not the rule-maker. His views simply came from the Bible.

“[But they got mad] because I stood up and acknowledged their sin — like you had better do,” Mr. Robertson told the congregation, the TMZ video showed. “Don’t deceive yourselves. You want the verse? The news media didn’t even know it was a verse. They thought I just made it up.”

He then went into the verse about homosexuality and quoted from the Bible: “Neither the sexually immoral, nor the idolators, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor greedy, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God,” he said, quoting from the Bible.

Radar Online described Mr. Robertson’s Easter sermon as more “vitriol” and questioned whether this could “finally be the end of ‘Duck Dynasty.’ “

But the TV show has already been down that road once before and for the same reason.

“Duck Dynasty” was temporarily suspended by A&E late last year, after Mr. Robertson was captured in the media speaking similarly about the Bible and likening homosexuality to bestiality in a December 2013 interview with GQ magazine.

Uproar ensued and the show — which is a massive hit due in part because of its traditional family and Christian values and lessons — was brought back to television.

Following that fiasco, Mr. Robertson issued a statement that said his biblical teachings wouldn’t allow him to “treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me [because] we are all created by the Almighty.”


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