Phil Robertson speaks out about the controversy
Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson granted the Mail Online exclusive access to a Bible study group he led at his church on Sunday. He showed no remorse whatsoever for his comments about homosexuality being a sin and even expanded on those thoughts:
And at the end of the session he led a defiant prayer, which included the words, 'I will not give or back off from my path because you conquered death, Father, so we are not worried about all the repercussions.'
Earlier he stood in front of the small class, at White's Ferry Road Church wearing his full camouflage suit and addressed the group for around 45 minutes.
He said: 'I have been immoral, drunk, high. I ran with the wicked people for 28 years and I have run with the Jesus people since and the contrast is astounding.
'I tell people, "You are a sinner, we all are. Do you want to hear my story before I give you the bottom line on your story?"
'We murder each other and we steal from one another, sex and immorality goes ballistic. All the diseases that just so happen to follow sexual mischief... boy there are some microbes running around now.
'Sexual sins are numerous and many, I have a few myself. So what is your safest course of action? If you're a man, find yourself a woman, marry them and keep your sex right there.
'You can have fun, but one thing is for sure, as long as you are both healthy in the first place, you are not going to catch some debilitating illness, there is safety there.
'Commonsense says we are not going to procreate the human race unless we have a man and a woman. From the beginning Jesus said, "It is a man and a woman." Adam was made and Eve was made for this reason. They left their fathers and mothers and be united to become one flesh, that's what marriage is all about.
'But we looked at it and said it was an outdated stereotype. When you look back at the human race, the sins have always been the same: We get high, we get drunk, we get laid, we steal and kill.
'Has this changed at all from the time God burnt up whole cities because their every thought was evil?'
He doesn't seem that surprised at the pushback. He mentioned that people have stood up and walked out on his speeches before and it doesn't bother him.
This is perhaps the key to his faith:
If we lose our morality, we will lose our country. It will happen. Wouldn't it be nice if we could all walk around without stealing from each other and killing each other?
'Why don't we just love each other enough that we wouldn't want to do these things to each other?'
Robertson - who made his fortune from inventing and manufacturing hunting equipment before finding TV stardom - went on: 'We are a bunch of rednecks from Louisiana, but I am not uneducated, I have a degree from Louisiana Tech.
'But this week I have been called an ignoramus. This week I have been asked, "Is this the first time you have brought up sin?" I said, "Are you kidding? I have been traveling to and fro spreading this message."
Robertson made the mistake of calling out hedonists in a hedonistic society. For raining on the party, he is being marginalized.
Judging by his comments, it's going to take a lot more tha a few liberal commentators calling him a homophobe to get him to stop.