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'Bible Thumper' Phil Robertson sanctioned by A&E over gay remarks

By April Neale Dec 19, 2013, 6:45 GMT

'Bible Thumper' Phil Robertson sanctioned by A&E over gay remarks

A&E addressed a growing furor over self proclaimed "Bible Thumper" \'Duck Dynasty\' star Phil Robertson\'s remarks over sin and what he thinks constitutes sin based on his fundamentalist belief in the bible.

A&E addressed a growing furor over self proclaimed "Bible Thumper" 'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson's remarks over sin and what he thinks constitutes sin based on his fundamentalist belief in the bible.

Phil was suspended from the wildly popular TV show after equating homosexuality with bestiality.

‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson, 67, took on homosexuality in an interview with GQ. Equating same sex relationships to bestiality, he called homosexuality ‘not logical’ and proceeded to compare and contrast the virtues of a woman's private area over a man's anus.

In an interview in the January issue of GQ, the reality television star and darling of the political right equated same-sex relationships with bestiality.

"It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man's anus, that's just me," the reality star said.

"I'm just thinking: There's more there! She's got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I'm saying? But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man. It's just not logical."

"Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there," he explained when asked by GQ's Drew Magary what exactly he considered sinful, "bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."

A&E Networks suspended Robertson from 'Duck Dynasty' after the interview was released. “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series 'Duck Dynasty,'" A&E Networks said in a statement. "His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.”

The gay groups also hit back hard:

"Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil's lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe," GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz responded in a statement.

"He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans — and Americans — who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples.

"Phil's decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families."

All things said, the entire show revolved around their fundamentalist belief that the bible is the literal word of God. They never hid the fact they prayed and were conservative. The family even toured with Evangelist Rick Warren's church for a "Ducky Dynasty" day in July. Willie Robertson also revealed he might entertain a political run.

"We're Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television," Phil Robertson told GQ.



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