Radar Online reports Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson said politically incorrect things about homosexuals during a sermon at his church in West Monroe, Louisiana on Easter Sunday. He compared gays to thieves and adulterers.
During the sermon Robertson criticized the corporate media for misunderstanding biblical verse following an interview he made with GQ in December. During the interview Robertson paraphrased a passage from First Corinthians. He said homosexuals, adulterers, idolaters, and other sinners “won’t inherit the kingdom of God.” The interview resulted in A&E suspending Robertson from Duck Dynasty.
During the Easter sermon, Robertson mentioned the interview. “You want the verse? The news media didn’t even know it was a verse! They thought I was just mouthing off. Is homosexual behavior a sin? The guy asked me. I said, do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Don’t be deceived,” he said.
Radar Online characterized Robertson’s sermon as a “new homophobia scandal” and asked if it would “be the final nail in the coffin of the struggling show.”
Following Robertson’s original comments in December, GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, called for him to be re-educated. “We believe the next step is to use this as an opportunity for Phil to sit down with gay families in Louisiana and learn about their lives and the values they share,” said GLAAD’s vice president of communications Rich Ferraro.
The corporate media, led by MSNBC, made the persecution of Robertson a cause célèbre. MSNBC show host Michael Eric Dyson said “Phil Robertson and the Duck Dynasty is part of a majority white supremacist culture that either consciously or unconsciously incubates hatred toward those who are different.”
Following the Radar Online story TMZ, the New York Daily News, Huffington Post and other corporate media outlets commented on Robertson’s “anti-gay” (instead of biblically centered) sermon.