Duck Dynasty's Robertson Explains Infamous Comments
Says he was quoting Bible
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 23, 2013 6:16 AM CST
This undated image released by A&E shows Phil Robertson, flanked by his sons Jase Robertson, left, and Willie Robertson from the popular series "Duck Dynasty."   (AP Photo/A&E, Zach Dilgard)

(Newser) – Following a firestorm over his anti-gay comments, Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson is explaining himself—though he isn't backing down. Robertson allowed the Daily Mail access to a Bible study group in his church. "I love all men and women. I am a lover of humanity, not a hater," he said in a speech. As for his GQ comments, "I am just reading what was written over 2,000 years ago. Those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom. All I did was quote from the scriptures, but they just didn’t know it. Whether I said it, or they read it, what’s the difference?"

Robertson led the group in prayer, noting that "I will not give or back off from my path because you conquered death, Father, so we are not worried about all the repercussions," the Hollywood Reporter notes. Meanwhile, TMZ reports that if A&E won't continue Duck Dynasty, the show won't have trouble getting picked up elsewhere. Two channels—the religious Hunt Channel and outdoor-focused Pursuit Channel—are expressing interest in the Robertsons. "A&E needs to put on their big boy pants, and if they don't like the programming, they need to either let (the show) go or shut up and pay them," says the Hunt Channel's owner. Louisiana has also offered the family help staying on the air.

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Dec 27, 2013 7:33 AM CST
To the moderator of this article: Do you believe I was being political when I made that comment and violated Newser's Comment Policy? If so, I apologize. Or is it cause I agreed with Phil Robertson's comment in GQ and offended someone and they flagged me after I said to everyone to stop watching A&E?
Dec 24, 2013 8:11 AM CST
The Bill of Rights protects INDIVIDUALS against persecution from the GOVERNMENT and it's agents, it doesn't protect them from actions from a private institution, nor does it protect institutions from government interference. A&E is not infringing upon his rights of free speech, he probably breached his contract for bringing negative attention to their network. According to our Miranda rights he also had the right to remain silent, perhaps he should have exercised that right instead.
Dec 24, 2013 6:00 AM CST
Yall need to think for two seconds before you get worked up over shit that doesnt make any sense. God damn! How many times would you need to hear, crammed into 2 seconds, that it is A&E's freedom of speech to tell a bigot to stfu and don't let the door hit you... seriously, think for two seconds.