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Duck Dynasty's Robertson Explains Infamous Comments

Says he was quoting Bible
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2013 6:16 AM CST
Duck Dynasty 's Robertson: I'm a Lover, Not a Hater
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?"

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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. (Read more Duck Dynasty stories.)

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