Phil Robertson has broken his silence for the first time since his anti-gay remarks and subsequent apology, saying, “I will not give or back off from my path.”
Robertson invited the Daily Mail to a small Bible study group he was leading in West Monroe, Louisiana on Sunday, during which he defended himself while sticking to his original statements.
The “Duck Dynasty” star said, “I love all men and women. I am a lover of humanity, not a hater.”
Robertson went on to tell his study group that Jesus could save gay people.
He preached, “Sex and immorality goes ballistic. All the diseases that just so happen to follow sexual mischief… boy there are some microbes running around now.”
Robertson continued, “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.”
The Duck Commander businessman went on to repeat that homosexuality is “sinful,” adding, “I am just reading what was written over 2000 years ago. Those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom.”
Robertson further hit back at those who were offended by his GQ comments, saying, “All I did was quote from the scriptures, but they just didn’t know it.”
He also responded to those who called him ignorant, sharing, “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.”
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