“Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson landed himself in hot water after calling homosexuality sinful in the latest edition of GQ magazine.
After describing his family as “Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television,” Robertson discussed his Christian beliefs. When GQ asked the reality star about what he considers to be sinful, Robertson replied, “start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.
“Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right,” he added, paraphrasing Corinthians.
Wilson Cruz, a spokesperson for GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), told Access Hollywood on Wednesday the reality star went too far.
“The fact that you would misquote and misrepresent Christianity and the Bible in order to perpetuate these myths and lies about homosexuality and the LGBT community is just unacceptable,” he said.
“If people want to know why LGBT teens become homeless or are committing suicide it’s because they are listening to such hate that shames them into doing so,” Cruz added.
Responding to the controversy his remarks generated, Robertson released a statement on Wednesday.
“I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me,” he said. “We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”