If anyone thought Phil Robertson would back down from the comments that got him suspended from A&E’s Duck Dynasty, they were sorely mistaken.
After igniting a cultural firestorm by talking about the “sin” of homosexuality in an interview with GQ, Robertson invited the U.K.’s Daily Mail to sit in on his Bible study Sunday, during which he further defended his beliefs.
“I will not give or back off from my path. … We murder each other, and we steal from one another, sex and immorality goes ballistic,” he said during the West Monroe, Louisiana, Bible study, which he led. “All the diseases that just so happened to follow sexual mischief…boy there are some microbes running around now,” he said, adding, “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.”
He continued: “Common sense says we are not going to procreate the human race unless we have a man and a woman.”
It wasn’t all fire and brimstone from Robertson. “I love all men and women,” he claimed. “I am a lover of humanity, not a hater.”
Later, at a church service led by his son, Pastor Alan, Robertson joked, “Well, we’ve had quite a quiet week, shot some ducks, done some shopping, ignited a national controversy.”