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Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson is not backing down when it comes to his offensive comments regarding homosexuality and race in GQ last year.

"All I did was quote a passage of scripture from antiquity," Robertson told Us Weekly, referring to the interview where he compared homosexuality to bestiality. "They're mad at me, but I'm really just quoting what God said, so He's the one they have a problem with."

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As for his statement saying that black people were "singing and happy" in the pre-Civil Rights South, "I was just giving my experience," Robertson insisted. "The point I was making was that even when our black brothers didn't have their civil rights, those people had that one thing the government couldn't take from them: their faith. They would sing spiritual songs as they were going across those cotton fields.

"Old Jesse [Jackson] got mad at me and said something about how I was a Jim Crow and a racist," he added. "We don't look at people like black, white and brown. We're all members of the human race."

In fact, these divisional disputes are why America suffers from so much gun violence, Robertson suggested. "It's never been a weapons problem. It's a human heart condition of anger and hatred. If people loved God and loved each other, the last thing you would ever contemplate is to murder your neighbor," he said.

For his part, Robertson is just trying to brush off the controversy, like water off a duck's back. "I don't worry too much about people hating or insulting me," he said. "I'm a sinful man, and I've made a lot of mistakes. People have reason to hate me."

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