Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson has added even more offensive remarks to his repertoire. During an interview with the president of the Family Research Council last week, Robertson began discussing the "physiological downside to immorality," claiming that all sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS, are punishments from God.
"I mean, a great question to ask is, 'Why is it that all of these just — is this coincidental that viewing all of the immoral conduct that America now is participating in, I've asked a lot of people: Do you think it's a coincidence that all of these debilitating — and literally, it can cause death — diseases follow that kind of conduct?'" Robertson said.
"God says, 'One woman, one man,' and everybody says, 'Oh, that's old hat, that's that old Bible stuff' and I'm thinking well, let's see now," he continued. "A clean guy, a disease-free guy, and a disease-free woman, they marry and they keep their sex between the two of 'em, uh, they're not gonna get chlamydia and gonorrhea and syphilis and AIDS. It's safe.
"Now to me, either it's the wildest coincidence ever that horrible diseases follow immoral conduct or it's God saying, 'There's a penalty for that kind of conduct.' I'm leanin' toward there's a penalty toward it,' Robertson said.
These comments are far from surprising after Robertson compared homosexuality to bestiality and said that black Americans were "singing and happy" in the pre-Civil Rights South last year. He's since continued to defend his views, telling Good Morning Americaonly last week that, "I'm as much of a homophobe as Jesus was. People who are participating in homosexual behavior they need to know that I love them."
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