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Phil Robertson: A scripted phony or a real Christian?

By DOUG THOMPSON
December 22, 2013

Phil Robertson as a sophomore at Louisiana Tech.

Phil Robertson as a sophomore at Louisiana Tech.

Instead of focusing on the true meaning of Christmas, the public in this final week before the holiday appears focused on the rantings and ravings of Phil Robertson, the “patriarch” of the family portrayed on the highly-scripted  “Duck Dynasty” “reality” show on Arts and Entertainment Network.

Robertson, in a magazine interview, equated homosexuality with bestiality, misquoted the Bible and claimed African-Americans were “happy” during the days of segregation of racial discrimination.

A&E exercising its right as an employer, suspended Robertson from the “reality” show and a firestorm of protest erupted from those who share his beliefs.  They say Robertson is a “man of God” who only crime is “quoting the word of God.”

Some close to the Robertson family believe his Christianity is part of a carefully-created “persona” designed to bring fame and monetary rewards, not salvation.  Others disagree.

The man who created the Duck Commander duck call company in 1972 and is now a multimillionaire may or may not be who he claims to be.

Robertson portrays himself as a “simple country man.” He came from a poor family in Louisiana but is also a graduate of Louisiana Tech and a former school teacher with a Master’s Degree in Education.  This “man of God and family values” married 16-year-old Marsha Kay Carroway in 1966 after she was pregnant with their oldest son, worked as a commercial fisherman and was known around town as an alcoholic who abused his wife and children.

His violent behavior had him running from the law in his 20s when he beat up the couple who owned the bar he leased — putting both in the hospital.

With a warrant out for his arrest, Robertson fled the state and hid in the woods.  He was also arrested and charged with other crimes.

The couple later filed a restraining order against him.  He separated from his wife after throwing her and his kids out of their home several times during drunken rages.

Robertson says he later found God, cleaned up his life and reunited with his wife and family.

Others say the man who preaches loudly against “promiscuity” and sin was guilty of statutory rape with the then 15-year-old woman who later became his wife and the man who now issues rants against “adultery” was an adulterer himself.

In his interview with GQ magazine, Robertson had this to say about homosexuality:

It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.

Those who support Robertson says he was speaking “the word of God” in his remarks about homosexuality.

In 2010, Robertson spoke at Berean Bible Church in Pottstown, PA, and condemned homosexuals.  In a YouTube video, he is shown saying:

They committed indecent acts with one another. And they received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. They’re full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant God haters. They are heartless. They are faithless. They are senseless. They are ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil.

Again, Robertson’s die-hard supporters insist he is a “man of God” who is “repeating God’s word.”

Opponents say the words he are speaking are anything but those of a deity.

(Edited at 1:10 p.m. )

9 Responses to Phil Robertson: A scripted phony or a real Christian?

  1. Bill Cravener

    December 22, 2013 at 8:51 am

    What I simply can not comprehend is how TV shows such as the duck dynasty are so popular with the public. It really does say something about the mentality of many Americans and clearly not in a good way.

  2. That Carta Guy (@1WiseAlien)

    December 22, 2013 at 10:10 am

    What reality is not 100% unscripted, with the Duck Commander crew fans, I believe its more about the morals then it is with the dialogue. Good read none the less.

  3. Helen Rainier

    December 23, 2013 at 8:11 am

    1. Phil Robertson’s First Amendment rights were not violated.
    2. A&E has a right to terminate any employee they choose.

    It seems to be as simple as this — perhaps I’m missing something.

  4. B. Keesling

    December 23, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    My bible says, a man shall not lay with a man as he would a woman. It also says we should love each other. We are in the world and free to do as we wish. God will sort us out at a later date. Merry Christmas!

  5. sarita

    December 23, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Reality shows are nothing but a bunch of trash, with some really bad actors and a contract. It’s all faked, from the beard, to the costume, to the place they allegedly live in, to everything. A & E started out with some good programming and this is how low they gone – about as low as Fox News. Pathetic.

    • CA Leeson

      December 25, 2013 at 10:09 am

      I have to agree with you, except maybe the beard part. Some of these networks have definitely gone into a spiral fall with their programming.

  6. Aladek

    December 28, 2013 at 1:13 am

    Wow, Doug Thompson, way to use every aspect of your reporter training to twist the report into something that would get headlines and attention. Way to sell your integrity. Yes, you didn’t lie, you just “neglected to provide your readers with the whole truth.”

    • Helen Rainier

      December 30, 2013 at 11:05 am

      Aladek, what do you believe is “missing” from the “whole truth” as Doug has presented it?

  7. dweezil

    December 29, 2013 at 3:29 am

    America really has gotten dumbed down.Besides the crude,racist homophobic remarks the show makes southerners look bad yet they are eating this crap up and defending the “old wizened one” like he is a member of their immediate family! !And saying ” he was quoting the bible” . Still haven’t seen where it says that. Some say this was all planned out by A.+E. To sell more merchandising( it was EVERYWHERE)@ Christmas time and boost rating. First Honeys poo poo now this. Can’t wait to see what FUX Jr.Will pull out of it’s arse next!! A.+E. And America has digressed!! Such a fine upstanding Christian show! Great family values!! What a joke.