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Sadly, the New Year begins with revelations of even more rantings from the questionable star of a reality TV show who is praised by supporters as a “man of God,” but revealed in life to be a homophobe, bigot and threat to underage women.
A video on YouTube shows Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, in 2009, urging adult men to marry 15 and 16 year old girls who will “pick their ducks” and not their pockets.
Robertson has a history of messing around with underage girls. At age 20, he was having sex with a 14-year-old girl who got pregnant and was forced to marry her at 16 to avoid going to prison for statutory rape in Louisiana.
Police reports show Robertson, in drunken rages, abused his young wife and children and threw them out of his house before he later claimed to “find God” and repent for his ways.
Yet, in 2009, Robertson appeared before the “Sportsmen’s Ministry” in Georgia and urged adult men to prey on underage girls and marry them because they could be taught to be compliant wives.
in the 2009 video, originally placed on YouTube by Robertson’s company, the patriarch of the family of millionaires from the duck-calling business waves a Bible from his pulpit and appears to use it to justify acts of pedophilia by adult men.
“Phil Robertson,” says Piers Morgan of CNN, “is a victim of his own repulsively racist, homophobic bigotry.”
Among those who defend Robertson is Bristol Palin, daughter of failed Alasksa governor and unsuccessful vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Palin calls criticism of Robertson “hypocritical,” an interesting comment by a woman who got pregnant at 17 and didn’t marry the on-again, off-again boyfriend who fathered the child.
She comes by her hypocrisy genetically. Sarah Palin, her mother, who preaches moral values but is more liberal when it comes to sexual activity, had a history of one-night stands with basketball players while working as a television sports reporter and had an affair with her husband’s now former business partner.
To paraphrase an old homily, Sarah Palin’s motto should be “do what I say and don’t follow who I screw.”
Those who support Robertson, caught up in a controversy late last year over his use of religion to rationalize homophobic remarks against gays and lesbians as well as claims that African-Americans were “better off” under the days of integration of bigotry, now claim that his comments about marrying young women were “entertaining” and brought laughter from the audience.
In their words, joking about an obsession with underage girls is acceptable since Robertson was also waving a Bible from the podium at the time.
What we see here is a group of Americans so ingrained with hatred towards gays and blacks that they will embrace a questionable star of a “reality” show in an desperate attempt to rationalize their own bigotry and homophobia.
A sad commentary on the state of America as it heads into a new year.
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