In the relevant passage, Robertson has just waxed philosophical about America’s moral decline, saying: “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong. Sin becomes fine.” When asked to define sin, he replies:
Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.
Part of the offense here is in his apparent comparison of homosexuality to a bunch of bad things: bestiality, adultery, greed, slander, and so on. And it’s probably little comfort to the offended to point out that listing things together doesn’t necessarily mean declaring them the same. If your shopping list contains cheese and eggs, that doesn’t mean you think cheese is just like eggs. They are both foods, however, and Robertson (and the Bible) places homosexuality along with bestiality and adultery in the same category of sinful and morally wrong.
I snipped what I thought was the most hideous anti-gay part. I’m not defending his beliefs by any means but he’s simply regurgitating, southern style, all the nonsense the Bible puts out there. Fun loving Christians do this all the time.
Maybe this is headline news because he’s a celebrity. Maybe A&E has a zero tolerance policy of their stars in 3rd party interviews. Maybe A&E should’ve known this was coming. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it’s probably a duck. I’ve never watched the show but have heard that sermons and prayers abound during every episode. It was only a matter of time before somebody probed him about controversial issues.
Searching the news for Phil and there’s story after story on his anti-gay views and the rallies people are having with and against. Hell, even Charlie Sheen weighed in.
But I liked The Atlantic’s piece the best.
But Robertson’s comments aren’t all that shocking. A broad swath of Americans—about 45 percent, according to Pew Research—agree with Robertson that homosexual behavior is “sin,” though they might not have expressed their beliefs in such a brash way. This is especially true of religious Americans, including a large number of Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Mormons, and Muslims.
What is shocking are Robertson’s comments about race in the same interview. Buried under the firestorm of media and public outrage over Robertson’s comments on sexuality is his stunning insinuation that blacks were quite happy in the Jim Crow South.