Duck Dynasty stars’ “spiritual warfare”: “Hollywood hitting the Kingdom of God head on”

Duck Dynasty stars’ religiosity is no secret, considering each episode ends with the family praying over a meal. But the cast members Phil and Willie Robertson’s candid conversation about the show and its connection to their faith may be surprising, particularly since they seem to describe some people involved with production of the show as having “no moral compass” and saying their series “is Hollywood hitting the kingdom of God head on.”

Via Radar comes a Sports Spectrum video of part of a casual conversation that has no context. In it, Phil Robertson starts talking about how editors “inserted fake bleeps like somebody had used profanity, but no one used profanity,” and also mentions that, during their prayers, the editors would “cut out Jesus’ name.”

Phil says he asked crew members about that: “Why would you cut out in Jesus name?” The reply he got from the unidentified crew members: “Those editors are probably doing that. They just think, you know, they don’t want to maybe offend some of the Muslims or something.” Phil says that’s ridiculous, citing the “A.D.” in the date and saying, “we’ve all decided in America to count time by just one [person], Jesus of Galilee; I don’t think it would hurt to throw his name in there from time to time.”

That’s when Phil starts talking about “spiritual warfare. You have people with no moral compass. It ain’t there.” He adds, “What people have to understand, the people of God have to understand, just gotta be patient. You don’t turn that ship quickly. Big ship. Lot of depravity, and a lot of [heathen], and a lot of the evil one. He is entrenched in the United States.”

Willie then says, “A lot of the flack we’ve gotten is from Christian people. You can’t be negative and look at what you don’t see and what’s not there. God’s in control. He’s putting it out. You question him if you question what should be on there.” He adds, “You have to hold hands with people … they know how to make TV and make people watch.”

Phil continues and talks pragmatically: “It’s not the Pat Robertson Show…. You can’t break out your Bibles and start laying them down. The format is not going to allow that. However, it does create a big audience, and the people who want to hear more from the spiritual side–trust me, are gathering up in massive numbers,” he said. “This is Hollywood hitting the kingdom of God head on.”

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