Duck Dynasty star on anuses, “homosexuals, drunks, terrorists”

GQ profiles Phil Robertson, star of the insanely popular A&E series Duck Dynasty, who hasn’t been shy about the “spiritual warfare” he’s engaged in with Hollywood and others.

In that, we learn that, for a straight man, Phil has been thinking a lot about men’s anuses:

“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.”

While he doesn’t find attraction between humans “logical,” he’s not judging:

“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ‘em, give ‘em the good news about Jesus–whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ‘em out later, you see what I’m saying?”

Equating terrorists with drunks and gay people? Nope, I don’t see what you’re saying there, Phil. Phil’s definition of sin, in which he paraphrases the Bible, actually starts with gay people, because that’s really the biggest problem in the world:

“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. 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.”

Hmm, greedy and the deceived. Where have we seen examples of that?

Update: Phil also said pretty ignorant things about race , too, suggesting black people in the South were better off before the civil rights era:

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field…. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’–not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

Update, 9:49 p.m.: A&E pulled Phil from the show immediately and indefinitely.

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