For the first time since Phil Robertson announced that homosexuals are consigned to hell and black people were much more content under Jim Crow laws, Robertson is speaking out and refusing to put any of the comments behind him.
Robertson led a Bible study group on Sunday in West Monroe, La., stating, “I will not give or back off from my path because you conquered death, Father, so we are not worried about all the repercussions.”
“I love all men and women. I am a lover of humanity, not a hater,” he added.
During Sunday’s speech, Robertson claimed he was simply quoting from the Bible. He even took his words a step further and claimed that Jesus could save gay people.
The backwoods patriarch has been criticized for his interview in GQ magazine where he said homosexuality is a “sin” and compared homosexuals with bestiality and terrorists, which led to his suspension from the hit reality show by network bosses at A&E.
He spoke about the media coverage of his controversial comments.
“This week I have been called an ignoramus,” Robertson said. “This week I have been asked, ‘Is this the first time you have brought up sin?’ I said, ‘Are you kidding? I have been traveling to and fro spreading this message.”
The profoundly religious outdoorsman refused to stand down from his offensive statements, regardless of the massive criticism. At the end of the session he led a defiant prayer, which included the words, ‘I will not give or back off from my path because you conquered death, Father, so we are not worried about all the repercussions.’
Robertson’s family and “Duck Dynasty” co-stars stood up for him in his defense. In a statement, the Robertson family said that their patriarch would “never incite or encourage hate.” They noted that despite a successful relationship with A&E, the family “cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm,” bringing to question the future of the hit show.