Phil Robertson has been speaking the Biblical “truth” quite a lot (as right-wing media has portrayed it) through his lifetime–and the only son that didn’t step into a phone booth, ditch the khakis, and suit up in a fauxbilly camouflage and beard combo to appeal to viewers has stepped up to the plate to defend his father’s recently unearthed comments that it’s important to go out and bag yourself a fifteen or sixteen year old tah marry (this advice is from personal experience, as he began dating his now-wife when she was 14 and, he a legal adult. They married when she was 16…and he was still an adult).
Duck Dad’s oldest son, Pastor Alan Robertson, ignored most of the above in an interview with The Christian Post (CP). Alan the Unbearded did his best to justify his father’s remarks regarding marrying children by amending the meaning to simply be “marry young.”
“Honestly, dad, as well as the rest of us, we really try early on in our kids’ lives to teach them about the importance of finding the right person that you can grow spiritually with,” said Alan. “So that may begin early, or it might not happen until you’re older, but at the same time, most of us got married pretty young, in our teenage years.”
Alan says that the family has been very supportive of the Duck Dynasty patriarch. “We basically stood with dad, and I think he has the right to express his biblical views, as well as his opinions. Dad is a good, solid Bible man, and so are the rest of us. His views of sharing that haven’t changed and ours haven’t either. The biblical message is not always a popular message. There have been many people throughout history who’ve stood up for God and said what God needed them to say, and it didn’t always mean they were popular because of it.”
Robertson’s “Biblical message” has been drawing a lot of ire lately.Most recently, Phil explained to GQ that (just like it says in the Bible) “the vagina is more desirable than a man’s anus,” and that African Americans were happier pre-civil rights.
His earlier nuggets of wisdom during his speeches have included recently uncovered (additional) anti-LGBT hate speech in a 2009 Pennsylvania sermon, in which he states (you know, like the Bible says) that gay people “invent ways of doing evil,” as they are “full of murder, envy strife and hatred.”
In a 2008 sermon, it seems as though Robertson may be embellishing a bit when it comes to what the Bible says, as he likened Muslims and the Chinese, and Communists to Nazis, saying all four groups “want to conquer the world,” “rejected Jesus” (who is one of the most quoted prophets in the Quran), and are “famous for murder.”
He must be quoting from Lebigotus. We’d like to see his Bible.
Alan maintains that his father is simply a victim of society’s unwillingness to accept the Biblical “wisdom” his father has to offer (like ‘Marry a 15 year old’). “We realize that, to be Christians, and to do what God has called us to do, it means you’re going to rub up against people,” added Alan. “And sometimes that’s great when people see that and accept the Lord. Or, when they don’t, it’s not always so pleasant. So, there’s no promise that standing up for Christ is going to be an easy experience.”
Like all fake Christians, Alan simply fails to recognize the malice in his father’s words and asserts that daddy is a martyr.
Pastor Alan used his father and mother’s relationship as an example of marrying young and sticking together because that’s what he feels God wants–though CP carefully omits their respective ages while listing the (more acceptable) ages at which all children married–as well as the ages of their spouses.
h/t Opposing Views