December 19th, 2013
01:49 PM ET

CNN Exclusive: Family pastor defends 'Duck Dynasty' star

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
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(CNN) - While controversy swirled around Phil Robertson Wednesday evening, the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch was at his longtime church, praying for a young woman who suffers from cancer, the TV star's pastor told CNN in an exclusive interview.

"Phil led us in prayer," said Mike Kellett, senior pastor of White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, Louisiana. "There were greater things on our minds than the firestorm of controversy about this article."

Asked how Robertson is taking the fierce criticism of his remarks on homosexuality, Kellett said, "He's very calm, and very confident that if he serves the Lord, God will take care of everything."

Robertson, 67, was suspended by the A&E network on Wednesday after the publication of comments in GQ magazine. Citing the Bible, the outspoken Christian called homosexuality sinful and compared it to bestiality and drunkenness.

Robertson's remarks were a rough paraphrase of the New Testament, in which Paul catalogs a list of vices, including, in many Bible translations, homosexuality. Scholars and pastors disagree, however, about whether Paul's remarks should apply to modern gay and lesbian relationships.

Gay rights groups were outraged, calling Robertson's remarks "homophobic" and "hateful." A&E said it was "disappointed" by the comments, "which are based on his own beliefs and are not reflected in the series 'Duck Dynasty.' "

But Robertson, who looks a bit like an Old Testament prophet,  says conservative Christian beliefs and values have permeated every corner of his life ever he gave up his self-described heathen lifestyle as a honky-tonk operator in the 1970s.

"I myself am a product of the '60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom Savior," Robertson said in a statement on Thursday. "My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together."

‘Duck Dynasty’ reactions debate: Free speech or bigotry?

Robertson is an elder at White's Ferry Road Church of Christ, a nondenominational church that gathers around 1,200 worshippers on Sunday mornings. That means he offers spiritual counsel, helps teach the faith, hosts Bible studies and offers charity to the poor, Kellett said.

"He has literally helped bring hundreds of people to the Lord," the pastor added.

Robertson's son, Alan, co-pastored White Ferry with Kellet for eight years before joining the cast of "Duck Dynasty."

The show, which A&E says drew nearly 12 million viewers to the premiere of its fourth season in August, is enormously popular among conservative Christians, many of whom defended Robertson on social media Thursday. A online petition called "I Stand With Phil," garnered nearly 10,000 signatures by midday.

Opinion: ‘Duck Dynasty’ suspension doesn’t violate First Amendment

As Robertson's fame has grown, so has the size of his pulpit. He has preached at megachurch Pastor Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in California. Publishers peddle "The Duck Commander Devotional" and churches clamor for guest appearances by the Robertson family.

“We’re kind of the John the Baptists of the 21st century," Alan Robertson has said. "It’s how you imagine, with the wild hair and the locusts."

Kellett said his church backs Robertson, whose family is nearly royalty in West Monroe, a city of 13,000 in northern Louisiana. "We support the Robertson family, and strongly believe in our Bibles and in Jesus Christ as lord."

The pastor said he agrees with Phil Robertson's comments about homosexuality and is concerned about his critics' treatment of Christianity.

"I think it's unfortunate that when you quote the Bible people get upset about one particular sin that always seems to get a lot of attention," Kellett said. "But sometimes the Bible is going to rub folks the wrong way."

Palin and Jindal weigh in

- CNN Religion Editor

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  1. sly

    Why do these ignorant southerner's always go 'Paula Dean' on us?

    They are real nice and cute until they open their mouths, and all this evil spews out.

    December 20, 2013 at 11:37 am |
    • bostontola

      Wouldn't the same be true of ignorant northerners? Ignorant people are prone to saying ignorant things.

      December 20, 2013 at 11:41 am |
    • Gwen

      I think it's funny that you Americans think it's only "the Southerners" who believe this; but if you're a Christ follower and love God, you want to follow His Word – the Bible. So Christians all around the world including Canada believe this same sentiment.

      December 20, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
      • Religion is NOT healthy for children and other living things

        I have met VERY FEW so-called "followers of Christ" who are actually familiar with what those words wrtten by MEN in their "good book" actually say! If they actually READ their "precious" little bibles, they would never act so self-righteous, hateful and bigoted!

        December 20, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
        • Gwen

          I have read through the Bible 5 times from cover to cover and still believe Jesus died for our sins and loves us enough to have written through humans a way for us to follow – "For God so loved the world that he sent His one and only son to die for us that who so ever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life."

          December 20, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
        • Madtown

          Jesus is not credited with writing some of the bible.

          December 20, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
      • Madtown

        His Word – the Bible
        A much more accurate description of the bible would go something like this: "The Bible – man's word, containing 1 subset of notions(among many) that man believes about God."

        December 20, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
      • Former Xtian

        No, but it's mostly southerners that take the bible literally and encourage fundamentalism to their children and home school them because they think science is evil.

        December 20, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
        • Gwen

          There's actually a lot of science that backs the Bible.

          December 20, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
      • sam stone

        your view of god is no more valid than any one else's gwen

        December 20, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
  2. Brian

    Why is it that all the so-called news comes from blogs. Journalism shouldn't come with opinions. For example, to use the adjective "outspoken" is showing opinion. Too many of these stories are written in a non-factual way, only giving part of the story in order to support the writer's opinion.

    December 20, 2013 at 11:31 am |
    • bostontola

      I never considered this a news page, it is an opinion blog, much like the editorial or Op Ed pages in a newspaper, no?

      December 20, 2013 at 11:35 am |
    • Barbara

      Go tell FOX News and The Daily Caller.

      December 20, 2013 at 11:42 am |
  3. AE

    If you use ‘us’ and ‘them’ language to divide sets of people into ‘normative’ heteros.xual cultures, and ‘others’, and you know anything about Jesus and what he preached, Jesus is probably asking you to love the 'others'. You know, your neighbor.

    December 20, 2013 at 11:30 am |
  4. bostontola

    An annoying aspect of some Christians is the arrogance associated with their assumption that any discussion of God means their God. Deists believe in a higher power, a God, but not the Christian God. Many American founding fathers were deists. Mention of God in our founding docu.ments doesn't refer to the Christian God, but some Christians assume it does.

    I believe there are no gods. I am not certain but I see no evidence of a god and if it's there, it is not personal and not intrusive. What I am certain of (as certain as I am that we are not in some Matrix existence), the Christian dogma, doctrine, etc are false.

    December 20, 2013 at 11:28 am |
  5. palintwit

    How about a minute of silence in remembrance of AL Goldstein, founder of Screw magazine?

    December 20, 2013 at 11:19 am |
  6. AE

    "Christians opposed to political and social equality for h.mos.xuals nearly always appeal to the moral injunctions of the Bible, claiming that Scripture, is very clear on the matter and citing verses that support their opinion. They accuse others of pe.rverting end distorting texts contrary to their “clear” meaning. They do not, however, necessarily see quite as clear a meaning to biblical passages on economic conduct, the burdens of wealth and the sin of greed."
    Peter Gomes

    December 20, 2013 at 11:15 am |
  7. bobby jones

    hoping he's turning more people away from religion than recruiting. people know it's fake, only a matter of time until religion is gone.

    December 20, 2013 at 11:13 am |
    • rl

      Agreed! The Bible thumpers pushing their brand of religion, and I am not specifically referring to just Mr. Robinson, are definitely turning people away. They have done so with myfamily.

      December 20, 2013 at 11:24 am |
      • Mr. Know it all

        is that what your going to tell the "ALIMGHTY" on the day of recon???

        December 20, 2013 at 11:38 am |
        • Damocles

          Hmmm... I guess on the day of recon I'll say 'yeah, I went out and scouted a few miles ahead, didn't see anything'.

          December 20, 2013 at 11:43 am |
        • AnonA

          "day of recon"? shouldn't we leave that to the marines or something?

          December 20, 2013 at 11:45 am |
        • Church of Suicidal

          ^5 Damocles

          December 20, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
  8. bostontola

    One of my favorite religious rationalizations is that God wants us to choose Him, that's why He doesn't provide proof of His existence.

    This God had no problem providing proof thousands of years ago in a burning bush, destroying cities, sending plagues, etc. This God didn't give those people a choice, or the Jesus witnesses. This rationalization is ridiculous.

    The bible is wrong on many counts. The creation myth is absurd, the morals are out dated. An omniscient God could have provided 1 piece of knowledge that the humans didn't know at that time and we would all be swayed. No mention of other continents, plants and animals different from the local varieties, the existence of organisms too small to see, the symbiotic relationships with other organisms, other star systems, other galaxies, modern moral systems (no slavery, equal justice, etc).

    The bible is hopelessly flawed. If it is the word of its God, then that God is false.

    December 20, 2013 at 11:06 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      "I guess God was a lot more demonstrative back when He flamboyantly parted the seas..."
      – Brett Gurewitz

      December 20, 2013 at 11:10 am |
      • bostontola

        It makes no sense that a God would go from in your face flamboyant to humble all loving when it is timeless. The story is just too full of these plot holes.

        December 20, 2013 at 11:13 am |
      • GeorgeH

        And even then, with God sending plagues, killing off many thousands of Egyptian first born, parting seas, leading people with pillars of fire and such Moses just had to step out for a while for everyone to lose faith and start worshipping another god. So, either most Israelites were basically brain dead, or all of those things are just a tall tale like the myths everyone was telling back then. Why would the Israelites be any different in exaggerating and making stuff up?

        December 20, 2013 at 1:47 pm |
    • PushingBack

      God used to be such a drama queen until the invention of the cell phone camera!

      December 20, 2013 at 11:13 am |
      • bostontola

        He may make a come back with photoshop though. lol.

        December 20, 2013 at 11:15 am |
  9. Tim

    There's no god anyway, but we are all supposed to be created equally. Funny how this guy isn't gay and preaches about the sins of gays.he wouldn't say these things if he were gay. He's a religious bigot. Just like all Christians. There's no Santa either btw

    December 20, 2013 at 11:00 am |
    • AE

      Is a gay Christian a bigot, too? What should I tell my lesbian Pastor???

      December 20, 2013 at 11:05 am |
      • Mr. Know it all

        tell she needs to stop lying to herself and her people!!

        December 20, 2013 at 11:26 am |
        • AE

          About what?

          Deuteronomy 23:17, 1 Kings 14:24, I Kings 22:46 and II Kings 23:7 Forbid pr.ost.tution – by women and men (Apparently a lot of highly religious men were hiring young men for s3x)

          Leviticus 18:19-23 and Leviticus 20:10-16 Ban h.mos.xual acts. But also ban eating raw meat, planting 2 different kinds of seed in the same field, wearing garments with two different kinds of yarn, tattoos, adultery and s.xual int.rcourse during a woman’s m.nstrual period.

          Jesus never mentions h.mos.xuality. His moral teachings do not seemed to be concerned about the subject.

          For St. Paul, anyone who puts his or her interest ahead of God’s is condemned, a verdict that falls equally upon everyone.

          December 20, 2013 at 11:39 am |
    • mk

      "he wouldn't say these things if he were gay. "

      Or would he?

      December 20, 2013 at 11:09 am |
  10. Sammy Jr.

    GQ prides itself as a definitive men's magazine, with style advice and tips, se xy women, entertainment and culture news, interviews, and more

    What glosses its covers and pages and passes off as 'se xy' are na.ked women with fake boobs, if this is the kind of "shallow" message that GQ is sending its readers, and treating women as s.ex objects to lure men then it's NOT the kind of magazine that the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch should have agreed to do an interview with or associate themselves with. In the end, GQ seems to have got all the free publicity it wanted out of this interview.

    December 20, 2013 at 11:00 am |
    • DD Jakes

      That sounds like a sinful magazine. 🙁

      December 20, 2013 at 11:02 am |
    • Merry Dreidel

      Right on!!!

      The last thing on a man's mind buying the magazine is getting his jollies upset is by a bearded guy talking about sins, forgiveness and Salvation!

      December 20, 2013 at 11:10 am |
    • godly men & women


      December 20, 2013 at 11:15 am |
      • Damocles

        Lord have your way in me??

        Cue funky bass line... bow-chicka-wow-wow

        December 20, 2013 at 11:23 am |
      • AnonA

        that is one of the g@yest things i have seen

        December 20, 2013 at 11:52 am |
    • Madtown

      Yeah, those Duck Dynasty guys do seem more sophisticated than to interview with a publication like that.

      December 20, 2013 at 11:21 am |
  11. Reason Over Religion

    Thanks for that half of the example, Live4Him.

    December 20, 2013 at 10:58 am |
  12. Mike

    I support Phil, and Thank God he tells the truth. If those of you who choose not to believe the Bible, or not in need of a Savior, who is Jesus, to save you from your sins, and from eternal punishment, then one day when your life is over on this earth you will find out, but it will be too late. Seek the Lord while he may may be found, call upon Him while He is near.(Isaiah 55:6). Jesus is the way to God.(John 14:6)

    December 20, 2013 at 10:53 am |
    • Bob

      Mike, the whole Jesus-sacrifice thing is a steaming pile of bull-do, and it really suits stupid hicks like you. How is it again that your omnipotent being couldn't do his saving bit without the whole silly Jesus hoopla? And how was Jesus' death a "sacrifice", when an omnipotent being could just pop up a replacement son any time with less than a snap of his fingers? Pretty pathetic "god" that you've made for yourself there.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement.
      Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.

      December 20, 2013 at 10:55 am |
      • D.A

        Bob: It's all fake? Prove it beyond the shadow of a doubt, or keep quiet.

        December 20, 2013 at 11:31 am |
      • Bill

        Bob, by resorting to name calling and vitriol you reveal yourself to be a very angry person. I will pray for you. I have to wonder though, who exactly you are trying to convince that God doesn't exist. You scream so loud, one must assume you are trying to convince yourself.

        December 20, 2013 at 11:42 am |
        • Jon

          He just comes on here, searches for Christian opinion pieces and comments, and attacks. It says more about him than the people he hates on.

          December 20, 2013 at 11:51 am |
      • Snake Oil Salesman

        Bob! Shhhhhh! What gives you the right to tell my customers that my tinctures and oils don't work! You mind your own business or i'll have to call the authorities! You can't PROVE my medicines don't work, I've got testimonials! I've got people who will swear by them! So shut your big mouth already or you might lose me my profits! Speaking of Prophets, have I shown you my latest triumph? The save-a-soul in a jar tincture? It's only infinity easy payments of just $19.95!!

        December 20, 2013 at 11:51 am |
    • Charm Quark

      Change your handle to Pascal so we can just pass over your silly threats. For 2000 years same old empty threats, give it up already.

      December 20, 2013 at 10:57 am |
    • Some Antics

      I'd rather show love and compassion for my fellow humans while i'm here on earth than wait to do so in some illusory afterlife.

      December 20, 2013 at 10:57 am |
    • mk

      Are you absolutely SURE, Mike? I mean, what if you're wrong? What if you were supposed to be worshipping the devil all this time? What if you were supposed to be following the Koran? What if there really ARE seven virgins in heaven??

      December 20, 2013 at 11:07 am |
    • AE

      Our God who spent so much time with prost.tutes and thieves is really against 2 consenting adults entering into a loving relationship?

      December 20, 2013 at 11:09 am |
    • Jackson

      The bible also says not to eat shellfish, not to cut the hairs on the side of your head, not to trim the hairs on the end of your beard, and not to wear clothing from two different fibers.

      If you do any of the above, you are a blatant hypocrite who is only cherry picking parts of the bible that fit your agenda, and are not a true follower.

      December 20, 2013 at 11:19 am |
      • SMB

        @ Jackson, can you please cite the scriptures you are referencing? One must always be careful to not take scripture out of context. Some commandments were given to a particular group of people for a specific reason. For example, God levied requirements on cutting hair for the children of Israel, because other nations were cutting their hair in certain styles/shapes as part of pagan (idol) worship. God's intent was to forbid Israel from partaking in such rituals. However, God does not have any issues with anyone cutting their hair for grooming purposes. We must read scripture in context – understandng the time, background, culture, audience, location, language, etc. in which the passage was written.

        December 20, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
    • truthprevails1

      "when your life is over on this earth you will find out, but it will be too late"

      You're so certain of this how???
      I feel sorry that you find hate and bigotry acceptable when this is the 21st century where we have evidence to prove your bible wrong but yet you cling to immoral harmful delusions.
      Can you please list one thing that a gay person has done to directly affect your life without saying it is a sin? What you seem to be missing is that these people don't choose to be gay any more than a person chooses to be blind, deaf or left-handed. They pay taxes, they work, they raise children and as long as they are not breaking the laws of the land, then they really are not causing harm.
      You wouldn't want someone stepping over your rights and telling you who you can and can't love, so don't do it to another person.

      December 20, 2013 at 11:41 am |
    • Jermaine

      I'm with you. The godless on this Earth have caused more harm then they know. Name one charity founded on Atheism. Godless governments have killed more people then all religons combined, (Study by the University of Hawaii). The godless are amongst the most condescending vitriolic souls I've meant. Stalin was godless, Mao was godless, Hitler was godlesss and it goes on and on. Man needs God because left to his own devices he is destructive. Some men may pervert religon for their own use and the Bible warns us of that, but that does not change the message. It is arrogant of man to think that he doesn't need God. Faith is not meant to be explained, that is why it is called Faith, we put our trust in that Faith. Scieince is not here to disprove God, By the same token poeple of faith must be careful with their condemnations, that is not our role to judge. We can admonish but we should not condem.

      December 20, 2013 at 11:42 am |
      • mk

        "Man needs God because left to his own devices he is destructive."

        Are you referring to the same god who ordered the slaughter of babies and killed masses of people in one command? And WE'RE destructive?

        December 20, 2013 at 11:55 am |
      • Former Xtian

        I know of at least a dozen secular charities that I regularly donate to. Hilarious that a Christian would claim that none are atheistic. Atheism isn't a proper noun either, it's not a belief system it's simply lack of one particular belief. Stop making assumptions about something you know nothing about. And Hitler was a Christian. You referring to Stalin and others, but their killing wasn't based on atheism. It was based on communism. Big difference. I can trump all of that by mentioning the crusades, the inquisition, slavery and the dark ages where anybody who spoke out about religion was tortured and executed. Sorry, but people don't really kill in the name of no god. They kill for other tangible reasons. It seems like it's arrogant of you to claim that everyone NEEDS god. The dude hasn't manifested himself in 2000+ years, he isn't here.

        December 20, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
    • Lisa

      Mike, I'm a Christian and I agree and I'm proud of you and all Christians that speak the truth of God's word. All the naysayers that say all these awful things about God Will have to answer for it someday. It truly amazes me how ignorant and evil people can be.

      December 20, 2013 at 11:51 am |
      • truthprevails1

        It seems to me that the 'evil' ones are the ones wishing to use their belief to deny equal rights to others. Not everyone shares your belief and that book you hold so dear was written 2000+ years ago by man...no evidence to prove it is inspired by a god outside of what the books tells you.
        It is ignorant and harmful to deny equal rights based on outdated beliefs. Unless they are harming you directly, it is not any more your business or that of your gods who they love than it is their business who you love.
        As for the threat of hell...that only applies to those foolish enough to believe it, the rest of us think it's laughable and rather immoral (why wish eternal torture upon another person?).

        December 20, 2013 at 11:58 am |
    • Former Xtian

      So you support bigotry and don't follow Jesus' teachings about judging and showing empathy. Good to know. There's a name for people like you. It's called a hypochristian.

      December 20, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
  13. palintwit

    The big problem here as I see it, is once Sarah Palin weighs in on it (and she has) the whole situation becomes a joke just like she is. And then there's Piyush (his real name) Jindahl sticking that big Punjabi nose of his into it too.

    December 20, 2013 at 10:49 am |
    • Schwiiiiiing!

      Admit it. You got a big b0ner when you saw Palin's name. Probably the only thing harder than your wang is an atheist's peter after reading a Christian's posting.

      December 20, 2013 at 10:53 am |
      • Former Xtian

        The funny thing is that 90% of her supporters are fundamentalists and dudes who go "yeehaw! She's hot in a bikini and hunts! I'm voting for her!" Palin actually still believes witches are around.

        December 20, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
  14. mk

    "Love the sinner, hate the sin" = a justification for thinking that your god is favoring you over some other schmuck who can't seem to get it together to be what god obviously prefers. He's a bigger sinner than you, no doubt. If spaces are limited in heaven, you're sure to be in favor over his sorry a$$! Kinda like when kids relish when their brother gets in trouble, dubbing them the angelic child.

    December 20, 2013 at 10:46 am |
    • Saraswati

      The whole idea is absurd. It's like telling an outgoing woman you don't hate her but hate her personality because she should be meek, humble and passive. Yeah, right you don't hate her. When you tell someone you hate something as core as their choice of life partner, you hate them in every way that matters. And sound like an idiot trying to hide behind "love the sinner hate the sin" nonsense. No one is buying it.

      December 20, 2013 at 10:52 am |
  15. Tom

    What we are forgetting here:

    "Do not judge, and you will not be judged" – Luke 6:37
    "forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who tresspass against us" – The Lord's Prayer
    "love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind... love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22:36-40

    December 20, 2013 at 10:45 am |
    • Live4Him

      Luke 12:57 [Christ said:] Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right?

      December 20, 2013 at 10:53 am |
      • Reason Over Religion

        Another self-contradiction of the bible, like so many others.

        December 20, 2013 at 10:57 am |
      • Charm Quark

        Luke 6:37 is pretty clear you probably can't spin that one. oh wait.....

        December 20, 2013 at 11:03 am |
      • Tom

        Exactly right: Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right?

        "But the Comforter, [even] the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said unto you." – John 14:26

        December 20, 2013 at 11:04 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Ummm. . .

      I think you are also forgetting there isn't a single bit of actual evidence (the kind that would stand up to the scientific method or in a court of law) to support the authenticity of The Babble and the alleged supernatural claims contained therein.

      December 20, 2013 at 11:01 am |
      • D.A

        No proof? Wow. You've never used Google or encyclopedias, have you? There is a lot of evidence. You have chosen to not bother to look so that you can believe your inaccurate statement. Start with http://www.6000years.org/frame.php?page=home

        December 20, 2013 at 11:27 am |
        • HotAirAce

          Pick any one of the claims made on that page and prove, using the scientific method or the justice system's rules of evidence, that the claim is true.

          December 20, 2013 at 11:38 am |
        • David K

          I've looked. I've read the bible several times and studied it for years and yet I have not found a single piece of empirical evidence that confirms anything supernatural or divine. And to say that all of the world around us is evidence enough is like saying that seeing a rainbow proves Leprechauns hide their gold under them. The bible is wrong, from the origins of humans to how we should live our daily lives. DNA shows humans interbred with neanderthals and the geological record shows no global flood and the actual data collected shows the universe is over 14 billion years old. None of that is compatible with the bible so I would rather believe the evidence than a fairy tale invented by man to explain things he did not understand.

          December 20, 2013 at 11:38 am |
        • Former Xtian

          There is absolutely no proof. Subjective evidence or lack of scientific knowledge in a certain area is not evidence for god. It's evidence that we really don't know the answer about god.

          December 20, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • Former Xtian

      Speaking out against gays goes against every passage you just quoted.

      December 20, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
      • Tom


        December 22, 2013 at 9:48 am |
  16. MJ

    The bottom line is immorality and trash is coveted by all of these shows.

    December 20, 2013 at 10:45 am |
  17. Vic

    How can someone be suspended, let alone fired, for exercising his/her Freedom Of Speech right in stating his/her belief while not hurting anyone?! People disagree with each other on so many levels all the time, it's part of life.

    In the meantime, just so the public knows, the issue of homosexuality in the Bible is not that cut and dry!

    The Original New Testament Bible text that has been translated into English DOES NOT include any literal word referring to homosexuality for starters. The original Greek in the word text means male prostitute which was practiced in idolatry and disbelief.

    Many quote what Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 regarding vice out of context by leaving out the very next verse 1 Corinthians 6:11 that concludes with the Ultimate Provision that God made. There are various different opinions and disagreements within the Christian community at large regarding this issue.

    Furthermore, the New Testament never excludes any sexual sin as forgivable through the Gift of Salvation. The New Testament is clear that blasphemy is the ONLY unforgivable sin!

    Last but not least, the New Testament is LOUD and CLEAR about that NO ONE can 'judge' nor 'condemn' anyone, and that believers SHALL LOVE and WELL TREAT EVERYONE.

    December 20, 2013 at 10:43 am |
    • Saraswati

      You can't be fired in most contexts...if you are a waitress or database programmer or pharmacy tech. But when you go into certain forms of entertainment they are purchasing a package that includes your image and your contract states this quite clearly. You get arrested or break any of the clauses then the package deal is blown. This only applies in a very limited number of professions.

      December 20, 2013 at 10:49 am |
      • HotAirAce

        Anyone can be fired for what they say if it damages their employers's business. Of course, the employer would have to prove damage, but freedom of speech does have limits.

        December 20, 2013 at 11:07 am |
    • Live4Him

      @Vic : In the meantime, just so the public knows, the issue of homosexuality in the Bible is not that cut and dry!

      I agree with most of your post, but oppose this viewpoint. The Bible is quite clear on this issue – it is a sin. While the TERM isn't found in the Bible, that is not unusual – given that it is a new term and the Bible is thousands of years old! 🙂

      That said, homosexuality is no different than any other sin in the Bible. It will condemn you to hell unless you're saved by His grace. And only CHRIST can determine who will be saved.

      December 20, 2013 at 10:49 am |
      • Vic

        Yes, and I am referring to the New Testament.

        Apostle Paul always pointed out vice as it was practiced in 'idolatry' and 'disbelief', and, he always concluded with God's Ultimate Provision, that is the Gift Of Salvation through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Hence, if a believer commits a sexual sin, but not in disbelief, it is forgiven.

        December 20, 2013 at 10:59 am |
      • Madtown

        Many words strung together, the end result being a pile of rubbish. It's not a sin. It's not a choice. It's a part of one's being, an essence of what makes them who they are. And just because I enjoy repeatedly pointing it out, your phrase "And only CHRIST can determine who will be saved.".........I hope Christ will save people who have no idea he exists.

        December 20, 2013 at 11:04 am |
        • Vic

          I always pray to the Lord Jesus Christ that He helps and saves EVERYONE.

          December 20, 2013 at 11:12 am |
        • Madtown

          That's cool, but why not just pray to God? Why invoke religion at all?

          December 20, 2013 at 11:23 am |
    • midwest rail

      There are no 1st amendment issues involved here. None.

      December 20, 2013 at 10:57 am |
      • Akira

        Correct, midwest.
        Most people who proclaim to be Constitutionally aware really aren't.

        December 20, 2013 at 11:23 am |
    • Some Antics

      "How can someone be suspended, let alone fired, for exercising his/her Freedom Of Speech right in stating his/her belief while not hurting anyone?!"

      Well you see, A&E is not a government company and can choose who it wants to have on air. We all get to say what we want and this hick got to have his say, no one is stopping him from saying what he wants, but other can decide not to give him their platform to do it from if they disagree with his archaic philosophies.

      Todd Akin had every right to say "legitimate ra pe" and the voters had every right not to vote for him because of it. You are free to say what you like but that does not mean it is without consequence.

      December 20, 2013 at 11:08 am |
    • bostontola

      This is not a free speech issue, he has the right to say what he did. This is a contracts issue. Most entertainment and sports contracts have behavior clauses. I don't know what his contract says, but it must say something or he would have a case.

      December 20, 2013 at 11:10 am |
      • lol??

        So the corps like to play God. Sons of the Beast are like that. BTW, speech is now behavior?? How pwogwessive!!

        December 20, 2013 at 11:55 am |
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