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Does Phil Robertson get the Bible wrong?
Phil Robertson of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" has been suspended for his comments on homosexuality.
December 20th, 2013
11:23 AM ET

Does Phil Robertson get the Bible wrong?

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - The Robertson family of "Duck Dynasty" fame has rallied around its patriarch, saying his controversial comments on homosexuality are "grounded in the teachings of the Bible." But Scripture is fiercely contested ground, and some experts say Phil Robertson misinterprets a key Bible verse.

A&E, the network that broadcasts the hugely popular "Duck Dynasty" show, suspended Robertson for a now infamous interview with GQ magazine. In the article, Robertson, who became a born-again Christian in the 1970s after a prodigal youth, is asked to define "sin."

Here's what Robertson says: “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."

Robertson, 67, then paraphrases a Bible passage from the New Testament: “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.”

That's a pretty close citation of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, which is a letter from Paul, often called the father of Christianity theology, to a fledgling Christian community in Corinth, Greece.

Here's what Paul's passage says, as rendered in the New International Version, by far the most popular translation among evangelicals and conservative Christians such as Robertson:

"Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men, nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."

Evangelicals, who make up about a quarter of the U.S. population, tend to take that passage at face value. The Robertson family pastor, for instance, told CNN on Thursday that "the verse explains itself."

Robertson himself is no religious neophyte. He's an elder in the White's Ferry Road Church of Christ and offers spiritual counseling, charity and Bible studies to many in his hometown of West Monroe, Louisiana, the family pastor, Mike Kellett told CNN.

The "Duck Dynasty" star also preaches around the country to conservatives that flock to hear his blend of woodsy, plainspoken Christianity.

Many conservatives backed Robertson's views on Scripture and homosexuality this week, if not the "crude" way he argued his point to GQ.

My Take: The Bible really does condemn homosexuality

But other Bible experts said the Scripture Robertson cited isn't quite clear about homosexuality.

"A lot of people misread this text because it's so complicated," said O. Wesley Allen Jr., an associate professor at Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky.

First, scholars say, we have to look at the context surrounding Paul's letter.

The Christian leader is trying to get the quarreling Corinthians to stop taking each other to civil courts and being judgmental. "The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already," Paul says.

Things were supposed to be different after they became Christian believers, Paul continues; they were supposed to stop their sinful ways.

Then Paul lists some of their sins of the past, including greed, drinking too much, worshipping idols and sexual immorality. "That is what some of you were," Paul says. "But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."

The list of sins is likely based on rumors that Paul heard about Corinth, says Warren Throckmorton, a psychology professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania who has studied the Bible's teachings on homosexuality. Bible scholars call it a "vice list," and it appears several times in Scripture.

So what does Paul's "vice list" say about homosexuality? That's the tricky part.

The first word Paul uses is "malakoi," which means "soft" in Greek, according to Allen. By analogy, the word came to mean "effeminate," which is how the King James Version of the Bible translates it.

"In the ancient world, it would refer to a boy in a relationship with an older man," Allen said. "It was pederasty, not homosexuality as we think of it today."

The other relevant word on Paul's "vice list" is "arsenokotai," which means "male sex." It refers to the other half in the man-boy relationship, common in Greece at the time, Allen said, the older male having sex with the "soft one."

"It isn't anything to do with what we would see today in an intimate, mutual relationship between gay adults," said Allen, who is co-authoring an upcoming book on homosexuality and heterosexuality in the church.

My Take: The Bible’s surprisingly mixed messages on sexuality

Even so, scholars such as Allen acknowledge there are no Bible passages that support same-sex relationships, and at least seven that appear to condemn gay sex.

"There's no way around the fact that those passages take a negative view of homosexuality, and nowhere in the Bible is a positive view offered," Allen said. "So conservatives and liberals continue to debate."

Liberals say that some parts of the Bible offered particular truths for a specific times and places but those times and places, as well as human understanding of sexuality, have progressed dramatically.

"The Bible may be divinely inspired, but its authors were human and saw, as St. Paul puts it, through a glass darkly," said Jim Naughton, a Christian gay rights activist and communications consultant. "On the subject of homosexuality, the Bible doesn’t mean what Phil Robertson thinks it means."

Conservatives such as Robertson, on the other hand, argue that the Bible is the bedrock of their faith, unchanging and unalterable. "We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word," the Robertson family said Thursday.

For decades, the gulf between the two sides has divided denominations, churches and families. To paraphrase Lincoln, both sides read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and both invoke his aid to argue against each other. Which is why our contemporary debate over homosexuality is so fierce, and so seemingly unending.

- CNN Religion Editor

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  1. QS

    The bible and the Const.itution are incompatible – one grants freedom and liberty for all, the other demands blind obedience to a rigid belief system which seeks to limit and curtail those very freedoms and liberties the Const.itution is supposed to protect.

    December 20, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
    • Jer

      You are not apostle Paul who died defending his faith. You are imposing your view or misinterpret his teaching. Study the bible more. We need to know what the Bible speak or say

      December 22, 2013 at 11:57 pm |
  2. Rabid Wolf

    Right to free speech is a right as long as it does not speak about blacks, gays, or religion.
    The only thing a right to free speech has the right to speak freely about is rocks.
    Soon, some lawyer will defend these rocks so nothing can be said about rocks.

    December 20, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
    • Jeb Bush

      We all have a right to free speech. He still has his. He just lost his job.

      December 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
      • mollymeadows

        That's the whole point of this uproar. He lost his job for expressing his religious beliefs on his own time. That's not freedom of speech. It's a good basis for a discrimination lawsuit.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
        • LivinginVA

          Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from consequences. If an employee of Apple gave an interview and trashed Apple products, they would be fired. If a Protestant minister gave an interview and said that Christianity was a crock, he would be fired. You can be fired for giving your employer a bad name.

          December 20, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
        • Saraswati

          There are a lot of restrictions on speech from a business stand point. You can't work as an executive Walmart and make ads for Target in your spare time saying how much better Target is. These are a very limited set of restrictions that are imposed in a business context and are very different from censorship.

          December 20, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
    • lamaj62

      Also don't say anything against jews!

      December 20, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
  3. Arno

    Why make it a question of biblical interpretation? What difference does it make? Phil expressed his views and was punished. That is not what free society is about. It is about the free expression of opinion in rational discourse.

    December 20, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
    • Jackson

      He is employed by A&E, which carries a certain responsibility with it. Since he is under contract to A&E, they *do* have some say.

      December 20, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
    • tony

      Why you %$$@$, you.

      December 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
  4. Kay

    Mr. Robertson and many that choose to believe as he does have a very low opinion of God.. Who educated these people in such lack of Christian ideals? Shame on them!

    December 20, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
  5. Tom

    Nope. He interpreted it correctly. That's exactly what it states. If you don't like it, don't read it. If you don't want to believe in God then don't. However, if there is such a being as the creator of the universe living on a higher plane he certainly has the right to tell mankind about his view on moral issues and does owe you an answer. Period. Just stop attacking other people's belief systems. You gain nothing by doing so.

    December 20, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
    • tony

      He sure picked an unbelievably inefficient way to tell al mankind about his views. Not the way an almighty god would work.

      December 20, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
    • sly

      "If you don't want to believe in God then don't. Just stop attacking other people's belief systems."
      --
      Exactly Tom! Duck attacked other people's belief systems, and his boss at A&E, who likely also believes in God, fired him for attacking other people's belief systems.

      So yes you are absolutely correct.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
    • sam stone

      how do you make the logical leap from a creator to a god?

      morality involve how we treat other people. how does a singular, omnipotent, omniscient being who (supposedly) has always existed know anythng about how to treat others? what is the basis of that being's claims of moral authority?

      December 20, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
      • Tom

        That's an intelligent question. What gives the USA the right to create a law and then prosecute people who break it, throw them into jail, or punish them by death? Looks like the one in authority with the power to execute has the saying. And let's put it this way: if you had the power for the big bang to create the time space continuum you certainly have the power to execute. According to how I understand it, there will be a final judgement of every individual. Death is just a departure of the human spirit/soul to the higher, eternal plane. There are laws which cannot be broken unpunished. God is love but also just – on his own terms which required him to become one of us and receiving the punishment for our wrongdoing. That's why I celebrate Christmas. BTW, I have a couple of gay friends but I don't attack their way of life.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
  6. fred

    Homosexuality is clear in the Bible and twisting a few words based on limited Greek translations does not change those verses that were clear in Hebrew. If the Bible is wrong on homosexuality then the Bible can not be trusted. That is the reason the hands of the godless continue to push this one sin issue over all the other sins.

    Desire is actually a gift from God to help us survive. Sex is a wonderful shinny thing as is food. We were given this desire so our species could survive but we are to master it not be mastered by it. Take food which we must have but obesity is a warning sign something is out of balance. Desire which was a blessing (includes the longing to worship and love God which was the design feature) has now consumed the soul. Those who believe in God call sin for what it is while the godless refuse any and all absolute truth that deals with how we should live.
    In short homosexuality in the Bible is sin when desire trumps love for God and love for neighbor.

    December 20, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
    • Michael G

      The Bible can't be trusted. It is nothing but a collection of old pagan myths, and is full of significant errors and contradictions. It is the work of man – not whoever or whatever created this universe.

      December 20, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
      • fred

        "It is nothing but a collection of old pagan myths"
        =>you cannot possible know this as there is source of origin for the original oral traditions. In other words the pagan myths came from the Word of God given to Adam is just as likely as any other.

        "is full of significant errors and contradictions"
        =>No, it is not. The typical list propagated by Colin or Atheist websites has been refuted many times over by knowledgeable experts of theology. That would be like me pointing out errors in evolution theory then claiming evolution is a lie.

        " It is the work of man"
        =>the written words we have today were clearly written by men. Men that were inspired by God and the culture of the day.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
      • Tom

        Nope. Pagans are those who, during the past, followed none biblical religious practices like worshiping idols and sacrificing humans, etc.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
        • fred

          The first two children were Cain and Able. Able gave the very best and loved God while Cain did not. The descendants of Cain were pagan while others from Eve were a mixed bag. They knew the story about Adam and Eve getting kicked out of the Garden of Eden thus belief in God came first and pagan myths (as they apply to god or gods) came out of that.

          December 20, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
        • Science Works

          fred why do you bring up Eve when Adam had to bone himself to create EVE ?

          December 20, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
        • robbie357

          can you expand on that a little SW?

          December 20, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
        • fred

          Science Work
          The origin of belief is a matter of philosophy and religion not science. I bring it up in response to the suggestion that Moses copied from other beliefs rather than having recorded the truth as it was.

          December 20, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
        • Science Works

          And belief is without what fred ?

          December 20, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
        • fred

          Science
          Belief in God is based on faith. Since Jesus that faith is supported by the presence of God which is revealed by the Holy Spirit.
          Belief there is no God is not supported by science and is self contradictory if based on science thus it cannot be accepted logically as the mind cannot contradict itself. Most atheists in the U.S. believe in philosophical naturalism which is dependent upon the material evidences of science. The scientific method cannot form a testable hypothesis regarding God thus it cannot say anything regarding God. There is no reasonable logic to be an atheist. Agnostic is a reasonable approach.

          December 20, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
    • Tad

      Well said

      December 20, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
    • tony

      In short, regular s*xualityis a sin

      December 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
      • fred

        Eating in a healthy manner is not sin and the same goes for Sex

        December 20, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      So if a gay person maintains their love for (an alleged but unproven) god and loves their neighbor, and holds these as their highest desires, then ho.mos3xuality is ok. Do I understand you correctly fred.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
      • fred

        Homosexuality which constitutes sin is clear in the Old Testament Hebrew and even the Greek translation of the Old Testament. Jesus actually stepped it up a level when he said all these Laws can be summed up in "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself"
        The answer to your question is yes if you have Gods presence in your life as stated. If you have ever loved God with all your heart the presence of God is overwhelming. It is nothing like "I love a cold beer" or even puppy love on a first date. In the presence of God you will be driven to your knees in worship and thanks. Homosexuality does not exist in that moment or in that presence.
        When I am out of that presence sin shows itself. Now that is when the issue of homosexuality comes up

        December 20, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
        • Observer

          Yep. Jesus talked about the Golden Rule and NEVER talked about gays.

          There's something in that for you to LEARN.

          December 20, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          So Phil is wrong.

          December 20, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
        • fred

          Observer
          There was no reason for Jesus to talk about gays. Where was the audience and what have been the message. Jesus gave the truth about everything anyone needs to know about God and how those who desire the presence of God live. His mission was not political one but to make a way and show "the way" for anyone that would listen. Being gay, straight or choice of sin was not and is not the issue.

          December 20, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
        • fred

          HotAirAce
          I do not know what Phil actually thinks but from what was stated he seems to put the physical form of sex above the truth Jesus presented. In that way Phil is wrong.

          December 20, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
    • nomadd

      Isn't divorce, and adultery the same? Where is the christian outrage over those?

      December 20, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
      • HotAirAce

        Or abortion?!? 70+% of all abortions in the USA are had by believers. Believers could eliminate 700,000+ abortions per year if they just followed their own cult's rules. No changes in laws required, no help from non-believers required, no murdering of doctors required.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
        • fred

          It is a matter of demographics not belief.
          But, yes we sin just like everybody else. The difference is true believers seek forgiveness and acknowledge it is sin. "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God"
          Sin is necessary because without it we would never realize how far short of God we are and how we need Jesus. You have no need for Jesus because you claim there is no sin in you.

          December 20, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          So seeking forgiveness after having an abortion negates having the abortion and not following your cult's rules and god.

          December 20, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
        • fred

          HotAirAce
          When I speak of forgiveness it is in relationship between God and man. The abortion happened the child is no more and the life of the mother and those involved will never be the same. You cannot undue what has been done.

          Sin, forgiveness and Jesus have to do with restored relationship with God. Jesus entire purpose was to restore the relationship with God. When that relationship is restored your sins were already atoned for at the Cross. When Jesus said "it is finished" it was finished. Death has no hold on those who are in Christ as we have moved from death (existence without God) into life. That is why Jesus said I am the life

          December 20, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
      • fred

        nomadd
        There was time when divorced people and adulterers were looked down upon and treated very mean (including the children of divorced parents). Times have changed in less than 50 years marriage is simply an assumed right and sexuality is in your face 24/7. Homosexuality is on that same path and common view has turned the corner on that one as well.
        None of this changes the truth in that divorce is harmful and painful as is adultery. It remains sin to intentionally harm another and it remains sin to take ones own pleasure at the expense of another pain.
        Homosexuality remains a hot button because politicians and political parties push the same old tired buttons to get elected. Once again personal desire over what is right is what we see and it is sin.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
  7. Scott Gorin

    ZZ Top wants
    their beard back

    December 20, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
  8. QS

    The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world he didn't exist.

    I say – The greatest trick man ever played was convincing the world god DOES exist.

    December 20, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
    • Tom

      This and previous generations have lost their spirituality and lack an experience of supernatural interaction including. Next step: declare God as none existent. LMAO.

      December 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
  9. alma

    To me, this is not about arguing scripture; it's about the Bill of Rights....and Phil has his right to express his opinion as do any Americans. I may not agree with what he says, but I'll defend his right to say it. I did not see anything in the Duck Dynasty stars' comments that were hateful or intended to hurt anyone. All I say was a man expressing his answer to the question given. And by the way, I'm a proud Gay American.

    December 20, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
    • sly

      Gosh alma, I dont think any of us knew that Duck wasn't allowed to speak his opinions.

      Well then, why are we all on here arguing about what he wasn't allowed to say?

      I'm very confused. Who did say all those things then?

      December 20, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
  10. Doris

    This issue gets hotter day by day for Christians – like a pimple coming to a head. And for many of them, they will render themselves insignificant as current knowledge continue to surpass ancient customs. If they knew what was good for them, they would try better to keep up and not suffer the same embarrassment as the pope who tried to tell Galileo that he was wrong.

    December 20, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
    • Tim

      As an educated man of science, I can tell you there is more we don't know than we do know. So i wouldn't be quite so sure of myself if i were you. Pride goes before the fall.

      December 20, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
      • Dippy

        How do we know how much we don't know if we don't know it?

        December 20, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
      • Doris

        Of course there is much unknown, Tim. But what do Christians have as a convincing argument for their judgment? 500 nameless witnesses? Texts of unknown authors?

        December 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
  11. Renee

    you're only washed and sanctified if you have received the Lord Jesus as your personal savior and turn from your wicked ways. God loves everyone and wants them to do good and be good and follow him but they choose sin. Its going to get much worse in the days ahead as you now can see the Biblical prophecy unfold.

    December 20, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
    • sly

      Renee, it wont get worse, because Earth already ended.

      I've read numerous religious prophesies that have informed us that your god destroyed earth.

      Sorry, it's in the babble, and it's thus true. We are all living in Heaven! Kinda nice up here – didn't realize they had gay marriage already in heaven!

      December 20, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
      • Renee

        Oh my! One of those ignorant comments from a sly one. Please cant you be serious?

        December 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
        • sly

          "Be serious"?

          On a story about some hippie southern redneck who spouted out some comments that caused him to get fired, and all these folks on here think it has something to do with some book?

          No ... I'm having a hard time being serious about religion – it's rather amusing to me

          December 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
    • Michael G

      In Matthew 16:28, your mythical Jesus says he will return within a generation. I'm still waiting. Don't you know a myth when you see one. Astrology, psychics, witchcraft, Christianity – there is no real difference.

      December 20, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
  12. Dan

    Here is another perspective. A man says something anti-gay and liberals are angry, demanding that he be punished. If there is a God, which I sincerely believe there is, how does he feel about pro-gay comments and actions?

    Answer: Romans 1:18-19 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.…

    Anyone who wants to be a Christian should be a lot more concerned about God's reaction than the world's reaction. Those who aren't Christians shouldn't care what Christians think just like I couldn't care less what Islamist think and nothing they say angers me in the least.

    December 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
    • Observer

      Dan,

      Romans (12:20) also says “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.”

      Do you believe and practice EVERYTHING that Romans says or just pick-and-choose?

      December 20, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
      • Tim

        So can you tell me your specific example of how Phil violated this biblical directive?

        December 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
      • Dan

        How would my ability to follow scripture affect the validity of those scriptures? If I fail to repent does that mean that God doesn't call us to repentance?

        As for enemies, I don't know of anyone I even think of as an enemy.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
    • sam stone

      I see that Dan makes the big leap from A god to HIS god.

      Danny boy, your biblical quotes are only relevant to those who accept the authority of the bible

      To the rest of us, it is like people arguing who speaks Klingon correctly

      December 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
  13. tony

    God wanted to spread his word so much, that he only gave the 10 commandments to the Hebrews.

    Interesting marketing strategy.

    December 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
    • formcritic

      You should really stick to what you know.

      December 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
      • tony

        Hence I don't have a belief in a god. What was untrue in my post by the way?

        December 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
  14. Danny Boy

    Having tyrannical, dicatorial, oppressive gays is a better alternative?

    December 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
    • sly

      yup ... gotta watch out for those dicatorial gays ...

      um ... I guess I hadn't noticed any of them ... but I'll watch out from now on.

      December 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
      • bowldsbrendonbboi7581

        big time dictators, still can't marry in many states, a lot of states being gay is a fireable offense, I'm sure that's exactly how they dictated it to be.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
  15. Scott

    It's ridiculous to consult a Bible "expert."

    December 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
  16. chosenbygrace

    "man shall not lie with man as with a woman, it is an abomination" – Yahweh.

    "The people of this world cannot accept the Spirit, because they don't see or know him" – Yahweh's Son

    "Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot." – Yahweh's Son

    “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first." – Yahweh's Son

    December 20, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
    • Renee

      Thank you! I appreciate you posting that. People need to hear it. If they'd only read the Bible. Its all in there.

      December 20, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
      • bowldsbrendonbboi7581

        Except, there are other interpretations of this passage, just like about people reading the bible interpreting the world as flat.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • TomNPitt

      "If you can't say something nice about somebody; don't say nothin' at all". Bambi

      December 20, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
  17. noitall

    ***So-o-oo-o-o President Obama is a devout Christian of 25 years and a spiritual leader in the USA.
    Yet – So many "God haters" here voted for Obama yet believe intelligence is inversely related to religion and Christianity....plus..the president is quoted as saying he'd rather spend time with the Duck Dynasty family ("fun group of people") than with Kanye and Kim...

    Does that make ANY sense to anyone 😉 LOL !?!

    December 20, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
    • Jeb Bush

      No, you don't make any sense.

      December 20, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
    • tony

      Religious pretense is a pre-requisite of running for any US office.

      December 20, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
  18. Melissa207

    The Bible also says you cannot eat shellfish, wear worn or torn clothing or get tattoos on your body. Now let's count the sinners...

    December 20, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
    • pjusa

      There are way too many to count.

      December 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
    • Tim

      your point?

      December 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
      • Melissa207

        My point is that a lot of people are going to Hell, so it's going to be a big party (sarcasm) – that's how ridiculous this whole thing has become. What I would like to know is how a "Christian" can be so quick to judge people when God said to love one another and that he is the only judge.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
    • formcritic

      Who told you to say that? It sounds clever, but actually reveals lack of knowledge.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
      • Melissa207

        There's no lack of knowledge – on my part, that is. It's in Leviticus – look it up.

        December 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
    • Jan

      Melissa, do you know the difference between the Old Testimant of the bible and the New Testimant? The old testiment was the old law and it has all sorts of old laws like not eating pork, etc. The old law even had animal sacrifices! But that was before the atonement. The new testiment is the new law. It's the law that Jesus preached when he was on the earth. And this is where the scripture is that Phil Robertson referred to.

      One thing I have to say about Phil. He has not let fame or money change him. He is still the same person he was before and even without A&D he'll still be the same person after, and that means something. He does not need A&E to define him. He is firmly founded in his faith in God, and that's what matters to him. I'm sure when all of this controversy started, he just went huntin'.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
  19. John Pacella

    When Ol' Phil holds forth in his church, he is among like-minded Christians (and a few closeted gays) and therefore receives nothing but "attaboys". Once he shares his opinions/beliefs with the general public, he no longer enjoys automatic adulation. Deal with it.

    December 20, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
    • Tim

      seems to me looking at a lot of news/social media sites that the majority are clearly in the freedom of speech corner.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
  20. jdk47

    Give it a rest CNN. The truth is most of the people think A&E went way overboard in response to this guy's personal views and A&E is going to pay big time before this is all over.

    December 20, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
    • Jackson

      Conservatives who are blasting A&E were the same ones supporting Chik-fil-A.

      Conservatives who are supporting this guy's right to speech were condemning Bashir for his comments.

      Palpable hypocrisy.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
    • gene

      Actually i dont think the majority give a F*&K about this story...and would not care if the whole cast got kicked out.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
      • Tom

        That's what I am thinking about your comment as well ...

        December 20, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
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