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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
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(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. Crushinator

    So, if you atheists can offer any other historical book that mentions a flood, the earth as being round and dinosaurs I will happily investigate it. You happily believe whatever your college biology professor told you to believe and assume only the observable universe makes up our reality. How many of those "scientific facts" you learned in your three required science courses as a liberal arts major in college are actually proven facts and not based on conjecture and a century of only accepting something as fact if it can be observed by our limited perception? You fail to realize your own flawed logic, and are therefore what the bible calls "reprobate" meaning there is no saving you, or making you see that things happened very differently than you think based on our currently accepted model of history. do yourself a favor and google dinosaur cave paintings for a kickoff...you will find obvious representations of dinosaurs over four thousand years old and approximately 3800 years before we found the first dinosaur fossil....So, obviously your science got something wrong, maybe it got more wrong than that.

    December 20, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
    • Observer

      Crushinator,

      There have been floods through all of history apparently. Guess that's news to you.

      The earth is a 3-d SPHERE and not a FLAT circle. More news, apparently.

      December 20, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
      • Sharon Hodgson

        The Hebrew word used for circle in Isaiah can also denote sphere. The Greeks also used the same evidence mentioned in Job to determine, also, that the earth was a sphere. Most people do not have the time nor inclination to really study these things, but it is true.

        December 20, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
    • truthprevails1

      Can you provide the evidence for your god???

      December 20, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
      • Geoff

        All you have to do is look around, he created everything you see.

        December 20, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
        • truthprevails1

          Ah, too bad you have no way of proving that...just one book that can be debunked.

          December 20, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
  2. Emmett

    The Duck man got it right, close to it, anyway. And the theologian sure could twist the words to his liking..... so from 2 Timothy 3:16 it says 'All scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, reproving, FOR SETTING THINGS STRAIGHT(or correcting).......

    December 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
  3. Tim Fox

    What a surprise, the gay Christian activist interprets the bible differently.

    December 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
    • Yup!

      It's a shame that God was such a crappy writer that he made a book with so many contradictions that needed to be interpreted, with no one agreeing on which interpretation is correct.

      You would think an omniscient guy would be clearer.

      December 20, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
  4. betty

    What is so amazing to me is the very fact that so many still base the way the live their lives on the belief of this spirit in the sky. I know the non believers are either growing or now are unafraid to admit to not believing, but there are still many who base everything they think and live on a book written long ago by some men who thought there was a god in the sky who controlled the world.

    December 20, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
  5. bill bob

    This guy is a just a dumb redneck, why is him talking about hating gays so controversial? This guy is dumb as nails.

    December 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
    • Geoff

      So says a guy named bill bob, ha

      December 20, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
    • Peter

      He's a college grad and a multi millionaire.

      December 20, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
      • Geoff

        Congrats, a rich idiot.

        December 20, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
    • Derrek

      I would venture to say, that he and his kids are smarter than you. Before you make a stereotypical comment, I recommend you explore his background. Typical ignorant response of a person who is judging a book by its cover.

      December 20, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
  6. The Dead Critic

    Unless one ACTUALLY lived during the time of the Bible, no will ever be sure to get it (scripture) right. It's entirely FAITH based, and you go from there. Why this is even a story is beyond me. Opinions are like [ ], everyone has one.

    December 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
    • Lulu55

      The Bible isn't entirely faith-based. There are many historical facts in there too!

      December 20, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
      • eddy

        just not historical facts about any of the supernatural junk. in other words the parts that make it seem special have little foundation.

        December 20, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
  7. Robert Allen

    How many of you, on either side of this brouhaha, would have posted your biased opinion had you not heard or read about Phil's statements on news media? If this had just appeared in GQ would you even know about it, or care?

    December 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
    • Calhusker

      Gee Bob, of course everyone's opinions are biased, because it's their opinions.

      December 20, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
  8. Mark

    Hey you make a T.V. "reality" show about back woods red necks, what do you think you're going to get, a round table discussion of War & Peace?

    December 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
  9. marylikeHismama

    The Holy Bible is spiritually discerned and is given, without contradiction to all who sincerely believe. Mankind will never settle this in their own understanding but it appears that it will be argued to the end of time. You want the truth? Say yes to JESUS and you'll get it...He loves you!!

    December 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
    • truthprevails1

      Really??? You're certain of this how??

      December 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
      • Geoff

        He created you, or are you from the I came from a monkey crowd?

        December 20, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
        • One one

          Are you from the I came from dirt crowd ?

          December 20, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
        • truthprevails1

          My parents created me and yes I accept evolution...we do share 96% of our DNA with chimps whether you accept that or not.

          December 20, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
    • 8eity

      Your "holy bible" is a simple compendium of fanciful folktales. What say you?

      December 20, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
      • Geoff

        He created you as well, or are you too part of the I came from a monkey crowd?

        December 20, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • BobPitt

      Ha Ha Ha... never ends, !!!! the same guys that ask you to ""follow jesus"" are the same that denid shelter to the vulnerable, food to the hungry. and persecute the innocent... F... your jesus if you won't follow the teachings..

      December 20, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
    • One one

      "Without contradiction" ?

      Who incited David to count the fighting men of Israel?
      (a) God did (2 Samuel 24: 1)
      (b) Satan did (I Chronicles 2 1:1)

      In that count how many fighting men were found in Israel?
      (a) Eight hundred thousand (2 Samuel 24:9)
      (b) One million, one hundred thousand (IChronicles 21:5)

      How many fighting men were found in Judah?
      (a) Five hundred thousand (2 Samuel 24:9)
      (b) Four hundred and seventy thousand (I Chronicles 21:5)

      God sent his prophet to threaten David with how many years of famine?
      (a) Seven (2 Samuel 24:13)
      (b) Three (I Chronicles 21:12)

      How old was Ahaziah when he began to rule over Jerusalem?
      (a) Twenty-two (2 Kings 8:26)
      (b) Forty-two (2 Chronicles 22:2)

      How old was Jehoiachin when he became king of Jerusalem?
      (a) Eighteen (2 Kings 24:8)
      (b) Eight (2 Chronicles 36:9)

      How long did he rule over Jerusalem?
      (a) Three months (2 Kings 24:8)
      (b) Three months and ten days (2 Chronicles 36:9)

      The chief of the mighty men of David lifted up his spear and killed how many men at one time?
      (a) Eight hundred (2 Samuel 23:8)
      (b) Three hundred (I Chronicles 11: 11)

      When did David bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem? Before defeating the Philistines or after?
      (a) After (2 Samuel 5 and 6)
      (b) Before (I Chronicles 13 and 14)

      How many pairs of clean animals did God tell Noah to take into the Ark?
      (a) Two (Genesis 6:19, 20)
      (b) Seven (Genesis 7:2). But despite this last instruction only two pairs went into the ark (Genesis 7:8-9)

      When David defeated the King of Zobah, how many horsemen did he capture?
      (a) One thousand and seven hundred (2 Samuel 8:4)
      (b) Seven thousand (I Chronicles 18:4)

      How many stalls for horses did Solomon have?
      (a) Forty thousand (I Kings 4:26)
      (b) Four thousand (2 chronicles 9:25)

      In what year of King Asa's reign did Baasha, King of Israel die?
      (a) Twenty-sixth year (I Kings 15:33 – 16:8)
      (b) Still alive in the thirty-sixth year (2 Chronicles 16:1)

      How many overseers did Solomon appoint for the work of building the temple?
      (a) Three thousand six hundred (2 Chronicles 2:2)
      (b) Three thousand three hundred (I Kings 5:16)

      Solomon built a facility containing how many baths?
      (a) Two thousand (1 Kings 7:26)
      (b) Over three thousand (2 Chronicles 4:5)

      Of the Israelites who were freed from the Babylonian captivity, how many were the children of Pahrath-Moab?
      (a) Two thousand eight hundred and twelve (Ezra 2:6)
      (b) Two thousand eight hundred and eighteen (Nehemiah 7:11)

      How many were the children of Zattu?
      (a) Nine hundred and forty-five (Ezra 2:8)
      (b) Eight hundred and forty-five (Nehemiah 7:13)

      How many were the children of Azgad?
      (a) One thousand two hundred and twenty-two (Ezra 2:12)
      (b) Two thousand three hundred and twenty-two (Nehemiah 7:17)

      How many were the children of Adin?
      (a) Four hundred and fifty-four (Ezra 2:15)
      (b) Six hundred and fifty-five (Nehemiah 7:20)

      How many were the children of Hashum?
      (a) Two hundred and twenty-three (Ezra 2:19)
      (b) Three hundred and twenty-eight (Nehemiah 7:22)

      How many were the children of Bethel and Ai?
      (a) Two hundred and twenty-three (Ezra 2:28)
      (b) One hundred and twenty-three (Nehemiah 7:32)

      Ezra 2:64 and Nehemiah 7:66 agree that the total number of the whole assembly was 42,360. Yet the numbers do not add up to anything close. The totals obtained from each book is as follows:
      (a) 29,818 (Ezra)
      (b) 31,089 (Nehemiah)

      How many singers accompanied the assembly?
      (a) Two hundred (Ezra 2:65)
      (b) Two hundred and forty-five (Nehemiah 7:67)

      December 20, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
  10. alaskan1st

    The bible was written like the game of telegraph. Everyone sits in a circle and the first person whispers something into the his neighbors ear and that persons whispers it to the next and so on. When it gets back to the original whisperer it is always changed. The King James version is an example of how everything can change in the translation. The triad was never mentioned in religious text until early 1600s when some scholars added it. That's sort of modern history and known to be true. And to take the bible as gospel is to take everything it says. Including eating pork or shellfish or stoning adulterers or never remarrying after divorce or never wearing mixed fiber clothing.

    December 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
    • Thomas

      What you said is totally wrong. https://bible.org/seriespage/transmission
      The earliest manuscript we have today is AD 250. Thats way earlier than some historical writings we take as fact. Writings like Plato's dialogues. He was born in BC 427 and the earliest manuscript we have of him is A.D. 895. There are countless other examples like this. This really shows that the Bible is a lot more accurate than many other writings we take as fact. Please do your research before you post ignorant comments.

      December 20, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
  11. me

    odd speak, coming from someone who currently sells bobbleheads of himself to the public.

    December 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
  12. Mancy Grace

    Hating n egroes and anybody different? Welcome to the SE USA.

    December 20, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
  13. Jason Bauer

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    Add parallel1 Corinthians 6:9-10
    King James Version (KJV)

    9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

    10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

    Leviticus 20:13
    King James Version (KJV)

    13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

    December 20, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
    • Yup!

      Do you follow the other rules of Leviticus too? I'm thinking not.

      December 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
    • Observer

      Jason,

      Leviticus also says (Lev. 20:9) "If there is anyone who curses his father or his mother, he shall surely be put to death”.

      So what was your point, if any?

      December 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
    • 8eity

      Methinks you be a troll for the local Satanists. What say you?

      December 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
    • Pete

      It's hilarious that you don't know the bible very well. Leviticus is the holy code for priests, Christians don't follow it anymore and neither did Christ. Here's a hint, it's why the book was titled Leviticus.

      December 20, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
    • 8eity

      #1, you are insane.

      December 20, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
    • BobPitt

      Sure... you imaginary friend is much better... don't call me I will call you!!!

      December 20, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
  14. Christian

    I believe Phil spoke the truth as the Bible states. I did not take his comments as bashing the Gay community. I am a member of the Church of Christ, the same denomination as Phil. I to believe that if you are in an openly gay relationship (Along with the other types of people mentioned) you will not inherit eternity in Heaven. I do have a very good friend that is openly GAY. I still talk to him and my door is always open for him – he knows my opinion, but this is based on the way I interpret the way I should treat people. I do believe people can be forgiven even in the worst of sin. I believe the intent of us as Christians is to love the sinner and hate the sin. No one is without SIN. We just need to believe, repent, and be baptized and live our lives according to the word.

    December 20, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
    • Janet

      The Biblical condemnation of homosexuality is based on human ignorance, suspicion of those who are different, and an overwhelming concern for ensuring the survival of the people. Since the Bible regards homosexuality as a capital crime (Leviticus 20:13), it clearly assumes that homosexuality is a matter of free choice, a deliberate rebellion against God. We have learned from modern science that people do not choose to be gay or straight; hence it is neither logical nor moral to condemn those whose nature it is to be gay or lesbian.

      December 20, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
      • Geoff

        False, modern science is no more than some man or womens opinion, choosong to be gay is just that, a choice. Living in sin!

        December 20, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
  15. Journey

    To all the Duck Dynasty supporters talking about how oppressed this man is...stuff it.

    That Duck Dynasty, Inc. swagger, pushed in our faces for so many years, was not greased with bird grease. It was actually greased with the blood and the tears of southern racial and religious intolerance. If you can't stand the hunt for equality get out of the duck blind.

    December 20, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
    • Calhusker

      "Pushed in your face" usually means you don't agree with their point of view. I admire Phil Robertson for speaking his mind, whether I agree with him or not. Otherwise we have censorship and a loss of our 1st Amendment rights.

      December 20, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
  16. Jamongajoe

    I grew up in the Bible Belt and I've got a lot of Facebook Friends from high school. It looks like there's plenty of folks in the Bible Belt who are plenty hot out there over this, I tell you what.

    December 20, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
  17. Crushinator

    So a number of people call me delusional, and offer no argument to counter mine. Their logic is, that because the bible explains supernatural occurrences, it has no accuracy at all. I won't bother to try and explain why this is a logical epic fail, just know that atheists are about the most close minded people on the planet, and are hindering the development of humanity by assuming only the observable universe is "reality"...Most of us with intellect know better than to discount something simply because there is no video recording of it on YouTube....

    December 20, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
    • Observer

      Crushinator,

      lol. You had NO logical excuse for people turning into salt, people getting strength through their hair, dragons, talking non-humans, etc.

      Please come back when you can find answers.

      December 20, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
    • Jackson

      The bible claims methuselah lived 900 years. There are no records of any other humans anywhere on the planet living even 200 years.

      So, how can it be that this one book makes a claim like this that no science can remotely substantiate, and that at no other time in recorded history has ever been recorded.

      Take it on faith if you like....personally, I find it revisionist at best.

      December 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
    • Free Nuts

      LOL.

      December 20, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
    • Calhusker

      The only difference between atheists and Christians is that at least Christians admit that their beliefs are based on faith. No one has been to the other side of the curtain and back, so atheist theories are based on faith as well. They just try to pass it as science.

      December 20, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
  18. Common Sense

    Christianity/Religion is based on FAITH–and quite frankly, faith means YOU DO NOT KNOW. The problem with religion, however, is that "believer" turn their faith into ABSOLUTE TRUISMS for everyone else. In my opinion, the purpose of faith is to create humility, thereby resulting in ACCEPTANCE of everyone, because no one knows which PATH is the right one.

    It's not rocket science.

    December 20, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
    • rfd42

      Thank you! My shortened version of your awesome statement; "I think having faith is ok but religion will ruin us all!"

      December 20, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
      • Common Sense

        Well said, indeed. 🙂

        December 20, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
      • Geoff

        Your statement makes no sense, if you don't believe in something what do you need faith for? Faith without works is dead.

        December 20, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
        • Common Sense

          Are you serious? This is a prime example of the problem with religion. You quoted James 2:14-26 – "Faith without works is dead." However, I was referring to the overall concept of Faith as stated in Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hence when you believe in God, Jesus, the tooth-fairy, evolution, etc....you are doing it entirely by Faith...because there is no proof of their existence (yet).

          When you refer to faith without works is dead, that verse is referring to not only believing in God/Jesus...but also doing the footwork to be an example to spread your faith—which is what Phil was trying to do. Doing the work, to spread his Faith/belief, about something that neither he nor anyone else knows if it is true or not true is one thing—but when you start damning people based on your faith, the line gets crossed.

          December 20, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
  19. Sincerely Shannon

    It's heartbreaking to see people responding to Phil in the same hateful manner you accuse him of using. Also if you can believe and reject or support what you want about the bible than Phil and other Christians have the same right. If you don't believe in God or the bible why are you so bothered by people who do?

    December 20, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
    • truthprevails1

      We wouldn't need to stand up to bigotry and hate being spewed by people who use their belief to justify their behavior if they'd learn to respect equal rights and keep their belief out of the public square.

      December 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
      • Lee

        Somehow, I find it hard to believe Phil went and asked for GQ for an interview. If GQ asks Phil a question, it is very much in his right to answer it, He has not taken any rights from anyone else and he is very much aware of the teachings in the bible. I am not religious in any way, but Phil seems to have a following and A&E stand to lose a lot from it. No matter if you're gay or straight, take what others say with a grain of salt. Whether gays can't stand tolerance and want acceptance is of no importance.

        December 20, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
        • truthprevails1

          The same goes for Phil and his supporters.

          December 20, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
      • Sincerely Shannon

        Are not most of these comments also bigoted and hateful towards Christians? You can't ask for equal rights for all and then in the same sentence ask Phil to keep his beliefs to himself. You can't demonize a person when you treat him and those who share his beliefs in the exact same manner. Bigotry, intolerance, hate are rampant in these comments. I would even go as far as to say they are more hateful then Phil's comments (who never once said he hated anyone, but rather that he loved everyone because God loves them.)

        December 20, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
        • truthprevails1

          Shannon: So when christians do it to others, it is okay but when it is done to them, it isn't? Whether he used the word hate or not does not excuse him using his belief to hurt others and that is what he did. No-one supporting this ignorant man would appreciate it being done to them but when they bring their imaginary friend in to it, they seem to think it is okay and that they should be heard and not countered. The hypocrisy is amazing!

          December 20, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
    • Jackson

      What say you about all the people supporting Robertson that just recently were bashing Bashir? I guess they feel only people who share their beliefs should be free to voice them.

      December 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
      • somethingstellar

        Apparently free speech only applies to right wingers lol.
        So quick to play the victim when we exercise our freedoms to respond to his freedom.
        Then again, this is also a group who tout "Freedom!" all the time, all while restricting the freedoms and rights of people they don't agree with. Expecting anything other than total hypocracy would be leading ourselves into disappointment.

        December 20, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
  20. slim jim

    CNN shoop poooooping stirring again... $$$

    sell those ads through pointless bickering !

    December 20, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
    • Jackson

      FOX News is all over this story as well. Are you posting the same message on FOX?

      I'm betting you aren't.

      December 20, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
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