Phil Robertson Praised by Christian Radio Host for Making Homosexuality Seem 'Very Repugnant' (Audio)
Last year, "Duck Dynasty" reality TV star Phil Robertson graphically described homosexual activity, which he condemned in an interview with GQ magazine.
Robertson was praised by Christian conservatives for standing up for his religious rights.
Speaking on his "WallBuilders Live" radio show, Barton praised Robertson for being "quite graphic" because he made homosexuality seem "very repugnant, which is what it should be."
Barton's son Tim and his co-host Rick Green agreed.
"Actually, he was quite graphic in listing the sins too, by the way... I gotta say, he did that in such a way that it made it very repugnant, which is what it should be," said Barton.
"Yeah, it was no longer wholesome homosexuality, it was eww, gross!" Barton later added.
However, it appears Robertson may have turned off many viewers.
According to Mediaite.com, this January's season premiere was 8.5 million viewers, a large drop from the August 2013 premiere of 11.8 million viewers.
The second episode in January dropped down to 6.6 million viewers.
In February, the show's ratings rallied a bit, but then fell to 6.5 million, noted Inquisitr.com.
The World Congress of Families (WCF) held a news conference in Washington D.C. yesterday to announce their 2014 summit in Moscow this September.
Several Religious Right groups in the US plan to attend the WCF because they admire and support Russia's anti-gay laws, which do not allow any public speech about gay rights or issues.
One of the strong supporters of Russia at the press conference was Janice Shaw Crouse, of the Christian-based group Concerned Women for America, notes RightWingWatch.org (audio below).
Crouse said the WCF was "far more important than the Olympics."
"The fact that the people who are our allies in Russia have been so successful in having an impact on the culture there, so successful in having an impact on the government officials, in bringing their concerns to the floor is, I think, very significant and is important for us," added Crouse. "And I hope the United States will learn some lessons from Russia."
However, Crouse did not mention the persecution of Christians in Russia, reported by Worthy News, or the massive corruption in the Russian government, which was described as a "mafia state" by the US government, noted by The Guardian.
Meanwhile, in Russia, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak warned audience members and athletes today against speaking out for gay rights during the Olympics, noted AFP.
Kozak said this type of free speech was banned by the Olympic Charter and Russian law, but also claimed there was no sexual discrimination in Russia.
As President Putin did a few weeks ago, Kozak hinted that homosexuals were like child molesters.
"They [gays] can make propaganda about their sexual orientation among adults, but there is no need to involve children. I have already said this many times," said Kozak.
Shreveport, La. city councilman Ron Webb was the lone vote against a non-discrimination ordinance, which bans discrimination based on sexual and gender identity.
KSLA reports that the ordinance passed on Dec. 10, 2013, but Webb opposed the law because “the Bible tells you homosexuals are an abomination.”
Webb called for a repeal of the ordinance two weeks after it passed.
According to Salon.com, dozens of people showed up at a recent city council meeting to discuss the repeal (video below).
During the meeting, Pamela Raintree, a transgender woman, held a stone as she quoted the Bible to Webb, “Leviticus 20:13 states, ‘If a man also lie with mankind as he lieth with a woman, they shall surely put him to death.'"
"I brought the first stone, Mr. Webb, in case that your Bible talk isn’t just a smoke screen for personal prejudices,” added Raintree.
Webb withdrew his proposed repeal without calling for a vote.
Anti-LGBT activist Peter LaBarbera appeared with radio host Vic Eliason (pictured) on the "Voice of Christian Youth" show on Thursday where the two men slammed transgender people, "Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts and the Obamas.
The men first talked about Roberts revealing her ten-year lesbian relationship with massage therapist Amber Laign on Facebook.
Roberts was thanking people on Facebook for supporting her over the last year through her bone marrow transplant surgery, reports the New York Daily News.
"I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together," Roberts wrote.
According to RightWingWatch.org, the segment began with Eliason referring to the female Roberts as a man and then a woman (audio below).
"Last week, Good Morning America's Robin Roberts gave his first public acknowledgement of her ten year same-sex relationship with her therapist," stated Eliason. "His, her, whatever. First Lady Michelle Obama wrote on Twitter Monday, 'I am so happy for you and Amber, you'll continue to make us proud.'"
"I think every coming out is a tragedy,” added LaBarbera. "Every time a person comes out as a homosexual, it's an extra step of defiance of advocacy. And how sad that our First Lady and the White House in general and President Obama as well, all celebrate homosexuality.”
Later in the interview, Eliason and LaBarbera slammed transgender people (audio below).
“It just gets worse and worse,” LaBarbera said. “Transgender advocacy are people who believe that their biological sex, male or female, doesn’t match what they feel. I’ll tell you what Vic, Satan really works through feelings, doesn’t he?”
Eliason then compared transgender people to freaks in a circus.
“You know, Peter, years and years ago the old fashioned circus used to have a display in some kind of a cage or a display factor that had a ‘bearded lady’ as a freak,” stated Eliason.
“Today, we don’t even have to worry about that, it will be happening in your department stores, it will be happening in the public school, the issue of cross-dresses and transvestites and all of this thing is certainly what you're talking about," predicted Eliason.
Sources: New York Daily News, Twitter, RightWingWatch.org
Phil Robertson's Son Defends Him on Teen Brides, Won't Mention Father's Remarks About Black People (Video)
Phil Robertson's opinions on gays, black people and young men marrying girls as young as 15 years old have dominated the media over the past few weeks.
The controversy surrounding the "Duck Dynasty" star began during an interview with GQ magazine late last year in which he compared gay people to terrorists and claimed black people were "happy" and "singing" under racist Jim Crow laws.
According to The Huffington Post, an unearthed 2009 sermon (video below) from a sportsmen's ministry event in Georgia features Robertson advocating young men marrying girls at 16 and 15 years old because the young ladies will become gold diggers by the time they reach 20.
"They got to where they're getting hard to find, mainly because these boys are waiting ‘til they get to be about 20 years old before they marry 'em,” preached Robertson. “Look, you wait ‘til they get to be 20 years old the only picking that’s going to take place is your pocket. You got to marry these girls when they are about 15 or 16. They’ll pick your ducks."
Phil's oldest son, Pastor Alan Robertson, recently spoke to The Christian Post about his dad, whom he claimed was standing up for Christian values, but Alan didn't make any mention of his father's claims about black people happily living under racist laws.
"We basically stood with dad, and I think he has the right to express his biblical views, as well as his opinions," said Alan. "Dad is a good, solid Bible man, and so are the rest of us. His views of sharing that haven't changed and ours haven't either. The biblical message is not always a popular message. There have been many people throughout history who've stood up for God and said what God needed them to say, and it didn't always mean they were popular because of it."
Alan claimed that his family was simply paying the price for standing up for Jesus Christ.
"We realize that, to be Christians, and to do what God has called us to do, it means you're going to rub up against people," added Alan. "And sometimes that's great when people see that and accept the Lord. Or, when they don't, it's not always so pleasant. So, there's no promise that standing up for Christ is going to be an easy experience."
"With dad sticking up for the scriptures and saying the right thing, we're going to be the first people there, " stated Alan. "If he gets off track, we're going to be the first ones to tell him he's off track."
Alan also defended his dad's comments about marrying 15 year olds, by once again claiming it was simply part of Christianity.
"Honestly, dad, as well as the rest of us, we really try early on in our kids' lives to teach them about the importance of finding the right person that you can grow spiritually with," stated Alan. "So that may begin early, or it might not happen until you're older, but at the same time, most of us got married pretty young, in our teenage years."
"We've always had a mindset that, as Christians, we want to find someone else who's not only going to be a complement to us, and help us spiritually, but we want to be able to help them," added Alan. "We were all boys, obviously, so dad always taught us that our role was to be a spiritual leader, and to help our spouses and ultimately our children make it to heaven. So that's always been our approach in terms of picking a spouse."
A 2009 video of "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson advising young men to marry 15-year-old girls has been unearthed.
According to RawStory.com, Robertson was giving some "river rat counseling" to young men at a Sportsmen’s Ministry meeting in Georgia (video below).
“Make sure that she can cook a meal, you need to eat some meals that she cooks, check that out," advised Robertson. "Make sure she carries her Bible. That’ll save you a lot of trouble down the road. And if she picks your ducks, now, that’s a woman.”
“They got to where they’re getting hard to find,” added Robertson. “Mainly because these boys are waiting until they get to be about 20 years old before they marry ‘em. Look, you wait until they get to be 20 years old, the only picking that’s going to take place is your pocket.”
“You got to marry these girls when they are about 15 or 16, they’ll pick your ducks," stated Robertson. "You need to check with mom and dad about that of course.”
An audio recording (below) of Robertson comparing homosexuals to prostitutes, rapists, murderers and drug addicts has also surfaced, notes GoodAsYou.org.
Robertson was giving an interview to MardelTV when he advised Christians to "get out of their church buildings and start being a little more light in their culture, a little more salt."
"Whether they're a prostitute, or a homosexual, or a murderer, or a rapist, or a drug addict, we just tell 'em all, we love 'em and on down the road they go," said Robertson.
Premier Christian Cruises has chartered a July 17-21, 2014 voyage featuring "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson.
The "Duck Commander Cruise" will also feature other members of the Robertson family, including Willie, Jase and Uncle Si.
The 67-year-old patriarch caused a whirlwind of controversy for slamming gays in a recent GQ magazine interview. Robertson compared homosexuals to drunks and terrorists, and also claimed that black people were "singing" and "happy" during the days of racist Jim Crow laws.
Robertson's comments caused him to be suspended from the A&E reality TV show "indefinitely," but there has also been support in his corner. According to The Daily Home, Alabama State Sen. Jerry Fielding (R) said he will introduce a resolution honoring "Duck Dynasty" Robertson for his "Christian stance."
Premier Christian Cruises claims that there are "hundreds" of people on the standby list, hoping to meet the anti-gay, historically-challenged Robertson.
"Yes, the cruise is happening, it is sold out with hundreds of people on a waiting list. Yes, Phil Robertson will be on the cruise," Tiffany Brown, the director of marketing at Premier Christian Cruises, told TalkingPointsMemo.com. "We're a small company that is doing this cruise and actually we've had absolutely no cancellations since this so, you know, we're just doing the cruise."
"We obviously don't ask people their sexual orientation or race or anything like that when they book a cruise, but I imagine that we'll have all kinds of people," added Brown. "I think Joe Blow American is just keeping their nose down and doing what they need to do."
Premier Christian Cruises chartered a Carnival Cruise ship, but Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen said he was not aware of a cruise that includes Robertson.
In more "Duck Dynasty" news, Chris Sevier, a self-proclaimed member of Robertson's church, is suing A&E and President Obama for the right to hate homosexuals.
According to TMZ, Sevier claims that because A&E has indefinitely suspended Robertson that will somehow affect churchgoers when it comes to preaching against gays.
Sources: DuckCommanderCruise.com, TalkingPointsMemo.com, TMZ, The Daily Home
Louisiana Lt Gov. Offers Filming Support for Duck Dynasty, Claims He Doesn't Endorse Phil Robertson's Statements
Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne recently wrote an open letter of support to the Robertson family of A&E's Duck Dynasty following the anti-gay and false claims about black people made by Phil Robertson.
According to RawStory.com, Lt. Gov. Dardenne promised "to use his influence among Louisiana’s growing motion picture industry to seek out alternative production options" if Duck Dynasty is canceled by A&E.
Lt. Gov. Dardenne claimed his open letter was not an endorsement of Phil Robertson’s statements on homosexuality or race.
In an interview with GQ, Robertson compared homosexuals to terrorists and drunks, He also graphically described what he saw as the difference between heterosexual and homosexual sex.
When asked about black people in Louisiana during the Jim Crow era, Robertson claimed they "were happy; no one was singing the blues."
Lt. Gov. Dardenne simply ignored Robertson's statements in his support of the TV show.
"Regardless of one’s views on Phil Robertson’s statements," stated Lt. Gov. Dardenne. "Duck Dynasty has been an important representation of the state of Louisiana, inspiring prospective visitors and investors since its debut. Their show draws tens of millions of viewers each year, reaching an audience eager to visit Sportsman's Paradise."
"If the Robertson family cannot come to an agreement with A&E and wants to continue the show, Louisiana already has the infrastructure in place to maintain their record-breaking program," added Lt. Gov. Dardenne.
In more Duck Dynasty fallout news, GLAAD, a pro-gay group that opposed Robertson's remarks, is experiencing record levels of backlash.
"In the five-and-a-half years I've worked at GLAAD, I've never received so many violently angry phone calls and social media posts attacking GLAAD for us speaking out against these comments," the media watchdog organization's vice president of communications Rich Ferraro told TheWrap.com.
"I don't think this is about the first amendment," added Ferraro. "I feel it's more about the America we live in today. That is one where Americans, gay and straight, are able to speak out when people in the public eye make anti-gay and racist remarks."
Former Arkansas governor and Fox News host Mike Huckabee told Fox News Sunday that Phil Robertson’s anti-gay statements are “traditional values” that are shared by President Obama.
According to RawStory.com, Huckabee was upset that gay rights groups, such as GLAAD and Human Rights Watch, expressed their First Amendment right to condemn Robertson’s statements (video below).
“I think it has come to a point in our culture where political correctness has made it so if you want to take a point of view, it is traditional, it holds to steadfast old fashioned biblical, Christian values which are also, by the way, the traditional values of Judaism and Islam, somehow you’re supposed to just shut up and keep that to yourself,” Huckabee said on Fox News Sunday.
He also claimed that Robertson, who has compared homosexuals to terrorists and drunks, is taking the “same position” as President Obama in 2008, noted ThinkProgress.org.
“What we’ve seen is, there’s a new level of bullying on the part of these militant activist groups, who if anyone says something that holds to the same position that Barack Obama held in 2008, when he was at the Saddleback Church with John McCain, made it clear very clear that he opposed same sex marriage, and he said he did so because he was a Christian and because of his biblical views,” added Huckabee.
Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace reminded Huckabee that Obama did not use the graphic language that Robertson used when speaking about homosexuals.
Huckabee suddenly walked back part of his claim and admitted that Robertson’s words were “more appropriate for the duck woods than the pages of a major news magazine” and that Robertson’s claim about black people being “happy and singing” during the days of Jim Crow was not true.
Citizen Link is the political arm of the Christian-based ministry Focus on the Family.
During a recent Citizen Link web broadcast entitled "Judge Rules Against Freedom," Focus on the Family's Bruce Hausknecht explained how the ministry only supports non-discrimination laws up to the 1960s (video below).
Hausknech and Citizen Link host Stuart Shepard claimed the religious rights of a Christian baker were violated when he refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding and a Colorado judge ruled against him based non-discrimination ordinances, notes GoodAsYou.org.
At one point, Shepard asked, "What is the official position, what is your official position, point of view on those laws and ordinances, we don't really support them do we?"
"Well, not since the original ones in the '60s that protected race, religion and sex from the things that were going on at that time," replied Hausknech. "Because they've changed so much, they're really used as a club to further an agenda that is typically anti-Christian in many cases. That's what we're seeing today."
However, in his rush to attack laws that protect homosexuals from discrimination by Christian businesses, Hausknecht failed to mention the numerous laws passed against other types of discrimination since the 1960s.
The U.S. Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in 1978, which banned discrimination by employers (with 15 or more employees) "on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions."
The U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 banned discrimination against people with disabilities who take part in federal agency programs, programs receiving federal assistance and federal employment.
The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 banned discrimination based on age in programs or activities that receive federal monies, such as financial aid for college.
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 banned discrimination based on disability in public entities, public transportation, public accommodations, commercial facilities, telecommunications and other specific circumstances.