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."