Reality TV star and "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson offered an angry defense for the existence of Jesus Christ, which he said was based on the calendar (video below).
Robertson was speaking at the Western Conservative Summit at the Denver Convention Center on July 2 when he offered his proof, notes Mediaite:
He did come and every last one of you seated in here, and the rest of America, and most of the world, their calendar documents it. It is 2016 years since Jesus showed up. Right? So don't tell me he wasn't here!
By the way, if your calendar is dated of all the human beings who have ever walked on the Earth, and your calendar is dedicated and predicated to just one of them, evidently something rather large went down back then.
Your calendar documents it. "Uh, how come we say that it's 2016 years, I don't believe in this Jesus stuff." I said, "Well, you're counting time by him, dude. Face it!"
The Gregorian calendar, which Robertson was referring to, wasn't introduced until 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII, according to the History Channel.
The purpose of the Gregorian calendar was to change the date of Easter since it was moving further away from the spring equinox. Some European Protestants believed Pope Gregory XIII's new calendar was a Catholic plot.
Before the Gregorian calendar, the Western world followed the Julian calendar, which was created by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C.
Robertson also seethed with anger while he opined that transgender and gay Americans are the reason why 160,000 murders occured in the U.S., but it is unclear the time period he is referring to, reports RawStory:
When you allow men to determine what’s right and what’s wrong, you get decisions like the five judges saying, ‘I may not know we have 7,000 years of history of men marrying women. A male and a female. For that reason, they’ll leave their father and mother and cleave to one and other and become one flesh.
I know it’s been that way for 7,000 years, but we know best for what’s everybody....
...Now there’s grown men barging in on you ladies while you’re putting your Maybelline on.
The Iraq War ended in 2011, four years before gay marriage was legalized in 2015, and five years before the controversy about transgender people using the bathroom that matches their gender identity.
Sources: RawStory, Mediaite, History Channel / Photo Credit: Western Conservative Summit via FULL DEBATE/YouTube