More quotes attributed to embattled Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson have emerged from his church Bible study group on Sunday, and they're interesting.
As we reported earlier, Phil doubled down on the anti-gay comments that got him suspended from the A&E show, insisting his remarks are rooted in the Bible.
Not that he thinks he's perfect, however. Phil says he is not without sexual sin, but has put it in check ... and finds the solution to be pretty straightforward.
"Sexual sins are numerous and many. I have a few myself," he said. "If you're a man, find yourself a woman, marry them and keep your sex right there."
Phil and Kay Robertson have been married 49 years. Their eldest of four sons, Alan, is a pastor who joked about the scandal in church Sunday (below).
This is no laughing matter to Phil, though, nor is it likely to lead to an apology.
“I will not give or back off from my path, because you conquered death, Father, so we are not worried about all the repercussions,” Robertson said.
"The acts of the sinful nature are obvious. Sexual immorality is No. 1 on the list."
"Jesus will take sins away, if you’re a homosexual," he went on, adding:
“Jesus Christ was the most perfect being to ever walk this planet and he was persecuted and nailed to the cross, so don’t be surprised when we get a little static."
"How many ways can we sin sexually? My goodness. You open up that can of worms, and people will be mad at you over it. I am just reading what was written over 2,000 years ago."
"Those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom. All I did was quote from the scriptures. But they just didn’t know it. Whether I said it, or they read it, what’s the difference?"
"The sins are the same. Humans haven’t changed."
Phil gave the Daily Mail (UK) access to the study group, so these quotes are real - and just as unfiltered and unabashed as his infamous remarks to GQ.
"Common sense says we are not going to procreate the human race unless we have a man and a woman," he continued in his remarks about sexual sin.
"If you're a homosexual, He'll take it away. If you're an adulterer, if you're a liar, what's the difference? If you break one sin you may as well break them all."
"If we lose our morality, we will lose our country. It will happen."
As for A&E suspending Robertson, he responded, indirectly, "This week I have been asked, 'Is this the first time you have brought up sin?' Are you kidding?"
"I have been traveling to and fro spreading this message."
A 2010 video (above) of Phil preaching certainly makes that point clear, and raises the valid point that A&E had to know what it was getting with him.
Phil also railed against his critics, saying, "We may be a bunch of rednecks from Louisiana, but I am not uneducated. I have a degree from Louisiana Tech."
Bottom line: A&E suspended Phil Robertson, patriarch of the wildly successful Duck Dynasty, indefinitely, because his remarks were offensive to gays.
Will the show go on? Likely not without Phil, at least on A&E.
The family has implied as much, in voicing opposition to his "hiatus," though it's unclear what the nature of his suspension is from A&E's standpoint.
Robertson is still on the network day in and day out on repeats, and there are no plans to remove him from new episodes that have yet to air in 2014.
It remains to be seen if A&E has any plans to cut ties with the Robertsons or vice versa, but these quotes won't necessarily help them smooth it over.
Should Phil apologize for his anti-gay comments?