Phil Robertson is once again in the news for expressing a controversial point of view.
The Duck Dynasty star, who openly expressed his anti-abortion stance in August 2013 and then got suspended by A&E a few months later for slamming the gay "lifestyle", may have just one-upped himself, if that's possible.
In remarks from March 20 at the Vero Beach Prayer Breakfast that were published online this morning, Robertson told a bizarre tale even by his standards.
His apparent goal? To label atheists as unethical human beings who wouldn't think twice ... about chopping off someone's penis? Seriously.
"Two guys break into an atheist's home. He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters," Robertson explains as a set up.
"And then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them and then shoot 'em and they take his wife and decapitate her head off in front of him."
Robertson goes on to say an atheist would have no trouble committing these acts because an atheist isn't concerned about judgment from above.
Of his imaginary killers and rapists, he says, "They can look at him and say, 'Isn't it great that I don't have to worry about being judged? Isn't it great that there's nothing wrong with this? There's no right or wrong.'"
And the long-bearded star wasn't done making his point, continuing his disturbing story:
"Then you take a sharp knife and take his manhood and hold it in front of him and say, 'Wouldn't it be something if this was something wrong with this?'"
"But you're the one who says there is no God, there's no right, there's no wrong, so we're just having fun."
Robertson, who also believes AIDS is a punishment from God, feels atheists have no sense of ethical behavior because they do not think there's a higher power to answer to.
Of course, one could counter that atheists simply choose do the right thing because it's the right thing ... not because they fear judgment from God.
And isn't that more admirable in many ways? Just food for thought.
Where do you stand on Robertson's speech? Are atheists in capable of knowing right from wrong because they do not believe in God?