Duck Dynasty star and patriarch Phil Robertson stood by the anti-gay sentiment and offensive statements he made in his interview for January’s issue of GQ.

Phil Robertson Defends Anti-Gay Comments

Robertson, 63, addressed a Bible study group at his West Monroe, La., church on Sunday, making a point to defend his stance on homosexuality. The reality TV star, who boasted of his degree from Louisiana Tech, admonished those who called him an “ignoramus” for what he believes was espousing his beliefs, as given to him by the Bible.

“Common sense says we are not going to procreate the human race unless we have a man and a woman,” Robertson said, according to MailOnline. “From the beginning Jesus said, ‘It is a man and a woman.’ Adam was made and Eve was made for this reason. 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.”

“Jesus Christ was the most perfect being to ever walk this planet and he was persecuted and nailed to the cross, so please don’t be surprised when we get a little static,” Robertson continued, stating, “Jesus will take sins away, if you’re a homosexual.”

A&E Suspended Robertson, Family Stood Behind Patriarch

Last week, snippets from an interview Robertson conducted with GQ were criticized for both their anti-gay and racially insensitive content. By Wednesday, A&E suspended Robertson indefinitely and sought to distance the network from the positions he took in the interview. Apparently, Robertson’s comparison of homosexuality to bestiality was the last straw for the network, and what forced them to put him on hiatus.

Following Robertson’s suspension, the clan banded behind him and released a joint statement to defend him, and also implied Duck Dynasty would not continue without him. “While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible,” the statement read. “Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments. Phil would never incite or encourage hate.”

Robertson echoed his family’s defense of him during the Bible study, saying, “I love all men and women. I am a lover of humanity, not a hater,” and adding, “I will not give or back off from my path.”

– Chelsea Regan

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