(CNSNews.com) - Phil Robertson, the down-home patriarch of "Duck Dynasty," says when Jesus disappears, morality and freedom disappear as well:
"We've already lost Jesus as a nation," Robertson told Fox News's Sean Hannity Thursday night.
"We've lost him. We've walled him off. We've walled him out of our schools. We've walled him out of our government. We just walled him off. Well, once you wall God off and he's not there...something has to fill the void. That's why we have trouble."
Hannity asked Robertson to weigh in on "radical Islam": "It's just an ideology under the guise of a religion," Robertson said. "They want to conquer the world. There's no Jesus with them, either. And they're famous for murder."
Robertson also criticized America's "political correctism" as a form of atheism: "There's always an 'ism' or a theory that people expound on, Sean, when there is no Jesus."
Aided by his wildly successful reality television series on A&E, Robertson has become a well-known Christian preacher, often quoting the Bible in his public appearances. In fact, in October, he and his son Alan released The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible.
On Thursday, he told Hannity, "When someone asks me, whether it be drunkenness or drug abuse or immorality of all kinds, I'll just say, well, it's sin according to the Bible here. However, you can repent of that and you can be saved and all your sins will be wiped away. And then all you have to do is love God and love your neighbor."
"I think you're a pastor at heart," Hannity told Robertson. "I think you have pastor all over you. That's what you do. You're a pastor."
"Well, I may be a little bit ragged for TV evangelism if you know what I'm saying," Robertson replied.