Duck Dynasty’s Phil: ‘We Legislate Murder, That’s What Abortion Is'

By Michael W. Chapman | September 18, 2014 | 10:18pm EDT

Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson. (A&E)

( Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson gave one of the sermons Sunday at his church, where he criticized political correctness for diminishing the reality of sin and said the "politically correct crowd" had killed 55 million babies by abortion, and that this was legislated “murder,” adding that now the government is “legislating perversion.”

In a Sept. 14 sermon focusing on how few people in the media, the universities, and in movies rarely ever talk about sin or even use the word “sin,” Phil Robertson, an elder at the White’s Ferry Road Church in West Monroe, La., quoted from Webster’s dictionary about political correctness and then emphasized that murder is a sin.


“Noah Webster’s heirs at least were not kind to political correctness,” said Robertson, in reference to the dictionary publisher's intellectual descendants. “Political correctness is usually used disparagingly to connote dogmatism – this way or the highway, you either gonna’ agree with us, yeah, we’re hollering tolerance but we’re only tolerant of anyone who agrees with us. They connote dogmatism, the excessive sensitivity to minority causes. It just goes on and on.”

“But you know what?” he said.  “That bunch, the politically correct crowd, have slaughtered 55 million fetuses in their mothers’ wombs. So what does our government do? We legislate murder. That’s what abortion is. Then we turn around, now we’re legislating perversion.”

Robertson continued, “You have God’s law that says, ‘Don’t shed innocent blood, don’t murder.’ So our government says no, we’re gonna’ trump that: you can kill them. And half of our country said we’re going with the government instead of God.”

“What do you call that, aborting human beings in their mother’s womb? It’s sin,” said Robertson.  “What do you call perversion, Phil? And we’re legislating it? The politically correct crowd, we just took their opinion.  We call it sin. God says it is sin. All scripture is God’s.”

Several Duck Dynasty cast members, l-r, Phil Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson and Willie Robertson. (A&E)

“I give them [politically correct people] a Bible verse and they scream and holler,” he said.  “You say, they’re mad at you? I’m just quoting what the apostle Paul said – why aren’t you all mad at him? And all he said was what God said. Are you all mad at the God who had the apostle Paul write, what Phil quoted?  See how it works? But I’m the bad guy?”

Phil Robertson was criticized, mainly by liberal and gay activists, in December 2013 when he said homosexual behavior was wrong and sinful in an interview with GQ magazine. Because of the criticism, the A&E channel, which carries Duck Dynasty, suspended Robertson "indefinitely."

However, the suspension sparked a national debate about free speech and religious liberty and, following a massive backlash from Duck Dynasty supporters, A&E ended the suspension after 10 days.

In the GQ interview, Robertson had paraphrased from the New Testament letter of Corinthians 1 (6:9-10), saying, “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

In subsequent interviews, Robertson noted that he was only quoting from the Bible and repeating what is taught in the New Testament, particularly in the letters by the apostle Paul.

Duck Dynasty, which completed its fourth season on A&E in mid-August, had an average audience of 6.51 million viewers for each Wednesday night episode. That’s down from an average of 9.1 million viewers in 2013.

Despite that ratings decline, Duck Dynasty is still considered the highest-rated reality-TV program in cable history. In the summer 2014 season, the show came in No. 1 every week, beating all other cable-TV shows in its time-slot.  See TV by the Numbers here.

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