Duck Dynasty’s Phil Challenges ABC: ‘Why Wouldn’t You Ever Mention Sin?’

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By Michael W. Chapman

( Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson expressed impatience and frustration with the news media and universities because they rarely ever acknowledge the reality of “sin” or even use the word “sin,” and explained that he compelled an ABC reporter to admit he had never “once” in his career mentioned sin.

“I said, why wouldn’t you ever mention sin?” said Robertson. “They’re breaking God’s laws. We won’t even acknowledge it, not once!”

Robertson, a non-denominational Bible Christian, made his remarks during a sermon at the White’s Ferry Road Church in West Monroe, La., on Sept. 14. Robertson and his eldest son, Alan, are elders at the church, which the Duck Dynasty family members and friends regularly attend.

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During the sermon, which focused on political correctness and sin, Phil Robertson alluded to his Sept. 2 interview with ABC Good Morning America reporter Ryan Owens, who had asked him about sin.

“I’m waiting on some news organization, at some point, some university, some movie that will just acknowledge sin,” Robertson told the church attendees.  “I’m like, ABC, the news [reporter] sat across from me the other day quizzing me about yeah, yeah, yeah, and I’m like, ‘Let me ask you something, you’ve been with ABC quite awhile, right?’ And he said, ‘Yes.’”

“I said, ‘has ABC or any other news organizations, to your knowledge, have you ever heard anyone say anything about sin?’ And he was like [scratches his beard, looks up].  I said, ‘Come on out with it. Have you ever, yourself, mentioned sin ONCE in your entire career?’ He said, ‘I don’t think I have, Mr. Robertson.’”

Robertson continued,  “I said, have you looked around at the murder, the rape, the robbery, the mayhem, the burning, the looting, these outright theft,  bank robberies?  I’m looking around, I said, while you’ve been in the news business reporting the news – ‘there’s a shooting down there’ – I said, well, that was sin.”

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

“Some guy went down there and started shooting, somebody drove by and shot eight people, somebody burned somebody out, somebody kidnapped our children,” said Robertson.  “I said, why wouldn’t you ever mention sin? They’re breaking God’s laws.  We won’t even acknowledge it, not once!”

Robertson, whose Duck Dynasty program is the highest-rated reality-TV show in cable history, was criticized in December 2013 for stating in a GQ magazine interview that homosexual behavior is sinful and citing the New Testament’s letter to the Corinthians to make his point.

During the Good Morning America interview, reporter Ryan Owens noted that “Robertson called homosexual behavior a sin,” and asked the outspoken Christian, “Would you consider yourself a homophobe?”

Robertson answered, “I’m as much of a homophobe as Jesus was. People who are participating in homosexual behavior, they need to know that I love them.”

As for his remarks that homosexual behavior is sinful, Robertson told ABC: “The only place I know of that I could have gone to answer that question would be a Bible. The dictionary wouldn’t have explained it, and an encyclopedia wouldn’t have explained it, whether it was a sin or not, so I went to the only source I had to answer his question [for GQ].”

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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