Suspended “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson said at a Bible study class at his church over the weekend that he won’t back down from his anti-gay views, but that he is a lover, not a hater.
Robertson allowed a Daily Mail reporter to attend the class, and the paper quoted him saying,”I will not give or back off from my path.” He said he was quoting from the Bible and that Jesus could save gay people.
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“I love all men and women. I am a lover of humanity, not a hater,” he added, according to the paper.
A woman who attended the class confirmed the general content of Robertson’s talk to TheWrap, without confirming the direct quotes. She asked that he name not be used.
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“He is always like that,” she said. “That’s not a new message.”
Mike Kellett, senior pastor of the West Monroe, La., church, White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ, said he did not attend the class but also confirmed the message.
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“I know what the general idea of that class is, to tell people about the Gospel and about treating people right,” he said.
Kellett also told TheWrap
Monday that people “that struggle with that sin” — homosexuality — have attended his church, and that his message to them is, “”We love you, we’re glad you’re here.”
A&E, which suspended Robertson last week after he made anti-gay comments in an interview with GQ
, did not respond to a request for comment on whether it signed off on Robertson’s decision to welcome a reporter to the Bible study class.