“God says, ‘one woman, one man,’ and everyone says, ‘oh, that’s that old hat, that’s that old Bible stuff,’” said Robertson during a radio interview on Tuesday with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.
“And I’m thinking, well, let’s see now," said Robertson, "a clean guy, a disease-free guy and a disease-free woman, they marry and they keep their sex between the two of them -- uh, they’re not going to get chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and AIDS. It’s safe.”
Robertson, who is the patriarch of the Duck Dynasty family, often preaches at the White’s Ferry Church of Christ in West Monroe, La., and his son Alan Robertson also preaches there. They are the co-editors of the soon-to-be-published Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible.
Phil Robertson said, “Yes, you’re correct, it really is. If you just look at the physiological downside to immorality. … I’ve asked a lot of people, do you think it’s a coincidence that all of these debilitating -- and literally it can cause death – diseases follow that kind of [immoral] conduct?”
After then commenting on marriage between one man and one woman, Robertson said, “Now, to me, either it’s the wildest coincidence ever, that horrible diseases follow immoral conduct, or it’s God saying there’s a penalty for that kind of conduct. I’m leaning toward there’s a penalty toward it.”
“So, you read in the Bible, you see, well, one man, one woman,” said Robertson. “Any logical person would say, what the guy is saying – that be me – if you want to be safe from a lot of debilitating diseases, that’s the route to go. And it agrees with what God says. So, it’s just one argument after another, Tony.”
Robertson continued, “What can I say? All I can do is just show them that and say, man, we ought to think about this Jesus stuff.”
Perkins then said, “Well, you’re absolutely right.”
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.