‘Duck Dynasty’ Scandal: Phil Robertson under Fire for Atheist Story
"Duck Dynasty's" patriarch figure, Phil Robertson is under fire again.
During a Friday prayer breakfast, Robertson shared a very controversial and disturbing story about an atheist.
He said, "Two guys break into an atheist's home. He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters. Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him. And then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them and then shoot 'em. And they take his wife and then decapitate her head off in front of him. And they can look at him and say, 'Isn't it great that I don't have to worry about being judged? Isn't it great that there's nothing wrong with this? There's no right or wrong, now is it dude?'
Then you take a sharp knife and take his manhood and hold it in front of him and say, 'Wouldn't it be something if this was something wrong with this? But you're the one who says there is no God, there's no right, there's no wrong, so we're just having fun. We're sick in the head. Have a nice day.' If it happened to them, they probably would say, 'Something about this just ain't right.'"
The point to Robertson's story is to say that without belief in God, people can do whatever they want, regardless of how horrific it is. However, even if there is a "moral" to the story, many found the story to be very disturbing.
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, the Executive Religion Editor for the Huffington Post, wrote in a blog piece, "Robertson's words are ugly and ignorant, and the organizers, and all those who applauded him at the Prayer Breakfast in Vero Beach should be ashamed of themselves. It is way past time for Christians to learn and understand moral traditions that have developed in other religious traditions, and those that have developed outside the religious framework entirely. One of the most pathetic aspects of Robertson's rant is its appalling lack of curiosity about how human beings have understood morality throughout history outside Christianity."
Robertson has made numerous controversial statements in the past. He compared homosexuality to bestiality, stated that AIDS was a form of punishment, blamed "beatniks" and "hippies" for sexually transmitted infections and said ISIS terrorists should be killed or converted to Jesus.