Ever since Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson made his anti-gay, racist comments to GQ, conservatives have been jumping to his defense left and right. Few have jumped higher than Sarah Palin, who took to her Facebook page and to Sean Hannity‘s show to back Robertson up. “Free speech is an endangered species. Those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us,” Palin wrote.
But, as it turns out, Palin doesn’t exactly know what that personal opinion even is.
Palin made the admission during an appearance on Fox News, in which host Greta Van Susteren described Robertson’s comments as “graphic” and “offensive,” and asked Palin how she felt about that.
“I haven’t read the article,” Palin replied. “I don’t know exactly how he said it. But what he was doing was in response to a question about a lifestyle he disagrees with, and yet he has said over and over again he doesn’t hate the person engaging in a lifestyle he disagrees with.”
Robertson, among other things, told GQ: “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.” He continued on to paraphrase Corinthians: “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.”
Palin, for her part, told Van Susteren that since Robertson was quoting the Bible, it doesn’t really matter what he said. “In response, he was quoting the Gospel,” she said. “So people who are so insulted and offended by what he said evidently are offended by what he was quoting in the Gospel.”
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