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Phil Robertson: Diseases Like AIDS Are God's Punishment For Immoral Behavior

"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 leanin' toward there's a penalty toward it."

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Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson thinks AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases are God's punishment for immoral behavior such as ones that aren't "one man one woman," he said in a recent interview.

While promoting his new book unPHILtered: The Way I See It, Robertson spoke at length about what he called the "physiological downside to immorality" in an interview with Family Research Council president Tony Perkins' radio program Washington Watch last week.

"I mean, a great question to ask is 'Why is it that all of these just—is this coincidental that viewing all of the immoral conduct that America now is participating in, 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 conduct?" Robertson said.

The Duck Dynasty family patriarch, who came under fire last year for anti-LGBT remarks in an issue of GQ went on to claim to it's probably not a coincidence that diseases arose from behaviors he categorized as immoral.

"God says, 'One woman, one man,' and everybody says, 'Oh, that's old hat, that's that old Bible stuff' and I'm thinking well, let's see now. A clean guy, a disease-free guy, and a disease-free woman, they marry and they keep their sex between the two of 'em, uh, they're not gonna get chlamydia and gonorrhea and syphilis and AIDS. It's, it's safe."

Robertson concluded that such diseases from such behaviors are punishment from God.

"Now to me either it's the wildest coincidence ever that horrible diseases follow immoral conduct," he said, "or it's God saying, 'There's a penalty for that kind of conduct.' I'm leanin' toward there's a penalty toward it."

"So, you read in the Bible, you say well let's see, 'Well, it's one man, one woman,'" he said. "Any logical person would say, what the guy is sayin' is, that'd be me, is that if you wanna 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, but what can I say all you can do is just show 'em that and say, 'Man, we ought to think about this Jesus stuff.'"

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.

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