‘Duck Dynasty’ star talks Roy Moore, First Amendment in Montgomery

Before beginning a speaking engagement at Frazer United Methodist Church in Montgomery on Friday night, “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson had a message for Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore regarding his opposition to a federal ruling striking down the state’s same-sex marriage ban earlier this month.

“Roy Moore is spot on,” Robertson said. “He is correct, and Roy, if you hear this, do not back up because you are right on this one.

“All of our rights do come from God. They’re inalienable, meaning you can’t move them or transfer them.”

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Robertson came to Montgomery after being honored in Washington, D.C., on Friday morning with the Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference. He was joined by his son, Alan, and his wife, Kay, who also star on the A&E reality show.

“It’s kind of ironic that these days, if you exercise your freedom of speech, someone considers it worthy of a reward,” he said. “You ought to be able to say what you want to.”

Robertson made headlines that day for quoting a 2013 report from the Centers for Disease Control that cited approximately 110 million people in the United States who have sexually-transmitted diseases, adding that “hippies and beatniks” were to blame, according to media outlets covering the event.

“I’m just saying if one man and one woman marry each other and keep their intimate contact between the two of them, you won’t get some disease,” he said. “I love them enough to tell them.”

Robertson’s son, Alan, said he felt honored that his father received an award speaking about his beliefs. In 2013, Robertson was briefly suspended from “Duck Dynasty” for saying homosexuality was a sin during an interview with GQ magazine.

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“You realize that when you say things and you say them strongly that you’re going to bring a reaction and, obviously, some people are not going to like that, but here’s the difference: what we’re speaking is biblical truth and that’s never going to change,” Alan said. “Since that doesn’t change, we don’t change as messengers of that.”

The “Duck Dynasty” event was set up to raise money for Compassion21, a faith-based organization that works in the inner-city communities of Montgomery that also provides educational opportunities for low-income residents, as well as offering mentoring programs. Alan Robertson said he first heard about the program through Compassion21 Director Ken Kilpatrick and liked it so much, he is working to get a chapter back in their Louisiana hometown.

“We keep trying to depend on government to do it, but it’s going to take churches to do it because we have to teach something,” he said. “That’s what appealed to me — that they were doing afterschool teaching, they were teaching how to start a business, showing entrepreneurship to a lot of single moms and we have that same situation in Monroe.”

Kilpatrick said Compassion21 looks to help the hopeless in the community.

“We are all about giving people hope,” Kilpatrick said.

For more information on the program, visit www.compassion21.org

 

Article source: http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/local/2015/02/27/duck-dynasty-star-talks-roy-moore-first-amendment-montgomery/24161597/

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