Watch 'Duck Dynasty' Star Phil Robertson's Antiabortion Speech: 'You Have a God-Given Right to Live'
The family members in A&E's monster hit reality series "Duck Dynasty" have always been upfront but not in-your-face about their faith on camera. Off camera, though, the Robertsons are not afraid to loudly proclaim their religious beliefs, including their stance against abortion.
Video surfaced Tuesday of "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson delivering an impassioned speech slamming abortion. "From the time you started inside your mother's womb, Thomas Jefferson had it right," he said. "You have the God-given right to live, for crying out loud."
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He continued by holding out a finger. "You're this long! C'mon! You have a God-given right to live. And of all places, inside your mother — what in the world happened to us?"
Watch Phil Robertson's speech (Warning: Language might be offensive):
Robertson, a former standout football quarterback at Louisiana Tech, has been an ardent believer since the '70s. During that time, he "was headed south" — drinking, fighting, mistreating his family. When his wife, Kay, kicked him out, Robertson turned to religion.
Though Robertson feels free to let loose his opinions in a speech, he told the Wall Street Journal in June that his family purposefully plays down their faith on "Duck Dynasty."
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"We can't get into spiritual matters on the show too much," he said. "That's a little much for the production company. They say, you know, it's not the Pat Robertson show."
Still, the family doesn't hide their beliefs. And it's possible religion will play a greater role this season, with oldest son Alan — a former minister — joining the cast. In fact, before the season began, Alan said he hoped to spread his message to a bigger audience thanks to the popularity of "Duck Dynasty."
Alan said of leaving his pulpit, "What I do for our church — you see, it's a pretty good-sized church — impacts a lot of people. But because of my association with the show, I'll get to minister to a lot more people."
"Duck Dynasty" airs Wednesdays at 10 PM on A&E.