Following “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson‘s indefinite suspension from the A&E reality series after making comments to GQ deemed homophobic and racist, Sarah Palin was quick to defend Robertson’s right to free speech. The only catch? Palin actually has no idea what Robertson said.
While speaking to Fox News’ “On the Record With Greta Susteren” about the Robertson backlash, Palin admitted her lack of knowledge about the situation. Susteren asked her if she thought the graphic nature of Robertson’s comments — which Susteren herself admitted to being offended by — were out of line.
“I haven’t read the article. I don’t know exactly how he said it,” Palin responds — though of course she still has an opinion on the matter. “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 the lifestyle he disagrees with, but in response he was quoting the gospel. So people who are so insulted and offended by what he said evidently are offended by what he was quoting in the gospel.”
For the record, Robertson was not asked about a “lifestyle he disagrees with” or anything about being gay. He was the one to bring up the subject of homosexuality when asked, “What, in your mind, is sinful?” And while some of what he says was supposed to be paraphrasing 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.”), some of the most offensive of Robertson’s comments didn’t come out of any Bible I’ve ever read.
“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical,” Robertson says in the GQ interview that Palin did not read.
Palin’s final message on the issue: “Thicken your skin and quit being so intolerant of people expressing public opinion and private opinion.” If that truly is her mentality, maybe she should get Martin Bashir back his job at MSNBC — if she does in fact actually know what he said about her.