'Duck Dynasty' Star Alan Robertson: I've Never Seen Religious Freedom Attacked More Than It Is Today
WASHINGTON – "Duck Dynasty" TV star Alan Robertson said Saturday morning that he can't remember a time in America were Christian values and religious liberty were more under attack than they are today.
Robertson, the son of Duck Commander founder Phil Robertson and who some regard as the "beardless brother," spoke to a room full of evangelical and social conservative voters at the Family Research Council's Values Voters Summit and proclaimed that he is not afraid to face liberal backlash for publicly voicing his beliefs on biblical teachings on sexuality and marriage.
"We are in a perilous time, where from positions of power, I don't know that if in my lifetime I have ever seen more of an attack on traditional values, traditional family and really, religious liberty," Robertson asserted.
"Everytime that I come and speak for anything associated with FRC or with Tony [Perkins], I get the most vile, vicious, mean notes on my social platforms that you could ever imagine because I am a person, obviously, that is in the public eye as a part our family," Robertson said. "[We are told] that we are not supposed to talk about what we talk about. That's who we are in that sense."
As Robertson, his brother Willie and their father have spoken publicly at a number of conservative events like FRC's Values Voters Summit, Robertson implied that there could be a double standard when it comes to celebrities speaking out politically.
"I guess it's OK for other people, but not so much for us," he said. "So, we are blasted. You know, it is interesting because I am asked why we keep coming back to events like this and talk about it or talking about it in interviews and take this abuse."
There are three reasons why Robertson and his family members continue to publicly advocate for traditional Christian teachings, he explained
"One is that I don't run from a fight, especially when I am right. We are right about what we are talking about," he asserted. "As dad said last night, ultimately, our conscience, who we are, those of us who are believers know that God has put us in position on this Earth to be a mouthpiece for Him in whatever role we are. You don't have to be a pastor. You don't have to be a preacher. You don't even have to be a prophet to be able to do that. You just have to be compelled for the right reasons."
A reason why conservative Christians should not be afraid or intimidated to speak out for their beliefs, Robertson added, is that "we have over 300 years of history on our side … and because this country was founded on the things that we believe in."
"We should be able to talk about that consistently and not be maligned," Robertson stated. "But we are. But you know what? That is OK because God also told us that we would be persecuted for living that godly life and speaking what we speak.
"For Jesus Christ, if it is good enough for Him to be persecuted then it is good enough for me," Robertson explained. "And, I am not going to back away from the fight."