"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson says America is facing the greatest "assault on Christianity" that he has ever seen and suggests that Donald Trump might be the "biblically correct" option in the 2016 election.
Robertson, the founder of Duck Commander and a Christian reality television star, recently spoke with the My Faith Votes organization in an hour-long video conversation focusing on faith, society and the role Christians must play in the public square.
My Faith Votes is a nonprofit headed by former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson that is devoted to motivating Christians to vote and have a larger impact on the world and country. In the conversation, viewers and listeners had the ability to call in and ask Robertson questions.
As a high school football coach has been fired for praying and military service members are being punished for their faith, one viewer from Illinois asked Robertson whether or not he believed that the rising secularism in America today is the "greatest assault on Christianity" that he has ever witnessed.
"Yes it is," Robertson answer. "No doubt about it."
Although many in the United States like to blame national leaders and politicians for the problems facing the country and the scrubbing of religion from schools and the public square, Robertson asserted that the American people also share the blame.
"The people that get elected and are sent to Washington, D.C. to represent us, the United States citizens, we are the ones that put them in there," Robertson explained. "The problem is not so much the ones that end up in there — the politicians — it is the people who put them in there. We elect people. Well, if you elect depraved souls, you are going to get depravity. That's just the way it works."
For Robertson and many other conservative Christians, their political worldview is largely shaped by the Bible and the commands of Jesus Christ.
However, there seems to be growing opposition to traditional biblical views on issues like marriage and abortion in a secularized America. In recent years, there have even been attempts by local, state and federal governments to coerce Christians and Christian institutions to violate their closely held biblical beliefs.
"Remember, everything I do is vetted through the Bible. When God says 'don't murder,' I'm taking it for what He said. Therefore, don't kill your children in their womb. It's murder. So, don't murder," Robertson stressed. "Get married to someone of the opposite sex. Keep your sex right there. You'll never get a sexually transmitted disease. I would vote for someone who believes that. And the list goes on and on and on."
"You call it secularism. I just call it 'the evil one.' The evil one that controls human beings. That's what I call it," Robertson continued. "So when you see a lot of murder and you see a lot of lies, you say, according to Jesus, the Son of God, he said you can attribute that to the devil's work."
Robertson added that there has been a push since 1925 to kick God out of schools and begin teaching evolutionary theory.
"Once they got Him all out, and we got rid of God, well, what you're seeing in America now is the result," Robertson said. "How's it going for you out there, America?"
Another caller asked Robertson who he would advise Christian voters to vote for, given the two main choices now are Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Robertson, who initially supported Texas Sen. Ted Cruz during the primaries and now backs Trump, stopped short of encouraging voters to vote for Trump during the conversation, but implied that Trump is on the biblically-correct side of the equation.
"I am going to leave that up to you to cast your vote. I would say cast your vote for the one that we have a better chance to remain the republic that we are," Robertson said. "So, I would just simply say: You have political correctness on the one side. Biblical correctness on the other. I am on the biblically-correct side. Therefore, I would tiptoe through the tulips but you just have to vote your conscience, woman."