His comments re black people were the most offensive to me, as bad as the others were. He has some kind of made-up utopia in his mind, and he never questioned it, through all the days of civil rights struggles and all the things we've fought for.
"gee, a black person sang, so they must have been happy" (to paraphrase his words)
Yes, I found his words offensive. As far as it being "his experience" - just goes to show, one man's view of the world is not necessarily accurate.
Leave it to the LATimes, or other liberal edited papers to get it wrong, and skew the premise of the debate, using "un named" sources...."A producer familiar with the situation"? Yeah right. Just another jackass looking to comment, that has no more weight than you or I as far as his opinion.
But, what is striking in your OP here is how intentionally misleading the LATimes is being here....
"...interview where he made anti-gay remarks and questioned the need for the civil-rights movement."
He did neither.
In the first part on homosexuality, Robertson's answer to a direct question about sin was to simply list homosexuality among a list is sins, like adultery, and promiscuity. It is only the hysterical over reaction of intolerance by such groups like GLAAD, that have distorted his answer to make this anything of the sort, something that GLAAD is famous for in the first place.
The second, answer about blacks in his area growing up during the civil rights era, was also being distorted and taken out of context here. He was speaking of his own experiences growing up very poor, and working side by side with the black people he was working side by side with....Not some generalization of all black people like the article, and you Pete make it sound like.
In short, this whole thing is a concoction of the liberal left feigning outrage at something that is just not there. The twisting, of content, as well and intent is astounding.
Why would his later experiences change his memories?
Did you ever go to McDonald's as a kid? Do you have happy memories of that? Now you know that the food is fattening and causing many people health problems, but does that knowledge change your memories?
Here is the quote in context, and you tell me...
What does repentance entail? Well, in Robertson’s worldview, America was a country founded upon Christian values (Thou shalt not kill, etc.), and he believes that the gradual removal of Christian symbolism from public spaces has diluted those founding principles. (He and Si take turns going on about why the Ten Commandments ought to be displayed outside courthouses.) He sees the popularity of Duck Dynasty as a small corrective to all that we have lost.
“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong,” he says. “Sin becomes fine.”
[Interviewer question]What, in your mind, is sinful?
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases 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.”
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"“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.”"
What's offensive? In his religion, anyone who meets any of those criteria go to hell. I find that offensive. I don't think any of those (except maybe swindler and it would depend on the swindle) make you automatically an evil person.
He's also grouping people who happen to love someone of the same gender in with greedy, drunk, slandering swindlers. I disagree with that grouping and find it offensive.