Phil Robertson proved at an event over the weekend that he definitely appreciates free speech.
The Duck Dynasty patriarch received the “Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award” at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday. During his acceptance speech, Robertson pointed out that 110 million Americans suffer from sexually transmitted diseases, which led him to a strong rebuke of sex outside of the confines of marriage.
“I don’t want you, America, to get sick,” he continued. “You’re disease-free, and she’s disease-free — you marry, you keep your sex right there. You won’t get sick from a sexually transmitted disease.
“There is a penalty to be paid from what the beatniks, and it morphed into the hippies — you say, what do you call the 110 million with the sexually transmitted illness?” Robertson continued. “It is the revenge of the hippies! Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll have come back to haunt us in a bad way.”
Robertson was suspended indefinitely from his show by A+E following his anti-gay remarks made during a GQ interview in December 2013. He was reinstated later that month.