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“Convert them or kill them,” Robertson said on Fox News’ Hannity Tuesday night.
On the show to discuss “the rise of radical Islam” and promote his new book, unPHILtered, Robertson was asked by host Sean Hannity how the U.S. should deal with ISIS’ evil acts, which include beheading two American journalists on video.
Robertson quoted a few passages from the Bible about evil, even referring to his copy of the holy book, which he brought with him, before he addressed ISIS specifically.
“In this case I think you would have to convert them, which I think would be next to impossible. I’m not giving up on them, but I’m just saying either convert them or kill them — one or the other,” he said. “Maybe that time has come and gone, so I think with this ideology that we’re faced with, this is like street gangs, street thugs on steroids. … This is more like worldwide gang warfare, but this gang is well armed and well organized. I think, in my opinion, we’re going to have to deal with this group way more harshly than we have up to this point.”
After Hannity predicted that the media would make a big deal out of Robertson’s comments, Robertson clarified that he’d rather “have a Bible study with all of them and show them the error of their ways and point them to Jesus Christ.”
Robertson was previously suspended by Duck Dynasty network A&E after he expressed his views about homosexuality and race relations to GQ in its January 2014 issue.
In GQ, Robertson uses lewd imagery to discuss why he doesn’t understand homosexuality, which he goes on to call a sin and compare to bestiality.
“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” Robertson says. “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 also received attention for his remarks that he never saw any mistreatment of black people while he was growing up in pre-civil-rights-era Louisiana.
“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once,” Robertson told GQ. “Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field. … They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’ — not a word! … Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”
His suspension lasted a little more than a week, with A&E saying it would continue filming its hit series with the entire Robertson clan.
Watch the video of Robertson’s remarks on Hannity below.
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