Because of the whirlwind of controversy surrounding Phil Robertson last year, the patriarch of "Duck Dynasty" has released "unPHILtered: The Way I See It." The book clarifies his comments on homosexual practice and on racial tension in America so that people can have a more accurate picture of what he believes.
Phil Robertson is not afraid to go against the grain of modern-day culture. Although their successful duck call business and television show have made the Robertson family members multi-millionaires, Phil and Kay still live in the same small home that they had raised their boys in when they were poor. Phil doesn't have a cell phone, and he doesn't use social media. He loves what Christ did for him, and has a passion for sharing the Gospel with others. His family's Biblical values have set them against the culture in many ways, and Phil is not afraid to call a spade a spade - "I mean look at our culture, dude - you can look in any direction and say, 'Woah!'" he told ABC News in a recent interview.
Phil clarifies his comments during his interview with a GQ Magazine reporter, whom the family says was disrespectful and mocked their conservative values from the start of the conversation, in 'unPHILtered.' The reporter flat out asked him whether he thought homosexual practice was a sin, and Phil gave him the answer straight from Scripture. "People need to get it in their head, dude, I don't hate anybody," he says - "I'm about as much of a homophobe as Jesus was ... People who are participating in homosexual behavior - they need to know that I love them."
Phil also explains his thoughts about black rights in the pre-civil war era in the new book, and touches on his family's financial success as well. In true Phil-fashion, the 68-year-old also heralds his distaste for social media in the book. "I've never turned on a computer in my life, so whatever America is saying or not saying about me - true or untrue - what they need to understand is I'm not hearing it," he says.