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‘Duck Dynasty’ Updates: Phil Robertson Gets Slammed for ‘Jesus Man’ Prayer at Duck Commander 500

( [email protected] ) Apr 12, 2016 12:52 AM EDT
Last weekend, the Robertson clan hosted the annual Duck Commander NASCAR event. But aside from the race, it seems another feature of the event that gained the attention of the public was Phil Robertson's opening prayer.
Phil Robertson speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Flickr/Gage Skidmore

Last weekend, the Robertson clan hosted the annual Duck Commander NASCAR event. But aside from the race, it seems another feature of the event that gained the attention of the public was Phil Robertson's opening prayer.

Right before the race, which was held at the Texas Motor Speedway, the Robertson patriarch offered a short prayer to thank God about everything that he's done for the country.

But, the part of the invocation that really stirred up the public was about the next president of the country.

"All right Texas, we got here via Bibles and guns, I'm fixin' to pray to the one who made that possible," he said before the prayer according to Sporting News. "Father thank you for founding our nation. I pray Father that we don't forget who brought us - you. Our faith in the blood of Jesus and his resurrection. Help us father to get back to that."

"Help us dear God to understand that the men and women on my right are the U.S. military," he added. "On my right and on my left. Our faith in the U.S. military is the reason we are still here. I pray Father that we put a Jesus man in the White House. Help us do that and help us all to repent, to do what is right, to love you more and to love each other. In the name of Jesus I pray, amen."

After hearing the prayer, many people took to social media about how Robertson's prayer became heavily political. Particularly, they noted that his use of the term "Jesus man" indicated that he used the prayer to indicate who he would want to be the next leader of the country.

Of course, this probably should not come as a surprise since members of the Robertson family are known supporters of certain Republican candidates. Phil, for example is a supporter of Ted Cruz while his son Willie Robertson has been a vocal endorser of Donald Trump.

However, even though some people think that Phil should have rephrased his pre-race prayer, others think it's not offensive at all. Eddie Gossage, the track president at the Texas Motor Speedway, noted that Phil only shared and included in his prayer what he believed in and was only expressing his freedom of speech, Star Telegram reported.

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