Bill O'Reilly: "Duck Dynasty" star "made a mistake"

In a surprising move, the Fox News host says "Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson's controversial comments were wrong

Published December 20, 2013 2:53PM (EST)

While conservatives have largely rallied in defense of "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson, who was suspended indefinitely by A&E for homophobic comments he made during an interview with GQ, not every right-wing luminary is as eager to man the barricades.

Surprisingly, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly — the transphobic bigot who is obsessed with sex — has voiced some criticism of Robertson, arguing that the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch's understanding of the Gospel is wrongheaded in at least one key regard.

"Mr. Robertson, I believe, made a mistake by the condemnation line," O'Reilly told guest Laura Ingraham during his show. "It’s not about the Bible, or believing or not believing in the Bible," O'Reilly continued. "It’s singling out a group, it could be any group, and saying to that group, ‘Hey, … you are not worthy in the eyes of the Lord, or in the eyes of God. You are not worthy because of who you are.’ So once you get that personal, once you get down and into that kind of a realm, problems arise."

O'Reilly was referring to Robertson's comment that "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."

According to the Fox News personality, Robertson strayed from a proper reading of the Bible by making a pronouncement on who will and won't go to heaven. "See, that’s where I think he made his mistake," O'Reilly told Ingraham. "Right up to there, he was OK. But once he went in and said you are not going to go to heaven [he was wrong]."

By Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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