"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson says you can't get STIs if you have "Biblically correct sex"

The reality show star blamed sex-related "debilitating diseases" on "orthodox liberal opinion"

Published October 8, 2014 4:24PM (EDT)

Phil Robertson in "Duck Dynasty"                 (A&E/Karolina Wojtasik)
Phil Robertson in "Duck Dynasty" (A&E/Karolina Wojtasik)

Here is some sex advice you should not take: "Duck Dynasty" star and conservative evangelical Phil Robertson says that having "Biblically correct sex" will keep monogamous, Christian men and women safe from an abundance of sexually transmitted infections. In a recent sermon at a Louisiana church, Robertson blamed "liberal orthodox opinion" and "sexually immoral" behavior for the spread of "debilitating diseases" around the world -- not, say, unsafe sexual practices.

“Biblically correct sex is safe,” Robertson said. “It’s safe. You’re not going to get chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, AIDS -- if a man marries a woman, and neither of you have it, and you keep your sex between the two of you, you’re not going to get ever sexually transmitted diseases.”

So close to being true, and yet: not true. According to the CDC, having strictly monogamous sex with an uninfected person does dramatically reduce the risk of transmitting an STI -- but it requires the other person actually being uninfected. Asymptomatic infection can go unnoticed for years without testing, and can be transmitted to future sexual partners. Practicing safe sex (specifically using barrier methods such as condoms) can reduce the risk of transmission within monogamous couples, but good Christian behavior cannot make anyone immune to STIs.

“Man marries a woman,” Robertson went on.  “You know what those two will never have? They will never have a sexually transmitted disease. You know why?  They keep their sex between the two of them. They can’t catch a sexually transmitted disease. ... Man meets woman, marries her, keeps his sex right there, the children come, the chances of them getting a sexually transmitted disease, would you say is almost zero? You can say it.”

Once again, not right. Watch Robertson's entire sermon on STI "prevention" below:

(h/t Raw Story)

By Jenny Kutner

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