Black pastor has issue with race remarks, not anti-gay comments
NEW ORLEANS- The drama surrounding reality TV star Phil Robertson's comments about gays and African Americans has yet to die down, even as people leave the daily grind and move into holiday mode.
Now, the first black president of the Southern Baptist Convention is adding his comments to the ever evolving spectacle.
Rev. Fred Luter of New Orleans supports Robertson's biblical views on homosexuality but disputes the Duck Dynasty patriarch's memory of race relations before the Civil Rights movement.
In a GQ magazine interview, Robertson said that in his Louisiana youth he picked cotton with African-Americans and never saw "the mistreatment of any black person," adding that they were "singing and happy" and didn't complain about white people.
Also during the interview, Robertson made anti-gay remarks.
Luter said there was nothing happy about segregation or "being hung in a tree because of your race." He adds that blacks were definitely complaining, if not to Robertson. However, Luter said he does not believe calling homosexual acts sinful is hateful.
Fans of Duck Dynasty have rallied to support Robertson after the A&E network put him on indefinite "hiatus" from the reality show.
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