Phil Robertson’s homophobia has gone in an unexpected direction.
No he hasn’t seen any error in his aversion to LGBT rights, but rather has just found a surprising new way of distancing himself from equality.
The Duck Dynasty television personality has confirmed that he will not visit women’s public toilets, even when he needs "to take a leak" – a reference to the Bathroom Bill, which was passed in Houston, Texas, in May, giving transgender people the right to use male or female public toilets based on their own choice.
A group of Christian pastors are currently seeking to repeal the ruling, and, naturally, it would seem that Robertson agrees with their objective.
"For all you ladies in Texas, trust me when I tell you this: when you’re seated in your restroom, putting on your Maybelline, when I need to take a leak, I’m not going there," he told an audience at an 'I Stand Sunday' rally in Houston.
The event was held by conservative Christians in protest to Houston's HERO ordinance, which bans discrimination against gay and transgender people.
Robertson went onto describe that the problem with politicians is their reluctance to follow the gospel of Jesus.
"There’s no talk about sin, no talk about repentance, no talk about Jesus, the son of God, nothing, and we wonder why we wound up like we are," he cried passionately.
Robertson is known for his homophobic views. In December 2013, he sparked outrage for remarks made in GQ magazine, in which he claimed that homosexuality was one step away from bestiality.
GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, described Robertson’s GQ comments as "one of the vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication".
"It seems like, to me, a vagina - as a man - would be more desirable than a man's anus," Robertson said in the magazine.
"That's just me. I'm just thinking: There's more there! She's got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I'm saying? But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man. It's just not logical."
TV channel A&E, which airs Duck Dynasty, released a statement shortly afterwards, describing how they were "extremely disappointed" with Robertson’s opinion and explained that his "personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community."Reuse content