I’m one of the homosexual offenders Robertson refers to. I’m also an animal lover. But to claim that homosexuality morphs out to bestiality – sexual feelings or behavior involving animals - is absurd. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) lists zoophilia (bestiality) as an uncommon paraphilic disorder. The American Psychiatric Association’s Board of Trustees removed homosexuality from the DSM in 1973.
In response to A&E’s decision to suspend Robertson over these comments, his family has said that, while some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to Magary were coarse, “his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible”. I’ll have to take their word for that. I don’t read fiction, so I’m not too well versed on the contents of the Bible. And I think the First Amendment allows me to say that.