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500 pounds of squash stolen from Pittsfield Church of Christ's Giving Garden

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Community prayer vigil at Church of Christ in Ferguson, Mo., draws 300

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  • 500 pounds of squash stolen from Pittsfield Church of Christ's Giving Garden

  • Dr. Kent Brantly Inspires People to Give

  • TV speaker meets Hungarian-refugee

  • Three women prisoners find freedom in Christ

  • Community prayer vigil at Church of Christ in Ferguson, Mo., draws 300

A Bible study with Morrissey? ‘Duck Dynasty’ stars respond to musician’s boycott on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

“Whoever he is, we love him as our neighbor, hey!”

That’s how Phil Robertson, elder of the White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, La., and star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” responded to British singer/songwriter Morrissey’s boycott of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” due to an appearance by Robertson and his family on the late-night talk show.

Robertson also offered to have a Bible study with Morrissey, and appeared to make Kimmel just a little bit uncomfortable when he started preaching near the end of the interview.

Robertson, along with sons Willie and Jase and brother Si, appeared on Kimmel’s show to promote the third season of their reality-based TV show, “Duck Dynasty,” which debuts Feb. 27 on A&E.

 

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Jase, Si, Willie and Phil Robertson, stars of "Duck Dynasty" (Photo provided by A&E)

When Morrissey, an outspoken animal rights activist, found out they would be appearing on the program, he canceled his performance on the same night. Morrissey said he could not “morally be on a television program where the cast members of ‘Duck Dynasty’ will also be guests,” according to Kimmel, who also said that the recording artist had told him that, “as far as my reputation is concerned, I can’t take the risk of being on a show alongside people who, in effect, amount to animal serial killers.”

Morrissey (whose full name is Steven Patrick Morrissey) is a solo artist and former lead singer of The Smiths, a popular British band that, in 1985, released an album titled “Meat is Murder.” Among their biggest hits is the 1984 song “How Soon is Now?” (“You shut your mouth; How can you say; I go about things the wrong way? I am human and I need to be loved; Just like everybody else does”)

“We need a Bible study with him, but other than that …” Robertson said, before Kimmel cut him off, praising the Robertson family for the meals around the table featured at the end of each “Duck Dynasty” episode.

He didn’t mention the prayer that precedes those meals, but Phil Robertson seized the opportunity nonetheless.

“Kimmel, the only hope that an atheist has is that he not be there,” Phil Robertson said. “That ain’t much of a hope. Y’see what I’m sayin’?”

“Amen,” Kimmel replied.

Read our recent profile of the Robertson family and their faith, and our report on Jase Robertson baptizing a fan of the show.

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Morrissey (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

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