As some Christians step up to defend Phil Robertson's stance on homosexuality, one person went even farther, comparing the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch's comments to those of Pope Francis.
Newt Gingrich said on Crossfire, "Ironically, if you read the whole interview, not just take one section, he talks very specifically about loving everybody. He talks very specifically about not being judgmental toward anybody, that’s God’s decision, not his. I mean, it is remarkable. There’s sections there where he sounds like Pope Francis.”
Another panelist, LZ Granderson, refuted him immediately, pointing out, "There’s nothing really remarkable about slandering people and then coming around and saying, ‘Love everybody.’ People have been doing that time and time again: ‘Love the sinner but hate the sin.’ That’s nothing remarkable.”
For comparison, here are some of Pope Francis' remarks about gay people and Robertson's quotes.