But a video of Phil Robertson, posted online in January but picking up steam online this week after it was posted on the Drudge Report, has made waves as Duck Commander founder said abortion to a violation of the Declaration of Independence.
"It didn't take us 150 years, we start ripping babies out of wombs," he said. "Listen, from the time you started inside your mother's womb, Thomas Jefferson had it right, you have the God-given right to live, for crying out loud."
"You're this long!" he said, holding out his finger. "You're a week old inside your mother. They suck you out of there when you're about like that."
"And, when you got to be the size of my thumb, they suck you out. You wouldn't be here. Then, you grow a little bigger, like my fist -- and finally eight, nine months later you come out. And we debate whether some woman has the right to tear you out of there a piece at a time? Come on! What in the world happened to us?"
Robertson says the show, the highest-rated reality series on cable, plays down the family's religious practices, even as they end every episode with a family prayer.
"We can't get into spiritual matters on the show too much," he said. "That's a little much for the production company. They say, you know, it's not the Pat Robertson show."