Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has claimed that sexually transmitted infections are God’s punishment for gays.

The notoriously homophobic reality star made the comments on the radio show of the anti-gay Family Research Council.

He said: “Do you think it’s a coincidence that all of these debilitating — literally that can cause death — diseases follow that kind of conduct?

“God says ‘one woman, one man’, and everyone says, ‘Oh, that’s old hat, that’s that old Bible stuff, but I’m thinking, well let’s see now.

“A clean guy — a disease-free guy and a disease-free woman — they marry and they keep their sex between the two of them.

“They’re not going to get chlamydia, and gonorrhea, and syphilis, and AIDS. It’s safe.”

“Either it’s the wildest coincidence ever that horrible diseases follow immoral conduct, or, it’s God saying, ‘There’s a penalty for that kind of conduct’.

“I’m leaning towards there’s a penalty for it.”

He was suspended from the A&E reality show for less than two weeks last year, when he questioned in an interview to GQ why gay men would prefer “a man’s anus” over a vagina.

Despite the family claiming it had “moved on” from the incident, earlier this year Robertson gave an Easter Sermon claiming that the “sexually immoral” would go to hell.

Last week Robertson claimed that he is only as homophobic as Jesus – though his son Alan Robertson has hailed him as a 21st Century prophet more akin to John the Baptist.

Listen to the clip via Good as You below: