Phil’s son Al revealed on a May 28th podcast of “Unashamed” that he and his brother Jace received a letter three months ago “from a woman who said that by a DNA search, she thinks that Dad might be her dad.”
Al said he was skeptical because the 45-year-old woman, Phyliss, was born after Phil supposedly became a Christian:
A few days went by, and then the more I read it, the more I thought, ‘Well, this is something we need to try to figure out.” My mindset was, I didn’t want to tell Mom and Dad if it wasn’t true because I didn’t want to upset them ‘cause this was a life-changing situation if it was true.
After an unidentified Robertson family member contacted Phyliss and listened to her story, Al spoke to Phil and his mom, Kay Robertson, who were married in 1966:
Dad didn’t remember anything, no specifics about it. It was interesting because Mom remembered a lot more than you did. Finally … you said, “Well, is there any way we could know for sure?” And I said, “Yep, we can do a DNA test together. She does it up there, you do it down here. We do it with the same company, and we can know whether it’s a match or not.” And you said, “Let’s do it. We need to know.”
The test ended up being a “99.99 percent match,” but the Robertson family quickly rationalized that Phil must have committed adultery nine months earlier — when he wasn’t a Christian — even though Phil “didn’t remember anything.”
Phil quickly whitewashed his adultery with the Bible: “We know that in all things — in all things, even sin — God works for the good of those who love him who have been called according to his purpose.”
Phil, who fantasized about raping and murdering atheists in 2015, claimed his adultery story was a “pretty cool explanation of redemption, reconciliation, love”:
As it turns out, 45 years, you have a daughter that you don’t know about and she has a father she doesn’t know about. Forty-five years, that doesn’t sound like very long but … that’s a while. So finally, after all those years, we’ve come together.