Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on Saturday claimed he was a “nice man” trying to help gays turn to Jesus.

During an appearance at Cullman's Rock the South festival, the 68-year-old Robertson defended remarks he made last year in an interview with men's fashion glossy GQ, according to

Cabler A&E briefly suspended Robertson for saying that gay sex was an illogical “sin” and putting it in the same category as bestiality and promiscuity.

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“Everybody knows what sin is,” Robertson said Saturday. “Somebody asks me about a specific sin. I just quoted a Bible verse and everybody said I was a mean old man.”

“I'm actually a nice man. I'm trying to help those poor souls and turn them to Jesus,” he added.