Dog the Bounty Hunter Speaks

06/24/2008


Door Exclusive: The Dog’s First Interview Since He Was Muzzled

We love The Dog. When Dog the Bounty Hunter was kicked off the air by the A&E Network for using the n-word, we thought it was a bad call and said so. We think, in fact, that Dog the Bounty Hunter may be the best reality show in the history of that much maligned genre. When the Door’s own Bob Gersztyn found The Dog around Christmas time, he was at a low point in his life and ready to talk about God, who was in the process of kicking his ass. In fact, we found out in this interview that the nickname Dog is actually derived from God spelled backwards, and was given to him by a gangbanger called the Preacher.

We found out a lot of new things in this interview.

Dog The Bounty Hunter was raised by an abusive father and a Native American mother who was devoutly pentecostal. By the time he was in junior high he had embarked on the path to perdition, becoming a member of the Devil's Disciples outlaw motorcycle club at the age of 15. At 24 years old he found himself locked up in the Texas state prison for first degree murder.

After he got out, he sold Kirby vacuum cleaners, then started bounty hunting on the side for beer money. After three divorces and countless girlfriends, he ended up, improbably, as a celebrity guest speaker at Tony Robbins seminars, and when he tracked down serial rapist Andrew Luster in Mexico, the resulting news coverage led to his own reality show on the A&E Network.

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The Dog and Beth in church.

As Joe Bob Briggs described the show in these pages, it is “simultaneously the most conservative law-and-order show this side of Cops, the most liberal social-action show this side of a PBS documentary (‘I am what rehabilitation stands for,’ says The Dog), and a constant fount of entertaining Christian witness, beginning with the bounty hunter prayer circle, in which he prays for the safety of his bounty-hunting family, then asks God to protect various characters with names like ‘The Animal’ who are about to be caught in the pincers of a Da Kine manhunt (Da Kine is his bail bond company in Hawaii.)

But the climax of every episode, and the emotional high point of the show, is the long ride to prison in Dog’s van. The handcuffed perp usually sits in the middle back seat next to Dog, who offers him a cigarette and then says something like ‘How long you gonna let the crack control ya, man?’ And that unleashes some amazing moments . . .”

All of this and much more is documented in Duane "Dog" Chapman's autobiography You Can Run But You Can't Hide, but there was a dramatic coda to the book last fall when one of his many relatives publicized a secretly recorded tape of The Dog saying the n-word several times as he ranted about his son’s black girlfriend. That resulted in the cancellation of the show, followed by a very public series of apologies by The Dog, often before all-black church congregations, and never once did Chapman say “Put me back on TV because I’m popular.”

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In every case he said, “I’m asking forgiveness from every brother who felt hurt by what I said.” He had the balls to show up one day at the Congress for Racial Equality (CORE) in New York to apologize in person, and the employees there ended up posing for pictures with him. At the end of his public humiliation, he was finally reinstated (new season starts July 16th). One of the things he reveals in this interview, for the first time, is that his experience with the n-word caused him to stop swearing as well.

The life of Duane Chapman is a combination of the sacred and the profane that’s never boring, but one thing we wondered is why The Dog would talk to us instead of some place with more readership. The answer? Because our cab-driving blogger, Bob Gersztyn of Salem, Oregon, convinced Chapman that, in his druggie days, Gersztyn had sniffed more tubes of Testors (airplane glue) than Chapman had.




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THE WITTENBURG DOOR: When did you first commit your life to Christ?

DUANE LEE “DOG” CHAPMAN: My grandmother was a missionary and of course raised my mother to be a Christian, so from I guess about birth I was brought up in the Assemblies of God.

DOOR: Did you ever make a commitment, come forward, or do anything like that, at some point?

DOG: You mean ask the Lord into my heart?

DOOR: Yeah.

DOG: Probably five, six or seven years old. I used to do it when I was seven every weekend.

DOOR: How many bounty captures do you currently have?

DOG: Well, we have over six thousand.

DOOR: What makes you the world’s greatest bounty hunter?

DOG: You have to read the book to hear that story. That would take an hour. If you want to find out about a bounty hunter, of course, that's what I am first of all, the book is about what made me, and how come I am one, and some of the things we've had to face as a family and as a person, and how did I get through those things by my faith in God.

DOOR: I found the book mind-blowing, to say the least. Especially the way that you go to scriptures you wouldn’t necessarily think of in difficult situations.

DOG: I use the Bible probably every conversation, I constantly think about God all day long, and it is 99.99% of my life.

DOOR: What about all those four-letter expletives you use when you’re arresting somebody? Is that the one per cent that’s not in the Bible?

"My people are those people on the cross with Jesus,

the thieves. That's who I'm responsible for.

That's like my congregation, you know what I mean? My ministry is to the thief.
I used to be ashamed of that, and then I read the part where it said,

'The first shall be last,
and the last shall be first.'"

DOG: Blessings and cursings do not run out of the same mouth, so from now on I will not use those words, or try my hardest not to, because all along that was wrong.

DOOR: For anyone who’s seen your show, that’s kind of hard to believe. You take down every perp with at least the word “mother------.”

DOG: I thought that, you know, in the circumstances I was in, God looks upon the heart, and of course, from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh, so I was completely wrong and God has proved that to me and took me to the woodshed and believe me, brother, you don't want to go there with him. So I am not going to use those words no matter what circumstance I'm in anymore. I'm going to try not to. I've used them for many, many years so, you know, if I say "F" someone, I don't mean literally that. But because the word is bad I'm not going to use it, because it hurts people’s feelings, and since I stopped swearing a couple of months ago, even someone who swears at me, it kind of, I can feel the, it's different, you know what I mean? So, I quit using it. I quit doing it.

DOOR: Wow, that's incredible.

DOG: That has to be, you know. That has to be. You can't do that.

DOOR: It's hard to quit once you're in the habit.

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The Dog in Contemplation

DOG: You can quit, though. You just pretend, I mean, you wouldn't do it around Mother Teresa, Billy Graham, or my father or mother, so I just pretend. Or Jesus. If he was sitting here I wouldn't say pass me the "MF" ketchup, you know what I mean? So, I'm acting like, of course he is always here, but when you put yourself in that realm, that's how I'm beating it.

DOOR: An interesting passage you referred to in the Bible is Matthew 4:19, where Jesus says to the disciples, “I'll make you fishers of men.” It's your scriptural foundation for being a bounty hunter.

DOG: When Jesus died on the cross he was crucified with two thieves, and one, of course, said, if you're God get down off of here, and the other one said, please help me out, brother. Jesus said nothing to the one, I don't think, but he said to the other, “Tonight you'll be sitting down with me and my Dad in heaven.” So, my people are those people on the cross with Jesus, the thieves. That's who I'm responsible for. So, each time I go out and capture a thief or a criminal I have to tell them, you know, I don't try to pound Jesus down their throat but I have to tell them I was once a thief, and that I saw the light, and there is a light for them. That's like my congregation, you know what I mean? My ministry is to the thief. I used to be ashamed of that, and then I read the part where it said, "The first shall be last, and the last shall be first.” My guy could be in the front line so you've got to really be good.

DOOR: What is your favorite part of the Bible?

DOG: My favorite passage is a very small scripture, "Jesus wept." He wept because he loved the rich man so much that he saw a lot of him in that guy, and he just tried to get him, and Jesus just had so much love for people that when the guy turned away Jesus broke down and became human and cried.

"And then I got alone with God and I said,

'Now, listen, if we don't find her we just televised that prayer,

and God, you're going to look real stupid if I get out there
and I can't find her again

cause it's your fault,
right'"

DOOR: I think that was Lazarus actually, which brings me to another question, who's your

favorite Bible personality?

DOG: I think David is my favorite. I just went through what John the Baptist did. John the Baptist came out of the jungle or the forest, wilderness, eating locusts and swearing, right?

DOOR: I think that he quit swearing when he came back from the wilderness, but go on.

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DOG: So I used to tell my mother, "Mom, you know, John the Baptist swore," and she said, "Yes, son, but he got his head handed to him on a platter," and I used to forget that. He was in that cell in jail, and I think Jezebel was the queen that was getting married, and he called her a whore from the cell and she said, "Go bring me his head." And so Dog Chapman went through what poor John went through, not physically, but they handed me my head on a platter, too, for my mouth! So that is one of my most favorite guys. But I love David, as David was a good repenter, and David had a personal relationship, I think, with the Lord, and David was a poet like I am, kind of. David was a human being, and always made mistakes, but God forgave him, and made him a great person, and I just really loved David from childhood, too.

DOOR: I didn't know that you wrote poetry.

DOG: Yes, I do. Its private stuff but I rhyme a lot, too.

"From the abundance of the heart

the mouth speaketh,

so I was
completely wrong and God has proved that to me

and took me to the woodshed
and believe me, brother, you don't want to go there with him."


DOOR: Kind of like rap?

DOG: Well, they call ‘em Dogisms.

DOOR: Can you give me one?

DOG: "With blood in one eye and a tear in the other, he'll hunt you down and call you brother."

DOOR: That's pretty good. How did you get your first television program?

DOG: For fifteen years or so, I have been working on a television thing because I'm a performer, right? For about fifteen, sixteen years we tried to get some kind of television show, or acting job, or something like that. Then we were famous in our own cities, and our own states where we went to and arrested people where everyone knew the Dog. Then in 2002 we started chasing Andrew Luster, who was convicted on eighty-six counts of rape, and my family caught him in Mexico, and once that became international news there was a show starring Ozzy Osbourne, The Osbournes. My wife hooked up with Sharon Osbourne, and Sharon told Beth this would be a great show, and of course we wanted to do this so we took a chance.

DOOR: Do you currently attend church?

DOG: Yes. Probably every other Sunday. We go to church, different ones. Same religion, different ones, is all. I have Pastor Tim Story that I see probably once every two weeks, and then I talk to Reverend Jesse every day. My Aunt Iris is a Christian, she's in her eighties, and I talk to her constantly. So, I believe. My kids are in a religious school, a Catholic school that I like in Hawaii, so all my children are in a private Catholic school so they learn the basic foundation of God, and so I don't have them in public schools. I never have.

DOOR: It says in your book that you want to be seen as a moral man of virtue, yet you are still seen as an ex-con, convicted of first degree murder. How do you deal with the stress of that?

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The crowd at Dog's book signing.

DOG: Well, it's been thirty years. I didn't really do it. It's a matter of record, I heard the shot. I was in the car. I think if had I pulled the trigger, or been standing there when it happened, it would have made more of an impression on my mind. What the impression was is of the guy dying, and the prison. So once I got out of there I wasn't like really guilty, it wasn't like a planned execution. It was a drug deal gone bad. I was guilty for being there at the time at that place. I didn't plan it, once I got out I'd done my time, it was a mistake on everybody's part so it wasn't on purpose. Then after going to prison and doing that, and living with that for many years, I couldn't get a job. I became a Kirby salesman, Kirby vacuums, and I couldn't get a job, because you have to tell people about your record. So it's a terrible thing. There's probably no one, I don't know anyone in the whole world that went from the prison gates to television, except for me. I don't know anyone that was ever convicted of a crime like that, so I don't think any other human being unless they had the faith in God that I do could be convicted in this age of murder, and get out and become a success. It's very hard. It's something I recommend not to do. You just can't do it. It's impossible. But, because of my religious background, my faith in God, my trust in God, my sincerity that God knows, I'm molded by God as a soldier in God's army, okay, and because I say the reason I picked A&E is because they let me say, "In Jesus' name, Amen." A lot of other bigger networks didn't want me to say "In Jesus' name" because everybody doesn't believe in Jesus. Well, I was taught that most every time you have to end the prayer with "In Jesus' name" or he doesn't hear it, so that's how I was taught. Whether I believe that or not I still had to stick up for Jesus and say "In Jesus' name, Amen." When you do that, that little word, Jesus, carries a lot of authority, and a lot of power behind it, and me with a dirty mouth, you know, Jesus said, if you're going to say that, I'm going to clean you up. It's whew! I'll tell you brother, you don't want to go through that, either. I'm kind of a guy that went through a lot of stuff. I am very happy, and God has blessed me, and there's no doubt, no doubt, that miracles happened in my life but I would not want my children, my family, my friends, or someone who doesn't know me to have to go through what I went through, at all.

DOOR: Have your prayers been answered?

DOG: Constantly prayers have been answered on a daily basis. I look for big miracles all the time, like I pray for, I see big miracles a lot, but daily miracles, the small ones, I see constantly. I ask God, "Should I go this way? Should I do that?" When I hunt down a fugitive I find guys that no one else can find, and I kind of get alone with God and say, "Okay, now where is this guy? Point me in the right direction." I remember one time saying a prayer on television. I could not find this girl, and I said, "Lord, I've done everything I can do. Now I need your power to find her. In Jesus' name, Amen." And then I got alone with God and I said, "Now, listen, if we don't find her we just televised that prayer, and God, you're going to look real stupid if I get out there and I can't find her again cause it's your fault, right?" And, lo and behold, that afternoon we were driving down the street and the girl was walking across the crosswalk in front of our car.

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So I mean, constantly, I'm always with God appealing, and repenting, and making deals, and asking for help, and it's just, if there's not a God then I guess I'm just light in the mind. But at fifty-five years old, almost, fifty-four, you start, when people get this age, you start, you know there's a God but you wonder, is there really, am I going to die and just die, or am I going to go on to heaven? I really believe I asked God that the other day and he was like, who do you think thinks of all these things, dummy, you? And, kind of laughing with me, you know?

I was kind of like Job, you know--where were you when I created the heavens and the earth? Who do you think you are? So, it's constantly all day, and then I give praises if something good happens, and I tell the Lord thank you, you know, God Bless You, God, and I get all these goose bump feelings that I hadn't gotten. Since I've been older I get those feelings and it takes my breath away, and I like laugh and cry, like shake his hand, and get a hug, and go on to life.

"I would pretend that God was not watching.

I knew that there would be a payday,

but I thought that, you know,
God's busy in Vietnam.

He's not watching me do this right now.
But I knew, kind of knew, that God was."


DOOR: You've lost children, and I'm very sorry for that. I have seven myself and I was wondering how has your faith helped you through the crisis?

DOG: Thank you. Number one, you have faith that there is a hereafter, and there is a heaven and a hell, so based on that I hope that I get to see my baby girl again. I hope that we're just not, that we just don't live and then like an animal just die. I hope that I see her again, and I have faith that there is a God, and that there is hereafter, and that's what gets me by. There's a lot of things I've found in life, there's a healing to them. If you quit doing this, or start doing that, or read more of this, or eat more of that, but there's no healing to losing a child. There's none. As a parent, you feel like all your other babies are here and they're eating, and there's one child is left alone, and you feel like David the shepherd, you have to go out after that child that's left alone. I thought when Barbara died that she was fighting demons, and I had to help her get to heaven, and I sacrificed myself a lot, and I didn't wear a bullet-proof vest through the whole third season of my show knowing that if I took a bullet I was heading right for my baby girl to help her out. I realized that I raised her as a Christian, and that I didn't need to be there to help her out. There are some really bad things that you think about being a parent, losing a child, and if it wasn't for God I would've committed bravery suicide, you know what I mean? You know what I mean. So, if it wasn't for God in that part of my life I wouldn't be here, for sure.

DOOR: How did you get the name "Dog"?

DOG: I was in a motorcycle club, a criminal outlaw motorcycle club, criminals, and I was always, like, I wouldn't rob a church. I didn't want to rob a paperboy one time, and I didn't want to do things like rob a grave, right? I didn't want to do things like that, so I would say, "No, I believe in God, I can't go with you on that," and they would be like, "What?" I always said the blessing for food, and in a motorcycle club food is not the best. Sometimes it's old. So I think I'm eating this old pork, right? So I'd better say the blessing, in Jesus' name, and it will be okay. So I would always say the blessing for the Devil’s Disciples, that was the name of the motorcycle club I was in. And we had a guy named Preacher who was not like a preacher but he talked a lot. We had a guy named John the Baptist, he did everything backwards, and so my President of the club said, you know, you talk about God all the time, Duane, and you are very loyal, like man's best friend, so we are going to name you Dog, which is God spelled backwards. So at fifteen years old I inherited the nickname “the Dog.”

DOOR: You’ve met so many types of people, including Muslims. You met Muslims in prison, right? Do you think that our differences can ever be bridged?

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DOG: This is gonna freak you out when you ask that question, now. I believe that God is smart enough. He made us different colors. He made us different, like we can eat a cow, a Muslim cannot. We'll always be Christians, Christ-Christians, the Christian group, trying to force Jesus down people's throats. If you don't believe in Jesus you're going to hell. Jewish people sit at that wall, and they cry and they pray for eight hours a day, and a lot of Christians meet the Jewish person and they're like, you know, I really love them but they don't believe in Christ, poor guy is going to hell. I do not, as I get older, believe that is so. I believe that God is a big enough God. God said, "You shall have no other gods before me." So, that must mean that there are other gods.

I believe that God is merciful enough, strong enough, and smart enough to love everyone. Now I, being a Gentile, am bound to believe in Jesus, but I don't think a Muslim has to. I don't think a Jewish man, where my Bible says they are God's chosen people, I'd better not say nothing bad about Jewish people, then why would they be going to hell if they don't believe in Christ? I just think that those of us who do believe in Jesus Christ are going to heaven in our own way, that we should not judge because someone else--I remember coming to Hawaii in the eighties, and I walked by a Buddhist temple. All the Christians were shopping at Wal-Mart and K-Mart on the 24th of December. The Buddhists were sitting in front of their sidewalk going, hom yong, whatever, with their legs crossed and humming and I said, what are you guys doing? They said we're celebrating God's son, the birth of the Christ child. I said, I thought you guys were Buddhists? They said, we are, Brother Dog. I thought, wow, that is amazing.

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While we as Christians are out shopping the Buddhists are sitting there praising the Lord, so I think, again, God is smart enough, strong enough, that he has developed all religions according to the race and creed, and absolutely when we, as Christians, Christ-like, believe in that, and can meet other religions head on and say, if you believe in Buddha, or if you believe in whoever, we happen to believe in Christ but there's one goal to all of us, and that's doing good for our God, and I think that's when peace will come. I got along with Muslims in prison where it was life and death. A lot of Christians have never been put in a situation where it's life or death like Daniel in the lion's den. If I didn't get along I was dead in the morning. What I said to them, and I realized that they loved their religion as much as I do mine, and they were as convinced about their religion as I was mine, that there must be something to their religion for them, and once I realized that, me and the Muslims got along perfect. Of course I survived the prison, and I'm here talking to you, but I think that's a huge step for people to take. It's also a huge step for anyone to take, but I think that love conquers all things, and I think once we all stop thinking that everybody's going to hell because they don't believe how we do, I think the world's going to be a better place. I knew that would freak you out, and I'm sorry but that's how I believe.

DOOR: I freak out daily, so it's no big deal. What do you think of TV preachers?

DOG: TV preachers? Well, one televangelist, Rex Humbard, back in the day when I first started bounty hunting, was there saying, "This guy, I see a guy right now who has got to change his whole life, and you've got to change," and I think it was like my fifth or sixth bounty hunt, and I swore that he was talking straight to me. I believe the Bible says that in the last days all men shall hear about God, shall hear the redemption story, and then here comes the Lord. So I think the best way to get it out there is through television, to get the message out there. In anything, cops, robbers, preachers, you're going to have the good, the bad, the guys who are in it just for the money, the guys who are after this and that, but I think over all the television evangelists are doing the right thing.

I mean, if your father owns the cattle on a million hills you ought to own a few, too. If they're every day talking about God, and their whole life is surrounding God, and they're praying for people, and they've got their flock, and all day long from the moment they wake up and they dream about the Lord, they get up and they pray with people all day, all day, all day, I think they ought to be paid accordingly, and they wouldn't have to worry about money. I was watching last night, the Nativity, and it's just amazing that one of the wise men brought Jesus gold, and I thought, oh man, he didn't have to worry about money. He had some money right there, and I never had thought that. Jesus, when he needed money, told, I think it was Peter, go get that dollar out of the fish's mouth. He had a treasurer, who, of course, was Judas. So, to have a treasurer you've got to have a bag, you've got to have money, right?

I think because of the cash flow with the TV evangelists a lot of people get mad, but I think if we people who do get mad want to change shoes with them and do what they do, they'd want to get paid handsomely also. Now, the ones that are like, I don't know his name [Ted Haggard], my son went to his church is why I bring it up, and he really loved the guy a lot. He counseled my son but on the weekends he was doing speed with a homosexual guy, right? Those kinds of guys right there need to be flogged, okay, beaten in the street, and need repentance. Jimmy Swaggart was a great person. He went out with a ho, you know, and everybody broke ties with Swaggart in the eighties, and he said he was sorry, we all forgave him, and then he went out with a ho again. What are you doing, Jimmy? I'd like to slap him in the mouth. Some of those guys do get exposed, but the majority of them are decent guys. I just met Billy Graham's son, and when he walked in the room the hair on your head stood on end. He shook my hand. He talked to me. It was like, oh my God! I could feel the Lord on him, you know what I mean? I think the TV guys, most of them, are trying to do the right thing.

DOOR: How has your Native American heritage affected your life?

DOG: The Native Americans believe in the Great Spirit, right? I chant a lot, like when the moon is full. I just say [makes chanting sound] "I love you, Lord." I use that part about God a lot, and I get along with him, and raise my hands in the air and dance around [makes chanting sound]. I just talk to the Lord so I think it plays a big part in my life and with God.

DOOR: You also talk a lot about forgiveness.

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DOG: Well, the Bible says that if you do not have forgiveness your bones can become brittle, which I interpret to be arthritis. It also said it affects your diet, so the Bible said in order to be forgiven for things, you must forgive. In my life forgiveness comes along with this word vengeance, as does hope and faith. I remember, you probably read this, but I remember going to get vengeance of someone who had done me wrong, and my mother said, well, I'll see you later after you rob God. I'm like, Mom, what? Mom said, listen, God gives us everything. His house. His children. His car. His blessings. One thing God says he will not give you, son, is vengeance. So, if you take vengeance from God, you're robbing God Almighty. And from that day on until now I have not taken vengeance, and sometimes my enemies know me very well. You get to know your predator, right?

They know that I'm not a "get even" guy, and sometimes that affects me, I mean, they keep doing what they do to me over and over, but then when God does take his vengeance I literally, I don't care how bad I didn't like the person, I've never been through like where I didn't go, oh no, don't do that to them. Don't do that, Lord. Oh, that's too strong, Lord, please. So, I'm like, whoa. The vengeance God takes out are super superior to whatever I could. I'd beat him up and burn his house, right? God does things that, oh, my God, I think, let the guy make it. Right? He wasn't that bad to me. So, forgiveness is a huge part of my life. I must forgive a lot of people for things once in a while, but mostly I'm in the business of telling people that they have to be able to forgive.

DOOR: I was wondering how you view the subject of evolution because you talked about that a little bit in your book.

DOG: I do not believe in evolution. I believe that, yes, some things evolve, but not man. I know a very intelligent man who is a scientist for the United States of America in cloning of other humans, and he told me there has got to be a God, and that the DNA between us and animals has something missing that nothing could have developed into, or would still be developing.

DOG: I would pretend that God was not watching. I knew that there would be a payday, but I thought that, you know, God's busy in Vietnam. He's not watching me do this right now. But I knew, kind of knew, that God was. Vengeance is mine. I will repay. God says he will do it, for whatever a man soweth that also shall he reap. So, I'm like, he wasn't talking to me as I was young. As I got older and started reaping, I'm like, Oh my God! Why do I deserve this? Why am I here right now? Why am I in trouble about my big mouth? Why, because every creature, every Christian, my mother, right before she died she said, son, if you would just watch your mouth. So, as a young man I thought God isn't watching. It's not that important to God that I'm not going to be some guy on television. People aren't going to watch me pray in Jesus' name, and chase bad guys. I'm not going to be that, you know what I mean? God, if I only would have known, right?

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DOOR: II Corinthians 6:14 says, "Be ye not unequally yoked" and you use it as the basis for divorce. I've never heard it applied that way.

DOG: People that are prejudiced use that scripture that a white man should not marry a person of color or vice versa, woman, vice versa. As I was raised up through life the Christians would say that. You know, you can't date that girl. She's black, you're white, Duane. The Bible says be thou not unequally yoked. My mother then got me to the side and said, son, you're a half-breed. The Bible says, son, be ye not unequally yoked with sinners. So, mom would say if the girl doesn't believe in God and doesn't have any of the basics, the Ten Commandments, so on and so forth, God says for you not to be with her. I would be like, oh, really, it doesn't mean don't be with other colors? No, son, it doesn't mean that. I have seen people struggle, mostly women, with marrying guys that do not have the Lord in their heart, and it is a very hard relationship, and I've never yet today seen a relationship make it, or like the guy is an atheist basically and doesn't believe in nothing, and the woman is a Bible-thumper and believes everything she does God is watching and blah, blah, blah. The relationship doesn't go not only far, but not very long.

DOOR: Are you working on a case right now?

DOG: Oh, yeah, several. We're getting them right now. We got one the other day. Yeah, we still have to keep doing our thing. I have to keep arresting guys. I have to do that.

DOOR: You used to average two arrests a day. Is that still what you're doing?

DOG: No, I was doing two to five a day. My record is six. That's when I was young. I probably only do about one to two a week right now, and that's steady. Anybody who’s a major criminal that robs a bank, or hurts a woman or child, ends up on FOX news, CNN, he's got a problem because here comes the Dog and they all know it, too. The criminals nowadays know that if you're going to be high profile, and you're going to do really wicked, bad things, for instance, Andrew Luster, eighty-six counts of rape, the Dog is coming. Do de doo, doo de de do. The D is in the sky, I'm after him. I just get excited just talking about it. Right?

DOOR: Is the extradition thing with Mexico resolved?

DOG: Correct. The whole extradition thing is over. Viva Mexico. Please put that. Mexico dropped all charges against me, my son, and my brother. Thank God. Five years ago, almost, is when that happened.

DOOR: How come you admire the original Jesse James, the Western outlaw, so much?

"After I hear chhh, chhh, chhh, the sound of the cuffs,

and I get one look at the guy, I think I turn from Dog into Duane,

who says, okay, this guy needs to be fixed, this girl needs help.
There's got to be one good thing inside of them, and it could be

their mother, their baby, their family, their children.
I pull that out, and I expand on it, or I use that for Duane's foundation for redemption for that person."


DOG: I've read his story, and he was a bounty hunter, basically, and he was a guy that was kind of a Robin Hood, and I think that any underdog like that, I've learned, that I just am for them. If they're an underdog, I'm in line. I don't know. I'm just like that. I think if they've got a little bit of good in them I want to draw that out. You know, you talk about Billy the Kid and Jesse James, they were outlaws, but were they really? At the end, of course they were, but in the beginning, according to the history, they were not, and I think that I would never stand next to Jeffery Dahmer, right? He's caca. The day after he got saved he got killed--you see, God is not mocked. I think it's the underdog sort of thing with a little bit of goodness, and I'm always for that person. I guess that person might be me.

DOOR: In your book you talk about the difference between being Duane and being Dog. Why is it necessary for you to have those two differentiations?

DOG: It’s my wife, Beth, who tells me that. Are you Duane or Dog today? I'm Dog, I think. You know, your wife gets to know you better than anybody, right? So, I think that Dog is the relentless hunter, and I mean, you have to be, it's life or death, you never know, you have to be on key, in tune, and relentless. After I hear chhh, chhh, chhh, the sound of the cuffs, and I get one look at the guy, I think I turn into Duane, who is then, okay, this guy needs to be fixed, this girl needs help. There's got to be one good thing inside of them, and it could be their mother, their baby, their family, their children, they're named after someone who was a success, and they're a failure. I pull that out, and I expand on it, or I use that for Duane's foundation for redemption for that person.

DOOR: Well, I appreciate you talking to us.

DOG: This is the first interview I've given, as you know, after this incident, okay? Besides the television "I'm sorry"  kind of thing, and telling the world, look out, here comes the new Dog, this is the first one I've given so I was very, very frank. When you're caught using a word like that, or you're caught doing things, the next time you're searched you pull your pockets inside out,and go here, copper, look, I've got nothing. I'll always be that way. So I'm not cursing, I'm going to let it loose, and I'm going to be like, I appreciate you very, very much, brother, for saying that. Please, please, if my opinion on Jesus being the only religion would offend any Christian, I don't want that printed, but if you think maybe the Christians can hang with that, then it's okay. I don't want to offend someone or make little kids not go to Jesus' church. I don't want to do that. I very much appreciate you giving me this chance to talk.

DOG: Tell your seven kids I said hi, and please forgive me, and watch my show, and tell them Uncle Dog is learning that a moment on the lips is a lifetime in the heart, and they will see that Uncle Dog has changed his words. Now listen, you know how much that is testing me? Listen to me! You see how I walk with God, brother? I face the death chamber. You see how I am with the Lord? I tell you, I thought I could get away with it because I love him so much, but I can't. You see that, that the Christians won?



Comments(110)

budda | 11:26 am on 6/27/2008

To a child of god,

Your ignorance is astounding
in hate you are abounding
condemnation is what pharisees do
the love of Jesus is not in you.
you may follow the letter of the law
but like lucifer in the fall
when you reach eternaty at last
you'll spend it with a pitchfork up your ass.

Anonymous | 10:57 am on 6/27/2008

i missed dog when his show was removed from a&e as i watched it regularly but cannot condone the comments he made. some of his thoughts,comments, ideals on god,the bible&religion are a bit confusing and rambling but i feel his heart is in the right place and hope he truly is sorry for saying what he said and not jus saying so because he got caught, i wish him nothing but goodluck on his new season and hope he has learned from his mistakes as i am a firm beliver in what goes around comes around! now go catch da kine bra dog :-)

Madison | 11:40 am on 6/27/2008

I love Dog!!!! He is a very inspiring individual. He is living proof that someone can be redeemed as long as they are open to change and they have faith in the Almighty God, Our Father.

Laura | 11:39 pm on 6/27/2008

I don't think that Dog should say itis impossible for someone to come back from a murder conviction like he did. A lot of people have done it, most do not get their own TV show, but some have. People straighten out their lives every day. I believe Dog has a good heart but the ego thing has to go. I believe vanity is one of the 7 deadly sins.

Anonymous | 03:22 pm on 6/28/2008

I am a true follower of Dog and the family. This interview was fantastic!!! I am looking forward to the new season and will always support them. Godbless

Emily
London UK

Anonymous | 04:55 am on 6/29/2008

Dog at least can tolerate others and thier beliefs but some of you are way too content in your hatred for others who are different. you know who you are.

CAT | 05:10 am on 6/29/2008

O my, I am so glad that dog is back on the air. I have been waiting for this and I truley believe that he is sorry for what he said...We should all forgive.

A1 | 06:56 pm on 6/29/2008

You've done it again Bob. Thanks for an cool interview with an interesting person.
A1

Kapolei | 01:52 am on 6/30/2008

Dog is a good man, and a good christen! God sees all and knows all and I believe he sees a great man in Dog. I believe in living everyday to the best of your abilities and doing the right thing. However there are none of us that are with out sin. When we pass judgment alone we are sinning. Keep up the good work Chapman's! Heidi

Andi | 02:05 am on 6/30/2008

I am proud of you dog chapman:-)
I hope you have a great day:-)

Anonymous | 07:08 am on 6/30/2008

Im so glad you guys are back on the air. Its so sad that the media blew everything so far out of porportion to begin with but welcome back. I woudl love to talk Native American beliefs and way of life with the Dog

julia greer | 10:01 am on 6/30/2008

Hey loved the show wish ya was back on the air they just messed up my night when they took your show off.i watched it every night and when i ant home i would tape it on my dvr. i have some of your videos. cant wait till ya are back on the air i sent email to everyone i know to get them to put ya back on. if anyone that i need to contact let me know. i love ya all and miss ya very much hope ya are doing great and may god be with you and take care maybe we see you on tv again soon . i still praying for ya. take care love ya all julia greer

Asher D | 10:33 am on 6/30/2008

I love the work of Dog. So much so that I have been amazed enough to look into helping my brothers who are lost in this world, as he does.

He made a mistake, like we all do. He isn't racist, just old fashioned.

Ultimately, it is not our place to judge people.
We weren't made to judge people accurately.
That's God's job. That's why he's at the Golden Gates, not us.
That's why he calls dibbs on taking vengence, because our judgement isn't always accurate.

God knows who is worthy enough to make it into heaven, trust me.

So here's the plan... we live our lives as best we can according to how we understand God's word, and at the same time we do what we can to help our brothers and sisters through their lives.

"We all have our cross to bear. We just gotta do what we can to help one another when that cross gets too heavy."

God bless Dog, for clearly man will not.

Anonymous | 02:30 pm on 6/30/2008

Great article.
And GO DOG!

GEOFF FORSTER | 02:49 pm on 6/30/2008

SO REGARDING THE N WORD STORY.

IS DOG A RACIST ??

BUTTERFLY | 03:02 pm on 6/30/2008

I love the dog and his family i am a big fan. The fact that A&E took his show off the air really made me angry. He is human just like evryone else. I am an american with a mexican decent (hispanic) I work with african woman and you should hear the comments they make about mexican people it bothers me cause why should everyone have to make comments about anyone especially them who would be the first to call racism. it's not just there it's everywhere with them i'm sorry they are rude and blame their failures on everone else. I'm sick of it!! us woman who work with them can make our own but like i said they cry racism and we are adults and would both get fired. my mom always said if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything RIGHT!! WE ARE ALL EQUAL no one is above GOD we all bleed red no matter what color your on the outside.

Laura | 08:24 pm on 6/30/2008

I love DOG!! I love him more after that interview. I cannot wait till July 16th. God bless you Dog and your family. Be safe!

Laura Lopez

Anonymous | 01:18 pm on 7/01/2008

Dog can at least see when he has made a mistake and rise above it. He has learned that words can hurt, even misunderstood words. He believes everyone is entitled to a Second chance, He is what Second Chances Stand for. He needs to forgive himself, and move forward, doing the great work that his family does. He is a role model and hero to many he has done what no one else would or could do, He Brought Andrew Luster back to the U.S. to face his punishment for the crimes he committed. I am glad that Dog was put back on the Air where he belongs. It was only a matter of time cause matter of time. Cause you can't keep a Good Guy like dog down.
Finally Back where they belong!!

Real Deal | 01:41 pm on 7/01/2008

"Dog" - both the TV show and the man - are probably the largest embarrassments to any one involved in the legitimate pursuit of fugitives - EVER. I, for one, don't know a single legitimate BEA who doesn't use this show as a perfect example of stupidity.

So, what's wrong with the show? Well, this TV show glorifies the gathering up of drunk drivers and bad check writers; something real police don't even bother with unless they have a sudden lack of real criminals to catch. The "captures" depicted in this abomination are the kind of cases an intern might be assigned to work.

Wait, I guess it IS appropriate that Chapman take these cases.

Chapman himself is a real-life clown, right down to the silly hair and clothes. All he needs is floppy red shoes to complete his ensemble, instead of the lifted cowboy boots to enhance his stature.

The only thing bigger than his wife's posterior is his own super-sized ego: the Luster incident in Mexico is proof of that.

American "Christians" must be seriously lacking for entertainment if this show continues to be a favorite.

Real Deal | 01:47 pm on 7/01/2008

"Dog" - both the TV show and the man - are probably the largest embarrassments to any one involved in the legitimate pursuit of fugitives - EVER. I, for one, don't know a single legitimate BEA who doesn't use this show as a perfect example of stupidity.

So, what's wrong with the show? Well, this TV show glorifies the gathering up of drunk drivers and bad check writers; something real police don't even bother with unless they have a sudden lack of real criminals to catch. The "captures" depicted in this abomination are the kind of cases an intern might be assigned to work.

Wait, I guess it IS appropriate that Chapman take these cases.

Chapman himself is a real-life clown, right down to the silly hair and clothes. All he needs is floppy red shoes to complete his ensemble, instead of the lifted cowboy boots to enhance his stature.

The only thing bigger than his wife's posterior is his own super-sized ego: the Luster incident in Mexico is proof of that.

American "Christians" must be seriously lacking for entertainment if this show continues to be a favorite.

LEA SEVEN | 07:16 pm on 7/01/2008

I BELIEVE THE N WORD SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN SAID,
BUT WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW AND REMEMBER IS "THIS WAS A FAMILY ISSUE" BETWEEN FATHER AND SON,FAMILY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE.
BRINGING OTHERS IN TO "FIGHT YOUR BATTLES FOR YOU IS THE COWARDS WAY".TO BE A MAN IS TO LOVE AND BE THERE FOR YOUR FAMILY.I BELIEVE DOG IS A REAL MAN .EVEN GOD WOULD BE PROUD, AND BETH,
REALLY ROCKS ALSO. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

alady | 12:52 am on 7/02/2008

I don't think that there is anything that the Chapmans have done or would do that would surprise me. They are as unconventional in their work as much as they are in their home life. I wouldn't live my life the way they conduct their lives but it is entertaining and I like the show. When the incident bout Dog and the slur happened I was dissapointed then realized that it could have happened to me just as easily except I am not on national TV. How many of you so-called righteous people have gotten into an overblown arguement and in the heat of the moment said things that you would never, ever have said in a calmer situation? We are all guilty of at least thinking the thoughts if not actually saying them. In todays world racial, religous, and personal slurs seem to almost be a part of everyday talk...and it is bound to come out of one's mouth one time or another. It isn't right...it just happens. Regardless, the Dog did aplogize to the offended parties, to the public and apparently to the world. Here I notice he is on the hot seat because his spiritual life doesn't fit into someone's neat little religous niche. Why are people so worried about what other people believe in? As long as they aren't doing live sacrifices, animal or human, and the whole premise of the worship is the betterment of your wellbeing with the idea that there is a God, why does anyone have to fight over how you get to Him? I don't remember ever being taught that the most converts you get the better the accomidations in heaven you will have. Let the Muslems, Budist, Jews and Christians, etc., all have their beliefs. No one is going to come out the winner...at least not that I know of. Besides whatever organised religion you choose all of the laws and books and such were written by man thousands of years ago and has been translated so many times and misused in so many ways (espcially the Christian religion)how can you even have faith that what you are basing your belief in is the "truth"? There have been many wonderful prophets through out history and if you think that they stopped at Budda and Jesus, think again. Dog has a strong faith...who are you to say he is wrong, misguided, or a sinner? You quote a book written so long ago that even the religous experts have doubted its authenticity or it's completeness. You pick passages that support your arguement then the next day use the same passage to support a differnt view yet you say the Dog's belief is confusing. Leave the spiritual health of other people alone and work on your own life. "He who has no sin, be the first to cast their stone". Live and let live!

Nanabuggsomd | 05:26 pm on 7/02/2008

Dog, Beth and Family
Welcome back home to AE. I knew in my heart that you would be back on the air, and become something far bigger and better than what's on the surface.

I wish I could reach out to shake your hand from here in Southern Maryland.

Best of Luck and again Welcome Home

Maholo

Traci

diamond-lil | 12:19 am on 7/06/2008

all this dog doodoo slinging -is it gonna go on and on ad- nauseum? let the jury in and the final verdict be made that this show is ENTERTAINMENT...dog says in the interview that he's an entertainer, and surely, by sheer-biker-white trash class-"are you shittin' me" wardrobe torturer, wife beth, and tatted to the max, son leland,THIS IS showmanship-to it's cock-a-doodle-doo haircut, and pointed silvertiped snake boots--let us PRAY...WE LOVE IT-LET THIS SHOW BE OUR MINDLESS ENTERTAINMENT--we can feel rightious when the family prays together, becuz, hey, this show STAYS and BONDS us samekindafolk together.I ain't sayin' theys' not no circus folk, mainly cuz I don't EVER use double negatives. but seriously, I watch it,and the praying and pretzel logic interpretation of the bible is what makes America the land of the FREE.....speech. after all, my friends, our own hearts and minds tell us how to interperate our personal relationship with our personal Lord. listen and HEED your heart, not someone elses, for they don't walk in your shoes or your path.MIGHT just might not make right,and since theyre are ahelluva lot MORE non-christians on earth, than what path does the allmighty WANT us to pursue?

dan reynolds | 08:21 pm on 7/06/2008

dog,I am your age,and I THINK,you are great,god bless you and your family.your friend,dan.

cam | 06:28 pm on 7/08/2008

Just what we need another redeemed "christian celebrity" who cares what he wants to babble about. Sure he has flaws but he humbles himself....a guy like peter....Jesus would hang around with....QUIT KIDDING YOURSELF AMERICAN FOLLOWERS OF JESUS this is the kind of trite that trivialises Jesus and makes nonbelievers laugh. If he was really serious he'd go off and cuff himself to the Lord somewhere for a long time.

Droslovinia | 12:08 pm on 7/09/2008

I'm not a Dog fan. It's just not my style of entertainment. On the other hand, I hang out with a lot of people who are looked down on in our culture, such as the stereotypes of the people who watch his show. Looking down on them is a form of prejudice that can be every bit as bad as racism.

If nothing else, this article brings out the fact that all too many of us are willing to criticize and demean someone else, whether for their race, their culture, their beliefs, or some other reason. I am gratified that Dog believes that the God I worship is big enough to get past all that. I just wish that everyone could know that God.

crickett | 07:33 pm on 7/09/2008

Dog, beth and family. I want to thnak you for your honesty and your work. but mainly for helping me find faith in GOD again. I lost my faith in him when my Mother died, i blamed him and was very angry since her death in 1988. i kept praying to him to save her and he did'nt she died anyway. i i figured there was'nt really a GOD for he took my mom from us. and i was very angry at him. But reading your book and listenin to you, i have began to believe in him again. he did not kill my mom. the cancer did. but i thought if i kept praying he would take the cancer from her and my mom would have lived. i do hate myself very much for putting him out of my life for so many years. but thanks to you he is back in my life and i really and truely believe in GOD and he will always be with me. i love you and your family and your show very much. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. Crickett Hamilton- WILLS POINT, TEXAS

Anonymous | 03:59 pm on 8/08/2008

EVERYONE THAT SUPPORT THIS RACSIM MAN AND HIS FAMILY WILL BUST HELL OUT JUST LIKE THEM. THIS MAN IS NOT A CHRISTAAN. STOP USING THE GOOD LORD NAME IN VAIN. HE ONLY SORRY THAT HE GOT CAUGHT. BECAUSE YOU HAD A BAD CGHILDHOOD DOES NOT JUSTIFIED YOU'RE NEGATIVE ACTIONS AND RESPOND.THIS MAN NEED TO BE OFF HTE AIR. THE DOG, THE TRUE PEOPLE OF GOD, WILL CONTIUNE TO PRAY UNTIL YOUR OFF THE AIR. THE LOVE OF THE LORD IS LOVE. WHAT YOU SAID TO YOUR SON GIRLFRIEND WAS HATE!!!

Anonymous In Indiana | 10:20 am on 8/13/2008

Anony in Illinois - who do you think you are? Telling Dog he isn't going to Heaven? Are you God? You aren't suppose to judge someone else anyway! Do you know his heart? He believes in Jesus - he says that. He even said that he picked A & E because they let him say "In Jesus Name" when he prayed - and other networks told him NO - that didn't want him to do that.

If you believe in Jesus - you will go to heaven - it is as simple as that!

God Bless Dog and His family! They are doing God's work. God continuely bless them!

reality-chek | 12:41 am on 8/15/2008

we like dog and his family. we all watch the show together. we want to make one thing clear, tho...the use of weapons-even fake guns-like his family use- are extremly dangerous-...what if someone felt threatened, saw the automatic guns, and thought they were REAL ones, and opened fire out of self defense, for their own families safety? dog, bro, be a man and keep guns in their place...OUT OF FAMILY NEIGHBORHOODS! their is NO justification for waving weapons around any place where children live or play. children watch this show also, UNCLE DOG, and it's easy for them to see your fake fire-power as REAL. be an example, kid's see you playing dress-up..like RAMBO..and could get confused that they should act aggressivly with fire power, and justify it in the name of the lord....and god knows, that's not the christian way-NOT WHAT J.C. WOULD DO!

Anonymous | 03:53 pm on 9/07/2008

This guy is an idiot.
They aren't real guns.
Nor do they look like guns.
Call yourself a fan? They use pepperspray!
Have you not read in Dog's book that he won't allow the use of guns because of his own past with them?

Gosh, geeza, get good at being a sociable human being.

inoawaddaguun | 08:45 pm on 9/08/2008

dear sociable-human being......THEY LOOK LIKE REAL GUNS TO BABIES AND KIDDIES, and their immature lil minds see the big bad dog not as a pepper-spray pussy, but as a big bad dog. you don't GET it--THEY (the kids in da hood)DID NOT READ DOGS BOOK. OR AS YOU PROBLY REFER TO IT, THE good book. and, if dog was awakened by an arsenal toting posse, taken by surprise, and was staring down the business end of one of those large pepperspray m-16's, while his freaked out and frightened wife,kids, and loved ones were vulnerable-caught off guard, LET HIM TELL ME IF HE'D ASSUME THE WEAPON IN HIS FACE was a pepper spray pussygun. nuff said. also, fyi,those kids in da hood wanna see just what dog does on his show-- make like a bigbadass, attacking,fighting, leaping action,action,and violence....just like on t.v.--so, why the charade on every show of a cool-down-love in his heart -forgiving big bra'......THATS THE PART THAT THE KIDDIES TUNE-OUT, AND WALK AWAY FROM THE T.V.-----------GET REAL.....GOT LIFE?

reality-chek | 09:25 pm on 9/08/2008

Jesus is a figure of peace, no human can pretend to be Him. one can emulate his goodness of heart, His kindness to the less fortunate, His acts of charity to the poor; etc.! we should all inhabit a world so full of brotherly love, even if we are not perfect (the very nature of man), that we will forgive others tresspasses as thy have forgiven ours before. GEE,that sounds FAMILIAR,however, do we rise up in ANGER..(or in beths' words:BOW-UP),WHEN-EVER our brother STUMBLES? who among us has not put the wrong foot forward-or backward-now and again? the very nature of da kine is doing this for/against their neighbor. please, dog-pack....because ,whether or not your family knows it, you do exert influence over our malleable childrens' minds, espescially our young males'..the vanguards of our militery madness, please, less violence-more peace.you preach ,you teach, by EXAMPLE. I GUESS IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO RATINGS AND POPULARITY POLLS, but does a shoplifter, or a d.u.i., or a bad check bouncer, HAVE to be body slammed and hunted down like a killer? let the hunt fit the crime, sometimes it's embarassing to watch. peace, brother.

Anonymous | 11:34 pm on 9/09/2008

dog is not allowed by u.s. law to carry a gun, because he's a felon, and was convicted of a crime where a gun was used to take away the god given right of life, to (kill) another soul. he would be put back in prison if one of those fake pepper guns he waves around could fire a real bullit. so he just wants to look like he's using something that a real lawman has a right to use.

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Anonymous | 12:02 pm on 1/10/2009

The creep killed someone. He should be in prison not on TV. Boasts his morals to everyone, how would he know...

Anonymous | 12:05 pm on 1/10/2009

The creep killed someone. He should be in prison not on TV. Boasts his morals to everyone, how would he know...

give me break | 04:21 pm on 1/15/2009

i just saw an episode where Dog told a criminal...."you should be telling yourself; now that I've met the Dog and his family, this should turn my life around". GIVE ME A BREAK. who does he think he is...GOD? as if just brushing by this clown and his ridiculous enterage of biker-wanna-be's would be an epiphany! HA HA. His ego is as big as his rooster-comb hair-do. hey,Dog and family: breaking news....YOU ARE NOT A LIFE CHANGING FORCE! hey,heres an idea...stop spending so much on muscle bands and hair ribbons,earrings, and maybe donate to charity!now,that would make you DESERVING of a second glance. ...but only if you and your wife stop parading around with both of your chests exposed--(fabio youre NOT) plus your acting sucks. oh, and let me repeat an important part of this commentary;..HA HA.

Anonymous | 10:09 pm on 1/29/2009

Dog the Bounty Hunter is one of my favorite shows. It is one of those reality shows that is actually real (not-scripted), and you better believe that what you see is what really took place. Dog is a changed man, and it is solely because of him that such a nice, television show was able to be produced. All in all, I believe Dog the Bounty Hunter is a godly, upper-being show that I truly think everyone should watch.

Anonymous | 10:09 pm on 1/29/2009

Dog the Bounty Hunter is one of my favorite shows. It is one of those reality shows that is actually real (not-scripted), and you better believe that what you see is what really took place. Dog is a changed man, and it is solely because of him that such a nice, television show was able to be produced. All in all, I believe Dog the Bounty Hunter is a godly, upper-being show that I truly think everyone should watch.

Elizabeth | 09:17 pm on 3/06/2009

"DOOR: II Corinthians 6:14 says, "Be ye not unequally yoked" and you use it as the basis for divorce. I've never heard it applied that way."

Actually, Luther used this verse as defense against divorce in a letter to Philip of Hesse in approx 1520 but as an approval for possible polygamy if he just had to have the other woman. So Dog is not really that far off. Mentioning this since The Wittenburg Door did start as a Lutheran mag.

My Source:
"Luther actually counseled secret bigamy as an alternative to divorce and remarriage, doing so as early as 1521 for women with impotent husbands. This became public knowledge in 1539, when in one of the reformation’s most bizarre and scandalous episodes, Luther sanctioned a bigamous union between Philip of Hesse and a 17-year-old daughter of his sister’s court. Luther recognized that polygamy was contrary to natural law but held that it was justifiable as an exception in cases of great distress. However, he insisted that pastoral advice of this sort be kept absolutely secret. This was impossible in the case of a powerful Protestant prince like Philip of Hesse and when the affair became known it did significant damage to the Reform cause in Germany." http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Martin_Luther

Jay | 04:50 am on 3/17/2009

Dog is a brainless ego-maniac who uses religion to make a buck and gain sympathy and positive attention to himself.

You are all a bunch of fools who think he knows even the most basic knowledge of religion. The private conversations, made public proves that.

Anyone who prays in public (besides a gathering place like a church or personal gathering) is putting on a show. That crap of praying on his TV show is acting. Wise up.

You dumb, stupid morons eat that dog turd up. Bet you turn on wrestling too. Go to PBS and try to absorb a grain of knowledge, something may spark in one of your pea brains.

Let Those With Eyes See, Let Those With Ears Hear.

rightious rambler | 09:31 am on 3/18/2009

right on, jay. dog has ego on his face every time he puts on the praying-family act. does he really think he can petition the lord to help him find a traffic ticket violater, or a check bouncer, in these trying, insane, times of untold suffering and disaster? i wonder if they pray for other things that God wouldn't give a rat's ass about, like if McDonalds' will please, oh, please bring back the McRib,or more importantly, to never let dog's family ever run low on peroxide..lest they lose that special blond..oops, i mean, bond.-- and shame on mama dog,too... beth repeatedly tells nogoodniks that theyre "taking the food out of her kids' mouths"----she should worry what SHE'S putting in her kids' little minds....telling them to pray to god to help them catch the bad guys. yes, beth, you got a grip on it, you're raising up some kiddies who will be used to praying..FOR REVENGE. heres how the saying goes; AS THE TWIG IS BENT, SO SHALL THE TREE GROW. KEEP EM ON A TWISTED DIET OF REVENGE, HATE, AND VIOLENCE, and someday some bounty hunter will be hunting down YOUR little towheads. maybe you should take off your costume, when you get off work, so the kids can have a real mom, not one who tells them to pray for ma and pa's daring do's.( pray for world peace, it probly has a better chance of being realized, than the dog show does of ever being anything but a farce.

mightymouth | 09:52 am on 3/18/2009

ooooooooh, theres a good dog fight on in the hood. why do people even care to gripe about this show? i do know what would be a cooler show than the Dog, though. they could take a different family each week from the jerry springer show, and spotlight them, going about their lives. we would all soon be watching the respective families praying , playing, fighting, biting and of course the inevitable make-up sex, that follows the latter. of course, they would have to put on more make-up and dress more trashier, so we wouldn't miss the dog's show..until then-- you go, chapmans! WHOOOOOO-EEEEEEE! GET YER RED (NECK) HOT DOGS !

Anonymous | 10:45 am on 3/18/2009

how come they kicked around Kramer for saying racist stuff, as part of a comedy routine, when he was in a place MEANT for non serious subject matter, and let dog off the hook so qwikly, when his nasty slurs were said in a serious manner? i'll TELL you why; cuz people have a strange fascination with WATCHING A DOG EAT HIS OWN SHIT..ESPECIALLY A LARGE PILE OF IT, LIKE HE MADE !!! SOMETHING KRAMER WOULD'NT do. we wont end racism any time soon, but we also don't have to stop calling a spade a spade, ie....a DOG will be a DOG and we can expect it to eat it's own shit every time.

stop your meanness | 01:39 am on 4/04/2009

y'all can STOP right now, because WElove the dog. i mean, really, get a grip on reality, and show this crime fighter some RESPECT. WE love the Chapmans and the americun way they STAND FOR.if MY family was rven an ounse as GOOD as THEY are we would all go on t.v. too. besides, my doutter is even way cutter than baby lisa, and i have way bigger tata's at least my boyfred thinks, so. and THATS somthing! also, we take praying really,really serous also, and we love the lord for bringing us baby jesus and the dog.

blackmetalmikey | 07:23 pm on 11/18/2009

dog work hard just like everbody else beth too and bobby brown and kids and team we are happy what they do.

wes in louisiana | 12:19 am on 4/29/2010

While i know i will b crucified for my comments i have to say it.
I am all for praying for dog and his family.With his views on buddism and islam bieng skewed that is a theology issue and thank god he doesent send us to hell for bad theology . Paul said we walk in the light that we know .That is an issue for the holy spirit to deal with and i believe if he is as close to god as he claims god will deal with him.But,he has been married five times and lived with his current wife for ten years before marrying her.He has several other things that make me wonder about this mans soul .I worry about him not being grounded in a church and all the other stuff he said . his fruit dont bear out. and as to the comments about racism not being in the bible . it aint. but,how can u love god and hate your brother ? that is there . and for all of you who are racist,god instantly sent one of the deciples to the ethiopian to share christ with him .ethiopians were what blacks were called in biblical times so if you hate because of color u dont love god .he said it not me .

black metal mikey | 05:36 pm on 7/04/2010

dog&beth chapman are good people we know them all or life
they care about people&follow the law too.that a good family

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