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Tim Tebow to speak at virulently anti-gay, anti-Semitic Dallas megachurch

By RICK CHANDLER| NBC Sports "Off the Bench"
Friday, February 15, 2013

It seems that lately Tim Tebow has been making more speaking appearances in church than he has quarterback appearances in NFL games.

Tebow made headlines with his Easter address in Georgetown, Texas in April, and his talk at a Scottsdale, Ariz., church earlier this month. And now he’s got another gig at a megachurch in Dallas, only this one comes with a large helping of controversy.

Tim Tebow
Photo: William Philpott, Associated Press

Tebow has a speaking engagement on April 28 at First Baptist Dallas, according to the church’s website. That’s the church led by pastor Robert Jeffress, a virulently anti-gay and anti-Semitic evangelical Christian who has made quite a name for himself in religious circles.

In October 2011, Jeffress endorsed Texas Governor Rick Perry for president, then went on to claim that Islam, Mormonism and Judaism are heretical religions “from the pit of hell.”

On the eve of the presidential election in November 2012, Jeffress warned his Dallas congregation that President Barack Obama’s re-election would “lead to the rise of the Antichrist,” according to The Christian Post.

Jeffress also gained notoriety for his statements about the gay community. According to ThinkProgress, during the same speech where he endorsed Rick Perry in 2011, Jeffress told a crowd at the high-profile Values Voters Summit that gays should not be allowed in the military because “Seventy percent of the gay population” has AIDS.

Yikes.

Is Tebow’s appearance at First Baptist Dallas an ipso facto endorsement of Jeffress’ views? Not necessarily — he could be there to debate him. Or perhaps it’s a secular arts & crafts presentation. Look, work with me here, OK?

I prefer to think of Tebow as someone who saw the word “megachurch” and got excited about speaking to a lot of like-minded people, and just forgot to do his due diligence on the guy in charge. Remember Tim, Google can be your friend.

The alternative is too sad to contemplate right now.

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64 more reader comments:

  1. Tim Brainless needs to go away

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 4:50pm
  2. Another reason to dislike Tebow!

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 4:51pm
  3. he needs something to do..his career is prob over..guess all the praying didnt work

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 4:51pm
  4. he’ll come out of the closet at some point, or he’ll get married and cheat with men.

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 4:54pm
  5. shame on him

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 4:54pm
  6. What a loser.

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 4:54pm
  7. Since Tebow will never make it in the NFL, preaching (aka stealing from gullible people) seems like a good move for him.

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 4:55pm
  8. Guys, read the article before jumping to conclusions. We don’t know why he’s going there. Besides, simply by speaking there does not mean an endorsement of the church or its views. He could be speaking about anything.

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 4:56pm
  9. So over Tebow and the hype around him – mediocre QB

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 4:57pm
  10. Are you really surprised?

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 4:58pm
  11. Simply boycott Jockey, that’s a start. He’s been homophobic all along.

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 4:58pm
  12. This surprises anyone? Seriously.

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 4:58pm
  13. Since he sucks as a pro quarterback he need to find a new vocation might as well aline with some hate groups

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 4:59pm
  14. I wonder if any of those anti-Semitic “Christians” have ever realized Christ was a Jew & most of his teaching was based on OT Jewish ideas. Or if they ever noticed that Jesus spent most of his time with the least accepted members of his society, taught us not to judge others, to love one another as ALL are children of God (who is Love). No, we are talking Texas and blind faith in a set of Gospel teachings they don’t understand. May God forgive them–I’ll try to do so.

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 4:59pm
  15. Anti-Semitic Christians? Most christians have a massive hardon for Israel.

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:00pm
  16. By your friends, we will know ye. It’s easy enough to google a church and to find out what they stand for. He knows exactly what he’s doing and who he’s endorsing by his presence there.

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:00pm
  17. I wouldnt be throwing too many anti-gay stones with that pussy pink shirt on sunshine

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:00pm
  18. It’s an Islamophobic church too.

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:01pm
  19. I’m a gay male and not only respect Tebow but actually like him…Sure we differ but that is life…I don’t dislike someone just because they have different view points…We as a community talk so much about acceptance yet anyone that thinks differently instantly gets deemed a terrible person…Tebow has always put his faith above all else even his career and I’m glad to see someone have success and not let it change them…No I don’t agree with his views but they are his to have…He honestly is a pretty good role model for kids unlike most in pro sports…Just my point of view though…

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:01pm
  20. love the shirt…

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:03pm
  21. “Obama’s re-election would lead to the rise of the antichrist” lol. Oh, right wingers are fun

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:04pm
  22. Way to go Timmy Tebow, anti Semitic and homophobic. Well done you, just alienated loads of people! Wanna go for another group, make it a triple header? :/

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:04pm
  23. That pink shirt he’s wearing is sending mixed messages.

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:05pm
  24. He believes just as the minister does – he is a zealous hater and would not recognize true Christianity if it hit him in the helmet and he surely is NOT one either!

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:06pm
  25. Crazy people

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:08pm
  26. Abbie, you are correct that his views are his to have. But I am, frankly, perplexed by people who say they like someone who supports causes that would discriminate against them and make them second-class citizens. But it’s up to you who you like. Just be wary of what he thinks of you.

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:09pm
  27. He’s a closeted douche. Simple.

    The pink shirt, the endless rant on gay men in the NFL…

    …c’mon dude, your head’s NOT supposed to GO UP THERE.

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:10pm
  28. His views are his, but it is my choice not to watch or support him or buy products he endorses. Indeed, I will let every company he works for know that I will not buy their products. Boycots work. Let’s see how principaled he is when it cuts into his pocketbook.

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:11pm
  29. WHATEVER, lil winner tebow

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:12pm
  30. I agree Rosalee

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:12pm
  31. Let him, he has the right,whether I or others agree or not, and those of us who disagree with him have the right to respond. But I will say he is on the down side of history in this case.

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:26pm
  32. And this is surprising how?

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:29pm
  33. i should give a shit… why?

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:33pm
  34. He walks around playing football cracking other men’s asses just saying…..

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:37pm
  35. Why is there such a fascination about this guy? ..and him speaking at an antigay christian church? The two words “Christian” and “gay-hating” should come as no surprise either

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:41pm
  36. since he cant play in the NFL
    he got to make his living elsewhere.
    maybe spreading and condoning hatred is his calling…
    what a pity

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:45pm
  37. Tebow is a wack job

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:52pm
  38. Me thinks he protesth too much???? hmmmm!!!!! Come out come out where ever you are, girl!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:53pm
  39. Turd

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:54pm
  40. Does anyone else think his pink blouse in the photo is FABULOUS?????

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:55pm
  41. Idiot.

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 6:10pm
  42. Of course! Hate that guy

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 6:24pm
  43. I guess that’s all he’s good for nowadays. LOL Never should have made it as far as he has. LOL

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 6:27pm
  44. He is one BIG closet case.

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 6:34pm
  45. who is surprised by this?

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 6:34pm
  46. No surprise. Over paid football player!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 6:47pm
  47. If he’s so religious doesn’t he know the greatest commandment. Love one another as I have loved u and do not judge for u will be judged urself

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 6:48pm
  48. F*cker

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 6:53pm
  49. I give him 10 years max before he finally comes out of the closet and admits he was anti-gay because he couldn’t reconcile his religious beliefs with his true feelings.

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 7:16pm
  50. Told you he was a punk.

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 7:40pm
  51. Tebow’s a nauseating little phony. All of that showboating he does on the field, getting down and acting like he’s praying as though he’s King Bible Boy makes me GAG. Typical of his type, he’s evidently never cracked open a Bible in his life, otherwise he would be aware of Matthew 6:5-6: “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 7:46pm
  52. wow that bitch ass motherfucker needs to get his fucking neck snaped from a fuckin tackle

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 7:58pm
  53. a church mass producing hate,dripping w judgement, and t-bow, who cares?

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 8:11pm
  54. DB!

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 8:37pm
  55. asshole

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 9:18pm
  56. What a shame. He seems to be a pretty good guy otherwise.

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 9:26pm
  57. Well stated Gina!

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 10:49pm
  58. Really I’m not surprised. This pipsqueak is one of the least humble, humble people imaginable. He has one of the most holier-than-thou attitudes I have ever seen and frankly I’m sick of the media giving this little douche attention. He’s a mediocre football player with a lot of charisma who got some attention and spooled it into this 15 minutes. Hey Tebow go away and disappear into obscurity now you jackass

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 11:10pm
  59. Religious freak vs sexual deviants…show your intolerance on your acceptance page you fucking Hippocrates

    Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 11:31pm
  60. ‘FAIL’!

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 12:08am
  61. What’s a Tebow? Any relation to a Kardashian or a different black-hole?

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 12:55am
  62. No wonder he’s still a virgin… not that he wants to be with a woman.

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 4:15am
  63. Boo!

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 4:35am
  64. Lets focus on creating families for gay and lesbian couples!

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 11:01am