Tim Tebow - Mike Stobe
The NFL 'quarterback' doesn't announce the reason for his cancellation, but speculation swirls around the church's anti-gay positions
New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow announced this morning on Twitter that he has canceled his scheduled April appearance at the First Baptist Church of Dallas. The megachurch's pastor, Robert Jeffress, has a long history of attacking gay causes and vilifying gay people. Tebow tweeted:
While I was looking forward to sharing a message of hope and Christ's unconditional love with the faithful members of the historic First Baptist Church of Dallas in April, due to new information that has been brought to my attention, I have decided to cancel my upcoming appearance. I will continue to use the platform God has blessed me with to bring Faith, Hope and Love to all those needing a brighter day. Thank you for all of your love and support. God Bless!
It's hard to believe the decision comes from anything but a revelation about Jeffress' anti-gay preaching that flies in the face of Tebow's (generally) more positive and inclusive messages. Whatever the reason, good for Tebow for saying "No" to this anti-gay church.