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Tim Tebow to Address Anti-Gay, Anti-Catholic Megachurch

While his more celebrated NFL brethren support marriage equality, Tim Tebow takes a speaking gig at a church pastored by a preacher who touts intolerance as a virtue.
 
 
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Jets quarterback Tim Tebow at the 2011 ESPY Awards.
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While Tim Tebow is  struggling to find an NFL team that is willing to sign him, he is apparently having no problem booking speaking gigs as the Jets’ backup quarterback is  scheduled to address a Texas megachurch whose pastor is notorious for extremist statements about Roman Catholics, Mormons, Muslims, gays and lesbians and President Obama.

Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church Dallas gained national attention during his  appearance at the Values Voter Summit where he urged Christians to oppose Mitt Romney’s candidacy for the GOP nomination for president because his Mormon faith makes him a member of a “ cult” that is “ from the pit of Hell.”

Even though Jeffress  said that supporting a Mormon would have “eternal consequences” that “outweigh political ones” and  lead to God’s judgment, he ended up  backing Romney over Obama, whom Jeffress  believes is “paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist.”

Besides Muslims, Jeffress labeled Roman Catholics, Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists as  cult followers. He has called Islam an “ evil, evil religion” and claimed that Muslims, Mormons and Jews are  destined to Hell.

Jeffress also  attacked Roman Catholicism, which he maintains represents “the genius of Satan,” and suggested that Catholics too will go to Hell.

 

The megachurch pastor reserves some of his most stringent rhetoric for gays and lesbians.

He has described gays and lesbians as “ perverse,” “ miserable” and “ abnormal” people who engage in an “ unnatural” and “ filthy practice” that will lead to the “ implosion of our country.” Jeffress argues that the gay community employs Chinese “ brainwashing techniques” in order to have homosexuality “ crammed down our throats.”

 

Brian Tashman is a research associate at Right Wing Watch, the blog of People for the American Way.
 
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