The National Football League bust is scheduled to bang his Bible at one of the most backward and bigoted fundie churches in America. On, April 28 he will preach at 11,000-member First Baptist Dallas, a hate house led by divisive pastor Robert Jeffress, who seems to dislike many people.
Jeffress endorsed Texas’ buffoonish governor, Rick Perry, in his short-lived, flame-out presidential bid. The irreverent reverend said 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 “70 percent of the gay population” has AIDS.
He has also claimed that gay activists are trying to hide “the link between homosexuality and pedophilia,” according to Right Wing Watch. Said Jeffress:
There are a disproportionate amount of assaults against children by homosexuals than by heterosexuals, you can’t deny that, and the reason is very clear: homosexuality is perverse, it represents a degradation of a person’s mind and if a person will sink that low and there are no restraints from God’s law, then there is no telling to whatever sins he will commit as well.
For the record, pedophilia has zero to do with homosexuality or heterosexuality. Gay and straight men and women are oriented towards having sexual and romantic relations with adults — and find the idea of sex with children nauseating. A 2000 study by Dr. Michael R. Stevenson concluded, “A gay man is no more likely than a straight man to perpetrate sexual activity on children.” A 1994 study by Dr. Carole Jenny found that less than one-percent of the children in her study were abused by a gay man or lesbian. In 1978, Drs. Nicholas Groth and Jean Birnbaum found that none of the 175 molesters in their study had an exclusively homosexual adult orientation.
Given the sorry trajectory of his underachieving NFL career, Tebow should be more concerned about his weak arm than leading the armies of Christ. It is insulting and offensive that he would lend what remains of his sagging celebrity to a church dedicated to homophobia and intolerance.