Christian football star Tim Tebow was scheduled to make a big appearance later this year at First Baptist Church Dallas, the megachurch operated by Robert Jeffress. Jeffress is known for his anti-gay, anti-Catholic views, including calling President Obama the “antichrist,” calling Mormonism a cult, and calling AIDS a “gay disease.” After much outcry, including a Change.org petition, Tebow announced today that he has canceled his appearance after learning “new information”:
TEBOW: 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 fora ll of your love and support. God Bless!
Tebow is known for his very public displays of his Christianity, and notably for producing an anti-choice Super Bowl ad with Focus on the Family in 2010.
Jeffress is claiming today that Tebow just wants to “lay low and avoid controversy” but would like to visit the church at a later date:
If Tebow’s integrity is to be believed, that date could simply be after Jeffress is no longer at the church.