NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, known for wearing his religion on his sleeve, will appear as a featured speaker at a church whose homophobic and anti-Semitic pastor has claimed that "70 percent of the gay population" have AIDS.
According to the Daily Mail, Tebow will speak to the 11,000 congregants of the First Baptist Dallas Church on April 28, whose Rev. Robert Jeffress has a history of vile, bigoted remarks aimed at members of other religions and the LGBT community.
Back in 2011, Jeffress said in an interview that Islam, Judaism and Mormonism are all religious derived "from the pit of Hell," called Mormonism a "cult" and added, "You can't be saved being a Jew."
In addition to his ridiculious comment about the rate of AIDS among gay people, Jeffress declared in 2012, "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,” Jeffress said.
Despite his public worship both on and off the field, Tebow hasn't entered the fray on issues like gay marriage. Recently, he spoke at Arizona's Impact Church in Scottsdale on February 3, where he urged congregants to "keep the faith," hardly reminiscent of the vile Jeffress has spouted over the years.
Just before the 2012 election, Jeffress said President Obama's re-election victory would pave the way for the Antichrist.
"I am not saying that President Obama is the Antichrist, I am not saying that at all. One reason I know he's not the Antichrist is the Antichrist is going to have much higher poll numbers when he comes," said Jeffress.
He went on to say that "it is time for Christians to stand up and to push back against this evil that is overtaking our nation" and to do so via "the ballot box."