NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow has canceled his appearance at a Texas megachurch led by Dr. Robert Jeffress, a controversial pastor who has made headlines for his comments on gays, other religions and President Barack Obama.
Tebow was criticized heavily and loudly by some for agreeing to share the stage with Jeffress.
Tebow announced the cancellation Thursday on Twitter: “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!”
He was scheduled to speak at First Baptist Dallas’ morning services on Sunday, April 28.
The hubbub about his visit to First Baptist Dallas wasn’t about Tebow or his beliefs. It was about the man who heads the congregation, his past comments, and surprise that the PR-minded player would be on the schedule.
Controversial remarks attributed to the pastor have made the rounds since Tebow was announced as his guest. Jeffress has been quoted saying gays shouldn’t be allowed in the military because “70 percent” have AIDS; Islam, Mormonism and Judaism came “from the pit of hell”; Obama’s reelection “would lead to a rise of the Antichrist”; and gay activists have been attempting to conceal “the link between homosexuality and pedophilia.”
Tebow’s announcement came as Jeffress was being interviewed on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.