Popular NFL football player Tim Tebow is slated to speak at a mega-church in Dallas, Texas on April 28 in what has been reported to be an anti-LGBT discussion for the 11,000-strong congregation.
The NFL player and former Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Florida, Tebow has been outspoken about his faith and beliefs, and now appears to be joining the chorus of anti-gay rhetoric.
The church, the First Baptist Church of Dallas, is home to virulent anti-LGBT Pastor Robert Jeffress, who has lashed out against President Barack Obama, referring to him as the "Antichrist."
Tebow is no stranger to speaking openly about his beliefs across the country. Last year, he spoke in both Texas and Arizona to churchgoers.
But with Jeffress and the Dallas church, it appears Tebow is joining the anti-gay movement in full force.
Jeffress himself has been outspoken on his anti-gay beliefs, saying “70 percent of the gay population” has AIDS, he said, and declared in 2012 that “There are a disproportionate amount of assaults against children by homosexuals than by heterosexuals, you can’t deny that.”
This is counter to studies published on the topic, including a report from the University of California at Davis, which looked at 175 men incarcerated for child molestation in Massachusetts.
“None of the men had an exclusively homosexual adult sexual orientation. 83 (47 percent) were classified as “fixated;” 70 others (40 percent) were classified as regressed adult heterosexuals; the remaining 22 (13 percent) were classified as regressed adult bisexuals. Of the last group, Groth and Birnbaum observed that “in their adult relationships they engaged in sex on occasion with men as well as with women. However, in no case did this attraction to men exceed their preference for women….There were no men who were primarily sexually attracted to other adult males…" it stated.
But Jeffress disregarded the study, saying “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.”
With Tebow now jumping on board with the church, many are questioning yet again his status as a role model for youths in America.