Church cancels NFL player’s appearance after his tweet of support for Jason Collins

1 May

leroy_butler_1996_09_01After NBA player Jason Collins came out this week, there was a flood of support for his courageous move. Everyone from his family members to President Barack Obama and the First Lady publicly showed their support.

Of course there were the detractors as there always are, but they were most definitely in the minority. Breitbart blogger Ben Shapiro showed his bigotry by claiming it was no big deal that Collins came out. Shapiro found himself on the same side as the Westboro Baptist Church when they announced they’d picket his games.

And right on cue, a church in Wisconsin has shown their true (intolerant and ignorant) colors. Former Green Bay Packers safety Leroy Butler was scheduled to speak at a Wisconsin area church, but when that church found out he tweeted four words this week “Congrats to Jason Collins,” they cancelled his appearance.

Butler took to Twitter to tell the story.

“Wow, I was schedule to speak at a church in WI, and a member said that the pastor wants to cancel my event, I said ok why?”

“Then I was told, because I said congrats to Jason Collins on twitter, I said really? we have a contract, he said check the moral clause,

“FYI the fee was 8500$, then I was told if I removed the tweet, and apologize and ask god forgiveness, I can have the even, I said no,

“Only god can judge,”

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4 Responses to “Church cancels NFL player’s appearance after his tweet of support for Jason Collins”

  1. Megan Regnier May 1, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    Amen and thank you. I can’t understand why people want to try and speak for God when one of God’s commandments was to love one another as he has loved them and to love your neighbour as yourself. Seems that the Pastor of that WI church just made God face palm so hard he needs a new face.

    • chris May 1, 2013 at 11:24 am #

      What is the big deal. He plays basketball and is gay. So what?

      • Jamie McGonnigal May 1, 2013 at 11:34 am #

        The big deal is that professional sport in the US has historically been very homophobic, making it an unsafe place for a player to be open about who he/she is. There are few professional athletes who have the courage to say who they are and he is among the first. Additionally, kids who are gay and growing up in small towns around the country are frequently afraid to be who they are – and in turn, wind up hurting themselves because they feel there is no other option. Society has told gay people for generations that your life will amount to nothing if you’re gay. Jason’s brave step is telling some of those kids that they can have a happy successful life and still be gay. That’s the big deal.

  2. chris May 1, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    I think you mean people who play sports are homophobic. I do not think they are homophobic, they just do not want gays on their team. That is ignorance not hate. Try to educate people with education, not fear and loathing and your message will go a long way.

    The point I am making is it does not matter who he sleeps with. Fans only care if he can shoot a basket. So, why all the emphasis on his sex life. Maybe athletes do not come out because they are ashamed. Just because you are comfortable does not mean someone else is.

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