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First Baptist Church

Tim Tebow Was

'Pressured' to Cancel Speech

2/21/2013 8:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Tim Tebow was unjustly pressured by the media to back out of his speaking appearance at the controversial First Baptist Church in Dallas ... at least according to the church.

A rep for the church tells TMZ, "We are saddened that Mr. Tebow felt pressure to back out of his long-planned commitment from numerous New York and national sports and news media who grossly misrepresented past comments made by our pastor, Dr. Robert Jeffress, specifically related to issues of homosexuality and AIDS, as well as Judaism."

Rev. Jeffress has been quoted as saying, "70 percent of the gay population" has AIDS -- and has described Judaism, Islam and Mormonism as religions from the "pit of hell."

According to the church, Tebow called Dr. Jeffress Wednesday evening to say that for "personal and professional reasons he needed to avoid controversy" ... and would be canceling the appearance which was scheduled for April 28.

The church says Tebow told Rev. Jeffress he'd still like to come speak at First Baptist Dallas sometime in the future -- and adds, "Dr. Jeffress shares a message of hope, not hate."

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46.

Mrugowsky    

Was he pressured to suck at the pro level??? His pose was just marriage proposal stance. Shouldn't he want to be known for his playing rather than weird morals and their aftereffects???

523 days ago
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Tko    

I think he's smart to choose not to do this at such a church as this with the views that they have. Maybe he is finally opening his mind to the possibility that it does not matter what sex is attracted to what sex. It's silly to think any god would care about such a thing.

523 days ago
48.

VivalaJrock    

to many people hate on tim tebow i dont blame the guy for trying to get away from the media and people for a while..let this guy live with his beliefs everyone has a set of their own just saying...

523 days ago
49.

myopinion    

I respect their views! It is written in the bible that homosexuality is wrong!

523 days ago
50.

jared    

Screw the prophet Mohammed and all his gay followers.

523 days ago
51.

Alsi    

If he were really a man of his convictions, he would have gone through with it. But in the end, it was about money--his money-- that was at stakes and he wouldn't sacrifice that for something so small as his belief............ And that chruch needs to sop trying to spin this into him being "pressure." He wasn't, he just saw his endorsement (paycheck) getting smaller.

523 days ago
52.

HngBlkBtm    

He needs to get laid. My Gramma used to call it "build up."

523 days ago
53.

Mrugowsky    

I wish Ke$ha would rape him.

523 days ago
54.

Tracey    

I saw a picture of Tebow at the conference, with other speakers. hmm

523 days ago
55.

DallasJeff    

The preacher form Dallas that called into the show was on his best behavior. I live In Dallas and usually when he speaks or is quoted, he is very extreme in how he expresses these so called common teachings. He is not a nice m an. He has a good media facade ....

522 days ago
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