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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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1.

Legend    

Of course they are going to say that! They don't want word to get out that they are a bunch of homophobic, racist anti-Semites cause that would be bad PR for their church! Good for Tim for just saying NO!

517 days ago
2.

Jennifer    

Tim Tebow is gay!!!! He don't like chicks!!!

517 days ago
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snowboardchick    

Really? I hope not. I'd hate to lose all respect for him.

517 days ago
4.

Who the Hell is Khloe    

I hope he doesn't do it

517 days ago
5.

JANDEAN61    

PRAISE JEEBUS !

517 days ago
6.

dash920    

just another win for media hype
the only way it would be a bad idea for him to speak is if he was going to say something homophobic, racist or just plain wrong.
if he was going to speak on something uplifting and or something about the Bible... that would be awesome
suck how much the media sways people

517 days ago
7.

Dillymac    

Yeah pressured by Jesus Mwah hahaha

517 days ago
8.

Laura    

Kudos to the people who "pressured" him.

517 days ago
9.

kathy    

These people are dangerous!

517 days ago
10.

JT    

Sad how backwards the US is with all these nuts trying to force their superstitions down other people's throats. They should go back to sacrificing virgins to the volcano gods if they could find either a virgin or a volcano in the US.

517 days ago
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sickandtired    

could go either way. there is to much media hype and influence. to many lib's running the msm. but these right wing religious fanatics are just a bad. why can't we just all keep our personal shizt personal.

517 days ago
12.

mahighley    

As a Christian, I have to say that I think everything the pastor said in the clip was biblical. I think his approach leaves a lot to be desired. Of course, I can only comment on the clip, since I don't know of him otherwise.

517 days ago
13.

mrharrybawls2012    

PLEASE GO AWAY TIMMY!! YOUR 15 MINUTES ARE OVER. ALSO, YOU SUCK AS A QUARTERBACK.

517 days ago
14.

eilish    

WOW! What a way to show commitment to your beliefs Tim!

517 days ago
15.

Drew Hall    

He has smart people around him advising him to keep his opinions to himself and do what he does and that's play ball.

517 days ago
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