Tebow: OK, I Won't Appear at Controversial Church
Cancels sermons at Pastor Robert Jeffress' church
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2013 2:15 PM CST
In a Dec. 30, 2012, file photo, New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow warms up before a game.   (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert, File)

(Newser) – Up until last night, Tim Tebow was scheduled to appear at Pastor Robert Jeffress' Dallas megachurch in April, but he announced today that he canceled the appearance after "new information" was brought to his attention. Jeffress is a controversial figure who has called Mormonism a "cult," gays "perverse," and Islam a religion that "promote[s] pedophilia," USA Today reports. Tebow's statement doesn't mention anything about rescheduling, but a rep for First Baptist Church says that when the football star called to cancel last night, he said he wanted to "speak at a future date."

Tebow had been criticized for the planned visit, at which he was to deliver two sermons. A rep for the church tells TMZ that Tebow backed out because of "pressure ... 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." The rep adds that Tebow told Jeffress he "needed to avoid controversy."

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People_Suck
Feb 27, 2013 5:37 PM CST
It would be better if he didn't appear in the NFL.
DrLow
Feb 24, 2013 11:22 PM CST
Everyone can embrace any religion they want, or none at all. A church can legally take any stand it wants on an issue, stupid or not. Any player in the NFL has to have more talent than any of us writing in to these comments. The thing that bothers me is that Tebow caved to pressure. Anytime someone backs away from what they believe, even if it disagrees with me, is a disappointment.
Jon Q. Publix
Feb 21, 2013 11:34 PM CST
Word to all the boys and girls out there ---- Religion won't make you successful, smart or rich or a good NFL quarterback. It won't help you make good decisions. It can take your time and money and leave you looking like a religious fool.