"Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows." That's the Bible verse Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick tweeted Sunday morning, just hours after at least 50 people were killed and 53 others were injured in a shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the Houston Chronicle reports. Twitter users were quick to condemn the since-deleted tweet of Galatians 6:7. "Tweeted as new breaks of mass casualties at a gay nightclub," one Twitter user responded. "Vile. Have you no shame?" The Texas Democratic party responded with a tweet calling for Patrick to apologize, NBC 5 reports.
But in a press release, Patrick's rep says the whole thing is a case of "unfortunate timing," adding that "the post was not done in response to last night's tragedy. The post was designed and scheduled last Thursday." On Facebook, Patrick, who is traveling outside the US, writes, "Let me be clear, I didn't pull down the FB post & tweet because God's word is wrong. I took it down to stop the hateful comments and the misinformation being spread of God's message to all of us—straight or gay." (Read more Texas stories.)