Early yesterday morning viciously anti-LGBT Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick tweeted the above image shortly after news broke about the Orlando massacre. About seven hours later, after the tweet was denounced by many news outlets, it was deleted. A spokesman for Patrick then claimed that it had been written days earlier and had been scheduled in advance to post when it did. Here’s what Patrick himself is now saying:
The verse has nothing to do with God’s judgement on any one person or a specific group of people. If some chose to read into it what they wanted they either have never read Galatians Chapter 6 or have misread it.
Some wanted the post pulled down and others did not. Let me be clear, I didn’t pull down the FB post & tweet because God’s word is wrong. His word is never wrong. Taking down his word would be like tearing a page from the Bible because we didn’t like what God was telling us. 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.
The hateful comments today following my post of a simple scripture verse, totally unrelated to the terrible killings last night, that were directed at me and God’s word, is another example of that hate. I pray these divisions will end.
Just as we saw the nation come together after 911 we need to come together again after the largest mass shooting in our history.
If some insist on hate speech as a response, that is their decision, not mine. The enemy is ISIS, not each other. We must come together to fight them. ISIS believes in the killing of gays. America does not and Christians do not. Let’s focus on the real enemy.