The Lieutenant Governor of Texas, Dan Patrick, deleted a tweet that would have been deemed unwarranted and uncalled for. Patrick’s tweet used a Bible verse directed at how the lifestyle of homosexuals probably contributed to the Orlando shooting on Sunday morning.
I am a Christian, and this moron does not represent me, or any other Christians I know. Hatred and bigotry are alive and well in all religious, racial, and socioeconomic circles. The statement of one ignorant, arrogant, man from Texas with a little power means he is the one with the issues. Do not allow his hate and judgement to divide people any further.
Recently a senator joked about praying for Obama’s death. Now this. Both of them using the Bible as their weapon. I don’t care what party affiliation you claim to be from if there is a hell, both of these men surely will have a special place in it.
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows,” read the Bible verse Patrick sent out on his official Twitter account a few hours after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history that left at least 50 dead.
His office was not immediately available for comment but has told local media, including the Dallas Morning News, that the tweet had been scheduled for release well before the shooting. The office, which regularly sends out a Bible verse on Sundays, has since deleted it and replaced with another passage, they said.
But the deleted tweet from a politician who has condemned same-sex marriage and fought against LGBT rights still raised the ire of those who accused Patrick of blaming the victims.
“You are a disgrace to your state in this time of national sorrow. You should resign,” prominent LGBT activist George Takei wrote on Twitter.
The Texas Democratic Party called on Patrick to apologize immediately.
“Make this right. We are better than this,” it said in a statement.
Patrick is currently out of the country and has not yet made comment to media about the tweet.
The new verse sent on his account reads: “The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; He is their stronghold in time of trouble.”
Here are a couple of responses from those who were able to catch the tweet before it’s deletion.
From one Christian to another, your tweet was not “pre-scheduled.” It was heartless, hateful, indignant, uncalled for, and downright cruel.
A politician is supposed to be a representative of the people. I cannot imagine that there are a large number of people feeling that way right now.
I would HOPE, that they are saddened and angry over the massive loss of life, regardless of sexuality.
If you cannot be the voice of the people, then you should no longer be in office. To everyone voting, this year, remember that we are not only electing a President but representatives and senators as well. Speak with your votes. Research your candidates and their voting records. Visit their websites and look at their platforms. Do comparisons. Yes, it can be time-consuming, but it’s IMPORTANT. I recommend visiting the Rock The Vote website. If you put your address in, it will show you a list of the candidates that will be on your ballot. Look at them, research them, and if they are not up to snuff, GET THEM OUT.
I’m not sure if the Texas lieutenant governor should lose his job but somebody needs to tap them on his shoulder and tell him that a public apology is in order before this really gets out of hand. I didn’t mention a political party here with my opinion because the comment was just plain wrong.
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