Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 2/18/13
Tim Tebow has been known to wear Bible verses on his eye black and to use his lofty status in the sports world to promote equality among other Christian principles. But his most recent decision seems to contradict those beliefs. Tebow has agreed to be the guest speaker at the First Baptist Dallas Church, where reverend Robert Jeffress is known to make some harsh homophobic and anti-Semitic claims. The devout Christian quarterback will join the prejudiced pastor at the Dallas church on April 28 to give a sermon of his own, according to the Daily Mail. Tebow has spoken at a few churches in the past, including one in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Super Bowl Sunday. The company he is joining this time is what makes his next venture so intriguing. Jeffress has made some outlandish claims in the past, such as ’70 percent of the gay population has AIDS’ and that believers of Islam, Judaism and Mormonism are all derived from the “pit of hell.” Tebow has never delved into the topic of gay marriage or even hinted toward views quite as extreme as Jeffress, but there is a small chance his union with the outspoken reverend could bring some new views to light. There is no telling what Tebow will say or which issues he’ll speak on, but the decision will be under a large microscope by both the Jets, who are looking to trade the quarterback, as well as teams that may be interested. His stock is at an all-time low after a troubling season in New York but there could still be a market for the versatile playmaker, which is why he may want to remain rather tight-lipped alongside such a controversial figure. Have a question for Luke Hughes? Send it to him via Twitter at @LukeFHughes or send it here.
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