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Wisconsin Church Cancels Former NFL Player LeRoy Butler's Speech Over Tweet Supporting Jason Collins


Former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler says a Wisconsin church canceled a speaking engagement he had with them because he congratulated gay NBA center Jason Collins on Twitter after his coming out.

Writes Butler: Leroy_butler

“Wow, I was scheduled to speak at a church in WI, and a member said that the pastor wants to cancel my event. I said ok why? Then I was told, because I said congrats to Jason Collins on Twitter,” Butler wrote. “I said really? we have a contract, he said check the moral cause, FYI the fee was $8,500, then I was told if I removed the tweet, and apologize and ask god forgiveness, I can have the event. I said no, only god can judge.”

Butler played eleven years with the Packers and invented the "Lambeau Leap" touchdown celebration.

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  1. Good for him for putting values over money, for doing the right thing, and for calling the church on it. Exactly the right response.

    Posted by: Ernie | May 1, 2013 2:59:43 PM

  2. @cdubois
    Sadly, I'm sure they have.

    My hope is that he now gets to see first hand how that same kind of discrimination and hate is focused on others as well.

    Posted by: JONES | May 1, 2013 3:04:56 PM

  3. I assume the morals clause included "must not make any public statement disagreeing with our values", or some such
    THIS ILLUSTRATES THE BIGOTRY THAT IS BEING PALMED OFF AS "CHRISTIANITY" - because he merely congratulated another person on the occasion of his making an important personal announcement, then was asked to tell a lie by retracting it.

    Posted by: Bob | May 1, 2013 4:13:04 PM

  4. Them christians are so fakes.They quote Bible as if it was a chinese menu.They pick and choose what they like and ignore other parts of the book they do not like.Fakery is what it is.All Leviticus are Deuteronomy's dietary laws are ignored.They eat pork,ham,shrimps,lobster,etc...The ignore Exodus ban on working on Sunday under pain of death.I can go on and on about all the other things christians ignore because they do not like them in both Old ands New Testament.What they are doing by ignoring those parts of the Book is saying to God."Hey God Up Yours.I'll Do What I Want and You Can go to Hell.F*ck You.I Really Could Not Care Less About You and Your Commandments".Wow.By the way if same-sex families are an abomination to God,single parent families are also an abomination to God and those people should e banned from christian churches.Divorced people married again should also be excluded from the church.Isn't life sweet.

    Posted by: Oscar | May 1, 2013 4:16:25 PM

  5. God only knows how the church would have reacted if Butler had tweeted his support for a Jew.

    Posted by: CPT_Doom | May 1, 2013 4:34:41 PM

  6. WTF are individuals of any intelligence speaking to numb minded bigots in the first place ?

    I agree that this is a wealthy church that can afford such a high fee........but I guess they have fed the hungry and clothed the naked already so they had lots of spare cash.
    Who are the idiots giving money to this gang of delusional religious maniacs ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | May 1, 2013 4:35:32 PM

  7. Congratulations LeRoy Butler for standing by your Tweet!

    Posted by: andrew | May 1, 2013 4:54:09 PM

  8. Name the church. Name the denomination (if any).

    Posted by: Bill | May 1, 2013 5:22:05 PM

  9. Welcome to the world of rabid Christian hate, LeRoy. Of course these are the same people who would shriek from the rooftops if somebody cancelled a speaking engagement for one of their favorites who said something anti-gay. Freedom of speech--for me but not for you! Welcome to the world of shameless Christian hypocrisy. And double-dealing. And lying. And... Get the idea, Leroy? Stay away from these people.

    Posted by: Jim | May 1, 2013 5:22:34 PM

  10. I hope he sues that church for breach of contract.

    What the church would have paid him was taxable income, so the church's actions does not only hurt him by reducing his annual income, but the rest of us as well due to higher taxes or a reduction in services to make up the difference.

    The idea that a "morals clause" would forbid one from saying something nice about another basketball player is laughable. It's like saying you can't send a card congratulating a Hindu couple on getting married because you go to a church that doesn't recognize Hindu ceremonies even if you are sending the card merely to be polite.

    Posted by: Bill (not the same one who posted above) | May 1, 2013 5:24:17 PM

  11. Agree with Bill.
    Name the church.
    Give the link.
    Let's let them know our views.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | May 1, 2013 5:25:14 PM

  12. Can you beat that?

    He's being attacked by a church for acting like a true Christian.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 1, 2013 5:34:33 PM

  13. Sorry, JONES, but as a former resident of the Badger state, I must take issue with your characterization of it as a dangerous place for gays and gay rights supporters and a place with little to no protections for its LGBT residents. Of course there are anti-gay bigots and right-wing churches in Wisconsin, just as there are in every state, even Washington, California, New York, and Massachusetts. However, Wisconsin has a long progressive tradition, it was among the earliest states to repeal its anti-sodomy laws, and it was the FIRST state in the nation to enact statewide anti-discrimination protections for gays in public and private employment, housing, and public accommodations and services (in 1982, years before even NYC could enact a citywide anti-discrimination ordinance). Over 30 years later, most state governments in the nation still legally permit anti-gay discrimination in these areas. The state offers gay couples registered domestic partnerships that afford them some of the rights and benefits of married couples, if not being to the level of civil unions (but still better than most states offer their gay and lesbian couples). Madison is the Berkeley of the Midwest, and it and Milwaukee have large and well-established gay communities. Smaller cities such as La Crosse, Green Bay, Oshkosh, etc. have surprisingly active gay populations and numerous fun gay nightlife options. Most residents are pretty easygoing and tolerant. Yes, the state is home to Paul Ryan, but it's also home to Tammy Baldwin, who before she became the nation's first openly gay elected Senator (defeating a popular former four-term moderate GOP governor in the process), was the nation's first openly gay elected representative in the US House (that is, she didn't come out after having been elected to the House, like say Barney Frank, but ran for her seat from the outset as an open lesbian). When she moved to the Senate in 2012, her open House seat was taken in a landslide by an openly gay state legislator, marking the first ever succession of one gay person to a seat previously held by another on the federal level.

    Anyway, I'm not here to claim that Wisconsin is an ideal place for gays, and certainly we have a better legal standing in states like Vermont and Washington, but the Badger State is better for us than most states in the country. Your coastal condescension toward the ignorant, hateful hicks of the Heartland is unfair, unwarranted, and unbecoming.

    Posted by: Scotty | May 2, 2013 1:18:40 AM

  14. In general it seems Christians are making a point to side with bigotry and intolerance by closing ranks against gay people. It's a wrong-headed and desperate death knell to them not us as we are natural and inevitable while their beliefs are neither. More, it is a signal example of patently un-Christ like behaviour, something which is tragically ironical due to the fact that the loving and inclusive "spirit of Christ" is the only aspect of Christianity which is both universally appealing and likely to be lost in the rising contempt that Christians are inciting among humane and civilized people.

    Posted by: UFFDA | May 2, 2013 1:25:09 AM

  15. "Is anyone actually surprised by this? I didn't think so. My first thought after reading this is "Why is a church paying $8.5K to have a ball player make a speech?"

    It merely illustrates what a farce 99% of the practices of so-called Christianity are in this country.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | May 2, 2013 2:49:02 AM

  16. Christians - promoting hatred in the name of god.

    Posted by: darkmoonman | May 2, 2013 9:26:21 AM

  17. Christians are @$$holes, right?

    Posted by: jamal49 | May 2, 2013 1:38:33 PM

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