Tim Tebow scheduled to speak at controversial pastor's Dallas church

Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

What's an NFL offseason without a little Tim Tebow controversy? This time the Jets' third quarterback is in the spotlight for his appearance at a controversial Dallas church.

Longing for ESPN's 24-hour Tim Tebow coverage to fill the void of the offseason? Lucky for you, the Jets' quarterback has forced his way back into the spotlight with an April 28 speaking appearance at a Dallas megachurch known for its anti-gay, anti-Semitic pastor, Robert Jeffress.

Like Tebow, Jeffress knows how to grab the media spotlight; however, the Dallas pastor prefers public condemnations of other religions rather than relatively mundane quarterback controversies to worm his way into earned media appearances.

In 2011, Jeffress said Mormonism and Islam originated in "the pit of Hell" and also added that Jews were also ticketed for eternal damnation. A friend of Texas governor and former Presidential candidate Rick Perry, he called Mormonism a cult and told an audience that it should disqualify 2012 GOP candidate Mitt Romney from being President.

The controversy-seeking Texas pastor has also had fun things to say about the gay and lesbian community, including that "70 percent" of the population has AIDS (not true, obviously). Jeffress has also told his flock that homosexuals are more prone to assaults against children. He also has said that Islam "promotes pedophilia."

So what's Tim Tebow going to talk about when he gives Jeffress a break from his peaceful message of tolerance for others? The church's website leaves it vague, saying only:

NFL Quarterback and Philanthropist Tim Tebow lives a life that consistently reflects his values, and he is dedicated to helping people and communities in need.

Tebow's April appearance caps off a month of celebrating the grand opening of the new building for Jeffress' First Baptist Church.

With standing orders to cover anything and everything Tebow, watching ESPN cover this story could be interesting.

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