Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick drew sharp criticism after a Bible verse was posted to his personal Twitter account hours after the mass shooting at an Orlando gay bar.
”Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows,” the post read. The line “a man reaps what he sows” was especially jarring to many as the shooting took place in a gay bar and Patrick has been a consistent opponent of measures meant to protect the gay community from discrimination. The Texas Democratic Party responded by issuing a statement that Patrick must apologize for the tweet.
The post was deleted around 11 am. Patrick’s spokesman Allen Blakemore denied that the tweet was any kind of a response to the Orlando shooting. He said that Patrick often pre-schedules Twitter posts and he was out of the country at the time of the shooting.
“We regret the unfortunate timing of these posts and ask everyone to join us in praying for the people of Orlando in this awful time,” Blakemore said.
Patrick also posted a message on his Facebook page after the backlash.
“I’m actually on an island. The Internet is slow. I first heard of the news late this morning from a reporter. 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.”
“I didn’t pull down the FB post & tweet because God’s word is wrong.” He added. “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.”