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Boxer Manny Pacquiao Posts Bible Verse Calling For Gays ‘To Be Put To Death’ | LGBTPost

Boxer Manny Pacquiao Posts Bible Verse Calling For Gays ‘To Be Put To Death’

Manny Pacquiao posted, then deleted a bible verse on Instagram that called for gays “to be put to death” hours after the Filipino boxer was dropped by Nike on Wednesday.

The post, which was up for a couple hours and received 15,000 likes, included a picture of his wife and excerpts from multiple bible passages, including Leviticus 20:13: “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”

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The verse Pacquiao shared on Instagram was the same controversial passage he was linked to four years ago. Pacquiao strongly denied he mentioned Leviticus 20:13 to a writer from the Examiner.com, which later retracted the story after a strong rebuke from the boxer according to USA Today. ​

“I didn’t say that, that’s a lie,” Pacquiao said in a statement at the time. “I didn’t know that quote from Leviticus because I haven’t read the Book of Leviticus yet.”

Nike terminated its endorsement contract with Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday after the Filipino boxer and politician said people who are in gay relationships are “worse than animals.”

“We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent,” the company said in a statement. “Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community.”

Pacquiao, who is currently campaigning for a seat in the Philippine senate, was asked about his stance on gay marriage in an interview with “Bilang Pilipino” on Monday.

“It’s only common sense,” he said in the TV interview. “Would you see any species of animals who engage in male to male, female to female [sexual] relations? Animals, then, are better than humans [in that sense]. They know how to distinguish males from females.”

“If people then engage in male to male, female to female relations, then they are worse than animals,” he added.

“This numbskull should know that there are gay animals,” writer Danton Remoto said, in a response quoted by TV5. “He should have attended more than four sessions in Congress to know that.”

Shortly after the angry reactions began to flood the internet, Pacquiao refused to apologize.

“I’m not condemning anyone, but I’m just telling the truth of what the Bible says,” he wrote on Facebook early Tuesday, local time. He cited 1 Corinthians 6:9 — “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men.”

The boxer, who has often discussed his religious devotion, later apologized by releasing a video on Facebook and Twitter along with his apology:

“I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals,” Pacquiao apologized. “Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt. I still stand on my belief that I’m against same sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I’m not condemning LGBT. I love you all with the love of the Lord. God Bless you all and I’m praying for you.”

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Manny Pacquiao posted, then deleted a bible verse on Instagram that called for gays “to be put to death” hours after the Filipino boxer was dropped by Nike on Wednesday. The post, which was up for a couple hours and received 15,000 likes, included a picture of his wife and excerpts from multiple bible passages, […]

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