Thursday, February 18, 2016

Manny Pacquiao, after being dropped by Nike, posts Bible verse that says men who have sex with men ‘are to be put to death’

Manny Pacquiao shares and then deletes this Instagram post.

Following up on his belief that people in same-sex relationships are “worse than animals,” Manny Pacquiao reportedly quoted a bible verse on Instagram that says two men who have sex with each other “are to be put to death."
The boxer — who was dropped by Nike on Wednesday — posted, then deleted, Leviticus 20:13, according to ABS CBN News, writing “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.”
The post had more than 18,000 likes and was up for roughly two hours before it was deleted, ABS CBN reported. It also said that Pacquiao denied quoting the verse in 2012, stating that he had a gay relative but was against same-sex marriage because it is the word of God.
Pacquiao also quoted another verse in the deleted post that seemingly was directed at criticism he’s received for his views.
Quoting Luke 6:22-23, he wrote “Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son Of Man. … Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.”

Manny Pacquiao shares and then deletes this Instagram post.
Nike ended its business relationship with Pacquiao on Wednesday, when the boxer said homosexuals were “worse than animals."

“We find Manny Pacquiao's comments abhorrent,” Nike 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. We no longer have a relationship with Manny Pacquiao.”

After his deal was terminated, Pacquiao posted an Instagram video of his training in the Philippines wearing a Nike-branded Pacquiao T-shirt. Pacquiao is set to fight Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas on April 9, which Pacquiao says will be his last fight. A congressman in the Philippines, he is running for Senator.