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***Update*** (11:14a): Patrick has deleted his tweet. No explanation or apology, though.

It’s unclear if Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick scheduled this tweet in advance and it’s just unbelievably awful timing, or if it was directly in response to last night’s massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, but given Patrick’s past anti-LGBT statements, I wouldn’t put the latter past him.

This morning, Patrick (who claims to be “Christian first, Conservative second and Republican third”) tweeted a Bible passage about how “God cannot be mocked” and that “A man reaps what he sows.”


Conservative Christians, of course, believe that people who are openly and proudly gay — presumably like the folks who would go to a gay nightclub — are defiant of their God. If they don’t change their ways, or their sexual orientation, they’ll face an eternity of torture in Hell.

Even if this is a case of bad timing, how long does it take to issue an explanation and apology for suggesting something so horrible?

Dan Patrick, #DeleteYourAccount.

Hemant Mehta is the founder of, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.

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