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Friday, October 24, 2014

Former Packer Leroy Butler says he had church appearance canceled for congratulating Jason Collins

Leroy-Butler-PackersFormer Green Bay Packers safety Leroy Butler was one of many current and former athletes who complimented Jason Collins earlier this week after Collins made the decision to come out as gay. Unlike many others, Butler saw consequences for his support for Collins.

Butler is known for doing a lot of great work for charity and working with several churches in the Wisconsin area. He retired from the Packers in 2001 but has remained very active in the community. Butler’s message for Collins following his announcement on Monday was simple.

Apparently a simple congratulations was enough to irritate a local church in Wisconsin to the point where they canceled an appearance they had scheduled with him. He explained the situation in a series of tweets early Wednesday morning.

We understand that certain religions and beliefs do not condone homosexuality. Everyone should be entitled to their own opinion as long as they express it respectfully. When we have people making mindless insensitive comments about Collins’ courageous act, people like Butler become even more important. All Butler said was “congrats.” It’s hard to imagine the church could not cast their beliefs aside for something that small.

UDPDATE: Butler says the church gave him an explanation and an apology, but not really.

H/T Shutdown Corner



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