Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s Facebook page lit up Sunday morning. In the wake of news that a Muslim extremist had massacred 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando — the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history — Patrick’s Facebook posted Galatians 6:7: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” Patrick’s office later removed the posting and said it had been scheduled for Sunday posting days earlier, but some of the outraged didn’t buy the excuse, judging from comments on Patrick’s Facebook page:
Syd Peppard Sikes: I’m a mom, lifelong Republican and I live in Orlando. These victims, regardless of their sexual orientation, are sons and daughters and friends and loved ones. It is likely some of them are still inside the nightclub. How dare you have the nerve to quote this scripture. You are a disgrace as a human being.
Joslynn Garcia Newton: You’re absolutely right, Syd. Allow me to apologize for our moronic Lt. Governor. I’m embarrassed and ashamed.
David Macaluso: Where does it say this message was posted in response to what happened in Orlando? It doesn’t. You’re stirring the pot, twisting words that aren’t there.
Rhendi Heibel: The LGBT community seems to think everything is about them.
Lauren Wieckowski: So it’s completely coincidental to be posted the morning of a horrible tragedy in which 49 people were murdered in a gay club? He’s either a terrible human being or has hired morons to run his Facebook page who are so uninformed that they should be fired. Either way, it’s a totally inappropriate post on a day like today [Sunday].
Jacki York: This has nothing to do with LGBT! It’s about the flood victims in Texas! I mean, obviously, you reap what you sow when you live too close to bodies of water and require the federal government to provide flood insurance because no private insurance company will insure you! What leeches of government subsidies!
Nikki Mallaby: You have a long history of anti-LGBT rhetoric and fight equality every chance you get.
1. Someone on the FBI watch list shouldn’t be able to buy a gun.
2. You need to do some serious soul-searching to ask how creating a climate of hostility toward gays contributed to this.
3. You need to treat LGBT as equal Americans, then folks will not need to argue about what flag to fly.
4. Is a gun of this capacity [an AR-15 assault rifle] really needed for self defense? Has one ever been used in self-defense or just to maim and kill people?
You need to learn the value of a true apology for your tweet, even if it was pre-scheduled. There are so many more positive verses you could share.
Dan Patrick: Nikki, I do treat everyone as equals. I am not hostile toward anyone. I disagree with men in ladies rooms and I was not in favor of gay marriage. One can disagree with people on issues without hating them. I don’t hate anyone. My heart breaks for the people who lost their lives and their families as much as you. They were Americans. This madness of terror must end and the entire free world must join together to eradicate it.