Wisconsin Church Cancels Former Packers Speech
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CREATED May. 1, 2013
Former Packers player Leroy Butler is fighting back tonight after a Wisconsin church cancels his speaking appearance.
Butler tweeted today the church said unless he takes down a tweet from yesterday that congratulates NBA player Jason Collins on revealing he was gay he won't be asked to speak for them.
Butler won't release the name of the church involved but his representatives say it is north of Milwaukee. Now the pastor wants the former Packer to apologize if he wants to speak there.
What started off as a simple tweet has turned into a dispute. Leroy Butler was told he can't speak at a church after congratulating Jason Collins on revealing he is gay.
"It hurt me, it hurt me personally because I teach my kids to love everybody and mind their own business," says Butler.
The pastor then called Butler telling him he could speak if he asks god for forgivnessness and takes down the tweet. He refused.
"You ask me to do something as a man and lose my dignity because that's what I believe in," says Butler.
Derek Jeffreys, a religion professor at UWGB says he isn't surprised by these events as different churches have different views.
"Some churches take a literal approach to the bible where they look for passages in the bible that condemn homosexuality," says Jeffreys.
People in Green Bay say they understand both sides.
"As christians you need to be accepting of other people," says Sue Meinz of Green Bay.
"Church has its beliefs and this is an opportunity for them to practice exactly what they feel," says Tom Meinz of Green Bay.
Butler would have received eighty five hundred dollars for his speech. Butler also tweeted today saying some parents came to the church complaining about his support for Jason Collins.