Manny Pacquiao: Gays Should “Be Put To Death”
Manny Pacquiao posted on Instagram a Bible verse that says homosexuals should “be put to death.” The boxing champ, whose contract with Nike was terminated on Wednesday following anti-gay remarks he made in a TV interview, put up on his Instagram page early Thursday a passage from Leviticus 20:13 in the Old Testament that reads, “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 Biblical verses, which were accompanied by a photo of Pacquiao with his wife Jinkee, were deleted a little later, but Gossip Cop has a screenshot below.
As Gossip Cop reported, Pacquiao recently condemned gay marriage in a TV interview he gave in the Philippines. The religious boxer said, “It’s just common sense. Have you seen any animal having male-to-male or female-to-female relations? The animals are better. They know how to distinguish male from female. If you have male-to-male or female-to-female [relationships], then people are worse than animals.”
Pacquiao later offered an apology, but defended his position, based on his religious beliefs. The fighter wrote on his Instagram page on Tuesday, “I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt. I still stand on my belief that I’m against same sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I’m not condemning LGBT. I love you all with the love of the Lord. God Bless you all and I’m praying for you.”
Pacquiao has yet to explain how he reconciles his claim of “I love you all with the love of the Lord,” while advocating that gays be “put to death.” See the screenshot below of Pacquiao’s controversial Instagram post that calls for gays to be “put to death.”