A National Football League player learned the hard way that in the United States in 2015, free speech is an endangered species in the court of public opinion, so he apologized for tweets that seemed to question if Friday’s Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage could lead to acceptance of pedophilia.
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson took to Twitter in a series of tweets, and the backlash was immediate.
“I apologize for any offense my tweets may have caused,” he said in a text message to the Star Tribune.” In an attempt to express my beliefs, I created some confusion with my choice of words, and for that I apologize. I do not equate the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality with other social issues. There are obvious differences. However, I do believe that God’s laws will always supersede man’s laws. This belief is not from hate for anyone but from a love for my God and all those he created. Again, I’m sorry!”
The response in the Twitterverse was mixed. Some want Robinson released from the team and others are praising his right to free speech:
THIS is why celebrities shouldn’t have a Twitter… How is Josh Robinson equating homosexuality to pedophilia??? https://t.co/JYQdX94Oeq
— Laura O (@GoldNBrownGirl) June 26, 2015
If Josh Robinson wants to oppose homosexuality because of religion, that’s on him, but do not bring up pedophilia in the same breath….
— . (@HappyPoeLucky) June 26, 2015
Holy fuck Josh Robinson. Huuuuge difference between a pedophile and a homosexual. You fucking useless goof. Your family must be embarrassed
— Jeff Yampolsky (@jroc260) June 26, 2015
.@JROB_2one Talk about your Pslams, talk about your John 3:16, Josh Robinson 3:16 says pedophilia is kind of like being a gay dude.
— Andy Sroka (@asroka) June 26, 2015
Josh Robinson just admit it. You’re either gay or a pedophile, otherwise how would you know they’re so much alike. idiot. so much stupid
— loveislovedealwithit (@nan4bsb) June 27, 2015
How in the hell do you compare same sex marriage to being a pedophile?? Idk who this josh robinson guy is, but he’s Indeed a dumb ass…
— Robot Ninja Zombie (@Grr_ImTevin_Grr) June 27, 2015
Congratulations, Josh Robinson. That’s called free speech. It’s supposed to be allowed in America.
— Grant #DavidMusical (@Grant_Turgeon) June 27, 2015
@MeatSauce1 he can believe what he wants as can we all. It is a free nation correct?
— Kevin (@k_klaahsen) June 26, 2015
Good for Josh Robinson. He’s just using logic, and I’m sure he’ll be crushed for it, but he’s right!
— Kameron P. Nettleton (@kamtheman7) June 26, 2015
Actually Josh Robinson had to make his twitter account private cuz he getting so much HATE. Not right. Should be able to express his opinion — abshir (@abshxr) June 26, 2015
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