Another week, another Tim Tebow speaking controversy.
After skipping out on a promise to speak at a Dallas church because of the questionable views of its pastor, the New York Jets quarterback will be making an appearance at another institution whose philosophy has been the subject of some controversy recently.
Tebow is set to appear at Liberty University in Virginia on Friday as part of the school's "Convocation" series. A Liberty University spokesman told the Huffington Post in an email that the talk will be private and has been planned for some months.
Liberty, which was founded in 1971 by Southern Baptist leader Jerry Falwell, has been in hot water recently over comments made by some of its leaders. Mathew Staver, Liberty University’s vice president and law school dean, has been in the headlines for railing against the LGBT movement. The school has also refused to recognize the College Democrats club for the past several years due to its affiliation with the Democratic Party.
Falwell, who passed away in 2007, was criticized in 2001 after suggesting that the presence of gays and lesbians in the United States contributed to the attacks of 9/11.
An online petition started by the group Faithful America to discourage Tebow from speaking at Liberty has gained some 11,000 signatures.