Tweet by Texas Lt. Gov. causes confusion in hours following Orlando shooting

Posted at 10:49 AM, Jun 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-13 06:40:22-04

UPDATE: In a Facebook post on Sunday afternoon, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick clarified his tweet. He said he has tweeted a Bible verse every Sunday morning with the passages chosen in advance. He also says he is currently "on an island," and was not aware of the the tragic shootings in Orlando until later in the day. 

Patrick has also since deleted his original tweet.

Read Patrick's full statement below.

Just hours after 50 people were killed in the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States, Patrick had tweeted a Bible verse that appeared to condemn the shooting victims, many of whom were gay.

At 7 a.m. on Sunday morning, Patrick tweeted a screen grab of Galatians 6:7, which reads “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”

Twitter responded harshly to the Tweet, calling Patrick insensitive.







Patrick later tweeted a verse from Psalms 37:39, reading “The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord, He is their stronghold in time of trouble.”



Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.