A day after being fired by Nike for anti-gay remarks, boxer Manny Pacquiao posted a Bible verse on social media which orders that gay people be put to death.
According to multiple news sources, the post quoted Leviticus 20:13, which says: ‘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.’
It was deleted from Pacquiao’s Instagram account but at that point had already received more than 18,000 likes.
The Filipino boxer, pastor and national hero is running for a seat in the senate caused a firestorm after he was asked about his stance on gay marriage in an interview with Bilang Pilipino on Monday (15 February).
‘It’s only common sense. Would you see any species of animals who engage in male to male, female to female [sexual] relations? Animals, then, are better than humans [in that sense]. They know how to distinguish males from females,’ he said.
‘If people then engage in male to male, female to female relations, then they are worse than animals.’
Nike called Pacquiao’s comments ‘abhorrent’ and severed its relationship with him.