Manny Pacquiao posts bible verse calling for the death of homosexuals
Published 19/02/2016 | 11:59
Having apologised for his recent slurs about homosexuality, Manny Pacquiao then posted a biblical verse which calls for the execution of gay people.
The champion boxer, who enjoys icon status in his native Philippians, where he is also a politician, was stripped of a lucrative Nike endorsement earlier this week after he was quoted as saying that homosexuals are "worse than animals".
Claiming sorrow for his remarks, which were made while campaigning for a senate seat in his homeland, Pacquiao then posted a bible passage on is Instagram account that more than echoed his previous remarks.
Quoting Leviticus 20:13 from the Old Testament, he wrote: "Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable ... 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 post received 18,000 likes before being taken down.