A “reap what you sow” tweet from Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick that went out hours after approximately 50 people were killed at a Florida LGBT nightclub has been deleted amid backlash. At precisely 7 a.m. Sunday Dan Patrick tweeted a photo with the words of Galatians 6:7. The verse reads, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”
I’m not surprised in the least that this came out of Texas…but it seems to me that what America is really reaping is mountains of dead bodies bought and paid for by NRA lobbyists and Republicans who refuse to do anything about it except offer “thoughts and prayers.” But I digress…
Patrick’s adviser Allen Blakemore issued a statement explaining that the tweet was an unfortunate coincidence. …A Bible verse is tweeted from Patrick’s account every Sunday at 7 a.m.
Riiiiight. Great bit of P.R. there. All you have to do is read the kind of shit he tweets regularly (anti-choice, anti-gay, anti-poor, pro-white, pro-Christian, pro-discrimination, etc.) and it’s not much of a leap to conclude that he’d post this intentionally. The only upside to all this is the vast sea of backlash he’s swimming in at the moment. You wanted attention, Mr. Not-Even-A-Governor, and now you have it.
(Side note: even if it was just a crazy coincidence that this tweet was unintentional, do you really need to be auto-tweeting Bible verses? What’s the point, to gather Likes? Matthew 6:6: “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Oh but if you do that, nobody will see what a stellar Christian you are! Can’t have that, now can we?)