We have just witnessed the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Before the bodies were fully counted (it was still at 20 when he did this), before any motives were known, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released a tweet that seemed to condemn the lifestyles of the victims.

Patrick has now erased the tweet, but at 7 a.m. he released a tweet saying:

"Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows". 

This statement's sentiment was taken as "these people deserved it" by many who read it, and Patrick is being savaged by the Twitterverse and media for the ugliness of the timing.

Patrick's representatives said the tweet was not meant as a commentary on these events, but was designed and scheduled last Thursday.

I don't know whether I'm buying this or not. After all, "a man reaps what he sows," and Patrick has been very vocal about anti-gay causes. He has worked against domestic partner benefits, gay marriage and inserted himself into the transgender bathroom debate.

Lt. Patrick clearly has a problem with gay people. Let's not forget he was one of the people responsible for the "hate cake," an actual cake that legislators had made and then cut in recognition of the 10-year anniversary of Texas' ban on gay marriage.

At the cake-cutting event, Lt. Gov. Patrick reportedly said: "It's a battle, but we will be victorious, because with God, who can be against us? We know how it all ends."

Let's look at one more area here. Did we elect a Lt. Governor or a state chaplain? I personally don't think that our Lt. Governor should be preaching at all. If he wishes to show his faith, he can do that with deeds and by being an example, not by using the bully pulpit that being a state official gives him. Keep in mind his staff helps manage this; it isn't private.

Fifty Americans, who happened to be gay, were killed by an Islamic terrorist homophobe, and the best our state has to offer is the words of Dan Patrick? Texas is better than this. Patrick needs to go. He can go preach somewhere or spread his hate on the radio like he used to. He just doesn't need to be in a public office in Texas.

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