Tim Tebow can’t seem to catch a break.
The (unintentionally) controversial quarterback canceled a recent appearance at Dallas’s First Baptist Church after its pastor, Robert Jeffress, made several remarks that denigrated homosexuals, Muslims and Mormons. This caused Bryan Fischer, a particularly virulent anti-gay activist, to label Tebow, “craven.” Jeffress himself just can’t understand why his beloved “historic Christian doctrine,” which has mobilized so much slaughter and oppression over the last 2,000 years, is now considered “hate speech.”
At any rate, this comes after several years of Tebow coming under attack from the secular left. They complained that his public expressions of faith were a distraction to his teammates. Bill Maher mocked him, wondering why if God loved him so much He didn’t deliver him from the Buffalo Bills. When his personal story was told via a Super Bowl ad (his mother’s doctor recommended abortion when she became violently ill during her pregnancy), they accused him of declaring war on the pro-choice movement while soiling the security blankie that is professional sports with political acrimony.
And in the middle of all this are the humble football fans who just don’t think he’s a very good player, despite his 9-7 record as a starter.
Good lord (no pun intended). I’m essentially an atheist, yet I have seen no evidence that Tebow is not who he says he is. By all accounts, he’s a genuinely nice guy. Super Bowl ad and “Tebowing” notwithstanding, he has never publicly judged anybody. A few years ago, when he wasn’t becoming the first sophomore in history to win the Heisman Trophy, he was doing missionary work in the Philippines.
Only on this perverted planet would we take a track record like that and, instead of lauding it, work ourselves into an enraged frenzy that he’s too pro-life or not anti-gay enough.
It’ s well known that there’s no moderation in America. We overreact to everything. But it would be nice if the left would acknowledge that just because Tebow talks about his faith outside of the closet, it doesn’t mean he’s trying to impose a theocracy. And it would be nice if certain elements of the right would acknowledge that he can be a good Christian without despising everyone who doesn’t pray to God, or prays to a different God, or does pray to your God but just does it the wrong way.
Myself, I’m just curious to see if there’s a NFL team out there willing to let him play football.