Friday, November 04, 2011
NFL Why the heck do we hate Tim Tebow?
This article illustrates the pancake flip that America has made since Darwinism and Communism and Eugenics and Malthusian concepts and Socialism poisoned the well. Consider carefully the very first Amendment to the Constitution:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
1st - keeping the government from interfering with the celebration of religion as they see fit. It also prevents Congress from establishing a State Religion. Sadly, Secular Humanism has become the State religion in violation of the amendment itself.
2nd - Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are established. Liberal loonbats have already begun to try to circumvent this amendment by inventing "hate speech" and "hate crimes." How long before sections of the Bible are prohibited from being printed because they are not politically correct?
3rd - The people can assemble peacebly. Thus, we have seen the Tea Party Patriots assemble as many as a million people at one time without arrests and violence and mugging and looting and leaving behind masses of trash. Tea Party assemblers get permits. The OWS idiots ignore permits, tear up property and rip people off and loot businesss and rob people and leave a horrendous mess behind. Barack Obama likes these guys?
4th - the people can petition the government for a redress of grievances. Well, Christians have a lot of grievances. We are mocked on television networks and comedy clubs and blogs and newspapers and by politician and academia and scientific establishment seeks to toss all believers out of both science and teaching. This is illegal and unconstitutional behavior. Why does America tolerate it?
Why do we laugh at all the people mocking his faith by pretending to kneel down and pray. As Jen asserts, do that in the Muslim way and you will have all sorts of people whopping you upside the head.
Look, Tim Tebow is not a polished NFL quarterback. He has much to learn and probably would have been better off going to a pro offense school. He is effective down near the goal line where he presents a genuine running threat. For now he might be best in a situational mode.
But big whip. Stephen Tulloch would make a far worse quarterback than Tim Tebow. Shame on all you haters of God, bullies, hypocrites, anti-Americans who do not respect the Constitution. Go ahead and criticize his quarterback play and stop being religious bigoted bullies!!!
By Jen Floyd Engels of Fox Sports -
What if Tim Tebow were a Muslim?
Imagine for a second, the Denver Broncosquarterback is a devout follower of Islam, sincere and principled in his beliefs and thus bowed toward Mecca to celebrate touchdowns. Now imagine ifDetroit Lions players Stephen Tulloch and Tony Scheffler mockingly bowed toward Mecca, too, after tackling him for a loss or scoring a touchdown, just like what happened Sunday.
I know what would happen. All hell would break loose.
Stinging indictments issued by sports columnists. At least a few outraged religious leaders chiming in on his behalf. Depending on what else had happened that day, they might have a chance at becoming Keith Olbermann's Worst Person In The World.
And there would be apologies. Oh, Lord, would there be apologies — by players, by coaches, possibly by ownership with a tiny chance of a statement from NFL commish Roger Goodell.
You cannot mock Muslim faith, not in this country, not anywhere really.
It is primarily a respect issue, because religion is sacred and should be off limits. Yet when Tulloch and Scheffler dropped to a knee to mock how Tebow prays — an action known as “Tebowing” that has gone viral among the public, too — we yawned and told Christians to lighten up. We blamed Tebow for making a show of honoring God rather than himself in moments of joy. We excused them because Tulloch said he was mocking "Tebowing," not God.
Tim Tebow has been the butt of many jokes, on and off the field.Joe Mahoney
Because ridiculing a man who chooses to honor God is so much better, right?
His religious fervor is an easy target for the vitriol spewed from those who dislike him, but the reasons are much deeper than that. From his advocacy of abstinence to his infamous “You will never see another team play this hard” speech at Florida, it is like he is too good to be true. He is too nice, and thereby we want him to trip up so we can feel better. We want him to be revealed as a hypocrite, and when that fails to happen, we settle for gleefully celebrating his failures on the football field. And why? Because he dares to say thanks?
I keep telling myself I am done with this Tebow debate only to be drawn offside, this time by a Lions player I had never heard of and a viral web meme that sprouted this week that had fans flooding an ESPN story’s comments section with viciously funny, yet downright mean and very sacrilegious quips of the “X > Tebow” formula.
What this whole repeating cycle of Tebow — rip his game, mock his faith, rise to his defense, repeat — has revealed about religious discourse in America is ugly. We have become so enamored of politically correct dogma that we protect every minority from even the slightest blush of insensitivity while letting the very institutions that the majority holds dear to be ridiculed. And this defense that Tebow invites such scrutiny with his willingness to publicly live as he privately believes calls into question what exactly it is we value.
One of the things Boomer Esiason got right earlier this week in his vicious, radio-show takedown on Tebow as a quarterback was how personal the criticism is. A good many NFL players and fans seem to be rooting for this guy to be a massive failure.
I could not figure out what was causing this onslaught of venom for a guy almost everybody claims to like, and I finally decided it is more about us. He makes us uncomfortable. He is a reminder that the blue-red, liberal-conservative fight over taking God out of everyday life is intellectually dishonest. He is too good.
Tebow is proof that God goes comfortably into whatever arena of your life you wish to take Him. I used to work with a great guy, Simon Gonzalez, a very devout Christian, and he prayed before every meal. Others would be killing free press meals and he would stop, bow his head and silently say thanks. He was not making a spectacle of his beliefs. He believed that God deserved thanks for what was before him, and not just when convenient for Simon. And people would squirm — not because what he was doing was wrong but because it was right. It is the same for Tebow.
There is no organized prayer led by Goodell before every game and no mandate for a post-touchdown prayer. Players such as Tebow — and he certainly is not alone in his belief and faith in the league — do so because consciences request it.
That others chose to mock — and Tulloch is in good company with many journalists I call friends and web posters with a wicked sense of humor — reminds me very much of the final line of The Paradoxical Commandments so often attributed to Mother Teresa. “You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.”
And everybody is getting dropped in the grease on this one.
The defenses of Tebow, by Christians, are so ugly it defeats the point. This is where Christianity so often loses people, the ardent preaching of the gospel of “I'm Right, You're Wrong” and the demand for tolerance and the unwillingness to grant it. Because if Tebow were Muslim and did celebrate by bowing to Mecca, that would deserve respect too. Same for a Jewish player, yet why do I see that blowing up into an ugly mess as well? The level of discourse about religion in this country is frankly embarrassing, a bastard child of political discourse.
The only one who looks good in all this — maybe too good for some — is Tebow.
I find it especially telling that Tebow rarely lectures and does not fight back. He did not create Tebowing, nor is he responsible for it blowing up hipster style. It was kind of cool, I thought, after hearing a kid had said he was “Tebowing” while getting chemo.
Tebow is just a guy with the good sense to say thanks. Instead of taking his cue, we mock his faith.
And that says more about us, none of it good.
What is more ugly and deleterious to American society than the Atheopath. They seem to do nothing but spread vitriol and ugliness and spout nonsense against the Creator God. Yet God remains the logical reason for the Universe and Darwinism continues to be a long string of unsupported stories. Time for Atheopaths to have the courtesy to disagree with other worldviews without the cursing, the mocking and the blocking of jobs and grant money and tenure to those who do not parrot their mantra. It is time that freedom of enquiry and to pursue the questions and doubts of science without assuming the answer in advance. Real science is bold, willing to take chances and will prefer truth above pleasing the majority. This is the science of Newton and Boyle and Copernicus and Neils Bohr.
Back in the mid-1800's men who took multiple wives talked 16-year-olds into bed were tarred and feathered and run out of town. Now they are called Classic Rockers and still fill big venues. Those who railed against God were considered cranks with no common sense. Now they are tenured professors. America has changed to become much uglier and unhappier and far less sensible. They are used to instant answers and are not likely to think critically about whatever propaganda is fed to them. We are witnessing the dumbing-down of American and the decay of the nation's moral code. What will change us back what we once were, the land of opportunity and the home of the brave and free?