There's a lot of Tim Teebow bashing going on. The somewhat unexplained success of the Broncos, compiled with the "good nature" of Tim has lead to many people defending him. So he wears his faith on his sleeve, and face as it were, but many many NFL players and professional athletes do as well. So why are we picking on Tim? Why do atheists hate on this guy so much? I've gotten into many discussions about Tim with many people. He is looked upon as a hero and a role model. So what is the problem?!
Well, here's my problem; Yes many athletes are very strong men and women of faith and the list is long. However, in my opinion, there is a big difference between keeping your faith to yourself and making your faith the central focus of your life in the public light. If you choose to do this, you should also be held to account on what exactly that means. For Tim Tebow, this means being anti LGBT rights, which to me is bigotry and hatred in the clearest and most simplistic definitions. As the Friendly Atheist also points out in his blog, Tim appeared in and by doing so gave his default support for, a commercial by Focus on the Family an organization that is not only vehemently anti-abortion, but also expounds hate against homosexual. So Tim, as good natured as he appears to be, is also a person filled with hate and intolerance, UNLESS he comes out publicly and says otherwise.
There's also the argument, assuming Tim is thanking god for choosing him and bestowing success upon him, that Tim is also incredibly selfish and self-centered. However, I have not read anything on exactly what he in fact says when he takes a knee. I do however think that assumption can be made and again, until I hear otherwise I'll go with that.
So Tim may be a great athlete and a "good guy" and blah blah blah, but he is also a self centered bigot. Even the highly religious Kurt Warner suggests that Tim should tone it down and to me that carries a lot of weight considering who Kurt Warner is. So Tim, please come out and prove me wrong and say otherwise. Publicly say you are for LGBT rights and human rights! Say publicly that every time you take a knee you are praying that your god helps every single person on this earth. IF you do this, then I too will become a Tebow fan. Until then, and even he wins the Super Bowl, I will have not once of respect for him.