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. 

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Comment by Ed on December 13, 2011 at 10:33am

Professional and amateur athletes who think that a supernatural being is actually going to assist them in winning a game against other athletes who worship the same being demonstratse the skewed logic of what is religion.

It's interesting that they give this invisible creature credit for a victory but what do they think as they waltz back to the locker room after losing? 

Comment by Robert Karp on December 13, 2011 at 10:39am

Exactly my thoughts. But even as recently as this morning on the Today Show, they were saying this was not a big deal and were expounding the virtues of Teebow as this great man.

Comment by Robert Karp on December 13, 2011 at 1:12pm


Matthew 6:1

Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 6:6-6:6

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Comment by Kyle Wilkins on December 13, 2011 at 3:29pm

Here are my reasons.

1. Everyone talks about him TOO MUCH. You don't see dedicated time slots on ESPN SportsCenter on Aaron Rodgers even though he is an extremely better quarterback and is on track to lead his team to an undefeated season and break Dan Marino's single season pass yards along with Tom Brady and Drew Brees.

2. He isn't a quarterback. A qb's job is to throw first run second as last ditch effort. Most qb's throw the ball away before running. He has very few interceptions because he throws the ball away from the defensive backs, but also away from the wide receiver. He cannot throw the ball for s***. If he keeps running he will end up injured as Mike Vick has.

3. It doesn't even look like he is trying for the first three and a half quarters and then half way through the forth he realizes his team is still in the game. Then decides to play.

4. He flaunts his faith WAY too much. First off I will state that it disappoints me that when anyone (athlete, actor, doctor, or surgeon) does not take credit for something they earned. (Athlete wins a great game, surgeon has a successful surgery, ect..). Second how can he possibly say god helped him and was on his side? If this is the case god isn't good at professional football (I wouldn't fantasy draft him if he continues to play like he does through Tebow haha). He makes talking about his faith a focus point in his post game talks. Granted this is probably a big reason why a lot of people like him, this is also the biggest reason I dislike him. Would he have nearly the following he does if he was homosexual and openly flaunted it the way he does his religion? Probably not.

Comment by Ron Humphrey on January 9, 2012 at 10:02am

Good post Kyle Wilkins

Comment by Ron Humphrey on January 9, 2012 at 10:07am

I don't know how to link to a photo by posted by some one here on this forum.  The photo shows 1. Tebow giving thanks to Jesus Christ his lord and personal saviour.  Just below this photo is a line of children waiting to get their next meal.

How awful for someone like Tebow to think that a mythical god cares whether or not he wins a football game.  If he truly believes, and I think he does, then he should be praying for this god to alleviated hunger and suffering in the world.  Any prayer which does not begin with that premise is a selfish and self-centered plea for the physical laws of the universe be temporarily suspended for his or her benefit.  


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