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Why Liberals Hate Tim Tebow (Many Tebow-bashers really have a problem with God)
Pajamas Media ^ | 08/31/2013 | PAULA BOLYARD

Posted on 09/02/2013 10:14:02 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

In January 2012, Tim Tebow was the darling of the marketing world — he was marketing gold. Then quarterback of the Denver Broncos, Tebow had led the team to several come-from-behind wins and threw an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of an overtime game to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in a first-round playoff game. The game drew a stunning 49% more viewers than the year-earlier match-up.

Ad Age reported at the time, “The game on CBS averaged a 25.9 household rating/43 share, according to Nielsen, the highest-rated first-round NFL playoff game in 24 years.”

They said that Tebow ranked among the top 85 celebrities in the world in the Trendsetter attribute, “on par with George Clooney, Rihanna, and Justin Timberlake.” According to Ad Age, “In terms of influence, Mr. Tebow is now in the top 40 of 3,000 celebs in the DBI, on par Tom Hanks, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Aniston and Steven Spielberg.”

Darin David, account director at The Marketing Arm, Dallas, said that Tebow was then likely at the $10 million a year level in marketing potential. “As a marketer, you want somebody like that.”

Now you’d think that any team with half a brain, or even a modicum of greed, would have seen the potential — a decade of Tebwomania with the accompanying marketing bonanza. Jerseys, posters, shoes, ticket sales, TV viewers — dollar signs. They would have immediately put a team of the best coaches, trainers, and former quarterbacks on Team Tebow to do whatever it takes to transform his Heisman Trophy college skills into NFL-worthy abilities. But the media had to have its say.

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Despite Tebow’s tremendous marketing potential, even before he was cut loose from the Broncos, the whisper campaign began about how he was “polarizing” and he had “baggage” — that teams wouldn’t want the “distraction.” Ross Bentley at Bleacher Report called Tebow “ the most polarizing figure in sports.” A Business Insider headline blasted “How He Became the Most Polarizing Athlete in Sports,” citing Tebow’s homeschooling and Christian faith. (It should be noted that Michael Vick was also at one time considered “the Most Polarizing Man in Sports,” but you know, he killed and tortured innocent puppies and spent time in prison for illegal dog fighting.)

As Tebwomania grew, the supposed “polarization” also grew with liberal sports writers like The Nation’s Dave Zirin weighing in and, while blaming Tebow’s questionable quarterback skills, also opining that Tebow is “a religious figure in a country that is uncomfortable talking [about] religion.” On ESPN this past June, Zirin added, “When you do a Super Bowl ad for Focus on the Family before you’ve played one down in the NFL, you’re going to be polarizing.”

As news of his release from the New England Patriots was announced on Saturday, the internet exploded with stories about the “polarizing quarterback,” including one at Huffington Post that by Saturday night had accumulated more than 5000 comments.

Tebow, as always, was classy in his response, thanking the Patriots owners and coaches for the opportunity and quoting 2 Corinthians 12:9:

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

That was all the Tebow-haters at Huffington Post needed to pounce on Tebow. Some examples of comments:

“Awwwwwwwww. I bet this makes the Baby Jesus weep. Tim should have prayed more.”

“Hey Tim, are you getting the message now? Nothing fails like prayer.”

“If Tim Tebow spend as much time concentrating on playing football as he did worrying about promoting his religion, he might not be getting cut.”

“We’re all going to hell and we’re excited about it. Don’t be jealous.”

“It would have been different for him had he kept his religion home and just been a regular ball player.”

“Where’s your god now, Tebow?”

On and on it went for over 100 pages of comments.

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The truth is, many of these Tebow-bashers really have a problem with God — Tebow is just a convenient conduit for their anger. When they see Tebow unashamedly discussing his faith, praying — Tebowing — on the sidelines of a football game, or hear about him preaching in a church, it makes them confront the fact that they are not right with God. John, the “disciple whom Jesus loved,” described it this way:

The light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.(John 3:19-21, ESV).

When a certain segment of the American culture sees Tim Tebow, they get angry at him because they hate the light — they hate God, and more specifically, they hate Jesus Christ. It seems counterintuitive that vocal atheists would hate someone they believe does not exist, but spend time reading the comments thread of any blog post that mentions God or Jesus or Christianity and you’ll see the virulent hatred directed toward something they allegedly don’t believe exists.

Paul tells the Romans that men suppress God’s truth by their unrighteousness. “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Romans 1:18-20).

We are all born with a conscience and an innate ability to understand God at a basic level — to know that he exists and we are accountable to Him. Some, despising God (and his laws and requirements), ignore — and even suppress — that truth.

Aldous Huxley, the brother of the atheistic evolutionist Sir Julian Huxley, gave the reason for his anti-Christian stance:

I had motive for not wanting the world to have a meaning … the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation, sexual and political.

For many, it’s easier to attack Tim Tebow than it is to confront the fact that they are living apart from God. They understand that turning to God would mean giving up their right to live however they please and instead submitting to God’s will and desires.

Fair enough. As long as they know that “they are without excuse” and that “each of us will give an account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12, ESV).

The good news is something that Tebow has been bold to proclaim. The disciple John also said,“Whoever believes in [Jesus] is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God” (John 3:18). For those who repent — ask forgiveness and turn from their sins — and trust Christ to save them, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1, ESV). Hating Tim Tebow, or your Christian co-worker, or the church you grew up in will not solve your fundamental problem that you are separated from God by your sin. Christians believe that only in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ can that separation be bridged.


TOPICS: Current Events; Evangelical Christian; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: god; liberalism; liberals; timtebow

1 posted on 09/02/2013 10:14:02 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m a Pats fan, and I wish he could have made the team. They gave him a fair shot, but he really isn’t suitable for a non-option, mostly dropback offense. Too bad.


2 posted on 09/02/2013 10:25:20 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: SeekAndFind

Progressive Liberal Democrats have a problem with God; they booed Him at their last convention.


3 posted on 09/02/2013 10:25:30 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: SeekAndFind

anti-Christian religious bigots must attack him, it’s ingrained in their ideology ... which, of course, includes all progressives

progressives are big govt people. in their view, govt is the supreme authority... which is why they’re in line with communists, marxists, socialists, and fascists.

if you’re attacking someone due to their beliefs, you might as well start attacking people due to their skin color.

then again, the left in America is bigoted in many ways, including race


4 posted on 09/02/2013 10:25:38 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

I think Belicheck honestly wanted Tebow to have a chance to audition for another NFL job, when it became apparent no other team wanted him. I don’t think he really fit on the Patriots, but I think it showed how much Belicheck liked Tebow.


5 posted on 09/02/2013 10:28:52 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

Liberals hate.

It’s the one thing in their life. They are like muslims.


6 posted on 09/02/2013 10:29:54 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama: the bearded lady of the Muslim Brotherhood))
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To: SeekAndFind
There seems little doubt that the thrust of the article is correct. I've read the occasional Tebow thread at Democratic Underground, and most of the posters there utterly despise the man. It's obvious that the only reason they do so is because he's open about his faith.

It seems odd, because speaking as an atheist, the man's faith is utterly irrelevant to me. I don't follow sports, so the only reason I even recognize Tebow is that I live in the Denver area, and it was virtually impossible to avoid seeing stories about him in the local media. My reaction to him (other than, largely, indifference) is to wish the man the best.

The only reason to wish otherwise (as far as I can tell) is that many are, at their core, antitheists rather than atheists.

7 posted on 09/02/2013 10:35:10 AM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Kip Russell
The only reason to wish otherwise (as far as I can tell) is that many are, at their core, antitheists rather than atheists.

They seem to only direct their ire towards Christians, they seem to be pretty okey dokey with Muslims.

8 posted on 09/02/2013 10:36:13 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
They seem to only direct their ire towards Christians, they seem to be pretty okey dokey with Muslims.

Bearing in mind that they live in country that is far more Christian than Muslim (by a factor of roughly 50 to 1 in the US). It shouldn't be surprising that they would complain about the predominant religion, rather than that of a relatively small minority.

Were Muslims predominant, they would presumably direct their ire towards them...until a few of them were beheaded, anyway.

9 posted on 09/02/2013 10:43:08 AM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: SeekAndFind
1. Everyone who disagrees with Obama is really a racist.

2. Everyone who thinks Tebow isn't capable of playing quarterback at the NFL level is a God-hating atheist.

/sarc

10 posted on 09/02/2013 10:44:22 AM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: SeekAndFind

The real truth is that there are not that many Tebow haters out there any more. Most people simply don’t care either way. You can troll the comments section of every website and find outrageous statements about Tebow, but it doesn’t represent a trend or consensus of any kind, IMHO.


11 posted on 09/02/2013 10:44:53 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: SeekAndFind
"(Many Tebow-bashers really have a problem with God)"

Should read "most all...."

12 posted on 09/02/2013 10:46:33 AM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Where's your God now ?"

Seems like I've heard that one before.......

13 posted on 09/02/2013 10:47:18 AM PDT by onona (The Earth is the insane asylum for the universe)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Me too wish he were playing for the Pats. Guess God has other plans for Tim.


14 posted on 09/02/2013 10:47:24 AM PDT by This I Wonder32460
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To: dfwgator

Hoodie’ gave him a shot because of Josh McDaniels, who was the mastermind in drafting Tebow. It just shows how high he is on his offensive coordinator. I’m not worried about Tebow as he would be better off as a coach.

BTW, just like there are fag lovers here on FR, there are also Tebow haters too and see these clowns from time to time.


15 posted on 09/02/2013 10:48:47 AM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: SeekAndFind

Most “bashers” aren’t bashers, they’re pointing out his clear and obvious flaws as a QB. meanwhile the crowd that is addicted to being persecuted insists it’s all because he’s Christian while studiously ignoring all the other Christians succeeding just fine in the sport.

Everybody who thinks Tebow, who is frankly a terrible QB, has been ill treated needs to climb off their personal cross. Sometimes a cigar really is just a cigar, and sometimes a bad QB getting cut from teams is just a bad QB getting cut.


16 posted on 09/02/2013 10:51:08 AM PDT by discostu (This is why we have ants!)
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To: Pearls Before Swine
I don't see Tebow as an option QB, he runs more like a fullback. He's got all the basic ingredients of a good dropback AQ for the pros, tall enough to see and throw over linemen, tough to the point of being nearly indestructible, a rifle arm and any minor flaws in throwing technique easily fixable. His only real problem is being a Christian.

And I believe any remaining interest I might have had in the NFL has just evaporated. They've just lost me as a customer.

17 posted on 09/02/2013 10:51:28 AM PDT by varmintman
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To: SeekAndFind

I love Tebow. He has all the qualities and intangables that you want on your team, except for one. He is not NFL QB material. He was a great college QB, but he is a very bad NFL QB. The kid is a winner and can help any team he ends up on, just not at the QB position. If Tebow wants to play in the NFL he is going to have to change position. I think he would be a very good TE, maybe a RB. But his days of playing QB are pretty much over. I hope he gets picked up by someone, and I hope he is open to changing position. The NFL needs more quality guys like him.


18 posted on 09/02/2013 10:52:41 AM PDT by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: SeekAndFind

My understanding, and it could be wrong, is that Tebow has some eccentricities as a quarterback that are proving a great hindrance to his progress as a pro.

Nevertheless the anti-Tebow-mania has nothing to do with football. And, without having read this whole article, I don’t think it has much to do with religion, or even abortion.

I think it has everything to do with the institutional Left, of which a great part is the MSM, mobilizing to immediately and permanently destroy any conservative who comes in to public view and who may have even a modicum of charisma or popular appeal.

CF: Sarah Palin.


19 posted on 09/02/2013 10:54:36 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: discostu

Tebow is much like his UF predecessor, Danny Wuerffel, Heisman Trophy Winner, National Championship winner, great Christian, mediocre NFL quarterback.....What has Wuerffel done since his NFL days, he created Desire Street Ministries, a non-profit, faith-based, organization focusing on spiritual and community development in areas of New Orleans.


20 posted on 09/02/2013 10:54:57 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: sr4402
Progressive Liberal Democrats have a problem with God; they booed Him at their last convention.

Three times.

Here's the bad part for democRATs who don't believe: Jesus heard them too.

5.56mm

21 posted on 09/02/2013 10:55:39 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: varmintman

Seeing the plight of many former NFL players in their later years, Tebow may realize 30 years down the road, that this was for the best. He still has his health intact....and they way he played, he takes a lot of punishment.


22 posted on 09/02/2013 10:56:30 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: discostu

Yeah I said coming out of college that Tebow wouldn’t make it as an NFL QB. Neither will Manziel - in his case it will be both temperament and talent


23 posted on 09/02/2013 10:57:29 AM PDT by over3Owithabrain
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To: SeekAndFind

What I find amazing is Tebow’s outward expressions of Christian faith not only bother libs, but it deeply offends them, as do all other things that stand for goodness and decency. When Tebow went to NY, Christian values. And when he stood strong against temptation and evil, the leftists became enraged all the more. They are truly reprehensible creatures.


24 posted on 09/02/2013 11:02:17 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: SeekAndFind

*Corrected version....

What I find amazing is Tebow’s outward expressions of Christian faith not only bother libs, but they deeply offend them, as do all other things that stand for goodness and decency. When Tebow went to NY, The denizens of thd darkside salivated at the prospect of Tebow failing his Christian values. And when he stood strong against temptation and evil, the leftists became enraged all the more. They are truly reprehensible creatures.


25 posted on 09/02/2013 11:06:25 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: SeekAndFind

bttt


26 posted on 09/02/2013 11:10:17 AM PDT by Mark17 (Mark Levin: Barack Obama is a human wrecking ball)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

He should consider switching to running back or tight end. He has lots of useful offensive skills, unfortunately he doesn’t make the grade as an NFL QB.


27 posted on 09/02/2013 11:12:36 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not really out to get you.)
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To: discostu

I think the hate and the love are building off each other.

One side ratchets up the love, the other side ratchets up the hate causing the other side to ratchet up the love.


28 posted on 09/02/2013 11:24:26 AM PDT by DManA
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To: varmintman
I don't see Tebow as an option QB, he runs more like a fullback. He's got all the basic ingredients of a good dropback AQ for the pros, tall enough to see and throw over linemen, tough to the point of being nearly indestructible, a rifle arm and any minor flaws in throwing technique easily fixable.

I don't agree with your last point. I wanted him to find a place with the Pats, but he is very inaccurate as a thrower and his defensive reads are too slow. This was true even with Josh McDaniels, who is Pat's offensive coordinator and a big Tebow fan (he drafted and coached him in Denver) there to help out. Good QBs, and some bad ones, usually look great in preseason. Tebow did not. He had trouble hitting open receivers, and he was so slow on his defensive reads that he kept getting sacked despite his mobility and strength. I had hoped he could be an old style "triple threat" back--pass, catch, run.

It's true that the Pats only gave him a chance on the passing part, but that's what they needed, and being a QB was his stated goal. I think he's only effective in a mostly run and option offense, which tends towards a short career because of injuries.

His being an out-front Christian may have led to bad vibes in NYC, but I didn't see it as a factor in NE.

29 posted on 09/02/2013 11:42:33 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: SeekAndFind
In the real world, Tebow is a great person but a horrible NFL quarterback. He just can't play the position at this level. Him and millions of others. I wish it was different. Even in the bluest of blue state areas, NYC, most, hoped he would lead the Jets onto victory, but he was not good enough. Very few nutters hated him because of his beliefs. Probably the most beloved athlete in New York, the great Mariano, is not shy about is Christian beliefs. Andy Petite for that matter. The difference is that those two won championship, while Tebow struggled to complete a pass.
30 posted on 09/02/2013 11:42:56 AM PDT by gusty
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To: SeekAndFind

Tebow really bothered the left. It was fun to see.
But they really got excited over the ‘gay NFL player.’

Because they hate the idea of God and love anything that contradicts the nature that we have in us, given by God.


31 posted on 09/02/2013 11:53:21 AM PDT by I want the USA back
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To: jocon307
I think it has everything to do with the institutional Left, of which a great part is the MSM, mobilizing to immediately and permanently destroy any conservative who comes in to public view and who may have even a modicum of charisma or popular appeal.

What you said.

Tebow was Macaca'd.

-PJ

32 posted on 09/02/2013 11:56:14 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: I want the USA back
But they really got excited over the ‘gay NFL player.’

Let's be honest...that clown got his 15 minutes of fame equal to about .01% of the publicity of Tebow. Tebow is on the sports news every day.

33 posted on 09/02/2013 12:05:15 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: SeekAndFind

I read TT’s book, he’s a fine young man.

To me the premise that there is some NFL/liberal conspiracy to keep him from playing is way off base.

And it may well be that God’s plan for him may be coaching or ministry.


34 posted on 09/02/2013 12:10:10 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: varmintman

Look at the bright side, he still has as many playoff wins as Tony Romo.


35 posted on 09/02/2013 12:12:07 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Kip Russell

Your “anti-theists” of the 18th century had the same nice things to say about Mohammed. They hated the Church and so they said nice things about Mohammed. Their hatred is the reason why the Revolution turned into a bloodbath and ended in tyranny.


36 posted on 09/02/2013 12:41:13 PM PDT by RobbyS
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t follow professional football and so will assume that Tim Tebow simply didn’t deliver on what the NFL teams that hired him thought was his potential. So be it. However, the fact that the left has been very, very hostile to Tebow due to his daring to be open and public about his Christian faith is undeniable. I agree that had Tebow been a great quarterback for any of the NFL teams he was a part of, the hostility would have waned somewhat, if not totally disappeared. Tebow’s Christianity was certainly a problem for many that follow the NFL, be it professional writers or internet haters posting scathing insults to Tebow behind the anonymity of the internet.


37 posted on 09/02/2013 1:52:34 PM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: discostu

how many playoff games have you won ?


38 posted on 09/02/2013 2:48:35 PM PDT by edged25 (Edged25)
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To: edged25

Ahh the ever popular well poisoning. Classic dodge for folks with no facts on their side. Meanwhile Tebow has a career completions percentage under 50, which means he stinks. My stats don’t matter to that.


39 posted on 09/02/2013 3:07:19 PM PDT by discostu (This is why we have ants!)
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To: Political Junkie Too

Thank you. I think Macaca’d is a good term for it.


40 posted on 09/02/2013 9:19:31 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: SeekAndFind
God bless Tim Tebow. I hope the Lord continues to use him in a way that brings glory to God and that Tim never gives up. He is strong role model when kids NEED that so much. I think God has a very bright future for him.
41 posted on 09/02/2013 11:28:53 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: This I Wonder32460
Guess God has other plans for Tim.

There is that old joke about the guy who passes on a boat and a helicopter and other forms of rescue saying "God will provide" and when he dies and asks why, God says "I sent you a boat and a helicopter. What more did you want?"

Having been dumped by three teams in three years maybe it's time Tebow realized that God is sending him the message that football isn't for him?

42 posted on 09/06/2013 8:00:39 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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