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NFL: Is “Tebowing” an attack on Christianity?
Hotair ^ | 12/05/2011 | Howard Portnoy

Posted on 12/05/2011 11:54:58 AM PST by SeekAndFind

The question that forms the title of this post has been getting a good bit of play in conservative circles of late. It was hinted at in a segment of FOX and Friends on Friday that featured NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton. And it is the main focus of a column by National Review Online news editor Daniel Foster that appeared on Saturday.

“Tebowing,” should the term be unfamiliar, takes its name from another quarterback, current Denver Broncos play caller Tim Tebow. More specifically, the term designates the now-viral mockery of his habit of kneeling down and bowing his head after a touchdown to commune with his God.

As Foster writes with more than a hint of indignation, Tebowing his become an Internet phenomenon, with its own website, a Twitter account, and most recently a YouTube video titled “Tebowing for Dummies.” At such sites, Foster continues:

[Y]ou can see an act of communion with one’s creator rendered as a bit of pop-cultural ephemera, [complete with] pictures of folks striking the pose everywhere from Oxford to Istanbul, with that muddle of irony and enthusiasm that has become my generation’s trademark.

Foster’s obvious pique at these send-ups derives in part from the fact of Tebow’s wholesomeness (he is in Foster’s words “squeaky clean, in a sport that notoriously is not”). Wherein, Foster insists, lies the origins of Tebowing. It is, in short, “the power of Tebow’s evangelical-Christian faith, and the earnestness with which he professes it [that] seems to annoy so many people.”

I’m going to have toss out my red challenge flag here. Foster may be right that for some people, the problem isn’t Tebow’s religiosity but the fact that professional sports are “so filled with clichéd Jesus praise that” fans doubt his sincerity. But I submit that for many who prefer to spend their Sundays watching the exquisite choreography of a perfectly executed screen pass, the problem is Tebow’s self-absorption.

Tebow is free to give “mad respect” to his lord, but I’d rather he do it on his own time. A number of players cross themselves on every play, but they do it discreetly — and expeditiously. Tebow’s prayer timeouts, by contrast, are as gratuitously in-your-face as the most flagrant end zone dance. And they last as long. Yet, according to his supporters, all of footballdom is supposed to give him a pass because his purpose is holy. Isn’t that what churches are for?

Another, subtler, ingredient in the widespread antipathy toward Tebow is that he is an anomaly. His success as an NFL quarterback (he is 4 and 1 since replacing Kyle Orton at the helm of the Broncos offense) doesn’t make sense to diehard football fans. His passing numbers — he has a 45% completion rate — are awful. His team is winning through a combination of razzle-dazzle and offensive schemes that haven’t been used by college, let alone NFL, coaches in two decades.

I am predicting that “this too shall pass” (to cite a proverb that Tebow should appreciate because of its religious roots). Sooner or later all 31 remaining teams in the league will develop defensive strategies to counter Denver’s pre-Knute Rockne offense, and Tebow — and Tebowing — will be gone.


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KEYWORDS: christianity; nfl; tebow; timtebow
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1 posted on 12/05/2011 11:55:00 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 12/05/2011 11:56:12 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

Mockery? Every time I’ve seen it, it’s been a sincere NFL player acknowledging the True Source of his athletic prowess.


3 posted on 12/05/2011 11:59:06 AM PST by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Saw the funniest Tweet yesterday:

"Dear Tim Tebow, You're welcome. Now shut up - I'm trying to watch the Packers game."

--God

4 posted on 12/05/2011 12:00:14 PM PST by brewcrew (Life is tough. It's tougher if you're stupid. --John Wayne)
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To: SeekAndFind
A number of players cross themselves on every play, but they do it discreetly — and expeditiously. Tebow’s prayer timeouts, by contrast, are as gratuitously in-your-face as the most flagrant end zone dance. And they last as long. Yet, according to his supporters, all of footballdom is supposed to give him a pass because his purpose is holy. Isn’t that what churches are for?

"Isn't that what churches are for"??
Get back in your ghetto, Christians!
This is "freedom from religion" at its worst.

5 posted on 12/05/2011 12:02:09 PM PST by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: SeekAndFind
A number of players cross themselves on every play, but they do it discreetly — and expeditiously. Tebow’s prayer timeouts, by contrast, are as gratuitously in-your-face as the most flagrant end zone dance. And they last as long. Yet, according to his supporters, all of footballdom is supposed to give him a pass because his purpose is holy. Isn’t that what churches are for?

Luke 9:26"For he that shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him the Son of man shall be ashamed, when he shall come in his majesty and that of his Father and of the holy angels."

Nancy Pelosi and the CINO Dems would be proud!

6 posted on 12/05/2011 12:02:22 PM PST by frogjerk (OBAMA NOV 2012 = HORSEMEAT)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Tebow is free to give “mad respect” to his lord, but I’d rather he do it on his own time. A number of players cross themselves on every play, but they do it discreetly — and expeditiously. Tebow’s prayer timeouts, by contrast, are as gratuitously in-your-face as the most flagrant end zone dance. And they last as long. Yet, according to his supporters, all of footballdom is supposed to give him a pass because his purpose is holy. Isn’t that what churches are for?”


FUHA

Hot Air is following the same path as Little Green Footballs and that Brock gay dude.


7 posted on 12/05/2011 12:02:29 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: SeekAndFind
Frequently NFL players from both teams meet on the field to pray together after a game. The TV networks usually cut away from that shot. There are a lot of Christians in the NFL not afraid to show their love to each other and their God. Tebowing may just be a fleeting cultural fad. Not anything to worry about.
8 posted on 12/05/2011 12:03:54 PM PST by dblshot (Insanity: electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: SeekAndFind

While I do admit there are real, concerted attacks from the left, sometimes we get too sensitive.

Let it go. It’s not coordinated. Take it as a compliment.

By the way, I am totally enjoying watching all of the experts be befuddled, and in some cases, irritated by Tim Tebow’s success. Since we don’t have NFL football in Cleveland, it’s one of the few bright spots in the season!


9 posted on 12/05/2011 12:03:54 PM PST by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I am predicting that “this too shall pass” (to cite a proverb that Tebow should appreciate because of its religious roots). Sooner or later all 31 remaining teams in the league will develop defensive strategies to counter Denver’s pre-Knute Rockne offense, and Tebow — and Tebowing — will be gone

What an angry jerk. I couldn't stand Tebow when he beat my Jets but I respect him as a person and a player. Not this sour grapes creep.

10 posted on 12/05/2011 12:05:14 PM PST by frogjerk (OBAMA NOV 2012 = HORSEMEAT)
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To: Genoa

Some gutless bastards can’t get enough just blaspheming God; they feel it is their responsibility to tell everyone else how to revere HIM.


11 posted on 12/05/2011 12:05:20 PM PST by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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To: SeekAndFind

How is Tebowing any different than planking?

I don’t care if they mock Tebow for this, he should continue to do as he wishes. Certainly I see no mocking of more deserving inane football celebrations.


12 posted on 12/05/2011 12:05:30 PM PST by Obadiah (Obama's America: My Own Private Venezuela)
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To: SeekAndFind

I sincerely hope this secularist douche is getting it good from readers at HA.


13 posted on 12/05/2011 12:05:47 PM PST by lazypadawan
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To: SeekAndFind

Better title for this “article”:

Portnoy’s Complaint

(Howard Portnoy is the author. For our Freepers younger than 50, Google “Portnoy’s Complaint”)


14 posted on 12/05/2011 12:06:14 PM PST by kidd
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To: brownsfan

Totally agree.


15 posted on 12/05/2011 12:06:53 PM PST by Obadiah (Obama's America: My Own Private Venezuela)
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To: SeekAndFind
His success as an NFL quarterback (he is 4 and 1 since replacing Kyle Orton at the helm of the Broncos offense)

Updated:

The Broncos have won five in a row and are 6-1 with this guy — tied for first in the AFC West with Oakland.

16 posted on 12/05/2011 12:06:53 PM PST by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is one angry and spiteful person.


17 posted on 12/05/2011 12:07:09 PM PST by frogjerk (OBAMA NOV 2012 = HORSEMEAT)
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To: frogjerk
Sooner or later all 31 remaining teams in the league will develop defensive strategies to counter Denver’s pre-Knute Rockne offense....

And then Tebow will find another way to beat them.

18 posted on 12/05/2011 12:07:28 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: icwhatudo

Here is the writer’s twitter account.

http://twitter.com/#!/howardportnoy

He is a NYU grad who writes about restaurants in NY.


19 posted on 12/05/2011 12:07:35 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: brewcrew

Bwahahahaha!


20 posted on 12/05/2011 12:07:56 PM PST by Obadiah (Obama's America: My Own Private Venezuela)
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To: SeekAndFind
Haven't we all seen boxers do this before the first round bell?

Haven't we seen the "great" Muhammad Ali praise Allah at the beginning of each interview after a fight?

-PJ

21 posted on 12/05/2011 12:08:16 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Howard Portnoy would make a great addition to the Obama 2012 campaign for reaching out to Christian voters.


22 posted on 12/05/2011 12:09:07 PM PST by frogjerk (OBAMA NOV 2012 = HORSEMEAT)
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To: Political Junkie Too

RE: Haven’t we seen the “great” Muhammad Ali praise Allah at the beginning of each interview after a fight?

Did he praise Allah after he was beaten by Joe Frazier and Larry Holmes?


23 posted on 12/05/2011 12:10:24 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: dfwgator
Tebowing: The Early Years.
 
 


24 posted on 12/05/2011 12:11:38 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Tebow’s prayer timeouts, by contrast, are as gratuitously in-your-face as the most flagrant end zone dance. And they last as long. Yet, according to his supporters, all of footballdom is supposed to give him a pass because his purpose is holy. Isn’t that what churches are for?*****

THat’s right Mr. Portnoy, Tim needs to check his faith as the church door. How dare he acknowledge the lordship of Christ outside of church on Sunday morning!

Tim Tebow is a real, living representation of the love of Christ and it began long before he achieved football notoriety. It’s fascinating to watch so many recoil in horror as Tebow continues to confound the naysayers all the while maintaining such a Christ centered perspective.


25 posted on 12/05/2011 12:14:04 PM PST by bereanway
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To: lazypadawan

Lots of GOD haters on that thread on HA. Sickening


26 posted on 12/05/2011 12:15:03 PM PST by frogjerk (OBAMA NOV 2012 = HORSEMEAT)
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To: SeekAndFind
If Tebow was a black Christian Tebowing would be a hate crime.
27 posted on 12/05/2011 12:17:26 PM PST by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: Obadiah

Reggie White organized a prayer circle on the 50 yard line after every game. No one criticized him for espousing his religious beliefs until he came out against homosexuality. Then the ESPN crowd went nuts...


28 posted on 12/05/2011 12:18:12 PM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: SeekAndFind

I decided that many people who are so ‘offended’ and have such a problem with Mr. Tebow’s outspoken Christian values actually have a problem with themselves. They are uncomfortable with themselves and their own less-than-morally-stellar lifestyles; and seeing him gain success makes them feel guilty and nervous. I have observed this with several people who have derided him.


29 posted on 12/05/2011 12:19:24 PM PST by AUJenn
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To: bereanway
How dare he acknowledge the lordship of Christ outside of church on Sunday morning!

Have you ever noticed how fast the church parking lot empties after the last service on Sunday morning?

30 posted on 12/05/2011 12:24:43 PM PST by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: SeekAndFind
What's the big deal? So what if he kneels and or bows to give thanx to God. What harm?

It's ok for these igmos to go out and perform all manner of celebration dance, yet not ok for Tebow?

Everyone has a right to be offended, they also have a right to get over their own sensibilities.

31 posted on 12/05/2011 12:24:54 PM PST by servantboy777
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To: arrdon

“Some gutless bastards can’t get enough just blaspheming God; they feel it is their responsibility to tell everyone else how to revere HIM.”

Well, all I have to say is; if Tebow should take Denver all the way to the Super Bowl and win, I’m joining his church...


32 posted on 12/05/2011 12:25:04 PM PST by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: bereanway

Tebow has already performed one miracle, he’s turned me into a Broncos’ fan.


33 posted on 12/05/2011 12:26:53 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

How many hospitals have Tebow’s detractors built?


34 posted on 12/05/2011 12:27:44 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Genoa

Portnoy is just doing the work of secularists. He probably hates Jesus and Christianity, but realizes that he can’t say that. So, he makes up an alternative “narrative” to slight Tebow.


35 posted on 12/05/2011 12:29:39 PM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: SeekAndFind
Tebow’s self-absorption

Publicly acknowledging that all he is he has from God is "self-absorption"? This guy truly doesn't get it.

36 posted on 12/05/2011 12:30:01 PM PST by JustSayNoToNannies
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe this intolerant whiner should direct his ire at the TV networks who cover Broncos games and their game day crews. The times I’ve seen Tebow “Tebowing”, he was on the sideline, and he is only on the air if the network crews have intentionally keep an eye on him and put him on camera during those moments.

Lots of motives and hidden, or not so hidden agendas are involved with the various reactions to Tim Tebow.


37 posted on 12/05/2011 12:30:34 PM PST by Will88
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To: SeekAndFind
Tebow is free to give “mad respect” to his lord, but I’d rather he do it on his own time.

I'd prefer that Barrack Obama's vocal cords were removed so I would never have to hear his voice again. But, alas, we can't always get what we desire.

I am predicting that “this too shall pass” (to cite a proverb that Tebow should appreciate because of its religious roots). Sooner or later all 31 remaining teams in the league will develop defensive strategies to counter Denver’s pre-Knute Rockne offense, and Tebow — and Tebowing — will be gone.

No, Howard is hoping that will occur because he, apparently, has a problem with someone reminding him that there is a God he is accountable.

I predict Tebow improves as a passer and becomes a pro-bowl caliber quarterback.

38 posted on 12/05/2011 12:34:10 PM PST by Kazan
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To: SeekAndFind
It is, in short, “the power of Tebow’s evangelical-Christian faith, and the earnestness with which he professes it [that] seems to annoy so many people.”

The explanation is simple .. and it's been around for a long time:

For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life ... 2 Corinthians 2:15-16

39 posted on 12/05/2011 12:34:10 PM PST by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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RE: How many hospitals have Tebow’s detractors built?

Excuse my ignorance, but you seem to be saying that Tim Tebow actually helped built hospitals? If so, which one?


40 posted on 12/05/2011 12:38:20 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: brownsfan

No, we should not let it go.

It sounds nice to ‘take the high road’, and sometimes even feels good, but that’s not the remedy we need in situations like this.


41 posted on 12/05/2011 12:38:52 PM PST by MichaelCorleone (Stop feeding the beast; if they don't say "Merry Christmas", don't buy.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Tim Tebow building hospital in Philippines
42 posted on 12/05/2011 12:39:33 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: TYVets

>>Have you ever noticed how fast the church parking lot empties after the last service on Sunday morning?<<

Christians are human, we enjoy sports...so what’s the point?


43 posted on 12/05/2011 12:40:56 PM PST by servantboy777
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To: SeekAndFind
Tebow is free to give “mad respect” to his lord, but I’d rather he do it on his own time.

Personally, I'd rather see a player get down on his knee and thank God after a TD than gyrate, punch himself in the chest and give praise to himself which is what most of them do.

But hey, that's just me.
44 posted on 12/05/2011 12:43:05 PM PST by Antoninus (Take the pledge: I will not vote for Mitt Romney under any circumstances. EVER.)
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To: MichaelCorleone

“It sounds nice to ‘take the high road’, and sometimes even feels good, but that’s not the remedy we need in situations like this.”

... say all the shrill voices on the left.


45 posted on 12/05/2011 12:43:42 PM PST by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Football is one of the few places where prayer isn’t frowned upon, except by the candy-ass, squat-to-pee reporters who cover the sport.

Those who play it and grow up around it realize that it is a dangerous game, and prayer is appropriate. Ditto the military.

Tim Tebow’s teammates respect him, as do a lot of former players who are Christians (Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin, in particular).


46 posted on 12/05/2011 12:44:47 PM PST by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: brownsfan

Are you saying to ignore it and it will all go away?


47 posted on 12/05/2011 12:49:11 PM PST by MichaelCorleone (Stop feeding the beast; if they don't say "Merry Christmas", don't buy.)
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...as do a lot of former players who are Christians (Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin, in particular).

And when a Seminole and a Hurricane respect a Gator, that's something.

48 posted on 12/05/2011 12:50:30 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dblshot
Frequently NFL players from both teams meet on the field to pray together after a game. The TV networks usually cut away from that shot.

During the National Anthem, I've notice that there are quick cutaways from shots of certain players who show no respect whatsoever for this great country that has so richly rewarded them. In many cases, they're smacking gum and looking around with a foolish grin instead of honoring America.

49 posted on 12/05/2011 1:00:05 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: servantboy777
Christians are human, we enjoy sports...so what’s the point?

The point is many Christians do leave their faith in Christ inside the doors of the church and escape as soon as possible.

Many in the media imply "how dare Tebow take his faith outside the four walls of a church"

50 posted on 12/05/2011 1:00:05 PM PST by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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