Skip to comments.WHY DO THEY MOCK TIM TEBOW?
Posted on 01/16/2012 11:30:17 AM PST by shortstop
Why do they mock Tebow?
And why do we let them?
In what is arguably the most religiously tolerant society in human history, how is it that, in the modern age, the religious expression of an athlete is the brunt of jokes and the target of mockery?
Why dont we denounce that for the bigotry it is?
Because our tolerance is in name only.
And it is unevenly applied.
In America, intolerance of the minority is rejected, but intolerance of the majority is expected.
Tim Tebow is mocked not because he is religious, but because he is Christian.
Were he similarly zealous in devotion to a minority religion, his piety would be solemnly respected. If a Muslim playing in the NFL knelt in prayer, or expressed gratitude to his God for his professional success, he would be lionized for his bravery. His religious views would be treated with reverential respect.
He would be seen as a great example of his faith and the nation would honor him and his religion.
The same would be true for a Hindu or a Buddhist or a Wiccan.
But not for a Christian.
Because there is a double standard of religion in this country. Christians, particularly conservative or Bible-based Christians, are treated as inferior oddballs, as benighted Neanderthals with small minds and small views.
You can see that in the coverage of the Republican presidential race. And in the reporting on Tim Tebow.
If the snide player remarks about Tim Tebow had been made about a Muslim player, the commissioner and the league would have levied sanctions. If that same Muslim player had had his religion mocked on a late-night talk show, the nation would be aghast.
But not with Tebow.
Not with a Christian.
That is wrong, and it should be challenged. Instead of silently suffered, it should be publicly denounced.
There should be one standard of respect for religion in this country. The way we treat minority religions is closest to what is right. There should be neighborly respect and tolerance.
But whats good for the goose should be good for the gander, and all religions including the majority religion should be respected.
Too often in the media, there is a condescension toward conservative Christians. That is a reflection of the philosophical prejudices of the media culture and of the liberal agenda.
That is ironic because the best virtues of American society are found in Christian teachings. In fact, American liberty could never have arisen without the seedbed of Christian faith. Not that one must be a Christian to be an American, but that the fundamental worth of the individual, and the moral freedom of the individual, are ideas which philosophically arose as outgrowths of Christian belief.
It was the reading of the Bible and faith in the Christian God which gave rise to the independence of thought necessary to conceive of and fight for liberty.
That is not to denigrate any other faith. It is simply to recognize the reality of American history.
Americas tolerance is fundamentally a product of its Christianity.
Which is why it is doubly disappointing to see American Christianity increasingly facing intolerance.
As evidenced by the mocking of Tim Tebow.
The First Amendment like all of the Constitution is both a reflection of and an inspiration for the American character. The First Amendment says two things about religion that the government shall not declare an official religion, and that the government may not interfere with the practice of religion.
American culture reflects that second guarantee in the accepting attitude of its citizens.
Or at least it used to.
Increasingly, we whittle the freedom of religion down to just the freedom of worship. Yes, you can go behind closed doors on Sunday morning and worship as you please, but if you bring your religion back out with you, into the public square, you will find hostility and criticism.
Especially if you are Christian.
And that must end.
Because a nation is better if its people are religious. Not just on their holy days and in their places of worship, but every day, and in every part of their lives.
Tim Tebow merely attempts to do that.
He is a Christian, and he has chosen to live a Christ-centered life.
And in the land of the free, he should be allowed to.
Without being laughed at.
Why does the Godless left attack him in the media? It’s their job.
It is ok... it just gets tiresome..
You gotta be joking.
Because they can.
And you can't stop them.
“In what is arguably the most religiously tolerant society...”
Toleration is only extended to anti-christian opinion, ideas and beliefs.
The sheep must tolerate the wolves eating them. To fail to do so would risk offending the wolves.
Maybe he writes in all caps. That tends to irritate people.
No. It is NOT because he’s Christian. It’s because he’s conservative. If he were black, or making ads about how Jesus wants us to feed the poor and homeless, maybe a nod toward OWS as “what God really wants,” they’d be giving him tongue baths.
It’s the media that keeps pushing it. Also liberal websites have their knickers in a twist and keep harping on it. You don’t see Conservatives pushing it in the same way. They just defend his right to do so.
It’s the media that keeps pushing it. Also liberal websites have their knickers in a twist and keep harping on it. You don’t see Conservatives pushing it in the same way. They just defend his right to do so. How much do they push Muslim stuff? This is just one thing, Islam gets lots more coverage. Now >that’s< tiresome.
The ones on the left are worshipping something that is no threat to the prince of this world.
Homeschooled, Christian, and pro life. Everything the left hates.
Depends on who you ask and how you ask whether Christianity is now a “majority faith” in the USA. I know, polls have shown that 9 out of 10 somehow connect themselves to Christianity. But how many even bother to darken the door of a church even at Easter or Christmas? How many could accurately quote a single verse of the bible, whether or not knowing its reference but at least being able to say which Testament it came from? “Christians with some kind of clue” probably comprise less than half.
It’s the militant, anti-Christian Left that’s intolerant and self-righteous.
Denver got beat like a drum...Get over it.
“Christian” has become kind of a societal or cultural label.
It’s easy to weed out the “I’m in a garage therefore I’m a car” “Christians” from the believers.
“Can you get to heaven being a good person?”
The media continually casts anyone not progressive liberal in a myriad of derogatory ways. They choose to demean conservatives, and Christians,
BECAUSE THEY CAN AND IT DOES WORK TO CAUSE THE MINDS OF THE PUBLIC TO ABSORB THE LIES OF IT AND IT DOES HAVE A MAJOR EFFECT. TRUTH HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT AND WE ACCEPT IT.
Forgive the caps. I do not have my glasses on ... and I do not want to retype it.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.