Christianity has become one of the left’s favorite whipping boys.
A leftist group recently tried to ban prayer in a Georgia high school football program. The effort ultimately failed, but it underscores the disdain the left has for Christianity.
Tim Tebow has been a target of this vitriol, and is now opening up about some of the unbelievable abuse he faced.
Progressives proudly attempt to subvert Judeo-Christian values any chance they get.
The former NFL quarterback shed some light on some of the harsh treatment he faced on the football field, which several in the mainstream media chronicled with glee.
Tim Tebow said he had some of the “most horrific things” directed his way during his football career.
[T]he 2007 Heisman winner said on ESPN’s “First Take” that people used his religion as part of the smack talk:
“In my time of playing high school, college and pro I had people say the most horrific things to me: say exactly what they are going to do to my sisters and mom, they’re telling me where to shove my Bible, they’re spitting in my face, they’re giving cheap shots, all these different things to me, and so I know what it’s like to have people take cheap shots and say things to you, but you also got to know at that moment that you’re winning, that you’re under their skin, so you can’t dip down to their level because you are already dominating them. They’re saying that because they’re already intimidated, they’re disappointed, they’re upset because they want something that you have.”
In addition to the trash talk Tebow endured, his faith was openly mocked on the football field. Even left-wing SportsCenter host Jemele Hill found the derision distasteful at the time.
Ridicule Tim Tebow for his slow release, for missing open receivers, for throwing passes that sail out of bounds, and for sometimes dancing in the pocket like someone put a firecracker in his cleats.
That’s fair game.
But mocking Tebow’s Christian beliefs is not.
The Lions pummeled Tebow, sacking him seven times in a 45-10 win. And it was clear Detroit’s defense took special pleasure in humiliating Tebow.
Perhaps a little too much pleasure.
Detroit linebacker Stephen Tulloch openly mocked Tebow’s prayer pose — a new phenomenon known across the Internet as “Tebowing” — after sacking Tebow in the second quarter.
It wasn’t just Tulloch, either. After catching a 1-yard touchdown pass, tight end Tony Scheffler — a former Bronco — joined in the fun, mimicking Tebow’s one-kneed prayer in the end zone after giving the crowd the Mile High Salute.
Tulloch and Scheffler probably didn’t intend to disrespect Tebow’s faith with their celebrations. But if Tebow were Muslim or Jewish, would Tulloch and Scheffler have been so quick to execute a prayer parody? Would columnists, such as my friend Dan Wetzel — whom I respect a great deal — encourage those who were offended by Tulloch’s and Scheffler’s Tebowing to just lighten up?
Even though people often complain about how they wish more athletes had a wholesome image, there’s a sizable faction who find the media coverage of Tebow’s success and his commitment to his faith nauseating.
And now that he’s floundering professionally, they aren’t afraid to use Tebow’s religion as a punch line.
Prayer is a sacred component of any religion. Making fun of someone else’s spiritual connection is on par with ridiculing them about their family. You don’t have to be a Christian to get that, just someone who understands the concept of respect.
Tim Tebow has moved on from football, but his haters have followed; they continue to mock his pursuit of a professional baseball career.
But Tebow is a man of faith, and he will remain undaunted in reaching his goals.