Tim Tebow and the Myth of Christian Persecution

posted 3 years ago in Secular
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@TwoCityBride:  +1 to all of this. I think it’s the sanctimoniousness (if that’s a word) that makes me the most crazy. Plenty of football players are religious, they just don’t feel the need to talk about it every 5 seconds. 

Also, when he was still in college and was in that pro-life commercial, I really lost all respect for him. YOU’RE A FOOTBALL PLAYER, YOU’RE A MALE. This is none of your damn business; stay out of it.

Most importantly, HE SUCKS AT FOOTBALL. That’s all that should matter. You’re not going to make it in the NFL if you can’t play the game. Christian or not.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

There is judgment of American Christians, but, like you said, it pales in comparison to religious persecution around the world. I heard of one instance where a group of Christians were, one by one, bound and slowly run over until death. I can deal with someone thinking my family is a little weird because we like Jesus 🙂

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@TwoCityBride:  I literally loled at this one “Tim Tebow couldn’t perform the basic function of a football player which is throwing the ball accurately.”

But seriously- great post, very well written.

Funny how the camps that likely are claiming they are persecuted are probably the ones actively trying to take away the rights of others ( anti abortion, anti-gay marriage) Hypocritical much??

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@Laurenplusalex:  I think there’s judgment of a very specific type of Christian (for the most part, obviously there are some people who are judgy of all Christians): the one who tries to shove their beliefs down your throat and/or uses their beliefs to try and sway public policy. You believe in Jesus? Cool. So does most of my family and I have no problem with that whatsoever. What I do have a problem with is using your belief to try to infringe on the rights of others (who may or may not believe the same things as you).

ETA: Obviously I don’t mean you, specifically.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Nicely done! Tim Tebow’s signing has nothing to do with his religious affiliation for crying out loud, and everything to do with the fact that he just does not have the skill or potential long term! His first season he was great, as a rookie, and from there it all went downhill!

 

And I agree that while I believe he’s a Christian and do not doubt his religious convictions, I also do not doubt for a second that he capitalized on “Tebowing” once it became a “thing”, just like “Kaepernick” does with “Kaepernicking. There’s a lot to be said for humility and prayer in silence.

 

I’d just like to add, that this is what we call “Russelling”

 

Russell Wilson holding the Lombardy trophy (SOURCE: Russell Wilson's Facebook page)

 

SORRY I couldn’t help myself! LOL!

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@MsJ2theZ:  Can’t see the pic!

But Russell Wilson is a PERFECT example of a Christian who is respected and well-liked around the NFL…because he’s GOOD at football.

ETA: Now I can. LOL.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@annb9:  I noticed that so I fixed it!  And yes, he is a well behaved, humble Christian. And, damn right he’s good at his job! 🙂

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@annb9:  true, but sometimes we all get lumped together. I’m one that respects other beliefs and only ask that others respect mine.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

OK, so someone is going to have to start at the very beginning and explain pretty much all of this to me…

There’s an American football player who is gay and a Christian, and he was sacked because he wasn’t very good at his job, so now he’s claiming that American Christians are persecuted? Is that about the size of it?

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@Rachel631: He’s not gay. He was really good when he was in college, then SUCKED when he got to the professional level. No team signed him for this past season and it doesn’t look like anyone will in the future. I don’t think he claims that it’s because he’s Christian, but a lot of his Christian supporters do.

He was very, VERY vocal about being Christian while he did play professional football. Google “Tebowing” to get an idea of what I mean.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@TwoCityBride:  +1 to all of this. Tim Tebow had TONS of chances and he just isn’t good enough to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. 

 

The trouble with Michael Sam is that if he doesn’t perform well in the NFL then people will constantly be looking for reasons other than he just can’t play in the NFL. There are PLENTY of people who are top ten in the draft and then just don’t end up playing well.

 

ETA: There are also many players who point to the sky after a good play/sack/touchdown or ones who constantly reference God in interviews. I know Tebow was quite obvious about his religion, but plenty of other players are the same way.

 

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