Secular Progressives Mock QB Tim Tebow—And Us

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is making American secularists uncomfortable with his display of faith. AP

Leadership: Even before George Washington is said to have taken a knee in prayer at Valley Forge, men and women of faith and courage endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights have guided this nation to greatness.

Some 45 million people watched Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow complete that 80-yard touchdown pass play to Demaryius Thomas on the first play from scrimmage in overtime to lead his team over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday’s wild card playoff game.

They also saw him take a knee and give thanks to the God he believes in, an act that’s been dubbed “Tebow-ing.”

The act has been mocked by comedians and pundits and derided by the secularists among us, those who’ve banned prayer from the public schools, and fought Christmas displays on public property, the words “One Nation Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance and even the words “In God We Trust” on our coins.

The fact that Tebow had 316 yards passing and averaged 31.6 yards per pass in the game didn’t escape notice. Tebow wore “John 3:16” on his eye black in the 2009 BCS Championship game, a Bible passage often seen on signs held at sporting events at every level.

On the postgame show, CBS analysts “Tebow-ed” in unison, mocking the seriousness of Tebow’s intent. “Saturday Night Live” has done a skit in which Jesus appears in the Bronco locker room. God does not take sides in football games, Tebow’s critics say.

Tebow would agree with that, but he also acknowledges a higher power’s influence on his life, win or lose, just as the Founding Fathers did when they acknowledged in the Declaration of Independence that we were “endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights,” rights such as freedom of speech and freedom of, not from, religion.

Public expressions of faith are frowned on these days from the war on Christmas to prohibitions on certain words at graduation ceremonies. The desire to preserve the separation of church and state has led the secularists to attempt to drive every last vestige of religious expression from the public square.

mp3In a case that’s entered the presidential campaign, U.S. District Court Judge Fred Biery ruled this year that a high school graduation in a San Antonio suburb may not include an opening and closing prayer, even if nondenominational, or the words “invocation” or “benediction.” That, he said, would constitute an establishment of religion, something banned, we’re told, by the Constitution.

The phrase “separation of church and state” in fact appears nowhere in the Constitution but in a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1802 to a group of Danbury Baptists assuring them that the First Amendment prohibited Congress from establishing a national church, such as the Church of England.

Of course, Jefferson also said in a letter written to his friend Dr. Benjamin Rush dated Sept. 23, 1800, the words that are carved into the Jefferson Memorial:

“I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”

That statement is rarely quoted.

We are a nation founded by men of faith who felt their actions were guided by a divine providence, a higher authority than governments or men.

Indeed, the day after it approved the First Amendment, the House passed a resolution establishing a national day of prayer and thanksgiving. It too believed in a document that forbade the congressional establishment of religion. But it also believed in not prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

Beginning with Washington in 1789, annual presidential proclamations have declared the last Thursday of November as the Thanksgiving date. In 1941, a congressional declaration officially designated the fourth Thursday of November as the date of the Thanksgiving holiday. That Tebow gives his thanks on a Sunday playing football should not make any difference.

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4 Responses to “Secular Progressives Mock QB Tim Tebow—And Us”

  1. Jess says:

    Done with the NFL. You can kill your friend and teammate drunk driving and still be in the NFL. You can have kids all over you know nothing about and be in the NFL. You can kill dogs and be in the NFL. You can have multiple DUIs and cause a security scare at the airport and stay in the NFL. But no room for Tebow who is nothing but a wonderful role model and hard worker. You stink NFL.

    • tawk2 says:

      Amen Jess! You can also drug and sexually abuse women, physically abuse women etc, in the NFL and get a pay raise extension on your contract. I too am tired of the National Thug League!

  2. andrea says:

    This is going to get ridiculous.

    The gay football player says he should have been drafted in the 3rd round !!! Not only are the 31 teams who did not draft him are homophobes but the one team who caved and drafted them are also homophobes.

    Wait till the gay football player decides he should be a starter on the Rams.

    Notice how the mainstream media builds this joke as a historic event but no football players have made a positive comment ( Where’s Peyton Manning, Tom Brady ,Andrew Luck etc.)

    One player on the Dolphins who sent out a tweet of disapproval has been fined and is being sent to a re-education camp.

    Wait till the press who foisted this gay fraud on the public find out that they will also be unable to say anything bad about the gay God.

    Until the people rise up and boycott the NFL and its products will this gay nonsense be stopped.

    • ck says:

      Andrea: Have to admit you are right on all counts b/c until they realize they are not only morally bankrupt but monetarily as well by NOT ADHERING TO WHAT “WE THE PEOPLE WANT” IN TERMS OF ROLE MODELS ETC. THEN THEY ARE GOING TO LOSE AND I MEAN LOSE A LOT…THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR THE NFL IS WHAT I PREDICT AND THANK GOD HE IS WATCHING TOO!!! TIME TO GET SERIOUS AND BOYCOTT AS HAS BEEN STATED BEFORE ON THIS SITE! GUESS THEY WILL WANT TO RE-EDUCATE EVERYONE THAT HAPPENS TO BE ENTITLED TO THEIR OPINION WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE “PROTECTED SPEECH”!!! THIS SCENARIO IS LIKE WATCHING NERO AND ROME W/HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF…SO MUCH FOR TOLERANCE!!!

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