A couple of weeks ago, after agreeing to speak at bigoted Pastor Robert Jeffress‘ church, quarterback Tim Tebow changed his mind. He said it was “due to new information that has been brought to my attention.”
What new information was that? Well, you could have taken your pick:
He called Mormomism a “cult” during last year’s Presidential campaign. (As if other religions were perfectly normal.)
He also said: “It’s a fact that [AIDS is] a gay disease so there’s a reasonable reason to exclude gays from the military.”
He once called Planned Parenthood a “slaughterhouse for the unborn.”
Then there was the time he warned other pastors that if they didn’t tell their congregations to vote for the “right” candidate, they were…
… no different than German Lutheran pastors who didn’t speak out against Hitler’s growing influence
And we can’t forget the time he asked:
“Do we want a candidate who is a good, moral person — or one who is a born-again follower of the lord Jesus Christ?”
Ultimately, it was agreed by both sides that Tebow would avoid Jeffress’ church in order to stay out of any controversy.
Brian Tashman points out the obvious: Jeffress’ comments may have been bad, but the things said by Liberty’s administration and faculty are waaaaaay worse:
Liberty University bans gay students and shut down its College Democrats chapter over the party’s views on gay rights. The university has hosted multiple anti-gay conferences and their law school is being sued over its alleged role in helping Lisa Miller disobey a court order and kidnap her daughter to Central America in order to avoid transferring custody to the girl's other mother, her former partner.
Liberty University’s Vice President and law school dean Mathew Staver has defended the criminalization of homosexuality in Malawi, promoted the dangerous ex-gay therapy and warned that President Obama supports “forced homosexuality.” Furthermore, Staver has claimed that gay rights laws are part of an Antichrist spirit that lead to crime, child molestation and death, along with the destruction of America.
If Jeffress’ anti-gay remarks were too extreme for Tebow, they pale in comparison to the things regularly said by representatives of Liberty University.
Perhaps it is time for Tebow to take another look at some of this “new information” about Liberty.
Damn right. And that list is just the tip of the iceberg.
Tebow is free to visit any place he wants to promote his brand of evangelical Christianity, but we can all shine a spotlight on it and let the world know that Tebow is no role model. His participation lends credence to the awful ideas (and miseducation) promoted by this “university,” not to mention the whole idea of a “men’s conference” centered around sports and the outdoors (because, of course, no women like either of those things).
David Badash also points out that Tebow’s speaking engagement raises another question: What exactly was that “new information” that caused him to cancel his speech at Jeffress’ church?
It’s a question that sports reporters with access to him need to ask — because it would make for one hell of a story.