Tim Tebow cancels appearance at church known for gay bashing and bigotry

Tim Tebow dodges a bullet, and keeps his squeaky clean image intact

2/21/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5230 respect

December 9, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) warms up before the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets at EverBank Field. The Jets defeated the Jaguars 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY SportsTim Tebow was scheduled to speak at the First Baptist Church in Dallas on April 28, but has backed out after learning that the pastor was known for bashing Jews, Muslims, homosexuals, and others.

This was likely set up by Tebow's handlers, who are most likely pretty radical religious folks, but Tebow gave it the kibosh today via Twitter, announcing that he decided to cancel his appearance.

This was an excellent move by Tebow, who manages to maintain a consistent stand as a devout Christian, without endorsing the hatred that seems to come from some folks who call themselves Christians, and use their religious beliefs as an excuse to badmouth the lifestyle of others.

Here's Tebow's official announcement, via Twitter:

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This appears to be very much in line with everything that Tebow has said and done throughout his career thus far, and he should be commended for recognizing the obvious issues with his scheduled appearance and for canceling it.

He might not be the best quarterback around, but it's clear that Tim Tebow is still consistent with the beliefs that he has stated from the start.
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2/22/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Jess wrote:
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I am far from a Tebow worshipper but I don't think he should get any flack. First off, his agent or someone probably set it up. Even if they hadn't, sometimes people commit to something quickly - maybe he was in a hurry when he was initially asked to do it and said yes or maybe even felt an obligation to a friend or something when making the original arrangement before he researched it further. I can't claim to be innocent of doing that a time or few. The guy's human and is going to - just as we have all done - make commitments without fully thinking them through at first. Kudos to him for having the spine not to go through with it once he realized what it was all about.

Whatever the case, I gained some respect for him for doing that. 

I give Christian conservatives no slack at all. They are my ideological enemies. It's a very organized community that have their own code to each other. Like Ash said, somebody in Tebow's circle, if not Tebow himself, knew exactly who this "preacher" is and what he stands for. He only cancelled because it got out. He should get no credit, but of course he will get away it because for some reason no one with a mainstream voice ever calls out these people on their hateful garbage.

2/21/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61316 respect

I seriously doubt that this was put on his schedule without someone in his camp, be it his agent, publicist, or mom, knowing about this man already. Looking at that article, it was the ONLY decision he could make. I wonder if no one had said anything about it, would he have cancelled the appearance. Actually, I don't wonder cause I really don't care that much. Questionable decision in the first place, smart decision in the end.

2/21/13   |   ohwell_   |   16326 respect

You should check out his FB fanpage.  He's getting tore upsad
It has become a giant site of religious/gay/liberal media bashing page.
As a non Christian,  it is amusing to me to read the comments, it's also real disturbing.

Well done Tim, well done.

2/21/13   |   Jess   |   34503 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Eh, he still shouldn't have accepted in the first place. It doesn't take much effort to find out this "church" is an agent of intolerance and hate. Not that Tebow's going to get any flack from it from his main worshippers.

:/
I am far from a Tebow worshipper but I don't think he should get any flack. First off, his agent or someone probably set it up. Even if they hadn't, sometimes people commit to something quickly - maybe he was in a hurry when he was initially asked to do it and said yes or maybe even felt an obligation to a friend or something when making the original arrangement before he researched it further. I can't claim to be innocent of doing that a time or few. The guy's human and is going to - just as we have all done - make commitments without fully thinking them through at first. Kudos to him for having the spine not to go through with it once he realized what it was all about.

Whatever the case, I gained some respect for him for doing that. 

2/21/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Eh, he still shouldn't have accepted in the first place. It doesn't take much effort to find out this "church" is an agent of intolerance and hate. Not that Tebow's going to get any flack from it from his main worshippers.

2/21/13   |   Jess   |   34503 respect

I think this is cool. Good for him.