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  •  Tim Tebow got PLENTY of recognition (1+ / 0-)
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    as being Mr. All-American Christian Football Star. that's because people thought he was going to be one of the greatest, and at the time, it looked like he wasn't going to say anything stupid yet. now he's whining for not getting the attention he used to receive, considering he's a football player perhaps he should consider recent events in his career as more of a factor in his lack of decline of celebrity.

    many Christians feel entitled to make statements like "the way they live is against God" and "i will pray for you" as if the condescending self-importance undetectable to those on the receiving end. such comments are no longer being rewarded with approval in polite society because they are usually meant in a condescending and dismissive way. maybe if Tebow threw the ball better he could get away with it.

    an athlete in the NBA coming out to his team is a big deal in terms of what is deemed acceptable in the sport. basketball, football, baseball are all associated with straight guys in America, and everywhere else i guess. the endless throngs of sports fans who crowd around a bar to watch the game may not always be cool with gay people, so that the majority of players and coaches and media people say "okay, good for him, i support him" is big. alot of people who support marriage equality and interact with gay people just fine would admit to being uncomfortable sharing a locker room (or a foxhole) with a gay person. so Obama gives Collins a call because it's incredibly brave to put your career on the line (potentially) and risk coming out to your team.

    it's way more impressive than "Hello Tim, this is Barack Obama calling. I just wanted to say how impressed I was at your coming out as a Christian to the National Football League."

    Banking on the American people to be able to sort all this out and declare the adult in the room the winner is a very big bet. -Digby

    by Boogalord on Wed May 01, 2013 at 12:22:53 PM PDT

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