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I should preface this post with the following.  I would consider myself a fringe Tim Tebow supporter in a few senses.  I found him to be an exciting player in college and the fact that I got to see the triple option run in the NFL for a few months was pretty awesome. It was like being stuck in the 1930s for a while.

I also think Tim Tebow is probably a decent guy.  He seems earnest in his beliefs and I would have to disagree with those thinking that he’s a fraud or a phony when rumors swirled of him requesting a trade from the New York Jets.  Face it, the guy’s dream was to be a QB in the NFL and he was relegated to being a punt protector for the majority of the year.  No aspiring QB is going to agree to that deal unless they were likely promised some type of shot at starting, one in which Tebow did not receive.

So I get why he’s miffed even though I find him to be a fairly, politely mediocre (and realistically adjectives much worse than that) QB who has amazing athleticism and not much more.

Actually, I will add that the man does exude a lot of charisma and his fans have turned into devoted followers who will promote the Tebow brand.  In fact when it comes to the pro-Tebowists, it’s not too far to think of them as akin to the followers that Ron Paul has.  I mean, he already has Skip Bayless in his corner.

But obviously given Tebow’s devout evangelicalism, his pure charisma and his status as a football player; a lot of those followers seem to secretly hope that Tim Tebow runs for some type of political office in the near-future.  As in, as soon as the conclusion of his playing career (voluntarily or involuntarily) which could probably happen before the 2016 Presidential election.

For what it’s worth Tim Tebow is not closing the door on that option.

Yet how is all of this related to the Tea Party Caucus or the Tea Party Movement that took Congress by storm in 2010?  Getting there.

Even though Tim Tebow has a throwing motion that resembles more of a starting pitcher as opposed to quarterback, a completion percentage south of 50% (above 60% is considered the bare minimum for average NFL QBs) and a seeming inability to grasp non-option offenses (which are considered too gimmicky to run after college); a large segment of people thinks there is something else at play that is keeping Tebow on the bench as opposed to the playing field.

As stated earlier, Tim Tebow is likely equally—if not—more for his faith than his play.  In fact a meme of people bending on one knee and prayer, called Tebowing, actually was a real thing that took over social media.  This is 2013 after all, right?

But there is a thought process that is being passed around that Tim Tebow is being benched (or hated) due to his faith.  In fact, I came across a reply to a post on ProFootballTalk, that said this.

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Okay to be fair, the comments on PFT are as similar to those on Yahoo! in the sense that it’s almost nothing but an internet flamewar.  Yet over 100 people liked the post by “crappygovernment” and whether the likes are sarcastic or genuine remains to be seen.   The dislikes obviously speak for themselves and it’s worth noting that one of the other QBs mentioned, Jay Fielder, is Jewish and Bernie Kosar (of the Cleveland Browns) was mentioned for unknown reasons.  Granted though I shouldn’t expect anything more from a PFT commenter named “crappygovernment”.

But the so-called “persecution” of Tebow is still a myth that continues to be swirled around the internet.  It doesn’t affect our lives in the slightest, but it’s a slight annoyance to those who are fans of football.

What does affect us though are the people who we elect into public office.  The embracing of Tebow by the so-called “religious right” is symbolic of the current Tea Party caucus that continues to cost the Republican Party elected seats.  Of course Tim Tebow isn’t the reason why people such as Jeff Duncan were elected; but there is a correlation that I can stretch and maybe grasp if you stay with me here.

We’ll use Duncan, a freshman Congressman who is set to begin his second term tomorrow, as our first example.  At the widely unneeded “Muslim Radicalization” hearings hosted by New York Rep. Peter King, Duncan had this to say regarding Sharia Law:

While warning of “the threat of Sharia law to the U.S. constitution,” Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) emphatically declared that he was “astonished” and “outraged” at the Obama administration’s “continued failure to single out who our enemy is.”
But Duncan also insisted that nobody on his “side of the aisle” was intent on attacking Islam in general.
Yes Duncan then accused the Obama administration of not putting out who are enemy is and regardless of Duncan trying to save face by stating that he wasn’t attacking Islam, he still basically did.  Duncan, a Southern Baptist, in fact touted what he said on his official website.

But Duncan is still a nondescript backbench Congressman who you wouldn’t have known unless you read Do Not Ask What Good We Do by Robert Draper (a must-read) or live in his district.

Then there is Michele Bachmann who might as well be the face of the Tea Party Movement who believes President Barack Obama is trying to impose Sharia Law in America…whatever that means.  Of course Bachmann, to her lack of credit, did not specify a simple example on how President Obama is going to do just that.

We roll our eyes at these comments, but just look at the positive comments promoting Bachmann’s “fighting spirit” or blasting Huma Abedin for no true reason.  I’ll even add this image in case you don’t want to click on the link.

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Other comments show that these people, the religious right, has this sinking fear that they are “losing their country”.  These people believe that those who are stepping up to fight Sharia Law (a debunked and prejudiced conspiracy theory) are being persecuted for being Christian.  In fact I would not be surprised if any of these folks (whether it’s King, Duncan, Bachmann or other fear-mongering politicians) truly believe that America is being taken over by Islamic extremists.

That’s the mood of our country, or at least one if its major political parties.

Now how does this relate to Tebow?  His ability (or lack thereof) to play QB and Republican investigations into Sharia Law, are two completely different and irrelevant debates.

But it shows that as the country continues to diversify, people tend to get scared of the overall change.  It’s not a unique issue that is central to our times either.  Yet, the religious right has gone to inane ways to paint themselves as the victims of this cultural change.  Whether it’s Tim Tebow or just America in general, there lays this ugly belief that a phenomenon is taking over this nation that will turn us away from religion.

In a few years, America will likely be much more diverse, have legalized gay marriage, have (hopefully) more minority politicians, may have legalized marijuana, fight for more comprehensive gun reform, and will just have had two completed terms of the nation’s first African-American President.  By all shapes and sizes, America will have progressed an awful lot (after regressing for so long in delaying issues such as marriage and the refusal to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell until 2011) in the span of a decade or two.

Yet while the rest of the country is excited to move into a new day & age, a small but loud segment of the population is attempting to hold us back again.  The religious right is far different than actually religious people.  I’ve been lucky to know that most of my religious friends believe in fighting for love not hate and acceptance not dismissiveness.

But the Michele Bachmanns of the world, don’t see it that way.  They truly believe that they are losing their country when in fact all their country is doing is evolving.

Wait, maybe evolution is the problem after all?

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    Currently showing an amazed Mitt Romney on what the space bar does.

    by RVKU on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 08:02:14 PM PST

  •  I could go on about my feelings (3+ / 0-)
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    RVKU, misterwade, v2aggie2

    on Tebow, I mean the guy trademarked Tebowing ™ after all... But I am just too busy basking in the glow of the Denver Broncos atop the AFC.

    Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world--and never will. Mark Twain

    by whoknu on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 08:13:14 PM PST

    •  Colts fan here (1+ / 0-)
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      Peyton Manning got me interested in the NFL when I was about 6 years old watching him play for Tennessee.  So I can't help but root for you guys along the way.

      Currently showing an amazed Mitt Romney on what the space bar does.

      by RVKU on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 08:16:49 PM PST

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  •  Probably... (9+ / 0-)

    The most over-hyped, over-rated quarterback to ever put on an NFL uniform.  Think about it: if Tebow wasn't a religious winger - who would give a shit about him?  He would probably have been cut by the Jets now.  He also would not have been drafted in the first round.  And all of those delusional tea-baggers are just that: delusional.  The Jets owner was famous for saying earlier this year: 'I would gladly lose all of the rest of the Jets games if Romney became President'.  Yet, this guy could not make him a starting quarterback in the NFL.  I swear to God if he listens to his fans and starts claiming 'victimhood', I'm gunna scream.

    'Goodwill' between the GOP and the President is as abundant as unicorn farts - Me'

    by RichM on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 08:13:20 PM PST

    •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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      however, I don't think Tebow is really overrated.  In fact, I think he's rated rather accurately in that he's just a horrific QB who is just a very athletic man.  His combine performance (in the non-throwing portions which for him is the only thing that mattered) was pretty impressive.

      Too bad he passes the ball like that kid from the Play60 commercials.

      Currently showing an amazed Mitt Romney on what the space bar does.

      by RVKU on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 08:18:22 PM PST

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      •  I'd like to ask him if he ever used steroids. (0+ / 0-)

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 09:36:11 PM PST

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      •  Tebow (1+ / 0-)
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        ...is not particularly athletic. He is not fast, as his 4.7 40 time indicates; he is not elusive...what he is is 6' 4" and 250 lbs...but there are a number of NCAA starting QBs whose college numbers were comparable to Tebow's and who had far better mechanics than Tebow and who were more adept at reading defenses than Tebow...who were never even given an opportunity to play qb in the NFL...Warren Moon is in the HOF...but he had to go to the CFL and win 5 straight championships to be considered capable of playing the position...and Tebow is no Warren Moon. Charlie Ward won the Heisman his senior yr at Florida State...and was promptly told the consensus was he lacked what he needed to play QB in the NFL and would not be drafted...but if he was willing to switch positions a number of teams were willing to give him a shot as an undrafted free agent. Ward said thanks but no thanks...and was a first round draft pick in the NBA with the NY Knicks...

        Fear doesn't just breed incomprehension. It also breeds a spiteful, resentful hate of anyone and everyone who is in any way different from you.

        by awesumtenor on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 05:52:19 AM PST

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        •  I'd disagree (0+ / 0-)

          4.7 for a 250 pound QB is fairly impressive, especially with his broad jump and bench press numbers.  I agree he's not RGIII, Cam Newton (who is bigger and faster), Ward, or even Eric Crouch in terms of speed but Tebow is an adept athlete.  

          The difference between those guys, like you said, is that they never got to play QB.  I think Tebow would be a decent short-yardage back ala Michael Robinson from Seattle (who played QB at Penn State), but that's about it.

          Currently showing an amazed Mitt Romney on what the space bar does.

          by RVKU on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:25:44 PM PST

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          •  I still wish (1+ / 0-)
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            someone would have given Allen Iverson a chance to play NCAA Div I-A football... as good a basketball player as he was... it was his second best sport... Iverson won a state championship practically alone at Bethel High School... and if it had not been for that railroad job after the fight in the bowling alley Bethel would have won back to back titles... colleges were scared off by his diminutive size ( and his hangers on and his criminal record but I digress ) but he was about the same size as Desean Jackson of the Eagles... it was glorious to behold. He played QB on offense and defensive back on defense, ran back punts and kickoffs and even kicked occasionally... and it was not uncommon for him to throw a TD pass, run for a TD, run back a punt, a kickoff and an interception all for scores... all in the same game...

            When Michael Vick and Aaron Brooks who played for the Packers were growing up playing sandlot ball in Newport News they weren't dreaming of being Warren Moon or Doug Williams.. they were dreaming of being Allen Iverson...

            Fear doesn't just breed incomprehension. It also breeds a spiteful, resentful hate of anyone and everyone who is in any way different from you.

            by awesumtenor on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 03:36:57 PM PST

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  •  Get your Tim Tebow Action Figure! (15+ / 0-)

    tim-tebow-action-figure-meme-bench

    Bench not included.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 08:14:10 PM PST

  •  uh...... (1+ / 0-)
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    Islam is a 9th century construct. And we know when "America" was established. So all that scripture stuff is pretty funny.

  •  this is Jesus Christ to Tim Tebow (4+ / 0-)
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    please leave me alone

    don't you know my day of rest is Sunday?


    "Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D."

    by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 08:23:40 PM PST

  •  Dontcha love how (2+ / 0-)
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    basket, RVKU

    the second poster conveniently interprets all those perfectly benign words in the bible verses.

    This follows later:
    "ANYONE with a BRAIN (that excludes MOST Dumbocrats & YOU, Richard...) KNOWS Huma Abedin is Hillary's Lesbian Lover who engages in scandalous SEX Scenes with Hillary - that have been FILMED by Al Qaeda & the Muslim Brotherhood to BLACKMAIL Hitlery Clinton into giving the Muslim Brotherhood ANYTHING they WANT"

    I think I need a shower.  The crazy feels kinda sticky.

  •  tim tebow's problem is that he is, at best, (3+ / 0-)
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    peglyn, blue in NC, v2aggie2

    a mediocre QB, at the pro level. the option package isn't used much in the NFL, because the NFL is populated with linebackers and secondaries that are all quick, not just one or two of them.  the redskins use it successfully, because they have a world class sprinter for a QB (who also happens to be a very good passer); defenses are forced to take him into account, as a running back. mr. tebow isn't mr. griffin, quickness wise, and he's a crappy passer.

    tebow has had plenty of time to correct his throwing mechanics, to adapt to the NFL, he's failed to do so. either he's physically/mentally incapable, or so egotistical, he believes the NFL should adapt to him. either way, it's a problem.

    the trade for tebow was symptomatic of the overall chaos in the jets organization. between sanchez & tebow, they don't have even one whole, pro level QB. there was a reason denver wanted tebow gone (two, really): he's not very good, shows no signs of improving, and he's a huge distraction in the locker room.

    all of this correlates nicely with the tea party: not very good, and a huge distraction.

  •  On a slightly different tangent, what the heck is (2+ / 0-)
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    peglyn, blue in NC

    "crappygovernment" smoking? How many times have I had to endure a post-game interview with an athlete who can't wait to proclaim "God's will" or "all glory to Jesus" for the entire network audience to see. If the NFL (or any of the other sports leagues) were "blacklisting" outspoken Christian athletes, I don't think there would be enough people left for a croquet tournament (maybe golf though).

    I'd be willing to bet their heads would explode if a non-Christian athlete credited their success to Allah, Vishnu or the Buddha though. I'd pay at least $2 to see some superior athletic performer win a championship and then credit his success to his Druidic beliefs.

    "Yes, reason has been a part of organized religion, ever since two nudists took dietary advice from a talking snake." - Jon Stewart; The Daily Show

    by Uwaine on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 02:32:41 AM PST

    •  Has "crappygovernment" even heard of Reggie White? (1+ / 0-)
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      RVKU

      The man was a freaking minister for cripes sake.

      I gotta stop thinking about this.

      Tebow may hook up with the Jacksonville Jaguars, at least those are the rumors. He's a built in draw for them, they have a superior running back in Maurice Jones-Drew (when he's plays) and a pretty good defense. Those are things that starting Tebow would require. But I pity the Jags fans if this comes to pass (pun intended).

      "Yes, reason has been a part of organized religion, ever since two nudists took dietary advice from a talking snake." - Jon Stewart; The Daily Show

      by Uwaine on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 02:37:30 AM PST

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  •  Tebow hasn't done anything wrong. (1+ / 0-)
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    If he gets into politics, he will have done something wrong and we can eviscerate him.  But that hasn't happened yet.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 07:01:21 AM PST

    •  I think he'd be a good tight end, by the way. n/t (0+ / 0-)

      You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

      by Rich in PA on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 07:02:23 AM PST

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