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Would they mock Quarterback Tebow’s faith if he were Jewish or Muslim … or Buddhist?

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Tebow's trademark pose

So, now is it cool to mock Quarterback Tim Tebow’s faith?

Apparently Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch thinks so. He openly mimicked Tebow’s familiar prayer pose after sacking Tebow in the second quarter this week.

“Ridicule Tim Tebow for his slow release, for missing open receivers, for throwing passes that sail out of bounds, and for sometimes dancing in the pocket like someone put a firecracker in his cleats,” writes ESPN’s Jemele Hill. “That’s fair game. But mocking Tebow’s Christian beliefs is not.”

The Lions were unmerciful to Tebow, sacking him seven times as they won 45-10 win.

“And it was clear Detroit’s defense took special pleasure in humiliating Tebow,” notes Hill. “Perhaps a little too much pleasure. It wasn’t just Tulloch, either. After catching a 1-yard touchdown pass, tight end Tony Scheffler — a former Bronco — joined in the fun, mimicking Tebow’s one-kneed prayer in the end zone after giving the crowd the Mile High Salute.

“I’m sure Tebow wasn’t trying to create a craze when he knelt to the ground and prayed as his teammates celebrated wildly around him following the improbable victory over Miami,” writes Hill. “But a Denver fan in New York City posted pictures of himself and his buddies ‘Tebowing’ after the Miami game, and since then it’s become a full-blown fad. Even NBA star Dwight Howard posted a picture of himself in the prayer pose.

“Tulloch and Scheffler probably didn’t intend to disrespect Tebow’s faith with their celebrations,” writes Hill. “But if Tebow were Muslim or Jewish, would Tulloch and Scheffler have been so quick to execute a prayer parody? Would columnists, such as my friend Dan Wetzel — whom I respect a great deal — encourage those who were offended by Tulloch’s and Scheffler’s Tebowing to just lighten up?

“Imitating someone’s prayer pose after a sack isn’t the same as Clay Matthews flexing his biceps following a big play. It’s not the same as Shawne Merriman doing his “Lights Out” dance after demolishing a quarterback.

“Prayer is a sacred component of any religion. Making fun of someone else’s spiritual connection is on par with ridiculing them about their family. You don’t have to be a Christian to get that, just someone who understands the concept of respect.”



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Ginger Carpenter

    I am sure God knows what he is doing in this situation as he is always in control. The people making fun of Tebow are showing their own character. It is sad that people make fun of what they don’t understand. How fortunate we are that Tebow is willing to make this kind of public statement for God even with the ridicule. I am sure God will find a way to use this for good.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment JJSherman

    I do agree with Ginger. Tim is honoring God for it is the Lord who keeps him safe while playing, and he is not ashamed of honoring God. Tim I am so proud of you standing and thanking the Lord for your time on the field.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Dawn Moore

    I think its terrible that these nfl players find humor in Tim Tebows faith! While he was a very good qb in college one of the things i liked most about Tim was his humbleness n his christian beliefs. I pray that such a good young man like him succeeds in NFL bc the league with so many troubled “stars” are role models to our kids, i would rather mine look up to Tebow!

  • http://http//facebook.com/lovejoywelch DR BARBARA LOVEJOY-WELCH

    LET THEM MOCK TIM TEEBOW. I’D RATHER BE TEEBOW ON JUDGEMENT DAY THAN THOSE WHO MOCK HIM. TEEBOW MAKES ALL OF WE CHRISTIANS PROUD AS HE IS NOT ASHAMED OF HIS FATHER GOD AND EACH TIME HE DOES THIS HE SHOWS OTHER CHRISTIANS THEY SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID TO SHOW THEIR FAITH. I RESPECT TIM FOR DOING THIS PRAYER POSE.

  • http://Tim Robert

    He is a different quarterback in the system that he is playing is the man system of football in the coaches does not know how to coach him because he plays a different style of quarterback well bring a different style of coaching around him that serves GOD fully then they would see a difference people do not like changes at in anything that’s why it becomes stall when you don’t have salt in your life.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jeannie

    Ridiculing prayer is the same as ridiculing God and He don’t like that. Don’t be surprised if things start to go wrong for them in their games.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment mary freeman

    People like to make fun of Jesus, they made fun of Him when He was on the cross. Those who make fun of others who kneel to the Almighty are making fun of the Almighty. Jesus said to come unto Him and He would give them rest and peace, but people would rather make fun of Him instead. How sad.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment G King

    KEEP THE POSE TEBOW…. you are loved and respected by many and more so by the one true GOD you were praying to.Stay humble.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Gaia

    We have a separation of state and religion for a reason. Football is in a domain of secular games and if any player has deep religious feelings before the game, he can do it in a privacy of his locker room, after his colleagues had gone and NOT in the field in front of hundred thousand people.

    There should be NO public in-your-face expression of religion in our society which had a respect for individual choices of belief.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment andy

    They were not mocking the religion they are mocking Tebow, get over it

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Reba

    it seems to be “Open Season ” on Christians; but we are taught that whatever comes our way honors Jesus who died for us.

  • http://LowClassandNOtheywouldnotmockotherreligions!!! PJ

    All I can say is these are act of people with NO class and NO reverence for our Lord. WHY should WE always ‘lighten up’? Extreme Moslems would probably KILL anyone who mocked their faith, they can’t even handle a cartoon of Mohammed. This is the lefts view of Christians, they are someone to make fun of and disrespect but one day EVERY knee will bow and we will be there to witness the begging and pleading but it will be TOO LATE!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lupita

    Thank God for people like Teabow that is not afraid to show his faith and prayer in public! I would bet that he prays for tge idiots that mock him because they are the lost that have no faith but the pettinness of a game!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mike

    You have swallowed the “separation of church and state” line the media has fed us for years hook, line and sinker. That statement is NO WHERE TO BE FOUND in any of our country’s founding documents. In fact, it’s just the opposite. The only mention is that there was to be no establishment of a national/state church like the pilgrims and founding fathers fled from in England. THIS is why they wanted freedom OF religion – not freedom FROM religion as many would have us believe today. We DO have the freedom to express our religion in the USA, especially something as miniscule as public prayer. As far as Tebow bending to a knee to offer a quick prayer, this is nothing new in the world of sports. MANY NFL players do this every weekend. I believe I saw Packers WR Greg Jennings do the same thing last week, but for some reason Tebow doing the same thing creates a frenzy.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Thomas White

    I believe that they overstepped the bounds of sportsmanship by these rude and inconsiderate gestures accidentally or not at his faith.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Patrick

    As a Born again Christian, I know it’s our duty turn the other cheek, but we have only two cheeks. IT’s my hope and prayer that the next time a Christian is made fun of on the field, he remembers Tebow and then Sacks the hell out the mocker! I know I should more humble, but with more Anti- Christians running our country amuck, I believe We Christians, Military, Professional, civil servant etc, need to stand together and stronger, not just in prayer but in acts for our country. Allowing a Pastor in the middle east to be on death row is miserably wrong! Being fined for holding prayer in your own home, The judge who allowed this should see Hell first hand and for not allowing Prayer in Jesus name? All I can do from my chair is pray. I’ve seen too much injustice In our nation made possible Under God. Again it’s my prayer and I hope the prayer of my Christian Brothers and Sisters, to see this Nation return to the one true God, Jesus Christ being his only son; in Jesus Name Amen!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Don

    I agree with you 100% Patrick, and God knows and ees everything, so he will repay.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment larry

    When I was growing up the sports figures were some thing all of us kids wanted to be like.They had a dignity and sportsmanship to look up to. I feel sorry for the youth of today. There are very few of good role models for them to shape there life after.But on the bright side if they aspire to be a thug and a gangster there are plenty that kind of role model. Sad day when the youth have no more heroes.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rosemarie Wilson

    What seems to be the problem? Any form of expressing your faith whatever it may be faces persecution and criticism. It comes with the turf of being a Christian, if Christ was persecuted, who are we not to expect it? This athlete’s visibility makes him a target for ridicule and also a magnet for comparing his situation as a base to justify prejudice and ignorance towards other religions. He will continue to be tried and tested, he should stay focused on his relationship with God and what others say and do should have little or no efect on him or even the rest of us.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rosemarie Wilson

    What seems to be the problem? Any form of expressing your faith whatever it may be faces persecution and criticism. It comes with the turf of being a Christian, if Christ was persecuted, who are we not to expect it? This athlete’s visibility makes him a target for ridicule and also a magnet for comparing his situation as a base to justify prejudice and ignorance towards other religions. He will continue to be tried and tested, he should stay focused on his relationship with God and what others say and do should have little or no efect on him or even the rest of us.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment J.Regan

    What is the matter with this country? We were founded on religious freedom and Christians are not able to do anything while all the other “religions” are able to do anything they want. It is wrong. Good for Tebow.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rosemarie Wilson

    Persecution and ridicule is a by-product of expressing one’s faith or different perspective in life. As a believer, this athlete will under go the same issues that Christ encountered as he grows closer to God. Using this incident to question if he would be subjected to the same ridicule and persecution if were of another faith is petty and demeans the strength of his faith and commitment, in doing so, you are bringing out issues reflective of prejudice and ignorance, instead of giving glory to God.

  • http://MockingTebow Kathleen

    I think that they are just so insecure in themselves that they do not realize that a true Christian is so loved by our God that their stupid and childish acts are not seen by him as what they are.Mocking someone’s prayer and faith is horrible but Tim is a great young man and a much greater man than those others will ever be.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rev/Minister Ajamu Babalola

    I don’t know if this young man (Mr. Tebow)visit this site or read these post, however I would say to him, #1. Stay true to your faith and belief and, #2. Focus on your profession and becoming the best you can be.
    Case and point; Terry Bradshaw & his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
    May your God bless you with, peace and good spirits,
    Rev./Minister Ajamu Babalola

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment B. Shade

    “WHAT YOU DO TO THE LEAST OF THEM YOU DO TO ME” Matthew 25 Verses 40-46

    John 3:3 “Truly, Truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Richard Olson

    Tim Tebow enjoys the 1st Amendment right of free speech to publicly express his religious by kneeling in reverence on the football field after things turn out well for him. His opponents are equally protected to publicly express disdain for overt piety deemed unseemly. I would be more accepting of athletes who make overt religious gestures after success (e.g. the sign of the cross/kneeling in prayer/pointing to heaven) if they also signified failure by wailing & gnashing teeth in lament for a missed tackle/block, or bad read on a pass play, a fumble/dropped pass/interception, or bone-headed penalty. Or, players could keep it all in church, in their home, and in their heads. Like the rest of us during our workday.

  • http://GBVieto@hotmail.com George B Vieto

    Remember the old saying “He who laughs last, laughs the best.” Tim is a honorable man who will get the last laugh at his tormentors.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jerry H Barrett

    It doesn’t surprise me in the least. Tim just keep serving God the way you feel impressed too. He see’s it and he will honor your doing it. As for the others, it goes along with what I call the “dougnut theory” what goes around, comes around!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Gilda

    Pray for Tim that he will become a great QB and continue to be a role model.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment tracy willis

    I agree with the commentator,make fun everything but not his posing in prayer,I give him thanks and praise for being a man of faith and having the courage to kneel in prayer and giving GOD the glory,more nfl”men”should have the courage and grace and be leaders and do the same giving GOD the glory for giving them the ability to do what they can do.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Bonnie

    It’s to bad these players think they are funny. They are so lost in themselves and their pride that they really humiliate themselves. Tebow is a role who is not afraid to stand up for his convictions and beliefs in Jesus Christ. Where are the other men who are humble and are ready to be the role models we need in this world today?Isn’t it amazing and unfortunate there have been so few.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Anna

    Yes, he probably would be mocked were he of another religion–I resent the headline but not the message. Tebow should be himself and praise God no matter who says what about him. God is glorified. No need to make such as huge deal out of it and give MORE targets to the enemy!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Ron Ingrasin

    It’s amazing that players and fans find Tebow’s expression of his faith more offensive then the ridiculous gyriations of players who sack a quarterback or score a touchdown. We may all agree that Tebow is not a good quarterback. But far more important he is a good Christian.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Janet Reed

    I praise him for letting people know he’s a Christian and believes in the Lord with all his heart. Shame on those mocking him, but of course there are those that also mocked Jesus.Keep going Tebow. We’re behind you.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment philly

    totally agree

  • http://michaelallenonline.com Michael Allen

    Gaia, what you said is completely false. The separation of church and state is only about making laws. It’s not about public displays of belief. We are a free country and we shouldn’t have to do anything in private. It’s people like you who try to twist things to your own notions and we should all be more tolerant of our differences rather than try to hide them.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Charlsie

    I am proud that Tebow has enough faith to get down on his knee and display it to the world. Perhaps if more Christians would stand up for our faith we would not let the Muslims,Buddhist, Hindus and Atheist take over. God has blessed me,my family,friends more than I could ever ask for. I have a problem turning the other cheek . Perhaps you do not agree on praying in schools, or saying Merry Christmas,or In God we trust, or singing and playing Christmas music.I respect your belief. So I suggest you buy ear plugs and dark glasses so you may insert them at any needed time to protect your belief. But leave my beliefs alone and let me listen or sing or anything else I would like to do to show my christianity. There is an ole saying I suggest all of you non believers to put your big pants on and deal with it.

  • http://donothaveaURL ghetonda mosley-shertzer

    leave tim tebow ALONe, he is a good player & he will be better,,,,how come he was so good at florida ???? what happened???? people are a bunch of cruel pigs!!!!! i for one believe he will be great ,,just give him some time

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment A.E. BUDDY WOOD, JR.

    NO ONE SHOULD BE SURPRIZED BY THIS. JUST LOOK AROUND YOU, AND OBSERVE WHAT HAS HAPPEN TO OUR NATION OVER THE PAST 45 PLUS YEARS; LOOK AT THE WAY THE MAJORITY OF THE PLAYERS ACT AFTER THEY HAVE MADE WHAT THEY THINK IS A GREAT PLAY. BOYS YOU ARE SIMPLING DOING WHAT YOU GET PAID FOR. THINK ABOUT THE YOUNG CHILDREN THAT OBSERVE YOUR BEHAVIOR.

    THANK YOU

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment BARBARA

    Watch out you mocker Tullock…God is watching you. Tebow did the right thing and you mock him? Some how this stinks. So I’d be careful fellow for mocking God is not cool and you better change your thinking FAST!! Tebow got on his knees and Tullock better get on his knees too.Tebow humbled himself before many people and that’s a sacrifice for God..Thank You Lord..amen..

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment BARBARA

    Remember they hated Jesus first so we must be glad Tebow is in the same class of people as Jesus. Tebow is giving thanks to the Lord and the glory. Man what a powerful thing to do..Amen

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment robin

    Mocking somebodys belief is not right
    All we can do is pray for them, for they do not understand or know what they are missing.

  • http://Thankyou Cheryl

    I am glad to see Athletes stand up for what they believe in – in public. He is Alive and is watching over each and every one of us.
    THank you Father

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Paula Black

    This young man has inspired me since his days at UF. His spiritual leadership was a blessing for his team’s victories then and the NFL teams need to grab a clue. His faith is what makes him a professional and an athlete. His role modeling is exactly what our young people need. He’s got his God. Bravo Tim Tebow; you were raised well. Shame on anyone who mocks him, they mock God as well.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Kathlene

    TIM TEBOW is MY QB. I am a true Denver Bronco fan and I do so admire this boy. He is truly a Christian and loves our GOD. The LORD will surly bless this boy and help him to go far. Look how he helped him in the Miami and Raiders games. GOD is with him every step of the way. STAY TRUE TIM, Colorado loves you.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment glitter_and_doom

    I don’t see why this is surprising or a huge issue to anyone who considers themselves a disciple of Christ. I, personally, do not believe the bible is “God’s infallible word” if you mean an anthropomorphicized deity who has human characteristic & we can understand. Yet I have studied it at university both from a secular viewpoint & a theological one.

    You may be surprised to know that the Judeo-Christian scriptures influence the way I try to conduct myself morally, because I can quote chapter & verse, read koine Greek & Aramaic, and think there is great wisdom in the teachings of Jesus. So I don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater & certainly don’t scorn Christianity even though almost no one on this thread would consider me a “Christian” since I don’t believe the resurrection stories – & have specific reasons for that.

    Why I don’t understand the questioning of or outrage of the athlete’s faith is because Jesus (and later,Paul) actually promised that if you followed Him & called yourself his disciple you will be persecuted & mocked – and that if you are, to treat it as a blessing. So as far as I can say, I think the man should take the mocking as encouragement that he’s on the right path since it’s exactly how his savior promised he’d be treated if his faith is true. And furthermore, Jesus (and again,Paul) exhort the faithful to be encouraged & strengthened when persecuted – to be joyful in persecution.

    So I’d say by the standards of fairly literalist Christians you should also rejoice for the man.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lauri

    Of course they wouldn’t make fun of any other religion! I think it’s rather sad that they feel they have the right to make fun of anyone – seriously, how would they feel if it were being done to them. I pray that Tim Tebow stays faithful to his God and his religion and doesn’t let idiots like that affect him in any way!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment glitter_and_doom

    Plus I agree totally with Andy.
    They’re mocking Tebow, not God. Not Jesus.

    Besides that – MATTHEW 6 ANYBODY?

    1 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven

    2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

    Prayer

    5 “AND WHEN YOU PRAY, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him..

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Victoria

    The headline says it all… if it were Muslim or Buddhist or any other religion in the world this would not be allowed or tolerated… but Christianity seems to be fair game everywhere, and gaining in the United States. This is very sad however not unexpected. Christian has always had to fight and will continue to do so – Satan must have a special hatred for us to infect so many to mock and put down.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment LEE

    I BELIEVE IF ANY SPORTS FIGURE KNEELS TO PRAY OR CROSSES HIS HEART SUCH AS IN BASEBALL IT IS BETWEEN HIM AND GOD.WE AS AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE TWO SETS OF LAWS.THE COUNTRIES LAW AND GODS LAW.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mike M.

    What is really happening are people that are jealous of Tebows’ success. So they go after his faith. Shows me they have none. I’m a big Buffalo Bill fan and you have to have faith to follow them. But livung in central Florida, I have followed Tim for the 5 years he played here. The bottom line is he is a winner. And why don’t we mock everyone that kneels after making a great play. a lot of African-Americans players do that. Are they off bounds like the Muslims?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sandy

    I am proud of Tim Tebow for showing his faith. Wish there were many more like him. This would be a much better world.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment fireball226

    KUDOS TO TIM FOR HAVING GUTS..

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment various positions

    Wow.

    Glad so many Christians commented on the scripture quoted from Matthew. Obviously everyone here gave it serious thought.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jmm

    Ginger Carpenter said it all. God knows what is going on and this young man, I’m sure God has plans for. Those that are acting like idots, God loves them, but I know is watching their character as well. Right now, their character isn’t showing up to good. That’s a weakness they will have to work on.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment dale

    Thank you Tim for standing up and showing no matter is said and mocked against you. It takes courage and strength to go out there and play football or any sport,but especially when you know a big player or players are coming after you and its’t not just a soft hit they are going to give you.

    Finally you as a player and as a person one parents can tell and hope they will be like you with no worries. No worries about is this player going to do this or that that is wrong. Players who thru college and prof has been caught doing what they weren’t suppose to. Tim is showing you can play with good morals and still be a player

    I wo gave you the talrnould like all those who mock him this please” where or who gave you the talent 1st place”? I tell you this it wasn’t the gene pool Its God that gave you that talent.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Marilyn

    Keep praying Tim. We love you and so does Jesus.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Anna

    Indeed, Praying IS a sacred thing, and as such is above any other human feelings or actions that can be undertaken.
    How sad that today one must defend such a belief.
    As Marilyn says in the above entry, “Keep praying Tim. We love you and so does Jesus.:
    AMEN TO THAT !!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Shirley

    pretty dirty to make fun of someones religion.maybe these folks need to have more religion in their lives and they would’nt do this.

  • http://RidiculingTimTebowisNOTcool!!! Cheryllynne Zieger

    Those players who find it funny to ridicule Tim Tebow are not in a positive state of consciousness. They either have forgotten or never knew that the Lord is the Divine Witness to all their activities both on the field and off. Therefore, He is noting their actions and there will be some fall out from them for them via the karmic laws or, in other words, “as ye sow, so shall ye reap” and how about the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Grow up and shame on you…..

  • http://Whathappenedtoourcountry J Bevans

    I think it is a sin to mock God. Those who do so now will pay when the Lord comes to visit all who mocks His Father God

  • http://Tebow'sprayer Cliff Tomlin

    This is just an example of how disrespectful people are to Christians. If he was a Muslim, the Muslim community would be up in arms. We Christians have become to quiet. Romans 1:16 tells us that we are not to be ashamed of the Gospel. Jesus said if we deny Him down here, He will deny us before His Father. i am e-mailing comments to anyone who “disses” a Christian. If a Muslim said the point after TD was offensive to him, the NFL would ban it the next day.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Tony Blanding

    You have to remember this, most of these sports figures are young and have not fullu grown up as an adult yet. They react to the moment without really realizing what the effect it would have. Most of them are not God fearing Christens. I’m sure these reactions aren’t meant to disrespect the person or persons, it’s to make it seem as if their team are the better. All Tim has to do is continue to be the better person and not allow them to get under his skin. Continue to believe in your faith and serve your God, he will take care of the rest.

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