(First Things On the Square Blog) Elizabeth Scalia–The Terrifying Tim Tebow

It says a great deal about the depths to which America’s values have fallen that Tim Tebow–who, once upon a time, would have been the wholesome, women-and-mom-respecting, clean-playing, fresh-faced and faithful Hollywood ideal of a football hero””is the target of such deep derision from so many sources, and in an era of such vaunted “tolerance.”

Although it may seem too easy to some, I blame the baby-boomers””a generation so in love with deconstructing old standards (and so completely neurotic about being perceived as anti-establishment, smart, and most of all, cool) that it only can express full-on admiration for the anti-heroes. Were Tim Tebow using his on-camera time to swagger and preen and lecture the nation on green energy, greedy millionaires, and gun control, his Christ-fixation would not only be permitted, it would be held up as a gaudy rebuke to uncool Christians everywhere, and his pronouncements””as long as he kept his mouth shut on abortion and gay marriage””would never be challenged.

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4 comments on “(First Things On the Square Blog) Elizabeth Scalia–The Terrifying Tim Tebow

  1. Mark Baddeley says:

    For a non-American it certainly is an eye-opener how such an openly devout Christian, with an apparently unorthodox-but-so-far-highly-effective-when-it-counts-game can be such a lightning rod.

    I think Scalia is correct – in an earlier era, Tebow would be a poster boy for all-American, God-fearing wholesomeness. Now people are offended that he’s still a virgin.

    And then there’s this: http://nation.foxnews.com/tim-tebow/2011/12/14/columnist-if-tim-tebow-wins-super-bowl-christians-will-be-burning-mosques-bashing-gays-and

    which one wonders if someone at foxnews will shortly admit was a hoax, it so parodies the anti-Tebow feeling.

  2. David Keller says:

    Fox talked about it let night. I initially thought it was a parody, but apparently not. There is enough controversy about it that the Rabbi took out the paragraph about burning Mosques etc.

  3. Br. Michael says:

    “Tolerance” had never been about true tolerance. As used it is simply another euphemism about silencing those with whom the left disagrees.

  4. Capt. Father Warren says:

    The anti-Tebow sentiment is just a most public manifestation of growing intolerence of Christianity and the destruction of First Amendment rights. Pray in front of an Abortion clinic and you might be arrested. Have a bible study in your home and you might be fined. Trying to start a church and need a worship space? Local bureaucrats refuse to let you use public spaces because of “separation of church and state”.