Televangelist Pat Robertson doesn’t mince words when it comes to faith and this time is no exception. The outspoken faith-keeper blasted Saturday Night Live‘s recent skit of Denver Bronco’s quarterback Tim Tebow on Monday, calling the parody a “disgusting” attack on Christianity.
“There’s an anti-Christian bigotry that is just disgusting and I think Saturday Night Live did a parody of that, had Jesus come in,” Robertson said.
Robertson even went on to suggest that if SNL had done a similar parody mocking Muslims, there would be “bodies on the street.”
This morning it was reported that Pat Robertson slammed the SNL skit making fun of Tebow and chalked up much of the anti-Tebow sentiment to “anti-Christian” bigotry. And he’s right.
There are two basic reasons not to like Tebow. First, he’s not a conventional quarterback. His motion takes a week to complete and the resulting throw is pathetic. I’ve seen better velocity on stuff coming out of freshmen’s mouths after a frat party.
But the other reason is that he pushes his religion in his our faces, a habit evangelicals feel is completely appropriate and indeed required by their religion, and the rest of us feel is invasive and annoying–just like the way Islam forces itself on people in Saudi Arabia. I know both evangelicals and Muslims feel they are doing us a favor and saving us from ourselves, but I don’t want to be saved from myself. (And no, I am not comfortable with my fellow liberals trying to save poor people from themselves either.)
So yes, it’s true. Part of the reason I don’t like Tebow is that he sticks his Christianity in my face. If you want to call that bigotry, OK. That’s not quite the right definition of the word, but Pat’s not the sharpest thorn on the crown. Of course, what Robertson didn’t say, and is also contributing to the whole thing: Tebow only has his job in the pros because of pro-Christian bigotry. He never would have gotten past third string without it.
Nonetheless, I like to think I am better than Pat Robertson (not a very high bar) and his closed-minded ilk, and when I evaluate Tebow on his merits, I come out thinking he’s not a bad quarterback. No, Tebow doesn’t look like a quarterback, but Ryan Leaf did look like one, and see where that got us. Quarterbacking is about a lot more than having a cannon sewn to your shoulder. It’s also about vision and anticipation, and Tebow seems to be pretty good at that. My rookie quarterback, Caleb “Heinous” Hanie, is throwing three or four picks a game. Tebow isn’t, because he only throws to wide open recievers. At least he knows what he can’t do.
And the hoopla about Brady schooling Tebow yesterday is nonsense. Brady doesn’t play Tebow, his cornerbacks do. And Tebow doesn’t play Brady, Von Miller does. The truth is Tebow had a pretty good game, with almost three hundred yards of offense.
No I don’t buy all that hyperventilated nonsense of fools like Skip Bayless (“HE’S A BALLER. HE’S A BALLER”) who believes Tebow is the second coming of Sammy Baugh (or Fran Tarkenton or Steve Young or somebody.) Tebow may very well go to the Pro Bowl, but if he does that will say more about the Pro Bowl than it does about his prowess as a quarterback.
At best, I still think Tebow is Bobby Douglass without the arm. But even that is better than I expected.