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Terrell Suggs bashes Tim Tebow’s religion

I previously wrote about Tim Tebow’s treatment in the media. Now, Baltimore Ravens’ linebacker Terrell Suggs has mocked Tebow for his religious beliefs.

The Mental Recession is where I first read about an interview Suggs gave to ESPN.

From Suggs’ comments:

“With all due respect we don’t need God on our sidelines,” Suggs said. “Once again God had to save Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos. He couldn’t even give them two drives? Seven to three?”[Referring to the score Denver lost by on Sunday.]

Suggs went on:

Not only did Suggs attack Tebow’s production and call the 8-8 Broncos “mediocre,” but he said he and the Ravens don’t need to pray on the sideline to win football games or be bailed out by a kicker.

“He’s alright. He’s alright. Let’s be honest, Skip, I can put up the numbers he was [putting up],” he said. “It’s all about numbers, baby. Give me a shot. Let’s see what we can do, create my own offense and hopefully my kicker can nail a 62-yarder to bail me out a few times, Jesus shows up. … That boy be praying on the sidelines, boy. I don’t feel comfortable [if] I’ve got to pray every fourth quarter like, ‘Oh my God, please come save me again.’”

If Suggs weren’t too busy running his mouth, he might actually notice that Tebow’s prayers are before, during, and after every single game whether he wins or loses. Instead, Suggs just tries to ride the anti-Tebow bandwagon with everyone else who was waiting for a loss or two to bash him.

Of course, Suggs is such a great role model himself. He was fined $15,000 last season for punching Jerome Simpson of the Bengals in what appeared to be an unprovoked attack.

Additionally, he wears shirts that literally flip the bird to the Steelers (and another one that also had a strong message for Pittsburgh.)

In late 2009, Suggs’ girlfriend got a restraining order against him, which she later dropped.

The War on Tebow

In recent weeks following his on-field success with the Denver Broncos, Tim Tebow has quickly become one of the most polarizing figures in popular culture and sports right now. The critics are the ones grabbing the lion’s share of the attention from what I see online and on television.

A tiny sliver of the criticism now may be founded solely on analysis and opinion of Tebow’s abilities and skills as a quarterback in the National Football League. The vast majority of the criticism comes from the fact that Tebow is now a lightning rod for every person with a soapbox who has the slightest problem with Tebow’s beliefs and how he lives his life.

The criticism gained a lot of initial momentum when former QB Jake Plummer said the following about Tebow:

“I think that when he accepts the fact that we know that he loves Jesus Christ, then I think I’ll like him a little better. I don’t hate him because of that, I just would rather not have to hear that every single time he takes a good snap or makes a good handoff.

Plummer later tried to clarify his comments and the rest of the media continued to pile on.

NBC mockingly referred to Tebow as “God’s Quarterback” in a segment that featured Ann Curry mimicking Tebow praying. A blogger at a blog called the “Abortion Gang” is asking readers to pledge and give money to local facilities that perform abortions every time Tebow scores a touchdown,

The most recent and most egregious thing said about Tebow came from Rabbi Joshua Hammerman (the parapgraph was later removed from the column before the whole column itself was taken down):

If Tebow wins the Super Bowl, against all odds, it will buoy his faithful, and emboldened faithful can do insane things, like burning mosques, bashing gays and indiscriminately banishing immigrants.  While America has become more inclusive since Jerry Falwell​’s first political forays, a Tebow triumph could set those efforts back considerably.

That’s right – you just read the rantings of a madman masquerading as a Reform Rabbi try to say that the Broncos winning with Tebow would result in mosques being set on fire, gays being bashed, and immigrants being banished. Hammerman and his patrons at The Jewish Week were so supremely certain in what he said that they first pulled the paragraph in question and then pulled the whole piece.

Speaking of certainty, Warner Todd Huston replies to Hammerman:

This yutz winds up his anti-Christian screed claiming that he doesn’t fear Christians — a claim hard to square with the other ten paragraphs of his piece so chock full of loathing, mistrust, and hatred. Instead he claims he “fears people of certainty.”

Seth Mandel of Commentary takes a look at Hammerman’s ranting and raving and eviscerates them:

The disturbing article, a vicious diatribe against American Christians, has offended not only its Christian targets but also American Jews who have worked hard to produce the gains in Jewish-Christian relations that such attacks threaten to undermine.

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Hammerman, a member of J Street’s Rabbinic Cabinet, says he is rooting against Tebow as a New England Patriots fan and as a concerned citizen. He gives the impression he believes that fervently hoping for the public failure of an athlete is appropriate if that athlete is overtly Christian. (While there is nothing wrong with being a Patriots fan, Hammerman does call head coach Bill Belichick​ a “moral exemplar,” which is a bit much considering Belichick was caught cheating to win games and carried on an affair with a married woman, resulting in the couple’s divorce just after his own. One wonders about Hammerman’s moral judgment.)

I keep hearing news reports talking about how well-respected Tebow is in the NFL locker rooms and and his leadership on the field has been demonstrated multiple times since he first got the starting job. Feel free to debate whether he can be a successful passer over the long run. Talk about his running ability or his ability to lead the other men on his team. Just leave the evidence of your religious bigotry out of it.

In a time when headlines about athletes are often dominated by poor sportsmanship on the field, drugs (performance enhancing or otherwise), shootings, and various other bad news items, what do some people have against someone who is providing a good example to the youth of America? It is pretty obvious that religion is what drives the hatred.

I will close with Tebow’s response to Plummer’s original comments from above that sums things up nicely:

“If you’re married, and you have a wife, and you really love your wife, is it good enough to only say to your wife ‘I love her’ the day you get married? Or should you tell her every single day when you wake up and every opportunity?

“And that’s how I feel about my relationship with Jesus Christ is that it is the most important thing in my life. So any time I get an opportunity to tell him that I love him or given an opportunity to shout him out on national TV, I’m gonna take that opportunity. And so I look at it as a relationship that I have with him that I want to give him the honor and glory anytime I have the opportunity. And then right after I give him the honor and glory, I always try to give my teammates the honor and glory.

“And that’s how it works because Christ comes first in my life, and then my family, and then my teammates. I respect Jake’s opinion, and I really appreciate his compliment of calling me a winner. But I feel like anytime I get the opportunity to give the Lord some praise, he is due for it.”

Supporter: Santorum is the “Tim Tebow” of GOP field

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Rick Santorum reached the milestone of visiting all of Iowa’s 99 counties in November, and he’s making return trips now — by car and minivan, rather than bus. Chuck Laudner, a Santorum backer, has been involved in many Iowa campaigns. Laudner suggests Santorum is a bit like the underestimated quarterback of the Denver Broncos who has led the team to a string of surprising victories.

“They’re watching the Tim Tebow of the Republican process out there, working all the way through the 4th quarter,” Laudner told Radio Iowa this morning.

Do you agree? Who else do you think might enjoy a late surge in Iowa or early states?