Haters Gonna Hate

“Many atheists don’t seem to so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike him.” – This thing I read on a car one time

I am a liberal. I would be a democrat, if democrats actually supported the things they theoretically exist to support. I am not religious, and I believe that religion has caused a great many dark things in human history, and continues to cloud otherwise reasonable people on issues like homosexuality and the application of science. All that said, I’m sort of ashamed by the response some people have towards Tim Tebow. There is nothing wrong with Tim Tebow, and your personal agenda is clouding your ability to see it.

On some level I understand this response, but I don’t agree with it. I don’t care that “In God We Trust” is on our money until it is pointed out to me as something that is supposed to have meaning. I’m not bothered that God is mentioned in the Pledge of Allegiance. I’m not personally threatened by these things. In a similar vein I’m not all butthurt that Tim Tebow likes God so much. Hell, I’m happy for this dude to be so pure in his faith. Too often athletes use faith as a prop.  Tim Tebow genuinely wants to both be good and do good. This is awful to you, simply because it comes through faith?

Tebow was a Heisman winner at Florida and by all reports spent years there not getting a blow job by a new girl every other night. This man has a sacrificed more than I’ll ever be offered already. The hottest girl who was nice enough to have sex with you was there for Tebow every day. He turned her down because he is sincere in his beliefs. If Tim Tebow didn’t masturbate I would only be moderately surprised.

There are legitimate arguments to be made about Tebow’s viability as a NFL quarterback. But these points have nothing to do with why somebody likes or dislikes Tim Tebow, with the possible exception of some Florida and/or Denver Broncos fans, who have an actual personal interest. Very few people really like or dislike Tim Tebow because of the way the ball looks coming out of his hand. They care about him because of larger issues, issues that make sense to me when discussing a political candidate but not an NFL quarterback.

Yesterday good things happened to Tim Tebow, some of them actually because of Tim Tebow. I’m supposed to be against this because I don’t share Tebow’s faith? The only thing Tim Tebow’s faith might do that even vaguely affects me at this point is that some people get interested in turning their lives around and others contribute to whatever charity he happens to support. Well, that and I’m getting in an argument next time I’m drunk around the people who choose to associate with me.

If Tim Tebow is one day in the position to affect the abortion policy of this nation I’ll most likely stand against him (I might even vote). Right now his faith is only leading him to treat people with universal respect while he works towards maximizing his possibly limited skills as an NFL quarterback. If you don’t like that, really, if you don’t respect that, he’s not the asshole.

18 thoughts on “Haters Gonna Hate

  1. If Tim Tebow didn’t masturbate I would only be moderately surprised.

    Great line.

  2. Pretty much agree.
    I have always been an atheist, not because I don’t like God, simply because I think the belief in ancient supernatural mythological creatures is just silly. I am not anti-religion though. I still celebrate my holidays. I think the tradition is nice.

    My objection to Tebow was his support of groups that deny others their basic constitutional rights. However I don’t think that was Tebow’s intention nor does he look at it that way. Where religion crosses that line is when they advocate teaching creationism in biology classes, when abortion is outlawed under all circumstances, when homosexuals are treated as second class citizens. Philosophically I also wonder what kind of god people believe in who think God will send people to hell because they are not saying the right prayers in the right building.

    As far as Tebow goes, I like watching him play and really hope he beats New England this week. I’ll reserve my antipathy for Keyshawn Johnson.

  3. I think people hate Tebow because they like their athletes to be imperfect personally, and since Tebow seems to be an all around good guy and good things happen for him, they’re jealous. I see what’s happening with Tebow and it inspires me to better myself, and it’s not because he’s a christian or because he believes in God. He simply lives with personal integrity, he’s always true to his personal beliefs and lives by them. That’s an outstanding trait.

  4. I think people hate Tebow because they like their athletes to be imperfect personally, and since Tebow seems to be an all around good guy and good things happen for him, they’re jealous. I see what’s happening with Tebow and it inspires me to better myself, and it’s not because he’s a christian or because he believes in God. He simply lives with personal integrity, he’s always true to his personal beliefs and lives by them. That’s an outstanding trait.

    I think Drew Magery’s write up about tebow a few weeks ago said it best. Basically, it’s the coverage of tebow that fatigues people.

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    i’m more agnostic than atheist, but i could not resist this shirt. enjoy the looks from folks, especially if you live in a conservative area.

  6. I think Drew Magery’s write up about tebow a few weeks ago said it best. Basically, it’s the coverage of tebow that fatigues people.

    I’m sure this has a lot to do with it, but the way people express their anger towards him often seems like something else is going on.

  7. I agree with tst, Rodgers and Brees get a lot of coverage too and there is virtually no vitriol at all for them.

  8. I agree with tst, Rodgers and Brees get a lot of coverage too and there is virtually no vitriol at all for them.

    Give it time, people are already turning on rehashing the “Drew Brees saved New Orleans” story and I’m sure we’re only a handful more “You know Rodgers dropped in the 1st round” stories before the same fate befalls him

  9. Give it time, people are already turning on rehashing the “Drew Brees saved New Orleans” story and I’m sure we’re only a handful more “You know Rodgers dropped in the 1st round” stories before the same fate befalls him

    It’s different though. Tebow Fatigue Syndrome draws legitimate anger, while even Favre Fatigue Syndrome at its worst generated eye rolls and jokes. You mention the name Tebow, and you get “TIM TEBOW FUCKING SUCKS WHY ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT HIM”. Don’t see Brees or Rodgers getting that same treatment anytime soon. Or ever, really.

  10. I hate Tebow because I 100% believe he is the embodiment of the first of the 7 seals, and quite frankly, I’m not ready to go yet:

    1 I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!”
    2 I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.

  11. Yahoo doesn’t help when they headline an article based on the fact he passed for 316 yards, as in John 3:16. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, devine intervention. Give me a frickin break. The tripe that passes for journalism these days.

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