Why are so many offended by Tim Tebow’s faith?


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Why are so many offended by Tim Tebow’s faith?

The author says it’s because people are insecure and feel threatened. I have a simpler explanation: hatred of and bigotry against someone who is religious.

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3 comments

  • Kelly Starks

    > Why are so many offended by Tim Tebow’s faith?

    It is rather irritating and in your face. And hes riding it.

  • Jim

    Old Seinfeld episode where a priest asks Jerry if the joke offended him as a Jew, and Jerry responds, “no, it offends me as a comedian.”
    Tebow does not offend me as a Christian, he offends me as a football player. He is a marginal QB at best (see the last game).
    In that game he was not even marginal…he stunk. Good luck with the Steelers next week.

  • Tom Billings

    Bob, I not interested in Tebow’s football. I was forced into football and into team sports in general, and dropped it as soon as I could without getting beaten into the ground.

    I am not surprised at all that Tebow is dissed for his faith. If you don’t do that, you often are not counted as “one of the smart kids”, as defined by the academic community’s dominant culture. Here in Portland, it is not uncommon to go to a First Saturday Party, and hear remarks viciously bigoted against people openly admitting they are christian. If the same were said of almost any minority not associated with christian faith, the same people would denounce the statement as “racist”, “fascist”, or some other epithet.

    Basically, in the colleges, people are not given permission to openly criticize a wide range of groups that do not contribute a net benefit to industrial society. With Christianity, however, they are very openly given permission. They carry these perceptions of permission into adult life.

    Christianity was targeted inside academia as the goat, when it became clear in the late 18th century that the tenure system would mean there would never be enough tenured positions. Theology had been dominant since the universities restarted in the Middle Ages. Science was used, mostly by humanities professors and groups, as a very convenient club against not only the pretensions of some theologians to pass judgement on non-religious aspects of life, but against the legitimacy of theology at all. In the last 200 years that has meant that it has become increasingly useful to create hostility, inside academia, to the preponderant religion in our society, which is Christianity. In the last 50 years this has blossomed outside academia as a larger percentage of the population is exposed to the bigotries that develop inside the academy.

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