By definition, bigotry means “stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own.” Which, to some, seems to mean I’m a bigot for my post on Tim Tebow. However, I don’t see it that way. I am tolerant of the form of Christianity that teaches the love and beauty of lessons of Jesus Christ. Jesus, in and of himself, sets a wonderful example on how to live. The selflessness, and dying for others. Who can argue?

That said, in this country there is a very powerful genre of Christianity that crosses the line. It’s Tim Tebow’s brand—the “Believe what I say, or you’re doomed!” guide to living. It’s the brand that condemns gays to hell; that convinces people they are deviants for being, well, human; that makes sex this awful, guilt-ridden exercise and that places men in positions of power that women can never attain. It’s the brand that storms a hospital to protect a brain-dead Terry Schiavo and applauds the murder of George Tiller. The Bible is a fascinating book, and I understand people who follow its teachings. But I also strongly question those who take every … written … word … literally. Are there Orthodox Jews and Islamic Americans who act and think the same way? Certainly. But in sports, and in the general population, you rarely see it. We Jews aren’t exactly burning up the professional leagues, and the last Islamic athlete to make any sort of social/religious statement was Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. And he was flogged.

To be clear: What offends me about Tim Tebow isn’t his Christianity. It’s the lack of any reasonable doubt in the message. Whether he’s willing to admit it or not, Tim Tebow cannot know for a fact that Jesus Christ is the messiah and that an afterlife awaits. Hell, in many faiths doubt is not just accepted, but encouraged—ask questions; debate; argue; learn. But Tebow has no doubt. And he and his ilk then storm into developing countries and peddle something as fact, without the facts. They sell that Jesus will save; that your life will be happy and whole with Him; that He will provide. It’s a sales job, and an oft-convincing one. But, sadly, those being preyed upon (and make no mistake—many missionaries (and I’m not saying ALL missionaries, but many) prey on the downcast; the poor; the needy. I’ve been to multiple Third World nations; walked atop the dirt floors and inside the gnat-infested bathrooms. If someone came to your house and said, “I have the answer for all your problems—and it won’t cost a thing,” you’d buy, too.

But, at age 22, can Tim Tebow truly have the answer?

Can anyone?

PS: To be clear, this blog is my place to vent. Please don’t feel compelled to comment if you don’t want to. Someone suggested I write these things to get a response. Nothing could be further from the truth. I write because it’s a forum to do so, and I enjoy it.

PPS: The above photo was the first Google reply when I typed in “bigotry.” Frightening.

11 thoughts on “Bigotry”

  1. <>… Belief that Jesus is the Messiah is the essence of Christianity. If you object to it, then you object to Christianity, period. Your comment is similar to saying “I don’t hate Muslims, just the ones who believe in Allah.”

    Also, please provide the links that prove that Tim Tebow has condemned gays to Hell or described sex as an “awful, guilt-ridden exercise”. From what I’ve read, he thinks sex is such a wonderful thing that he’s saving it for marriage, something that a lot of other young male athletes should consider.

    Attacking people based on stereotypes doesn’t make you intellectual or make the world a better place. Peace.

  2. I’d still argue you’re a bigot. You do stubbornly and completely do not tolerate Tebow’s beliefs.

    I don’t agree with them myself, but I don’t want a 22-year-old kid to fail because of his beliefs, either.

    And Tebow’s folks aren’t 1/100000th the cuckoos the Westboro Baptist Church (the place where the folks come from) are.

  3. cant wait till something scandalous about him comes out if he makes it in the nfl. the higher the pedestal you stand on, well, you know the rest.

  4. I want Jackie Robinson to fail. I want a team to sign him, then I want him to report to spring training, strike out a bunch of times and be cut…I want him to fail in the pros nonetheless, because a famous Jackie Robinson is a dangerous Jackie Robinson.

    Jackie Robinson scares me, and—judging from his skin color and his fearless attitude, he should scare you, too…

    But how dare you call me a bigot

  5. [4] Danny..what on earth are you talking about? How in ANY WAY can you compare Tim Tebow to Jackie Robinson? Why bother writing such nonsensical garbage??

  6. Do we really want a society where people are silenced because they don’t believe as we do?

    That is the society you are suggesting, Jeff.

    It is not just Bigotry, it is Anti-American.

  7. Not ludicrous at all.
    You want to silence someone because you do not agree with his views.
    America was founded on the complete opposite principle.
    Therefore yours is an Anti-American concept.

    You said you are not tolerant of the Tebow type of Christianity.
    Tolerance of various religions is a founding American principle.

  8. Muhammad Goldstein (I get it! Irony! It’s like rain on a wedding day! fail) – you can just about replace any name with tim tebow here, and no matter what name you choose, jackie robinson, MLK, ghandi, elton john, eminem, jeff pearlman), it’s bigotry. these are his words, not mine, i just replaced the name (well, and other stuff that would make sense contextually of course). It’s jeff’s blog and he can say whatever the eff he wants, but he’s delusional if he thinks this isn’t anything but good ol’ fashioned bigotry.

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