I am not a football fan. I'll watch it at someone else's place if that's what they're doing and I do know the basic rules, but I really don't care who wins or loses. However, not too many people can claim ignorance of Tim Tebow, the Broncos' quarterback who lets people know who he is and that he believes in Jesus Christ as God and Savior. And yes, he does seem to be a most capable football player.
It seems to be the combination of these two characteristics (1. devout Christian and 2. decent football player) that drives progressives into major hissy-snit-fits. A progressive rabbi, Joshua Hammerman, went so far as to warn the populace (on New York's Jewish Week blog) that if Tim Tebow wins the Super Bowl, we Christians are going to go on a mosque-burning rampage! Fortunately there is also some rational analysis of Hammerman's screed. Read this piece by Jeff Dunetz, a Jew who is thankful that he doesn't attend Hammerman's synagogue. He also links to a cached version of the Hammerman vitriol that has since been pulled from the orginal blog (I wonder why it was pulled!).
This sort of progressive bigotry against religion, particularly the Judeo-Christian traditions, is nothing new to anyone who's had their eyes open these past several years. So what is it about decent people being up front about their faith that just causes these quasi-athiests to bunch their undies? Could it be the pricking of their own consciences? The conscience is a God-given faculty inside each and every person that lets one know when he/she is not living as he/she should. Repeated violation of the conscience can dull one to its voice - but not entirely. Hence the discomfort - and resentment. The evidence is there for all to see - attempts at denial notwithstanding.
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