Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Broncos Tebow: The Religion Angle

Two ways to think about this offensively simplistic and surface-level "human interest" piece by the Denver Post about the way Tim Tebow's religious values polarize fans:

(1) It really took them three months to get to it?
(2) And this was the un-nuanced way they did it?

I know that Denver media is just catching up to the Tebow phenomenon, but they could have at least caught up from Florida (and national) media: It's not a big deal.

When I say that, I don't mean that religion isn't a big deal to Tebow, or to many of his fans. And there are probably lots of non-Bronco and non-Florida fans who appreciate that side of him.

But what I mean is that almost all Tebow fans, religious or not, are ready to set that aside as a point of divisiveness and simply exist of fans of the football player, in all of his complexities.

For some background, go back to that meme from mid-October when some columnists around the country took Tebow to task for his religious values.

This was my response, ironically filed from Sin City.

For those of you who weren't reading last August, be sure to check out Ted Kluck's thoughtful column on ChristianityToday.com. (Read my post initially, then click through to Kluck's.)

2 comments:

  1. Dan -- Love your blog and read it often. In June, my 14-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia and has been an in-patient since. Although we're not in FL, we're having personal experience with what a gift to a pediatric oncology unit, like the one Tim's foundation made to Shands, can mean.

    What I wanted to say, though, after reading this posting and then the one on the religion aspect from October. I think you might be misusing the word "humanist" -- I think what you really mean is "humanitarian" ...... and maybe even "humanitarianism" at the end of the October blog.

    Thanks again for your time and attention to the blog.

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  2. Hi Dan. I'd like to know if you think Elvis Dumervil's injury has now made it more likely that Tebow will get to start this year. If Josh knows that their defense is going to lose games for them anyway, he might decide to get Tebow used to starting by starting him this year, instead of waiting until next year.

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