Tim Tebow Cancels Speech At Dallas Church After Backlash Over Pastor's Comments On Gays, Muslims

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    Feb 22, 2013 5:46 AM GMT
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    If you can't take the heat, get out of your speaking engagement.

    It seems Tim Tebow learned that lesson the hard way this week, announcing on Thursday that he would be canceling a planned appearance at First Baptist Dallas church in April. While Tebow has spoken at other churches in the past, the scheduling of this particular event sparked days of controversy.

    The back-up quarterback for the New York Jets was originally supposed to speak at the megachurch on April 28. But the appearance drew instant scrutiny because of senior pastor Dr. Robert Jeffress' views on homosexuality, Islam and Mormonism.

    In various appearances and interviews, Jeffress has said that Islam and Mormonism are heretical religions "from the pit of hell," that gay soldiers should not serve in the military because so many homosexuals have AIDS, and that gay activists are trying to "hide the link between homosexuality and pedophilia."

    Tebow announced that he had canceled his appearance via Twitter, citing "new information that has been brought to my attention."

    READ: Tim Tebow's Statement

    While I was looking forward to sharing a message of hope and Christ's unconditional love with the faithful members of the historic First Baptist Church of Dallas in April, due to new information that has been brought to my attention, I have decided to cancel my upcoming appearance. I will continue to use the platform God has blessed me with to bring Faith, Hope and Love to all those needing a brighter day. Thank you for all of your love and support. God Bless!
    While this "new information" is not clarified, it's certainly clear that the speaking engagement became a public relations nightmare.

    A University of Florida alumnus posted a Change.org petition asking Tebow to cancel the appearance. Then, on Monday, CBS Sports columnist Gregg Doyel wrote that not only would speaking at First Baptist be "the biggest mistake" of the sports star's life, but that Doyel had gone from being a Tebow fan to someone ashamed to like him.

    Such a strong reaction, wrote Richard Langford of Bleacher Report, would likely be echoed by many Tebow fans who may would look at the former golden boy in a different light:

    This way of thinking is going to spread through the masses. As a society, we have grown increasingly intolerant of the intolerant.
    As a result of this connection to these controversial opinions, Tebow is going to become even more polarizing.

    The day before the cancelation, Jeffress expressed confidence that Tebow would appear as scheduled to radio host Janet Mefferd.

    "I believe as long as he listens to the Holy Spirit and to God's voice and maybe not that of his handlers, you know, I think he will stand firm," Jeffress told Mefferd, via Right Wing Watch. "And we're counting him to do that."

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    Feb 22, 2013 5:49 AM GMT
    oops
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    Feb 22, 2013 6:07 AM GMT
    It was likely the Mormonism comments that caused it to get really uncomfortable.
  • gymlocker

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    Feb 22, 2013 11:38 AM GMT
    Yet another reason why churches need to be taxed, just like the rest of us.
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    Feb 22, 2013 12:54 PM GMT
    he's a coward. new information brought to his attention my ass! what? he was going to lose some endorsement deal?
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    Feb 22, 2013 1:59 PM GMT
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    Feb 22, 2013 2:17 PM GMT
    He forgot to do his homework and fucked up. His judgment is now suspect.
  • Destinharbor

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    Feb 22, 2013 3:36 PM GMT
    DOMINUS saidHe forgot to do his homework and fucked up. His judgment is now suspect.

    Suspect? There's been no question since he started putting bible references on his face before UF games. The guy is fully allied with the camp who would have us rounded up and put in gulags or gas chambers. And yet some nellies here still squeal with delight every time he arranges a shirtless photo-shoot. He may bend his rules a bit if it puts cash in his pocket. But only temporarily. I'm not talking about you, Dominus.
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    Feb 22, 2013 3:39 PM GMT
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    Feb 22, 2013 3:44 PM GMT
    dayumm saidUp next:

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    Tim Tebow has a campfire date with notorious "ex-gay therapy" counselor Tim Clinton at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University in three weeks! Will Our Heroes get "new information" to the mechanically-challenged quarterback in time? Stay tuned for next week's episode of...

    SAVE
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    And Tebow's defenders continue to act like he isn't supporting homophobes, first Focus on the Family, then this pastor, then this.

    Every Tebow thread gets like 300 posts only because he is good looking and people here want to make excuses for an attractive guy.
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    Feb 22, 2013 3:52 PM GMT
    I feel bad for those other guys in that pic (especially that guy with the GINORMOUS head... yikes!) off to roast marshmallows with Tim Clinton. They gotta be looking at us like, "Oh, you don't wanna help US out, huh? JUST the pretty boy QB! OK, be like that, then!" :-)

    I mean, poor John Smoltz! He's been a lost cause for decades now. He was passable on the eyes back before pattern baldness kicked in. And he's actually won something in the pros!
  • rnch

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    Feb 22, 2013 3:55 PM GMT
    Not only is this "15 minutes of fame" schnook deep-in-the-closet; this debacle prooves that he just ain't too smart.


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    Feb 22, 2013 4:17 PM GMT
    Don't worry (not that anyone is), this one's from LAST year, he canceled on this one, too:

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    Designed just like the event that's coming up. Just look at those smug faces on the right. Would anyone, straight, gay or otherwise, go to anything involving those guys, in their right mind, on their own volition? TEBOW's face (and biceps) gives them (and whatever warped messages they're peddling) a sense of legitimacy, a way to "draw in the young blood," at a scale that Kirk Cameron, Eddie Long in tights, and random gospel recording artists simply can't match.

    If I believed in Gawd I'd be thankful to Her for his sexy dimwitted bubble azz and cheesy smile!

    Because without him, these Christian Crazy Confabs would go on-and-on-and-on without anyone of us paying attention to them or calling them into question. Did you know who Tim Clinton was before Tim Tebow put his mug beside him? That Jeffress cat and the types of stuff he says?

    "These 3 days are absolutely critical to your faith," they implore. Okay. So why isn't Kenneth Copeland Ministries the top headliner on the ad? Or Rod "pay me $50 to protect you against anti-gay hate crime laws" Parsley? Instead of a guy who can barely find a synonym when he speaks more than one sentence?

    He's like the candy being handed to you from the creepy guy in the El Camino. They think his presence on their glossy handouts will draw people in. But by repeatedly pulling out (Tim, if you're reading this, I didn't mean it that way!), he gets a few more people to think twice.
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    Feb 22, 2013 4:27 PM GMT
    I think everybody is being just a bit to cynical and nasty. So he agrees to a speaking engagement that everybody here finds offensive, and he is attacked. He then cancels said engagement, and once again he is attacked. I don't think the hate is on his part here guys. At least give the guy credit for making the right decision after the information came out.
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    Feb 22, 2013 4:30 PM GMT
    ^
    As I said in an earlier thread, he knew damn well what he was doing. The backlash felt by his manager and publicist was too much, so the pussy backed out.
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    Feb 23, 2013 1:17 AM GMT
    credo said^
    As I said in an earlier thread, he knew damn well what he was doing. The backlash felt by his manager and publicist was too much, so the pussy backed out.


    Reverend Wright was Obama's pastor. It took a while but Obama finally distanced himself from Wright when he realized what it would do to his political career. Do you consider the president a pussy?
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    Feb 23, 2013 8:05 AM GMT
    Maybe he needs to get a new PR manager .. but he'd probably feel bad firing his mom. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 23, 2013 12:19 PM GMT
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    credo said^
    As I said in an earlier thread, he knew damn well what he was doing. The backlash felt by his manager and publicist was too much, so the pussy backed out.


    Reverend Wright was Obama's pastor. It took a while but Obama finally distanced himself from Wright when he realized what it would do to his political career. Do you consider the president a pussy?


    No, faceless Republican troll, I don't.
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    Feb 23, 2013 2:27 PM GMT
    credo said
    Draper said
    credo said^
    As I said in an earlier thread, he knew damn well what he was doing. The backlash felt by his manager and publicist was too much, so the pussy backed out.


    Reverend Wright was Obama's pastor. It took a while but Obama finally distanced himself from Wright when he realized what it would do to his political career. Do you consider the president a pussy?


    No, faceless Republican troll, I don't.


    Typical weak response. Credo got no cred.
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    Feb 23, 2013 2:39 PM GMT
    rnch saidNot only is this "15 minutes of fame" schnook deep-in-the-closet; this debacle prooves that he just ain't too smart



    Says RJ's resident Rocket Scientist icon_rolleyes.gif

    This is yet another case of "Damned if you do, damned if you don't". To the best of my knowledge (please feel free to cite a single example the proves otherwise) Tim Tebow has never said a negative or disparaging thing about anyone or any group. His message at public speaking appearances at churches (he recently held one here in Scottsdale on Super Bowl Sunday) has always been one of love, compassion, and acceptance of people of all sexes, races, religions, and sexual orientation. Tim Tebow has said many times that he himself is not perfect and he doesn't judge anyone. Don't take MY word for it, let Tim speak for himself...




    Tim made the right decision by canceling his appearance at this church led by the disgraceful example of Christianity, Rev. Jeffress. He doesn't need (and surely doesn't want) to be aligning himself with such negativity because that has never been what he is about. As he always does, in the end Tim Tebow did the right thing.
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    Feb 23, 2013 2:50 PM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    CuriousJockAZ saidThis is yet another case of "Damned if you do, damned if you don't"

    No, it's not. The problem here isn't with Tebow being an evangelical, it's with this particular church and this particular pastor, who is a long-standing fountain of hatred. No one is telling li'l Timmy that he can't go profess his love of Jebus, just saying it isn't very smart to do it in a place where half your fans are going to hate you for it.


    Hence, the cancellation. Last week, one side was criticizing him appearing, this week the other side will be criticizing the cancellation. If that isn't a case of "Damned if you do, damned if you don't" I don't know what is. The real issue is the media's obsession with "All Things Tebow". Leave the guy alone. The whole world doesn't need to hear or read about his every move. Personally, I thought him speaking at this church was a positive thing because his message of compassion and acceptance is one this congregation needs to hear, because they sure as hell don't get this kind of message from Rev. Jeffress.
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    Feb 23, 2013 3:03 PM GMT
    Aristoshark saidNot to say that he would parrot Jeffress' hate-spewing, but rather he would simply leave out anything that challenged it.



    I agree...and it's not something he should be required to do...it's not Tim Tebow's style. He has his own message which has always been enormously positive and compassionate. He states this quite clearly in the video I posted above.
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    Feb 23, 2013 3:09 PM GMT
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    Draper saidTypical weak response. Credo got no cred.

    Credo got more cred in his fingernail clippings than you have in your entire body.


    Says you which means absolutely nothing.

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    Feb 23, 2013 3:12 PM GMT
    Draper said
    Aristoshark said
    Draper saidTypical weak response. Credo got no cred.

    Credo got more cred in his fingernail clippings than you have in your entire body.


    Says you which means absolutely nothing.




    And if anyone here is an expert on saying nothing....it surely is Draper.




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    Feb 23, 2013 3:17 PM GMT