As most of you have probably heard, Pam and Tim Tebow have shot an ad that is likely to be aired before or during the Super Bowl, and paid and produced by Focus on the Family. It is believed, given Pam Tebow's story, to encourage women to not abort their unborn child in the same manner that she chose not to abort Tim. But just the idea of such an ad has already sparked national attention from heavy hitters. Here's a sample.
Change.org - Focus on the Family Misusing Football Star's Life to Attack Women's Rights?
NBCSports.com - Tebow and Controversy, Super Bowl-Style
Deadspin.com - Get Ready for Tebow's First and Only Super Bowl Appearance
Lifenews.com - Focus on the Family will air Super Bowl ad with Pro-Life Player Tim Tebow
Change.org - Tim Tebow, Anti-Gay?
Faithnews.cc - Plans for Tebow pro-life Super Bowl ad may Irk QB's critics
We especially like that last one, because it seems like Faithnews.cc was the only one that wrote a headline without an agenda and just told it like it is. None of the above have seen the ad and everything above is all speculation based on some sort of personal or political view and/or agenda.
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Why the kerfuffle now? Is Tim Tebow's story actually new to that many people? Are people afraid that the Tebow ad may spark a revolution like the Apple ad did back in the 80s? Is one man's story and life that powerful in the public imagination? Evidently opponents think it may be just that.
But has it occurred to anyone else that this ad might also feature the fact that Pam Tebow homeschooled Tim? And that he is to date the most successful homeschooled collegiate athlete? And that there are several states with legislation pending on allowing homeschooled athletes a chance to play for public school teams, and possibly a greater chance to play in college? A quick Google search reveals that Focus on the Family has been a major proponent of homeschooling as well. But that probably isn't as sexy or salacious in the mind of critics.
What is abundantly apparent is that Tebow is news worthy, and a great variety of media outlets and blogs gladly and quickly throw his name in whatever story that can be generated to get pageviews and ad clicks.
And when did disagreeing with something turn into hatred? Apparently, when you disagree with someone so much that you actually hate them, you then assume that their disagreeing with you must mean that they hate you too.
Because today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day ((January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968), and because it is celebrated to commemorate his birth and not his untimely death, we'll conclude this post with quotes by a man who not only fought for free access to eduction for all, but also laid down his life to win the dignity of his fellow man, i.e. sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn.
- Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.
- The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
- In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
- We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
Photo: Jay Lichtman (Storm clouds clearing over Denver, Colorado)