Thursday, December 8, 2011

God Bless America

Several readers sent us links to Karlos Dansby's quotes on God and Tim Tebow, and thanks!  We originally quoted/linked back to Pro Football Talk because they transcribed the audio from Jim Rome's Show.  But check the disclaimer from Yahoo! Sports excerpting the same passage from Pro Football Talk.

(Disclaimer: AP style says I'm supposed to capitalize the word "God," so that's what I'm going to do. It's not an endorsement of a monotheistic religion or any other belief system -- I'm doing what AP tells me and hoping I am not smote.)

Seriously, you have to write a disclaimer to capitalize the word "God" now? At least there is some written standard for how we are to behave in public, or at least in written form, and that would be the AP Style Book.

This seems funny, or maybe even trite, until you consider that using God and the word "Jesus" is actually being banned in other parts of the world.  Another reader sent us this interesting blog post entitled, "What do Tebow and Pakistan Christians have in common?"

I noticed a news report in Pakistan saying that citizens can no longer text "Jesus Christ" to anyone.  That's right text his Name.  The government is cracking down on using Jesus' Name as to uplift Islam.  A Christian was interviewed in the article went on to say, "The inclusion of the name of Jesus Christ within this list of offensive words is another example of the intense hatred that resonates within Pakistan towards Christians," stated Chowdhry.  But this Pakistani Christian leader is taking the offensive telling the Telecommunications Authority (PTA) that they should not prevent this action.

 When you read the article it becomes even more interesting.


"The inclusion of the name of Jesus Christ within this list of offensive words is another example of the intense hatred that resonates within Pakistan towards Christians," stated Chowdhry.
"Such censorship would be received with great animosity in the democratic countries of the West. Moreover such intervention flies in the face of the freedoms of expression that Pakistan's Government has committed the nation too.
"It beggars belief that Jesus Christ could be considered a word offensive to Muslim's as he is written about as a great prophet in the Quran. It would seem that Pakistani Muslim majority hatred for Christians exceeds the love for one of their own prophets.

Official government censorship of using the words "Jesus Christ" in electronic media would be unthinkable.   Peer pressure censorship leading to self censorship? It could happen.

It all makes Karlos Dansby's views on Tim Tebow and the Broncos play all that more interesting, especially given the recent comments by Jake Plummer and Kurt Warner suggesting that Tebow shouldn't utter "I want thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and my teammates" in his post game press conferences.

For those that agree with Plummer and Warner, and find Tebow thanking Jesus to be annoying, consider the alternative.  Would you rather be inconvenienced or not have the freedom at all?

Next time Tebow is "bold" enough to say, "I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and my teammates", we now hope he throws in a "God Bless America" too, for all our sakes.