The only thing Tim Tebow wants aborted is a bad play call!
Sports fans love to argue about the pro prospects of University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, but the outspoken Christian conservative is about to stir up even more passionate debate with a pro-life ad that will run during the Super Bowl. In the controversial spot paid for by conservative Christian group Focus on the Family, Tebow and his family argue that wonderful things can happen if you don't have an abortion. You see, when Tebow was just a fetus, doctors tried to convince his mom to abort him because medicines she was taking to combat the amoebic dysentery she'd contracted on a missionary trip in the Philippines were potentially going to damage him. She kept her baby, and now he's considered by some to be the greatest college football player of all time. Point
scored taken. Though the Tebow family isn't flashing images of aborted fetuses, you know it's about to get ugly.
Of course, Tebow is far from the first person in sports to force his Christian conservative views upon the world. We're not talking about athletes praising God for the touchdown totals that helped them get crazy paid either. Keep reading for unforgettable moments when sports tackled religion.
God's Word: White, the NFL's so-called "Minister of Defense," turned what was supposed to be a five minute speech about his charity work to the Wisconsin state legislature into an opportunity to go all fire and brimstone for an hour, saying that the U.S. had "turned away from God" by letting "homosexuality—one of the biggest sins—to run rampant." Let us pause and think about that.
God's Word: Everett, an Apostolic Christian, believes the literal interpretation of the Bible has authority over all. It clearly had control of his brain when he raised doubts about the moon landing and denied the existence of dinosaurs, saying, "The Bible never says anything about dinosaurs. You can't say there were dinosaurs when you never saw them. Someone actually saw Adam and Eve. No one ever saw a Tyrannosaurus rex." It's true, we have seen Adam & Eve...pornos.
God's Word: After being caught cheating on his girlfriend back in 1993, Kitna crossed over to a holier lifestyle: no drinking or cussing, and worshiping J.C. on his way to the line of scrimmage. In 2004, the NFL fined him for wearing a cap with a cross during interviews, which is a sacrilegious to the god Reebok. Regardless, all his prayers and faith couldn't bring any salvation when he played for the woeful Detroit Lions... Just saying.
God's Word: After the Colts won Super Bowl XLI in 2007, coach Dungy requested that every player bow and pray the Lord's Prayer in the locker room—interrupting celebrations and interviews . Every player went with it, but it was a move some reporters and players felt was a bit forced. After all, God wanted Indy to win so players could shower with champagne, no?
God's Word: Whereas NBA greats like Wilt Chamberlain are known for scoring just as much off the court as on, A.C. Green is known for being a virgin through his entire NBA career. Green also started the pro-abstinence youth group the A.C. Green Youth Foundation, handing out more promise rings than Lakers championships.
God's Word: When Superman was still a draft prospect, long before he had a child out of wedlock, there was a lot of buzz over his perhaps too-strong Evangelical Christian values. Howard was quoted as saying he wanted to add a cross to the NBA logo and use his superstar status to, "make sure that everybody hears the truth about God." Maybe someday G-O-D will return the favor and help him develop a game beyond an arm's length away from the rim. Keep praying!
God's Word: Clearly Ryan Church never got the memo that Jesus was a Jew. Back in 2005, he went on an anti-Semitic rant saying Jews would go to hell for not accepting Jesus. This is one Church you'd never mistake for a synagogue.
God's Word: Lee, head coach of the U.S. Olympic Archery Team, went beyond the coach-player relationship when he missed the target (athletic greatness) and tried to baptize members of the 2008 Olympic team.
God's Word: Gordon was known to be extremely religious, reading the Bible before each race, and even going as far as taping handwritten scriptures on his steering wheel to remind him that Jesus is his co-pilot. Alas, he forgot to tape the scriptures that deal with infidelity and got caught cheating on his first wife.
God's Word: According in Sanders, God supposedly told him to only pay $1,500 of a $4,265.57 mechanics bill when he needed his car repaired. Good lookin' out, Big Homie! The mechanics of lesser faith doubted and sued Neon Deion. Not that you can blame the man—the Lord made him do it!