Tim Tebow is out of a job because he can’t throw, not because he’s a Christian.

On Saturday the New England Patriots cut Tim Tebow, probably because in a pass-heavy offense you want a quarterback who can throw the ball and, well, Tebow can’t do that.  But many Christians are unconvinced – surely Tebow was cut for publicly being a part of the most popular religion in the United States, one that has infiltrated sports at every level, and not because he can’t throw.

The Examiner reports:

Many Christians are unhappy with the decision, claiming Tebow is the victim of persecution because of his outspoken and public profession of his Christian faith. Tebow, raised by controversial evangelical missionary parents, is famous for praying on the football field. His pretentious public displays of piety have thrilled his Christian fans, while making many others slightly ill.

The following is a sample of comments from Christians claiming Tebow’s release from the Patriots is a result of persecution because of Tebow’s Christian faith, taken from the conservative website The Blaze:

Shame on NFL Owners and Coach’s for caving under the pressure brought on by the Satanic liberals that have taken over ESPN and the other Sport Media outlets.

The problem here is: Tim Tebow is not a gangster, drug dealer or user, wife or girlfriend beater, or a murderer. No, he chose religion over these other labels and is paying the price for it.

Tim Tebow was meant to play football that’s the gift the “Good Lord” blessed Him with, and you know it was Christian phobic liberal’s who had something to do with this decision….

It is quite clear that Tim Tebow is not on a team because of his faith….

Oh my.  It’s fascinating how so many people can see what a tremendous talent Tim Tebow is…everybody, it seems, but the people who evaluate football talent for a living – team after team after team…

It couldn’t be that Tebow went 11-30 in the preseason as a passer.  Nope, it had to be that he was an outspoken Christian in a league full of Christians.  Right.

And I hate this sentiment:

The problem here is: Tim Tebow is not a gangster, drug dealer or user, wife or girlfriend beater, or a murderer. No, he chose religion over these other labels and is paying the price for it.

As if there was a dichotomy between believing in god and a life of crime.  Studies have actually found that gangsters often believe in Jesus and use it to justify their crimes.  The journal is behind a pay wall, but here are some choice quotes.  This one is from “Young Stunna”:

“Well, you do get punished for doing wrong, but not if you don’t have no choice. It’s like this here. See, if I go and rob a motherfucker then I’m still going to Heaven because … uhm … it’s like, Jesus knows I ain’t have no choice, you know? He know I got a decent heart. He know I’m stuck in the hood and just doing what I gotta do to survive. But you now, if you [poking interviewer in the chest] rob somebody, then you might get punished because you going to the Pearly Gates and Jesus going to be like, why you robbing motherfuckers when I gave you a job and a nice life already? What’s up with that?”

And this is from “Cool”:

“The way it work is this. You go out and do some bad and then you ask for forgiveness and Jesus have to give it to you, and you know wipe the slate clean. So, I always do a quick little prayer right before and then I’m cool with Jesus. Also another thing is this; if you doing some wrong to another bad person, like if I go rob a dope dealer or a molester or something, then it don’t count against me because it’s like I’m giving punishment to them for Jesus. That’s God’s will. Oh you molested some kids? Well now I’m [God] sending Cool over your house to get your ass.”

And we also know that about .07% of the prison population is atheist.  There must be quite a few religious people in there making up the difference.

Anyway, I got off on a tangent there.  The point of the post is that Tim Tebow is out of a job because he sucks at doing the things you need to do in order to play quarterback (primarily throwing the ball).  The only reason he got a shot in the pros in the first place was because of political pressure from Christians, which had absolutely zero to do with his ability as a football player.

  • Charlie

    I hope he remembers that he has a home in Omaha waiting for him.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9228241/omaha-beef-indoor-team-offers-tim-tebow-contract

  • Art_Vandelay

    Wow. They actually blamed ESPN. The network that employ’s “God’s Linebacker.” The network that covers Tebow taking a dump. That is just mind-numbing.

  • Loqi

    Oh man, now even the sports media has a liberal bias? What’s next? The Travel Network is too liberal?

    • Mario Strada

      I hear the weather channel is overrun with Maoists

      • Loqi

        Well yeah, everyone knows that. They’re a bunch of global warming sheeple, and we all know Mao’s top priority was to convince everyone that global warming was happening because he hates our freedom.

  • GubbaBumpkin

    Oh my. It’s fascinating how so many people can see what a tremendous
    talent Tim Tebow is…everybody, it seems, but the people who evaluate
    football talent for a living – team after team after team…

    He does have talent, and is fairly athletic. He would make a pretty good option quarterback. But no NFL teams run the option. And you can’t very well tailor your offense to that one player, because then what do you do when he gets injured? His talent could be put to some use if could be converted to a receiver, or a defensive back. But if he insists on remaining a quarterback, it will not be in the NFL.

  • iknklast

    Tebow has some talent, but there are thousands of other college football players with talent that don’t get picked up at all – in fact, most. I’ve always suspected he made the cut at least in part because he was so flamboyant he stood out in a crowd. But when you play with the big boys, you gotta be able to keep up.

    • Tyler Haas

      He was selected for the NFL primarily due to his awards; first Sophomore to win a Heisman (2007), also the Davey O’Brian and Maxwell awards that year, along with a national championship (which repeated in 2009). That was enough to get people to overlook his crappy throwing mechanics (something that didn’t matter quite as much against slightly smaller opposition in college; since the NFL picks the creme de la creme, you’re playing against all-stars all the time). However, as you say, the proof is in the record, and his pretty much sucks as a pro; a couple of good games in Denver in 2011, but still the lowest passing completion rate in the NFL, and he bounces from team to team.

      I think, given his mobility, he’d do well in Arena (what team wouldn’t froth at the mouth for THAT draw?) or with USA Rugby (who offered him a spot if he were willing to switch games and train hard).

  • Matt

    If this is the case why wasn’t Kurt Warner drummed out of the league. He is at least as evangelical as Tebow. Oh, wait! He could actually throw the ball.

  • http://onehourparkingshow.com Jeff van Booven

    Maybe he isn’t a criminal, but what they seem to be pointing out there is that criminals make better quarterbacks. At least ones with throwing arms.

  • Gehennah

    Teebow is a good runner, he’s an all around good guy. But I have to agree, he’s a terrible passer. I did expect, that if the Patriots were to use him, they’d use him as a tight end but I don’t think he has the ability to do that too well either.

    I’m not a huge football fan, but there are a few players that I really like. And whether or not I like them has to do with their skills on the field, I really don’t care if they are religious or not. Hell, most of the NFL players are Christian, yet the Blaze doesn’t complain when they get cut.

  • bdallmann

    While I agree that atheism is less violent than most religions, that statistic about the percentage of atheists in prison is outdated and most likely incorrect.

    • Gehennah

      Statistics change all of the time, especially with a minority group. But we are still likely very under represented in the jail system.

    • Guest

      Outdated? it is as of April 2013. Are you expecting as of yesterday? Get real.

      And to simply say ‘less violent’ is a ridiculous understatement.

      Let’s do some basic statistics:

      .0076% of the population is currently imprisoned

      According to the latest Pew research poll 1.6% of the US pop are atheists. Using this # we calculate .04% of atheist population is in jail, meaning a ratio of 1:2500. For ever 2,500 atheists, 1 will be in jail.

      If we are utterly, mind-bendingly generous and assume anyone not specifically atheist is a god fearing person, so, 98.4% of the US pop., then use the April prison stats and remove anyone who does not specifically follow a god-fearing religion we get 88.1% of the prison pop as god fearing. That means a ratio of 1:112. That means for every 112 god-fearing people, 1 will be in jail. And this is being totally generous in favor of god believers just to remove any accusations of bias.

      Now, do you really think these numbers are likely to cross.. ever?
      1:2500 atheists vs 1:112 god-fearing people

      Summary: If we utterly skew the statistics in favor of god-fearing people, god-fearing people are still 22 times more likely to commit a crime worthy of prison.

      This isn’t a “Well, they are so close they could swap any day now” type of statistic. Atheists are far and away more law abiding than religious people.

      Sources:
      Federal Bureau of Prisons April 2013
      US Census 2012
      Pew Religious Landscape Study 2013

    • Guest

      Outdated? it is as of April 2013. Are you expecting as of yesterday? Get real.

      And to simply say ‘less violent’ is a ridiculous understatement.

      Let’s do some basic statistics:

      .76% of the population is currently imprisoned

      According
      to the latest Pew research poll 1.6% of the US pop are atheists. Using
      this # we calculate .04% of atheist population is in jail, meaning a
      ratio of 1:2500. For ever 2,500 atheists, 1 will be in jail.

      If
      we are utterly, mind-bendingly generous and assume anyone not
      specifically atheist is a god fearing person, so, 98.4% of the US pop.,
      then use the April prison stats and remove anyone who does not
      specifically follow a god-fearing religion we get 88.1% of the prison
      pop as god fearing. That means a ratio of 1:112. That means for every
      112 god-fearing people, 1 will be in jail. And this is being totally
      generous in favor of god believers just to remove any accusations of
      bias.

      Now, do you really think these numbers are likely to cross.. ever?
      1:2500 atheists vs 1:112 god-fearing people

      Summary:
      If we utterly skew the statistics in favor of god-fearing people,
      god-fearing people are still 22 times more likely to commit a crime
      worthy of prison.

      This isn’t a “Well, they are so close they
      could swap any day now” type of statistic. Atheists are far and away
      more law abiding than religious people.

      Sources:
      Federal Bureau of Prisons April 2013
      US Census 2012
      Pew Religious Landscape Study 2013

      • bdallmann

        Instead of me coming up with some ridiculous comeback to try to save face, I commend you for taking the time to gather your sources and set me straight without being insulting. Thank you, I should have done better research.


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