Christians are claiming persecution after Christian darling Tim Tebow was cut from the New England Patriots. The Patriots released Tebow on Saturday, a move that leaves the polarizing and proselytizing quarterback's NFL future in doubt.
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….
Tebow is no stranger to controversy. As a college football player he was notorious for wearing his Christian beliefs on his sleeve, and on his face. Tebow's trademark game-day look was black under-eye make-up high-lighting various Bible verses. Wearing Bible verses under his eyes naturally endeared Tebow to some Christians, while many others found the behavior an obnoxious and gratuitous display.
In Dec. 2011, Christian extremists went on the warpath, launching a boycott of HBO, after comedian and atheist Bill Maher sent out a tweet making fun of Tebow’s performance on the field.
Last year, Tebow trademarked “Tebowing,” the ostentatious on field signature prayer that helped make the second rate NFL quarterback a darling of the Christian right.