Tim Tebow, Abortion, and The Super Bowl

Darrell HorwitzSenior Writer IIJanuary 27, 2010

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 21: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators watches fourth-quarter play against the Florida International University Golden Panthers, November 21, 2009 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Just like a--holes, everyone has an opinion and that's fine. I just don't want to hear that opinion when it comes to religious beliefs.

Using the Super Bowl as the platform for an anti-abortion commercial is not the right place or time.

I've come up with my stance against this because of the news that Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and his mother will be doing the ad to support the anti-abortion movement.

Utilizing Tebow for this commercial makes sense as his mother was told during her pregnancy when she became ill that she should abort the baby. Of course she didn't, and because of that, the NFL has a future backup quarterback or special teams player added to its roster. 

Tim Tebow seems like a nice guy and has done some wonderful things. I'm not against the person; I'm against the message and where it's being displayed.

The Super Bowl is an event where friends and families get together and celebrate the end of the football season, and the unveiling of creative and the not so creative commercials that appear during the game.

For some people, depending on how much of a fan of football they are, the commercials are the attraction with the game being secondary.

With so many people watching the game, fans and non-fans alike, the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family feels this is the perfect venue to preach their propaganda and shove it down the throats of the viewers, whether they like it or not.

Football is a game that often shows the players getting together in a prayer session before and even after the games, probably asking that their brains don't get scrambled.

You don't see that in the other major sports other than perhaps baseball players pointing to the sky after hitting a home run or striking out the opposing batter.

I don't watch sports to see someone force their religion on me, or to tell me how I should think. I watch sports as a diversion from the boredom of everyday life and because I enjoy them.  

It gives me a bad taste in my mouth when someone like a Tony Dungy comes out with his divine thoughts on religion and tries to push it on the viewing public. That's why I dislike him.

I think everyone has a right to think the way they do and to believe in what they do. I just don't need them thinking for me and telling me that I should think that way too.

Just give me one of them chimp commercials that are so often featured during the Super Bowl and I'm a happy guy.

Leave the religion in church where it belongs.