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  •  I am inferring from "Christianity's Golden Boy", (0+ / 0-)

    which I do not take to be a sincere outpouring of warmth.

    As a Democrat, Progressive,  and Kossack, I am certain you appreciate "code words".  I take that phrase to mean "I hate your guts for being who you are.

    More to the point, it is not merely an expression of hatred for Tebow, but disgust that that he doesn't have the decency to be shut up about who he is and hide away in the corner with his head hanging in shame.

    And, within the article, you find this little bit:

    There’s no fear in reprisal when you come out as Christian.
    Which certainly hasn't been the case with Tebow, who has had mountains of scorn heaped upon him for being open about who he is and being unashamed of the fact.

    Why the diarist felt a need to bash Tim Tebow is beyond me.  The nastygrams he quotes are not from Tebow. They are from nasty small-minded jerks who show themselves to be no better than the diarist, probably worse.

    Whether nor not Jason Collins is a hero certainly will depend on POV.  I'm glad he came out.  I'm even gladder for the overwhelmingly (if not completely) positive reaction from his fellow NBA players and from athletes in other sports (are you listening, NFL).  It certainly took a little bit of courage to do that at a time when he still hopes to log some NBA minutes.


    I don't know.  I'd be more inclined to say yes if he were in the first few years of his career, but I certainly can understand somebody seeing hem that way.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Wed May 01, 2013 at 01:51:07 PM PDT

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    •  You're entitled to that opinion, but (0+ / 0-)

      I have no ill will toward Tim Tebow, at all.  Not since he and Urban Meyer ran the score up on my beloved Georgia Bulldogs (so much for sportsmanship) about 4-5 seasons ago.

      There's nothing hostility in my saying that "there's no fear in reprisal when you come out as Christian."  It's true.  HUNDREDS and THOUSANDS of players do it with no scorn at all; Tim Tebow does it (my hunch, anyhow) because he makes a show of it.  Doesn't seem genuine or sincere to many when someone makes such a public spectacle of their religious ideology.  Then there's that pesky Bible verse that's been oft-mentioned ... ya know, the public prayer vs. the at-home, in-private worshiper.


      by SouthernDemRon on Wed May 01, 2013 at 03:39:08 PM PDT

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      •  That is a legitimate reason to despise Tim Tebow. (0+ / 0-)

        Politics and religion are one thing, but college football is IMPORTANT!!!!

        I can accept that you are not hating on Tebow, and am glad to see your comment.

        I disagree with you that Tebow makes a show of it.  I've known more than a few evangelicals, and enthusiastic displays of faith go with the territory for many of them.

        I think the show is more in viewers' eyes -- Oh look! He got down on his knees! He put bible references in his eye black, etc. What he doesn't do is filter himself for the sake of the world.

        Kind of like, well, Jason Collins now.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Wed May 01, 2013 at 04:50:57 PM PDT

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    •  That's what I thought (0+ / 0-)

      All inference and supposition on your part, not actual quotes and evidence from the diary itself.

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