Friday, December 9, 2011
What If Tim Tebow Were Muslim?
Tebow is most controversial for his outspoken (and undeniably genuine) Christian faith, along with his apparently impenetrable moral fiber. (Click here for his website.) Not surprisingly, many people ridicule Tebow for his devotion. Tebow has never complained about the taunts, and the general consensus among sports commentators (whether Christian or not) is: "If Tebow's putting his faith out there so fervently, don't be upset when other players react."
The mocking will surely continue. However, a reporter recently asked a very interesting question. What if Tebow were a Muslim? Would the media be so forgiving of people ridiculing his prayers? Surely not. In the following video, Jennifer Floyd Engel suggests that the double standards are a result of Tebow making "a lot of us feel uncomfortable." (Hat tip to Dragostea for the video.)
Engel has raised an important question, but I think she's missed the real reason for the double standards. If Tebow were a Muslim, and his fellow NFL players were to mock his beliefs, groups like CAIR would be plastered across every major news network, lamenting the anti-Muslim bigotry, hate-mongering, racism, Islamophobia, etc. exhibited by all the evil, twisted, venom-spewing Americans who watch football. The NFL, the coaches, and the media would cave instantly to the complaints, players would be punished and forced to undergo "sensitivity training," and the gulf between Islam and all other religions would widen.
That's why things would be different if Tebow were a Muslim.