The Washington Post asked the question 'Tim Tebow: would we love him if he were Muslim?' making the assumption that there is no one out there who is irritated at the Tim Tebow craze. But the article only got more ridiculous from there, positing the theory that if Tebow were Muslim he'd be hated because after all, look what happened to former NBA star Chris Jackson! Why is Jackson the worst example ever?
Chris Jackson joined the Denver Nuggets as a third-round draft pick in 1990 and converted to Islam a few years later, changing his name to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. As a point guard, Abdul-Rauf was fun to watch; he led the NBA in free-throw shooting for two years, dished the assists and was one of the Nuggets leading scorers. And he did all this despite having Tourette syndrome, which often caused him to twitch oddly on the court.
But in March 1996, about five years after his conversion, Abdul-Rauf decided his faith prohibited him from standing for the national anthem. He came to think of the American flag as "a symbol of oppression and tyranny."
"There's your problem. It's not religion. It's not religion." Glenn said.
"It's what he thinks his religion made him think about America and that's what pissed people off when he wouldn't stand for the National Anthem. It had nothing to do with Islam." Pat added.
"You think if Tim Tebow came out and called America the symbol of oppression and tyranny, you think he would be being lauded for his Christianity like he is? Of course not," Stu said.
Pat cited several Muslim athletes beloved by sports fans across the country.
"How about Muhammad Ali? People loved Muhammad Ali," Pat said.
Glenn noted that if he was mocking Muslim athletes for their religion he would quickly be pulled off the air or boycotted, something that isn't happening to mainstream media figures who are mocking Tebow's Christianity.