Tim Tebow’s prayers are controversial, but not these

Tim Tebow’s journey from 3rd stringer to playoff winning quarterback has obviously been impressive, despite getting blown out by New England this weekend.  The odds of taking over a team that is 1-4, bringing it to the playoffs, and winning a playoff game are less than one percent.  That’s not an exaggeration, that’s the actual percentage.

But, while his unorthodox play in an unorthodox offense is somewhat understandably controversial on the field, I can’t quite figure out the controversy around his faith.  I think the popular answer for conservatives is to blame the media and their well documented slant against Christians.  But, I don’t think that fully explains it here.

 

For example, Victor Cruz. Cruz is arguably a bigger and better story than Tim Tebow.  He was a complete unknown coming into this year, his second season.  Last year, he had exactly zero catches.  This year he had 82 catches, finished 3rd in the league in yards, and is leading the New York Giants to another potential Superbowl (in media market number one, no less.)   He has been a phenomenon.   Down the stretch of the regular season, when the Giants had to win, he played some of his best football--including a catch that wound up being the 14th 99 yard play from scrimmage in NFL history.

 

What does Cruz believe has caused all of this?

A: I guess it is just God-given ability. When I get the ball in my hands I try to make the most out of every play. I try to make the maximum yardage I can get every time I touch the ball. God's blessed me with some ability to do some good things and to be able jump and run and run good routes. It's a testament to God.

 

That’s three God references in one answer folks.  Even “testament” thrown in there for good measure. In fact, this isn’t the most overtly religious I’ve seen Cruz in an interview, and I have never seen one in which he didn’t thank God.  It’s usually not a passing mention either, and most importantly—he actually seems to believe it.  He wants you to know he’s a Christian, and that God is a big part of his life.  Good for him.  As much as I hate the Giants (as an Eagles fan), I can’t help but like him.  Even though that 99-yard catch was singlehandedly responsible for me coming in second in my Fantasy Football League. (I should have been praying for Fantasy success, I guess.)

 

Here’s another example—as uncovered by the Blaze this weekend.  It is being called the greatest knockout in UFC history.  It starts with the knockout, but look at what comes next, at about 15 seconds in.

The winner, Edson Barboza, kneels in the ring, points at himself and his ridiculous muscles and shakes his head no.    Then he points at the sky, and shakes his head yes.  Then, he does it again for good measure and even mouths the word “nothing” when pointing at his physical strength. He is taking his moment in the sun, and trying to use that to communicate his faith.*

 

 

Now, I don’t know how much God intervenes to help you kick the crap out of other fighters, but the point is clear.  Whether it’s a UFC fighter, an NFL receiver, or even Albert Pujols who spoke eloquently about his love for Jesus Christ during our 8-28 event---public displays of faith have always been a part of sports.

 

Why is Tebow so controversial?

*Editor's note: The original video with the 15 second celebration was pulled. THe current video only has a fraction of the celebration.

Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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The incoming Biden administration plans to waste no time in overturning much of the progress achieved by President Donald Trump.

On his radio program Monday, Glenn Beck ran through 10 executive orders President Joe Biden plans to announce on "day one" of his time in office — including rejoining the Paris climate accord, canceling the Keystone pipeline, mask mandates on federal land and during interstate travel, and a proposed federal minimum wage of $15 an hour.

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Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

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