Re: Would the Tebow fan(atic)s still be in love with the guy if he were Muslim?
posted at 1/13/2012 8:26 AM EST
In Response to Re: Would the Tebow fan(atic)s still be in love with the guy if he were Muslim?
[QUOTE]In Response to Would the Tebow fan(atic)s still be in love with the guy if he were Muslim? : Dave, I give you Mahmoud Abdul Rauf, better known as Chris Jackson. Another southern boy and LSU basketball star. His career led him to be selected by the Denver Nuggets with the third pick in the 1990 NBA draft, where he enjoyed a relatively successful career - that is until he converted to Islam. That's when things took a turn for the worse: The KBPI publicity stunt. Someone burning his house to the ground in Mississippi and the arsonist still hasn't been found. The vitriolic response to his religious display(s). Freedom of speech and I embrace that wholeheartedly, but the fascination with which ESPN/the NFL network is reporting on Tim Tebow is annoying. Is it any wonder sports fans and now an ever increasing amount of athletes of all hues are now voicing their displeasure. Can't wait for Saturday where we (Patriots) can vent our frustration and kick his a s s all over the field and on Sunday go to church and say a prayer.
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Paob, I sort of understand your point about Chris Jackson. But the reaction to him was because he renounced the USA and its flag despite owing everything he has in life to this country. He was a success story and admired by many, a great athlete who thrived despite having Tourettes. It wasn't his conversion to Islam that put people off, it was the fact that he called the country he was born in a tyrant, or something to that effect.
There are plenty of Muslims in professional sports that people don't even know about because they live their lives like the rest of us. They don't make outlandish statements or force their religion on anyone, they just live and exist and play a sport for a living. If Tebow was a Muslim, he'd be just like every other Muslim in professional sports, a normal person with his own religious beliefs. If he went the path of Chris Jackson as a Muslim, he would be despised.
Since he's a Christian who happens to have had some success, is considered good looking (by some), humble, charismatic, who won a national championship and a Heisman, and who has a knack for not folding under pressure, he is propped up by Christians everywhere. He represents what a great deal of this country believes, and his success on the football field and his constant piety makes him appealing to the masses.
I personally hope he and his team get embarrassed Saturday so we can stop hearing about him.