Jewish Journal

Tim Tebow is sinning against the NCAA

by Brad A. Greenberg

January 13, 2009 | 5:55 pm

I don’t believe what I just saw.

On “Rome is Burning” a few minutes ago, they were actually debating the appropriateness of Tim Tebow’s “overt displays of faith.”

“Read the Constitution, the amendments, all that. I believe in separation of church and state and church and sport. I really do,” said Rick Telander, a sportswriter for the Chicago Sun-Times. “You couldn’t have Eat at Burger King across here”—moving his finger across the bottom of his eye. “What if somebody has Allah is Great? We are a very Christian nation and we assume that when we speak about religion everybody is on the same page. I just think that should be kept separate.”

Give me a break. Seriously. What a joke.

What’s next? Parents are prevented from naming their sons Muhammad or Christopher, lest they be prohibited from playing sports?

Tebow, you may remember, wrote “John” under his right eye and “3:16” under his left before the BCS National Championship Game last Thursday. John 3:16, the most often quoted verse of the Bible—for kids, it’s right after John 11:35 “Jesus wept”—states “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

I thought everyone knew this verse. Sort of like Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning ...” But it turns out that the day after the national title game, “John 3:16” was the top search on Google.

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