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The Gospel of Tim Tebow: The Politics of Allegorical [mis]Interpretations

This past weekend, the Broncos defeated the Steelers in overtime by what has been deemed a miracle pass to Demaryius Thomas. Many thanked God while others “Tebowed” in excitement.  Never before has football and religion collided in such an interesting and controversial form.  Can you even have a Tim Tebow conversation without mocking discussing religion? Can “Tebowing” and “praying” be used interchangeably under the guise of sincerity? Critics accuse Tebow of making a mockery of Christianity while football fanatics embrace it. The league is  full of outlandish football celebrations, felons, drug users/dealers, etc; a few seconds giving thanks to God after a touchdown doesn’t seem like a bad thing.  The politics and contradictions of religion has always been a subject of great critique when it justified violence and non-egalitarian ideals and misinterpretations of biblical principles.  Tebow is not exempt from that same criticism.  Divine intervention is almost expected when the Broncos play and so is the mockery that follows his humble celebrations.

Tebow has been compared to Jesus Christ on many occasions,  to, both, suggest that he is a religious allegory and to rationalize his faith.  This comparison was closely analyzed by the Huffington Post after he completed 10 passes.  He average 31.6 yards when he passed to Thomas, who was born on Christmas Day.  In the final quarter, the rating was 31.6 being the most watched wild-card game since 1988.  Additionally, the only interception Ben Roethlisberger threw on Sunday was on 3rd and 16.

During one game, Bill Mahr tweeted, “Wow, Jesus just ***** Tim Tebow bad! And on Xmas Eve! Somewhere in hell Satan is Tebowing, saying to Hitler, ‘Hey, Buffalo’s killing them.’”  Other commentators say Tebow should leave “Jesus talk” to preachers and evangelists.  Tim Tebow has not suggested that his opponents don’t have a chance because Jesus is a Bronco’s fan.  He simply thanks Jesus for his accomplishments.  Philosophers such as Nietzsche, Marx, and Kant dwell on the possible consequences of  exploiting orthodox religious praxis.  In other words, there are consequences to “man-made” gods and the exploitation of such.  Using their rhetoric, we should deconstruct these allegorical ideals that aim to paint Tebow as something other than what he is: an NFL quarterback.

This isn’t the first time an athlete’s religion has come into the spotlight and analyzed from every point.  So, why is Christianity so offensive now?  Is it religious insensitivity because many fans are Islamic, Buddhist, Judaic, Rastafarian, Atheist, etc.?  Does his religion matter and could “Tebowing” be considered blasphemous?!

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Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or Community

Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or Community was written by Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1967.  He talks about the harm of “separation”.  A term used often when describing the Black Power movement.

In the wake of the Troy Davis case, this question appears again.  Where do we go from here? Will this case be an isolated event with no real implications in our lives? Should we revolt and cause mischief or will this put our agendas in perspective causing us to come together as a community?  I choose the latter.  Dubois said, “a little less complaint and whining, and a little more dogged work and manly striving, would do us more credit than a thousand civil rights bills.” How do we come together and progress our agenda and close the racial gaps within health care, education, imprisonment, and unemployment? Educate.  Litigate. Advocate.  Stand for something.  Like the Black Power movement, separation is not on our agenda.  It’s not “the government doesn’t care about me so f*ck the government”.

You have no right to complain about the government if you aren’t even registered to vote.  Make changes from within.  Run for public office and change the infrastructure of the policies locally and influence those leaders that pass bills such as the voter’s suppression bill in Ohio.  We have to stop making excuses and take action.  If they require government-issued ID, get as many people as you know down to the DMV.  Make it happen.  Let’s not let the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. die on April 4, 1968.  Let’s not the lesson taught on September 21, 2011 disappear with Troy Davis.

Educate – People that pull us back with ignorance don’t have that strong connection to our past.  You don’t need to go to school to read.  Educate yourself on the past and make a powerful impact on this generation.  Education could have stopped the shooting involving two USC students over an ipod.  Education could have halted the Bowie State stabbing over music.

Litigate – Be eager to attend jury duty.  Attend town hall meetings. Run for public office and influence your friends to be involved in politics.  If you are against capital punishment, don’t vote for a President who supports it.  Register to vote and show up to the polls!  African-Americans are disproportionately left out of the voting process because of criminal activities.  Have a voice and use it.  A proper litigation and effective counseling would have granted Troy Davis another trial to prove his innocence.

Advocate – If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.

The results of not taking action is homelessness, unemployment, racial disparities in all walks of life, death, and injustice. What would Martin Luther King, Jr. think of us today?

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