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Tim Tebow Scheduled to Address another Anti-Gay Venue: Liberty University

Recently, New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow pulled out of a scheduled appearance at Robert Jeffress’ megachurch “due to new information” he received regarding Jeffress' view. While he never specified what the “new information” was, Tebow was almost certainly referring to Jeffress’ virulent attacks on gays and lesbians, Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, Islam and President Obama.

Yet just weeks after withdrawing from speaking at Jeffress's church, Tebow is now set to address Liberty University later this month at a conference geared towards men’s issues in a speech that is closed to the public.

The school was founded by the late televangelist Jerry Falwell — it is now run by his son — who has blamed gays and liberals for the September 11 attacks, supported racist laws in the U.S. and abroad and attacked the Teletubbies for “modeling the gay life style.”

Liberty University bans gay students and shut down its College Democrats chapter over the party’s views on gay rights. The university has hosted multiple anti-gay conferences and their law school is being sued over its alleged role in helping Lisa Miller disobey a court order and kidnap her daughter to Central America in order to avoid transferring custody to the girl's other mother, her former partner.

Liberty University’s Vice President and law school dean Mathew Staver has defended the criminalization of homosexuality in Malawi, promoted the dangerous ex-gay therapy and warned that President Obama supports “forced homosexuality.” Furthermore, Staver has claimed that gay rights laws are part of an Antichrist spirit that lead to crime, child molestation and death, along with the destruction of America.

Staver’s fellow Liberty University dean Matt Barber has defended a Nigerian law outlawing homosexual relationships, described the gay rights movement as “Satanic,” claimed that gay youth who committed suicide took their own lives because they “know what they are doing is unnatural,” accused gay rights advocates of supporting pedophilia (along with fascism and Communism) and defined homosexuality as “one man violently cramming his penis into another man’s lower intestine and calling it ‘love.’” He has also maintained that liberals are like Baal worshippers who hate God and are working with Islamists to destroy Christianity and that Obama should be impeached for backing same-sex domestic partner benefits.

Another professor, Rena Lindevaldsen, has claimed that Satan makes people gay and is behind the LGBT rights movement .

If Jeffress’ anti-gay remarks were too extreme for Tebow, they pale in comparison to the things regularly said by representatives of Liberty University.

Perhaps it is time for Tebow to take another look at some of this “new information” about Liberty.

Right Wing Leftovers - 2/22/13

  • Even though studies keep proving that morning-after pills don’t cause abortion, Religious Right groups will continue to baselessly argue otherwise. 
  • Family Research Council invites you to the National Organization for Marriage’s anti-gay Marriage March.
  • Yet another tough break for professional vote-suppressor Hans von Spakovsky. 
  • Rick Warren is very, very, very sad that Tim Tebow pulled out of his appearance at Robert Jeffress’ megachurch. 

Fischer: 'The Bullies and Bigots at Big Gay' Hit Tebow 'Like a Falling Safe'

American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer is none too pleased about Tim Tebow’s decision to pull out of a speaking engagement at far-right pastor Robert Jeffress’ megachurch, a gig first reported by Right Wing Watch.

In his column yesterday, Fischer warned that by pulling out of the speaking engagement, Tebow put his eternal salvation in jeopardy. Fischer piled on in his Focal Point radio program, saying that the Jets backup quarterback is the latest person to cave to the “bigoted bullies at Big Gay.”

Fischer lamented that “homosexual activists” now have “another scalp to hang on the wall, they got another notch in the belt.”

“The bullies and bigots at Big Gay,” he continued, landed “on him like a falling safe.”

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Tebow Cancels Appearance at Robert Jeffress' Church (UPDATED)

Earlier this month we broke the story that Tim Tebow was scheduled to appear at a megachurch led by far-right pastor Robert Jeffress. Today, Tebow announced on Twitter that he is pulling out of the event “due to new information that has been brought to my attention.”

Jeffress has claimed that Roman Catholicism is Satanic, criticized Mormonism and Islam as faiths from the “pit of Hell,” warned that President Obama is ushering in the Antichrist and frequently attacked gays and lesbians.

The preacher has been making the rounds on conservative media denying claims about his extremist rhetoric, and yesterday told radio host Janet Mefferd that liberals simply cannot understand his words because they are “spiritually blinded” and are “the most intolerant and hateful people.”

He added that Tebow won’t cancel his appearance “as long as he listens to the Holy Spirit and to God’s voice.”

Or maybe Tebow is just another victim of gay brainwashing

UPDATE: In an interview today with fellow anti-gay activist Tim Wildmon, the president of the American Family Association, Jeffress said that Tebow told him “he would like to come back to our church at a later date” once the current controversy blows over.

Tim Tebow to Address Anti-Gay, Anti-Catholic Megachurch

While Tim Tebow is struggling to find an NFL team that is willing to sign him, he is apparently having no problem booking speaking gigs as the Jets’ backup quarterback is scheduled to address a Texas megachurch whose pastor is notorious for extremist statements about Roman Catholics, Mormons, Muslims, gays and lesbians and President Obama.

Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church Dallas gained national attention during his appearance at the Values Voter Summit where he urged Christians to oppose Mitt Romney’s candidacy for the GOP nomination for president because his Mormon faith makes him a member of a “cult” that is “from the pit of Hell.”

Even though Jeffress said that supporting a Mormon would have “eternal consequences” that “outweigh political ones” and lead to God’s judgment, he ended up backing Romney over Obama, whom Jeffress believes is “paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist.”

Besides Muslims, Jeffress labeled Roman Catholics, Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists as cult followers. He has called Islam an “evil, evil religion” and claimed that Muslims, Mormons and Jews are destined to Hell.

Jeffress also attacked Roman Catholicism, which he maintains represents “the genius of Satan,” and suggested that Catholics too will go to Hell.

The megachurch pastor reserves some of his most stringent rhetoric for gays and lesbians.

He has described gays and lesbians as “perverse,” “miserable” and “abnormal” people who engage in an “unnatural” and “filthy practice” that will lead to the “implosion of our country.” Jeffress argues that the gay community employs Chinese “brainwashing techniques” in order to have homosexuality “crammed down our throats.”

Right Wing Leftovers - 1/9/13

  • I guess we can now look forward to the Religious Right freaking out over the news that the Washington National Cathedral will begin performing same-sex marriages.
  • A federal judge has ruled that a Texas school district can expel a students for refusing to wear an identity card containing an RFID chip on the grounds that it was a "mark of the beast."
  • Dick Armey claims he mistakenly granted an interview to Media Matters regarding the debacle at FreedomWorks because his thought he was talking to the conservative Media Research Center.
  • Apparently releasing the names of priests who molested children will turn into a "witch hunt [that] would negatively impact the church as a whole."
  • Finally, in March, Tim Tebow will speak at Liberty University's Convocation.

Was Tebow's Win Literally an Act of God?

Charisma Magazine poses an interesting question:  Was the Denver Broncos' unlikely win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wildcard playoff game last weeked literally an act of God?

Although Tebow can't put his favorite Bible verse, John 3:16, on his eye black anymore, the set of numbers kept making an appearance in Sunday's game.

The Christian quarterback's passing yardage against the Steelers was 316 yards, for an average of 31.6 yards per completion. The SportsBusiness Journal reports that in the final quarter hour of the game—in which Tebow threw the winning pass to Darius Thomas, born on Christmas Day—the TV ratings peaked at 31.6. And the Steelers' only interception took place at the third down with 16 yards to go.

What do you think? Is this just a coincidence, or an act of God?

Barber: People Hate Tim Tebow Because he is Saving Himself for Marriage

It is fascinating to watch all the Religious Right activists who have jumped on the Tim Tebow bandwagon fume that not everyone shares their adoration for him.  It is even more fascinating to watch them try to come up with explanations as to why the Denver Broncos quarterback has become such a polarizing figure.

The question of why so many people dislike Tebow was the topic of Liberty Counsel's "Faith and Freedom" program today where Matt Barber offered up a new explanation that we had not heard before - people hate Tebow because he is saving himself for marriage:

Tim Tebow is proud to acknowledge that he is saving himself, respecting God's design for human sexuality between a man and a woman within the bonds of marriage. He also is an advocate for purity. This young, good looking, strapping, athletic man is defying our pop culture today, so that drives them crazy even further.

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We need to be praying for Tim Tebow because the Scripture also says we fight not flesh and blood but powers and principalities and Tim Tebow's going to be in the enemies cross-hairs right now because he is being salt and light as we're commanded to do, so he's going to be under assault. There's going to be tremendous temptation on him with young women throwing themselves at him and so forth. We need to pray that Tim Tebow will remain strong.

Pat Robertson Thinks Tim Tebow Can Restore America's 'Moral Compass'

Today on The 700 Club, Pat Robertson joined other right-wing commentators in blaming “anti-Christian bigotry” for people mocking Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow and his very, very public religiosity. Robertson slammed Saturday Night Live for having a character play Jesus to tell Tebow to “take it down a notch.” “We need more religious faith in our society, we’re losing our moral compass in our nation,” Robertson lamented, “and this man has been placed in a unique position and I applaud him, God bless him.”

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Tim Tebow Posts Archive

Brian Tashman, Monday 03/04/2013, 3:20pm
Recently, New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow pulled out of a scheduled appearance at Robert Jeffress’ megachurch “due to new information” he received regarding Jeffress' view. While he never specified what the “new information” was, Tebow was almost certainly referring to Jeffress’ virulent attacks on gays and lesbians, Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, Islam and President Obama. Yet just weeks after withdrawing from speaking at Jeffress's church, Tebow is now set to address Liberty University later this month at a conference geared... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Friday 02/22/2013, 5:45pm
Even though studies keep proving that morning-after pills don’t cause abortion, Religious Right groups will continue to baselessly argue otherwise.  Family Research Council invites you to the National Organization for Marriage’s anti-gay Marriage March. Yet another tough break for professional vote-suppressor Hans von Spakovsky.  Anyone want to buy Human Events? AFA’s Buster Wilson is mad at us because we quoted him verbatim.  Rick Warren is very, very, very sad that Tim Tebow pulled out of his appearance at Robert Jeffress... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Friday 02/22/2013, 11:10am
American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer is none too pleased about Tim Tebow’s decision to pull out of a speaking engagement at far-right pastor Robert Jeffress’ megachurch, a gig first reported by Right Wing Watch. In his column yesterday, Fischer warned that by pulling out of the speaking engagement, Tebow put his eternal salvation in jeopardy. Fischer piled on in his Focal Point radio program, saying that the Jets backup quarterback is the latest person to cave to the “bigoted bullies at Big Gay.” Fischer lamented that “homosexual... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Thursday 02/21/2013, 11:25am
Earlier this month we broke the story that Tim Tebow was scheduled to appear at a megachurch led by far-right pastor Robert Jeffress. Today, Tebow announced on Twitter that he is pulling out of the event “due to new information that has been brought to my attention.” Jeffress has claimed that Roman Catholicism is Satanic, criticized Mormonism and Islam as faiths from the “pit of Hell,” warned that President Obama is ushering in the Antichrist and frequently attacked gays and lesbians. The preacher has been making the rounds on conservative media denying claims about... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Wednesday 02/13/2013, 3:05pm
While Tim Tebow is struggling to find an NFL team that is willing to sign him, he is apparently having no problem booking speaking gigs as the Jets’ backup quarterback is scheduled to address a Texas megachurch whose pastor is notorious for extremist statements about Roman Catholics, Mormons, Muslims, gays and lesbians and President Obama. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church Dallas gained national attention during his appearance at the Values Voter Summit where he urged Christians to oppose Mitt Romney’s candidacy for the GOP nomination for president because his Mormon... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 01/09/2013, 5:32pm
I guess we can now look forward to the Religious Right freaking out over the news that the Washington National Cathedral will begin performing same-sex marriages. A federal judge has ruled that a Texas school district can expel a students for refusing to wear an identity card containing an RFID chip on the grounds that it was a "mark of the beast." Dick Armey claims he mistakenly granted an interview to Media Matters regarding the debacle at FreedomWorks because his thought he was talking to the conservative Media Research Center. Apparently releasing the names of... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 01/12/2012, 1:59pm
Charisma Magazine poses an interesting question:  Was the Denver Broncos' unlikely win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wildcard playoff game last weeked literally an act of God? Although Tebow can't put his favorite Bible verse, John 3:16, on his eye black anymore, the set of numbers kept making an appearance in Sunday's game. The Christian quarterback's passing yardage against the Steelers was 316 yards, for an average of 31.6 yards per completion. The SportsBusiness Journal reports that in the final quarter hour of the game—in which Tebow threw the winning pass to Darius... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 12/23/2011, 10:18am
It is fascinating to watch all the Religious Right activists who have jumped on the Tim Tebow bandwagon fume that not everyone shares their adoration for him.  It is even more fascinating to watch them try to come up with explanations as to why the Denver Broncos quarterback has become such a polarizing figure. The question of why so many people dislike Tebow was the topic of Liberty Counsel's "Faith and Freedom" program today where Matt Barber offered up a new explanation that we had not heard before - people hate Tebow because he is saving himself for marriage: Tim... MORE >