Monday, February 8, 2010

Tebow Ad

Did you see the Super Bowl last night? My team (the Vikings) wasn't in it, but we watched on the edge of our seats all the same. Go Saints! I was hoping they'd win--such an awesome morale boost for a downtrodden city (and state).

Anyway, running a close second behind Bowl-fever is Tebow-buzz. And a lot of it isn't positive... Do you know Tim Tebow? The Heisman trophy winner, football phenom, and all-around spectacular guy? He's an outspoken Christian, a self-professed virgin until marriage, and a survivor of the pro-choice debate: his mom chose life. Great stuff. During the Super Bowl, Focus on the Family ran a 30-second ad featuring Tebow and his mom. It was cute, funny, and beautifully done. I loved it. But lots of people didn't. How dare they run an ad promoting life?

Though I could rant and rave about the controversy ad infinitum, I'm going to step back and let you check out this article. It's a sports feature in the Washington Post written by Sally Jenkins, a decidedly pro-choice woman--who just so happens to have the most honest, fair, and levelheaded assessment I've come across regarding Tebow's "offensive" ad. Do yourself a favor and read it! You'll come across gems like this:

"Pam Tebow and her son feel good enough about that choice (the choice of life) to want to tell people about it. Only, NOW says they shouldn't be allowed to. Apparently NOW feels this commercial is an inappropriate message for America to see for 30 seconds, but women in bikinis selling beer is the right one. I would like to meet the genius at NOW who made that decision. On second thought, no, I wouldn't."



  1. Very very interesting!!

    My whole family sat around and watched his ad...and when it was over, we applauded and smile the proud smile of people who know how hard that can be to make a stand :)

  2. I am stewing right now. I had this conversation with my mom a few weeks ago. I don't understand why some advocates of abortion think that pro-life advocates aren't allowed to have their opinions and voice them just the same. Is this not American anymore? Are people not allowed freedom of speech without respect of choice and opinion? I probably shouldn't say anything more. I'm pro-life, and I won't be shy about it. Sue me.

  3. I think the newest argument about the ad is just crazy. Apparently, the ad fuels violence toward women because Pam Tebow gets (fake) tackled by her son. I find this argument completely oblivious to the point of the ad. But, I don't want to get angry over this again, so I will say that I loved the ad myself and was very happy to see a pro-life message during such a highly watched program. And thank you for the Sally Jenkins article. She and I may not be on the same side of the big issue, but she provided a clear-headed analysis indeed. NOW have been hateful, not Tim Tebow, his mother, or their personal views.
    *steps off soapbox* :)

  4. It's really irritating, isn't it? That's actually why I liked the Sally Jenkin's article so much--she's a woman on the opposite side of the debate who's actually sticking up for us! Don't get me wrong, I love fighting my own battles, but it's so much more effective when someone else comes to your defense.