Tim Tebow is facing a great deal of blowback from evangelicals for his decision to not speak at First Baptist Church of Dallas. The Texas meagachurch is led by Pastor Robert Jeffress, an anti-gay, anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim Evangelical. Tebow claimed that he was cancelling his April appearance due to ‘new information’; however, it is likely that he decided to cut out his visit to the church due to the probability of him losing his backup quarterback job with the New York Jets.
Claims were made by various Evangelicals that Tebow, who has proven to be a mediocre quarterback overall, had caved to the liberal media. Chief among those who slammed Tebow were the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer who took to Facebook to allege that Tebow’s cancellation hurt his “street cred with the Christian community.” Fischer wrote:
If Tebow does not in fact disagree with Jeffress on any of these points, then his decision looks like nothing more than craven capitulation to the nattering nabobs of negativism and intolerance … Tebow has established his street cred with the evangelical community by being unapologetic and unwavering in his faith. If his NFL career washes out, this street cred with the Christian community is all he has left. He is squandering that enormous reservoir of goodwill and admiration as we speak, by taking a knee rather than stepping up in the pocket.
Apparently, tough, many Evangelicals even associated with the AFA disagree with the majority of the commentors on the One News Now site blasting the AFA for attacking Tebow. One News Now is the AFA’s news site, incidentally. In fact, the push back got so bad that, as The New Civil Rights Movement noted, the story got pulled down, rewritten and put back up trying to make it sound like the pushback against Tebow was coming from The People and not the AFA.
Jeffress, though, is maintaining that quarterback Tim Tebow has not canceled his appearance, but has just rescheduled.
It should be noted that the AFA maintains many of the same views as Jeffress with regards to Catholicism, Native Americans, Blacks, Gays, Muslims and Jews.