There’s a cartoon making the internet rounds that compares Tim Tebow to Jason Collins.
There’s a Tweet going around, too:
I get what they THINK they are trying to convey, but here’s why it comes off as a whiny, self-indulgent false equivalence……….
BECAUSE IT IS A WHINY, SELF-INDULGENT FALSE EQUIVALANCE.
I have seen where some players, media and fans have said that perhaps Tebow should back off with the proselytizing,and have even thought so myself, but I have never heard anyone say that he should be fired for expressing his faith, nor have I heard anyone say that they would refuse to share a locker room or quit a team over it, or infer that somehow Christians are an insult to the sport or to “manliness”.
I have never heard anyone threaten a Christian player with physical harm simply because they are Christian.
I HAVE heard fans, players, and some media figures say that gay players should stay in the closet because they would not be welcome by teammates, fans, or management, and that their jobs would be in jeopardy if they admitted to being gay. I HAVE heard fans, players, and some media figures say they should stay in the closet because they would face physical danger on the field and off were they to be open about their homosexuality.
Just before the Super Bowl, San Francisco player Chris Culliver went on the record with the following statement regarding potential gay teammates:
Thankfully, the team released a statement rebuking Culliver’s statements:
“The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made , and have addressed the matter with Chris. There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community.”
Culliver went on to apologize for his statement the following day, saying
“The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel. It has taken me seeing them in print to realize that they are hurtful and ugly. Those discriminating feelings are truly not in my heart. Further, I apologize to those who I have hurt and offended, and I pledge to learn and grow from this experience.”
Whether he meant it or was forced to make the apology is up for debate, but intended or not, Culliver put a very public voice on what has been whispered, if not shouted, for a very long time in professional male sports:
Keep that shit in the closet or you are done here.
Religion and sexuality have NO bearing on how well either man plays his sport, and they should have no bearing on whether either man stays employed or employable.
Tim Tebow may lose his job for sub-par performance, but he will never be legally fired for being Christian or heterosexual.
Jason Collins, and others who are still in the closet for all of these reasons, can not say the same.
By all means, Tebow fans, have and defend your opinions………………just be mindful that Christian privilege is everywhere, and saying two situations are equal does not make it is so.
Tebow is not Jesus, so don’t place him on a cross.