Sunday, January 31, 2010

Tim Tebow and NOW

Tim Tebow's very existence is a tribute to the faith in Jesus, and the bravery of his mother, Pam.

His parents were serving as Christian missionaries in the Philippines. Pam was in a coma due to a sever amoebic dysentery, and the treatment they'd given her to bring her up caused her to have a placental abruption. Anyone who's ever heard that term knows it's a horrific problem that can easily end the lives of mother and child very quickly. The doctors told her that they certainly expected a stilbirth and urged her to abort the baby. Pam said no.

"We were grieved," she said. "And so my husband just prayed that if the Lord would give us a son, that he would let us raise him." -- The Gainseville Sun

Much to the chagrin of the National Organization for Women, the Lord answered that prayer. Tim represents many things that run contrary to the grain of popular culture. He's a highly successful athlete raised by a woman who stayed at home to do so, all the while teaching him about the love of Christ along with algebra and alphabet. And now, to top it all off, he has the temerity to try and speak while a Christian organization called Focus on the Family pays the astronomical tab for the air time during the Super Bowl so that he can thank his mother for his life.

Oh, the humanity.

The Colorado Spring Independent carried an article that's just vitriol masked as sarcasm. Reducing it to it's lowest elements (no mean feat), it's a puling rant on how 'this is our cess pit, you have no right bringing your ethics into it!' Funny how when that argument came about back when cable began it's descent into filth, the consensus of the day was 'change the channel'. Gentlemen, I hand you back your words.

Our society rails on about "tolerance", but it's fascinating how fast that flies out the window. "Pro-Choice" is all a veneer, it turns out. When the choice to keep a child, to become a parent, is made, people get antsy:

Make no mistake about this ad: it's offensive to women. Yes, it features Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow and his mother, who had been advised to have an abortion after a serious illness. Standing alone, it sends the message that all women who give birth are heroes; it sends a message that abortion is always a mistake; and it is insulting to the one in three women in this country who have abortions. -- now.org
Does it? "Methinks the lady doth protest too much."

I never hear these same ladies boycotting romantic films and novels about marriages that last the lifetime of the spouses, yet surely the number of women in the country who've had divorces is as high. Perhaps they're a bit more secure in their positions on that front. I would be; an ex-husband can move on; a 'fetus'...

Besides, how many National Women are alienated by NOW's statement? Every woman takes a risk when delivering a baby. Every mother undergoes pain, sacrifice, and hardship. All Tim Tebow wants to do is offer the praise his mother and Father deserve, and illustrate the other side of a debate. NOW is trying to stifle debate rather than answer it at the cost of belittling mothers.

Forgive a pooh of little brain, but who's offensive to women again?

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