Tebow cancels visit to Dallas church

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From The Big Mac Blog

Tim Tebow may never be able to throw the football down the football field to score football points, but the man is PR savvy enough to know there is no way to keep his rather pristine image so nice and shiny after speaking at church led by Robert Jeffress.

Last week it was announced that Tebow was scheduled to appear at the First Baptist Church of Dallas at the end of April. Now the quarterback of the New York Jets has changed his mind.

On the Twitter thingy this morning, Tebow wrote from his account @TimTebow, "While I was looking forward to sharing a message of hope and Christ's unconditional love with the faithful members of the historic First Baptist Church of Dallas in April, due to the new information that has been brought to my attention I have decided to cancel my upcoming appearance. I will continue to use the platform God has blessed me with to bring Faith, Hope and Love to all of those needing a brighter day. Thank you for all of your love and support. God Bless!"

Wise move, sir.

This church is led by the oh-just-slightly-controversial Robert Jeffress, who I am sure has plenty of friends who are both gay and voted for Barack Obama. Oh, and Catholics, too.

How did Tebow not realize this church was led by such a controversial figure? And if he didn't care for the reaction that his scheduled appearance has generated why did it take a week to back out?

Personally, I planned on attending the service Tebow was slated to speak just so I could see the scene and hear his message. I applaud Tebow's convinction.

This is America, and both Tebow and Jeffress are allowed the freedom to say whatever they want, just as we enjoy the same space to disagree.

The whole thing was rather odd. Nothing Tebow has reportedly said since he became TIM TEBOW has been even remotely close to some of the judgemental hate that Jeffress' has said. Maybe Tebow agrees with Jeffress line for line, but this announcement shows that he is smart enough not to publicly declare it.

Even if Tebow can't repair his battered image as an NFL-caliber quarterback the decision to stay away from Jeffress' church should maintain his shiny image as a person.

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