The Tim Tebow Pro-Life Ad

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The Tim Tebow Pro-Life Ad

by Marilyn Mackenzie

 

 

 

The last I heard, the Tim Tebow pro-life ad will be shown during the Super Bowl.  Glad to hear it.

 

Still, I had this article/blog sitting here that I’ve been wanting to share that was written during the time that the decision had not yet been made.  It’s good enough to share even though the ad will now be run.

 

It’s fromKevin Mack at True Slant.

 

Kevin started by quoting Jehhu Green, the president of Women’s Media Center.


An ad that uses sports to divide rather than to unite has no place in the biggest national sports event of the year — an event designed to bring Americans together.

 

Like Mack, my reaction when I heard that quotation was, “Huh?”  The Super Bowl was designed to bring Americans together?  Well, who knew?

 

I thought it was a sports event where families are actually often divided as one part cheers for one team and the other for the other team.  Or when neighbors are divided by the teams playing.  And, certainly, different parts of the country are divided. 

 

Here’s what Kevin Mack had to say:

 

So there it is: America can’t handle 30 seconds of a little grown-up controversy.

Full disclosure: I disagree with Tim Tebow. I wholeheartedly defend a women’s right to choose. And frankly, I suffer from an acute case of Tebowian Fatigue-itis.

But this is disappointing. It appears we might be dodging an opportunity. Sadly, the U.S. apparently cannot have a civil discussion regarding a touchy subject. Pathetically, the U.S. apparently prefers brain-numbing unthink to demanding conversation. Allegedly, the Super Bowl is an event “designed to bring America together” (must have missed that … I thought it was an indulgent declaration of U.S. extravagance. And PS: it probably won’t bring Indy and New Orleans together).

Sports HAVE broached controversy before. Jesse Owens flipped the bird to Adolf Hitler at the ‘36 Olympics. Jackie Robinson stuck it to racists. Ditto Billy Jean King and the chauvinists, which would make a fantastic name for a rock band.

I realize those are somewhat clumsy analogies. How about Muhammad Ali breaking the law and protesting Vietnam? How about the Black Power demonstration at the ‘68 Olympics? I bet those were a little divisive.

The point is, American athletics haven’t always been afraid of stirring the metaphorical pot.

Ah, but we can’t do that today. Hell, most voters can’t conduct a fruitful debate outside the stadium or man cave.

I realize many folks disagree. And I recognize some may feel offended by the commercial. But there’s a distinction between actual offense and simply airing opinions with which you might disagree. And Tebow’s ad represents the former.

But what have you to say, Tim?

That’s always going to be a part of who I am, and I won’t try to hide it … Pro-life is very important to me. My mother listened to God late in her pregnancy, and if she had listened to others and terminated me, obviously I wouldn’t be here. If others don’t have the same belief, it’s OK. I understand. But I hope they respect that at least I have the courage to stand up for what I believe in.


I guess Green and the other self-righteous soap-boxers cannot. But by all means, CBS, air the sexist beer commercials and the intellectually insulting ads of monkeys, farts, or whatever else the suits can cook up for a delightfully brain-dead American public. And after the game, we can switch to the latest offering of reality degradation and ridicule.

BUT PLEASE, I wouldn’t want to actually have to use my brain. Football, football, football!

 

 

 

I emphasized some of Mack’s text by showing it in bold.  He makes a lot of sense with these words:

 

Sadly, the U.S. apparently cannot have a civil discussion regarding a touchy subject. Pathetically, the U.S. apparently prefers brain-numbing unthink to demanding conversation

 

And I recognize some may feel offended by the commercial. But there’s a distinction between actual offense and simply airing opinions with which you might disagree.

 

Why is it that some people think that it’s okay that we be bombarded with filth from Hollywood every single day?  Why is it that the box sitting in our living rooms spews forth words and ideologies that we would not allow in our homes otherwise?  We wouldn’t – many of us – invite individuals into our homes who were like the ones that are on TV.  We are subjected to “news” commentators who get tingly because of a political candidate and have to tell us about it.  Businesses use “what sells” in every commercial, even when bare skin has nothing to do with what’s being sold.  It infuriates some of us – to the point that many have given up watching TV all together.

 

And yet, when there is a short pro-life ad being proposed to run during the Super Bowl, it sends people who are pro-abortion into a tizzy.  One local guy made the news by saying, “I will never watch another Super Bowl if that ad runs!”  I guess he won’t be watching anymore.

 

I’m glad that CBS decided to run the ad.  I hope people watch it.  But if offends you that badly, just get up and get your next artery clogging snack while it airs.  After all, some of us have to filter out about 2/3 of what’s on TV.  Quit belly-aching that you have to listen to a short pro-life ad.  Waa, waa.

 

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