I wrote last week about Tim Tebow’s pro-life commercial to be aired during the Superbowl. The spot has already sparked controversy even though no one has even seen the ad yet. ABC News reports that pro-choice and homosexual activist groups on the campus of the University of Florida are already taking shots at Tebow for going “political.”
Daniel Smith, UF associate professor of political science and faculty adviser to “Gators for Choice,” says that,
“It’s a big coming-out party for Tim Tebow in terms of moving from athletic superstar to the political realm. . . Whoever wants to pay for an ad during the Super Bowl should be able to do so. It’s more interesting that Focus on the Family was able to convince Tim Tebow to promote their organization and their issues.”
I think this professor’s remark comes off as patronizing. It’s an attempt to paint Tebow as a dupe for a political organizationâ€”as if his pro-life views weren’t really his own. I’m not buying that, and I’ll bet hardly anyone else will either. He’s a Christian (as practically everyone knows), and protecting innocent humans from being killed is a transcendent value for Christians. It’s simply a part of following Jesus’ command to care for “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40).
I think the Tebow ad is less about Tebow’s politics than it is about his Christianity. Cynical professors notwithstanding, I’m betting that’s how most everyone else will see it too.