CBSSports.com columnist Gregg Doyle evidently took offense to Tim Tebow, the Denver Broncos’ quarterback’s comments made in an interview with the Denver Post.
Tebow was quoted as saying:
“Others who say I won’t make it are wrong. They don’t know what I’m capable of and what’s inside me. My family and my friends have been bothered by what’s gone on, and I tell them to pay no attention to it. I’m relying as always on my faith.”
Doyle’s disdain for the Christian faith was evident when he responded to Tebow’s statement with:
“He’ll make it in this league – for the Bible tells him so. From the outside it looks like Tebow equates his love for God in heaven with tangible rewards here on earth. And that’s more than wrong. It’s blasphemy.”
A number of people have also taken offense to Doyle’s comments and his obvious misunderstanding of what blasphemy really is. One person responded to Doyle complaining that he “painted Tebow as a religious nut-job.” Doyle responded saying, “I didn’t paint him as a religious nut-job. Tebow’s the one holding the brush. I just hung his art on the wall and asked you folks to take a look.”
Another person responded by telling CBS Sports that they will no longer be a customer and will inform everyone they know to do the same.
Tim Tebow has not directly responded to Doyle’s anti-religious attack, but on Friday, he did make a brief post on his Facebook page with “Joshua 1:9,” which reads:
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
The editorial director of The Gospel Coalition, Collin Hansen responded to Doyle’s comments by saying:
“I’m not sure if Doyle knows what blasphemy is, or the seriousness of the charge he’s leveling against Tebow. Tebow could be saying he relies on his faith to withstand criticism and pressure, not that he finds assurance in his future as a starting quarterback because God loves him.”
Doyle’s remarks were very unprofessional and inappropriate. Various sport networks have disciplined reporters in the past for making disparaging comments about individuals, yet to date, they don’t seem to be doing anything about it. I wonder if they would rethink their non action if every Christian refused to watch CBS Sports for the rest of the year?
It’s time Christians start standing up for their faith in Jesus Christ and stop allowing religious bigots like Doyle to get away with such things publicly.