The Charleston River Dogs minor league baseball organization mocked Columbia Fireflies outfielder Tim Tebow’s Christian faith during a recent series. The former NFL quarterback is still a big draw at the gate, and his popularity helped the River Dogs sell out all three games of the series. The team repaid him by playing the “Hallelujah Chorus” each time Tebow came to the plate, and by sending out their mascot wearing eye black featuring a Biblical reference to John 3:16. On at least one occasion, the mascot even got down on one knee to pray, an action that become known as “Tebowing” after the former college and professional football player who often took a moment to give thanks.
This, however, was not enough to satisfy the Charleston squad. The River Dogs also put up text on the massive video screen reading “Not Tim Tebow” every time a Fireflies batter other than Tebow came to the plate. And they projected a photo of Tebow crying after his Florida Gator team lost to Alabama in the 2009 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championship game next to the photo of every one of his teammates as they batted.
Even the play-by-play announcer was in on the “fun.” According to the Charleston Post and Courier, he urged the audience to applaud whenever a strike was called against Tebow.
The River Dogs general manager, Dave Echols, admitted that the team received much criticism for the ambush on Tebow, and later apologized for the team’s behavior. He told the Post and Courier: “While we believe that our promotions were poking fun at Mr. Tebow’s celebrity status rather than his religion or baseball career, our intent was not to offend anyone, and for the fact that we did offend, we are sorry.”
Call me a skeptic, but I’m virtually certain the River Dogs wouldn’t have thought mocking a Muslim player’s religion was a fantastic “promotional” idea. Would they have taunted a transgender or laughed at a lesbian?
Anti-Christian bias is mounting around the world. In the Middle East and Africa Christians are being murdered in growing numbers. In Europe, Christian churches sit empty. In the United States, Hollywood, the mainstream media, progressives in general- and now minor league baseball teams- all entities that wouldn’t dream of insulting other groups, routinely target Christians for sport.
The sheer lunacy, hypocrisy and viciousness of the left has never been more obvious. We have seen campuses segregating graduations, and calling for “A Day Without White People.” A few on the left have absurdly called Christianity “a cover for white supremacy.”
Insanity? Men are now welcome in women’s bathrooms and locker rooms, and vice versa. You can be any gender you want- and there are 60-some of them and counting- and if others so much as giggle about that they can be accused of hate speech. But it won’t be long until schools will be demanding “A Day Without Christians,” and the likes of Tim Tebow won’t be welcome in any public restroom or locker room.
(Tim Tebow was recently promoted to “High A” baseball. He is now with the St. Lucie Mets.
He hit a home-run in his first at bat with the team).