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February 9, 2010

Some Thoughts on the Tim Tebow Super Bowl Ad

When I saw the much-hyped Tim Tebow ad during Sunday's Super Bowl, I was struck by two things:

1) It did not deserve its prelude of tremendous hype and controversy. (If you’re not familiar with this controversy, check out these articles from ABC News, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post.) I can't imagine that anyone was offended by the ad itself. While I realize the pro-life message and the ad’s sponsor, Focus on the Family, can be controversial, the ad itself was not. In fact, without all the pregame hype, most people probably wouldn’t have even taken notice of it. It didn’t preach or advocate, and actually managed to say almost nothing but simply encouraged people to visit the Focus on the Family website for "The Tebow story." Seriously, what’s the big deal?

2) Tim Tebow said very little. Most of the talking was done by Tim’s mom, who hinted at her own story—and who is not a celebrity in her own right. This surprised me, I guess because she’s not a celebrity, and because it was billed as “the Tim Tebow ad.” But as I thought about it, I realized I was also surprised because I rarely hear women speak out against abortion to a national audience. And I wonder why.

While abortion is an issue that affects men—after all, it takes a father to make a baby, and fathers certainly experience loss—let’s be honest: ultimately a woman is the one directly, physically affected by the decision to carry a baby or end a pregnancy. And in the public square, abortion is treated almost entirely as a women’s issue. Men’s voices have almost no credibility in the larger conversation about abortion. So why are most of the high-profile pro-life spokespeople men?

I don’t have an answer for this, and I won’t attempt to bring any kind of order to the disagreements over how we should protest, fight, discourage, or forgive abortion. Maybe women are more likely to empathize with other women who face the terrifying circumstances that can lead someone to choose abortion. Maybe this empathy causes them to hesitate to enter a conversation so full of anger and so often shrill. The women I know seem less likely to engage in political debate over abortion and more likely to engage in an opportunity for Christlike compassion. But I do know that women can speak and act on this issue with a level of credibility and compassion that men can’t. So why are the public voices so often men’s?

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I think you are right about women empathizing with other women in difficult situations. And we realize that it's not just about the abortion, but about an entire lifetime of child-rearing.

Equally important may be that the groups which are most vocal publicly against abortion are also pretty vocal about men being leaders and women being followers. The men speak and the women agree. So men become the public voices and women the quiet compassionate workers.

Many more WOMEN--fertile ones-- should be speaking up about chosing live over abortion. Notice how much anger there is involved in the issue of abortion? Perhaps the most vehement are those women who feel betrayed by the father of the unwanted child. Of course women who feel a man wronged by the one who impregnated her will direct their anger at men who promote Life, again projecting their victim identity ("Some man is forcing me to do something with my body that i don't want."). I see their vehemence as a secondary expression of deep hurt and fear.

I wanted to speak up in regards to abortion, as I have had two in the last 15 years. None of these am I grateful for as they have caused nothing but pain. No one could have prepared me for the pain it caused, even this long after. I am glad that I had the opportunity to work with Abortion Recovery and am now willing to speak to any that wish.

Am I the only one that found this effort incredibly flawed? The purpose of the ad was not discernible. Out of curiosity, I went to the FOF website and watched a video that was too long for even an interested anti-abortion advocate. It only raised questions for me. Why did this couple pray for a child to raise as a preacher? What was wrong with the 4 children they already had? How could they expect to reach the masses of women, pregnant with unplanned children who will not be born into a loving, intact family? How many people can truly relate to the Tebows' situation? What am I missing here?

Bonnie, you said that the women you know hesitate to enter into a 'political debate' on the subject of abortion. Abortion is not up for 'political debate'. It is not up for any debate. Abortion is the ending of a life and there should be no debate of any kind as to the fact that it is sin. Yes, there must be compassion and care for the woman who faces an unwanted or difficult pregnancy and yes, there should be forgiveness for the woman who commits that sin even as there is forgiveness for any repentant sinner. The Bible says that God knew Jeremiah in his mother's womb Jeremiah 1:5. Psalms has many verses echoing this thought. God has stated clearly that life begins before a baby is born into the world and life is sacred. Let's applaud Tim Tebow and his mom for a very definite and positive promotion of celebrating life. To the Godless women who discussed this ad #see ABC news# on television, I am sorry for your lack of understanding. God's word is clear and every opportunity to encourage women to live by it is a good thing.

It is suppose to be that the defense was tremendous, but there is the intangible "phenomenon Tebow". I guess that deserves discussion about what the Broncos record would have Kyle Orton continued to play. It looked like a losing team with Orton. The D is great, but Tebow say what someone should get some credit for the 7-1. QB is usually judged by victory and defeat plain and simple. The numbers may not be there but the most important. Now this could be the Trent Dilfer argument again, but these reimbursements fourth quarter just make the discussion more interesting.anyway, for more news, we can visit http://www.tebowformvp.com/... thanx

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