43% of Americans are Ridiculous

Here’s a poll that reveals just how much utter absurdity there is about religion in this country. 43% of Americans believe that Tim Tebow wins because God makes sure it happens. Apparently God cares more about who wins a football game than about starving children, flesh-eating viruses and other calamities that happen to people. Nice god you’ve got there. And apparently he abandoned Tebow yesterday. Or he loves Tom Brady more.

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  1. sailor1031 says

    “And apparently he abandoned Tebow yesterday”

    Sometimes the answer is “no”! I read that somewhere recently…..

  2. says

    I have been successfully ignoring Tebow for however long he’s been around. Of course, it helps that I do the same thing for football.

  3. Michael Heath says

    [God] abandoned Tebow yesterday. Or he loves Tom Brady more.

    Well, Brady is prettier; then you’ve got his smokin’ hot wife. That makes it pretty tough to not want to posse up with Tom. Plus it’s always fun to abuse your ass-kissing sycophants, not that God’s a sadist. Oh wait, eternal punishment . . .

  4. slc1 says

    Hey, let’s not blame the loss on Tebow. A team that gives up 45 points ain’t going to win very often.

  5. Zugswang says

    When you consider that many other players in the NFL are Christian, and have, or contribute to, a charitable cause of some kind, it seems rather silly that god’s chosen favorite is someone who never bothered to read Matthew 6:5.

    What really chaps my ass is that he’s not that great of a QB. I’d put him with Sanchez and Flacco; decent, but certainly not worthy of the hype. The attention he receives is precisely because he’s a loudmouth, attention-seeking fundamentalist, and much of the hype seems more like wishful thinking from the Christian right who all long for a photogenic, mainstream champion of the faith who will advertise for Jesus the way other players advertise for Nike or Gatorade.

    They say he’s great because they want him to be great so they can have their pop-culture commercial prophet.

  6. says

    slc1:

    Tithin’ Timmy Tebow done been lionized (although not in a truly KKKristianmartyrish sortaway) for the wins, he can damn well get crucified for the losses. If he had an ounce of genuine small “c” christian in his heart he woulda told allathem folks that was doing the “JESUShuzzah for the last two months to back off. Better yet, he’d pray quietly in his heart and not for the cameras. Fuck him and his fucking public piety.

    I don’t got no teevee so I didn’t watch the game but I do wonder if he took a knee at the 24 after that last drive fizzled.

  7. Phillip IV says

    Apparently God cares more about who wins a football game than about starving children, flesh-eating viruses and other calamities that happen to people.

    Sure, because the outcome of football games does affect the well-being of American Evangelicals a lot more than children starving to death somewhere in Africa. Remember, those people want a personal savior – a higher being focused on the well-being of them, their families and friends, and all of their trivial first-world problems. A deity concentrating on the large issues and major challenges would be a completely unattractive deal to them, not really worth the worship.

  8. Denephew Ogvorbis, OM says

    I have it on good authority that god had a sawbuck on the Pats. And he was giving 30 points to get better odds.

  9. Pierce R. Butler says

    The non-Tebowlaters are 57% of the population?

    Most encouraging stat I’ve seen this year…

  10. The Christian Cynic says

    I think the poll is slightly misrepresented in the OP. The question being asked was “Do you believe that any of Tim Tebow’s success can be attributed to divine intervention?” That’s somewhat different than “43% of Americans believe that Tim Tebow wins because God makes sure it happens” and more along the lines of “At least some of the time, Tebow wins only because of divine intervention.” And to repeat a now-worn-out sentiment, Tebow’s playing does at times suggest miracles being worked on his behalf rather than actual talent.

    Also, this is only 43% of people polled who are aware of Tebow, not Americans at large, so hopefully you can be encouraged that some people don’t know who Tebow is. (I wish I didn’t.)

  11. rjmx says

    I’ve been wondering whether Tebow’s praying act was just that: an attempt to put off opposing players. Something along the lines of “oh f**k, he’s got God helping him, what’re we gonna do?”
    Failed completely last night, of course.

  12. Scott Hanley says

    Sometimes the answer is “no”! I read that somewhere recently…..

    Preachers like to say that there are three answers to prayer: “yes”, “no”, or “wait a while.” This pretty much allows any possible event to be an answer to your prayer, with that last possibility cleverly exploiting the Halting Problem to avoid recognition of failure.

  13. gregoryweagle says

    God To Tebow: Dammit Tim! I told you you should have asked for a defense that doesn’t suck; but NO, you had to hog the spotlight. You got what you deserved you greedy little lamb. Now go to your room and think about what you did and next year; ask the coach to buy some players who can tackle dammit!

    As for the poll: 10% are not absurd; 30% are absurd on their own and don’t support Tebow anyway and 3% were unavailable for comment. My source comes from the seat of my pants. Margin of error depends on weither or not I get a clue or I get a ham sandwich. Usually a ham sandwich.

    Seriously; I ask the supporters of “Angel” Tim: WHO GIVES A FUCK?!

  14. Aquaria says

    I have been successfully ignoring Tebow for however long he’s been around. Of course, it helps that I do the same thing for football.

    Same here.

    The only way I know anything about it is from people talking about it online.

    I know–A Texan who doesn’t give a shit about football. Who woulda thunk it?

  15. Aquaria says

    Not even an all-loving deity could love Tom Brady.

    I’m not an all-loving deity, but I could love that guy. A long time.

  16. says

    The irony in this is that when he took over as starting quarterback, the Broncos were 1W 4L. In Tebow’s last 5 games, the Broncos are 1W 4L.

  17. dingojack says

    Why would a god, who happily commits genocide, support such a ‘sissy’ game*? Particularly when he is (allegedly) so down on gays?
    Dingo
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    * cf Australian Rules, Rugby Union, or Rugby League.

  18. harold says

    Much as I hate Tim Tebow, the poll is biased, in a way that many polls about evolution are biased.

    It is deliberately vaguely worded, in a way that forces those who choose “no” to feel that they are contradicting culturally sanctioned religious beliefs. To put it another way, it is deliberately rigged to cause the “religious” answer to get an unreasonably high level of agreement.

    “Is Tim Tebow’s success the result of divine intervention?”

    What is “Tim Tebow’s success”? Denver Broncos winning a game? Tim Tebow’s overall career? Tim Tebow’s family life?

    “Is Tim Tebow’s success the result of divine intervention?”

    Answer “no” to this, and the implication is that you deny that God had anything to do with any success by Tim Tebow.

    That’s easy for me to do – I don’t believe in gods.

    However, such wording can make many people feel uncomfortable.

    Here’s an alternate question –

    “Sometimes, when football teams start Tim Tebow, they win (but sometimes they lose). Which do you think best explains this? –

    A) Sometimes God loves Tim Tebow more than the players on the other team and causes Tim Tebow to win by directly intervening in the game.

    B) There is no difference between how much God loves the players on the various teams and the results are due to talent, hard work, play selection, and in some cases, luck.”

    Some people will still choose “A”, but it sure as heck won’t be 43%.

  19. Reginald Selkirk says

    I noticed there was a Focus on the Family ad during halftime. The sound was turned down so I couldn’t hear what they were saying. Lots of photos of cute children who presumably were not being raised by gay parents.
    .
    Here’s an article

    It’s too soon to tell whether this Focus game-day religious message will generate as much controversy as its 2010 Super Bowl​ ad…

    Apparently not, since no one else here has even heard about it.

  20. Denephew Ogvorbis, OM says

    Apparently not, since no one else here has even heard about it.

    No, it was mentioned on TET within a minute of it airing live (by me). Others have commented on it on the TET. It was noticed. At least around here.

  21. says

    Hey, let’s not blame the loss on Tebow. A team that gives up 45 points ain’t going to win very often.

    But clearly God missed a trick here. After all, how often does an NFL team come back from a 35 point deficit in the final few minutes of a game? Imagine the power of the impact of Tebow leading the Broncos back to victory by scoring six consecutive touchdowns interspersed with five successful on-side kicks!

    But alas, I guess miracles today just ain’t what they used to be.

  22. roggg says

    So… we’re saying almost half of Americans think God and Tim Tebow conspired to fix NFL football games? Fucking cheaters.

  23. says

    Aaron Rogers who is also, according to various commenters, as christian as Tithin’ Timmy, but not as public about it also had his ass handeed to him today. JESUS is 0 for 2.

  24. FlickingYourSwitch says

    I wonder how these people can believe in making your own success, and at the same time, it’s all due to god.

  25. MikeMa says

    @harold

    the poll is biased, in a way that many polls about evolution are biased.

    Evolution? Really? Did you drop that by accident?

    ———————

    @aquaria

    I could love that guy. A long time.

    The line is (apparently) a long one. Hope you brought a good book:)

  26. says

    “MikeMa says:
    January 16, 2012 at 5:57 am
    @harold

    the poll is biased, in a way that many polls about evolution are biased.
    Evolution? Really? Did you drop that by accident?”

    You noticed that too? I thought I misread it the first time.

    Tebow is just the latest in a long line of people who profess their love of GOD for their own ends. Of course Fucking Over The Family had their hypocritical ad run during the game.

  27. says

    My first impression of Tim Tebow was when I saw him crying on a teammate’s shoulder, on TV, after losing a college football game. Really, Tim? There’s nothing unmanly about crying about important stuff, like your wife dying or dumping you — but a college football game? I’ve already forgotten what college you went to, or who you were playing (because none of that really mattered after the game was over), but you acting like a spoil-sport wuss is the joke that keeps on giving. Save the tears for the Super Bowl — if you ever get far enough to lose one. Oh, wait, I never saw a pro football player crying on-camera after the Super Bowl either. Wonder why that is…maybe ’cause they’re all man enough to remember it’s just a game?

    …43% of Americans believe that Tim Tebow wins because God makes sure it happens.

    I’m not sure about that. It could just be that 43% of those surveyed think the Denver Broncos suck so bad they can’t do anything decent without God cheating for them.

    Yo, did you hear about the witches in Salem, MA, who cast a spell for Tom Brady to win? As they say in New York, “I got yer One True Faith right here!” Just one more embarrassing reality for the crybaby Christian wingnuts to ignore in silent shame.

  28. The Christian Cynic says

    MikeMa & democommie: What harold is likely referring to has been discussed on here before, which is the tendency of some evolution polls to be worded in such a way that religious respondents are more likely to agree with the creationist response than more of a theistic evolution type of response. There’s some discussion of it here at the old blog.

  29. says

    Christian Cynic:

    If that is what Herold’s referring to he needs to make that clear. In the event, “Theistic evolution” still relies on a watchmaker, imo.

  30. says

    What is “Tim Tebow’s success”? Denver Broncos winning a game? Tim Tebow’s overall career? Tim Tebow’s family life?

    That’s a good point too. Maybe 43% of Americans aren’t aware that Tim Tebow succeeded at anything; so when you ask them about “Tim Tebow’s success,” they just credit a God they can’t see for a success they can’t see. I can’t see a problem with that, can you?

  31. Michael Heath says

    Tebow and Rogers weren’t the only overt Christian QB’s who lost this weekend, so did Drew Brees.

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