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April 9, 2012
"Tim Tebow connects with inmates during prison visits"
The title of this post is the headline of this notable new piece appearing on NFL.com. Here are excerpts:
On Easter Sunday, Tim Tebow answered questions from a Texas pastor with more than 15,000 people hanging on his every word. It was a very public example of both Tebow's immense popularity and outspoken connection to his Christian faith. Not all Tebow does is seen by the masses, however.
The New York Jets' quarterback has made 10 prison visits dating back to his time at the University of Florida, speaking and interacting with inmates who are looking for a fresh start. Accompanied by chaplain and longtime family friend James Williams, Tebow had spoken with everyone from death row inmates to young offenders new to the system.
“It’s hard to fool people who are incarcerated,” Gerald Evans, an inmate at Lawtey Correctional Institution in northeast Florida, told the New York Daily News. “They can see right through you. They can tell when a guy’s faking, every time. Tim Tebow, he brought a charge to people here. He brought inspiration to people here. He is a real as you can get.”
Tebow has visited Lawtey twice, talking faith and throwing a football with inmates in the prison's gymnasium. “Being in prison you automatically see the worst in people,” inmate Tyron Thomas said. “You meet a lot of people who pick up the Bible and when they put it down you can never tell they read it. There was just something about Tebow, and how he truly believes in the word of God. It’s kind of freaky, actually. It’s not something you see too often.”
I like this story not only because it is useful to hear from prisoners that Tebow is not a phony, but also because it is nice to see prominent persons practice what they preach. Regular readers know that many persons with strong Christian faith are ready and eager to apply that faith's principles of forgiveness and redemption to the criminal justice system, and I am pleased to learn that Tebow has long brought these messages to persons in prison who surely benefit from hear them directly from someone so high-profile. Let the Tebowing in prison begin.
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I'll admit that it took me a while to take a liking to Tim Tebow. I generally dislike ostentatious displays of faith, not only because of the whole praying on the street corner thing, but also because in my experience people who tend to do that are not actually big on the whole trying-to-follow-the-teachings-of-Christ thing.
From everything that I have read and heard about Tebow, however, he seems to be the real deal and a genuinely decent human being. This article just reinforces that. Good on him.
Posted by: Guy | Apr 9, 2012 1:20:37 PM
Now if we could only hope and pray that some of the politicians passing these laws would also take the initiative to visit our prisons, there might be some real hope and redemption for the justice system.
Posted by: jax | Apr 9, 2012 2:17:45 PM
That is what religion is for, moral guidance. If it helps someone improve, it should be promoted in prison populations. Although a devout atheist, I have never bashed religion for others, and accept the prayers of all for my soul.
Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Apr 9, 2012 9:21:03 PM
SC has a good take except if "promoting" has some sort of selective government coercion that favors certain religions over others. I respect all who speak the talk, walk the walk, including those who disagree with me. Hope he does well in Sin City.
Posted by: Joe | Apr 10, 2012 12:06:52 PM
" " " Supremacy Claus " " " ::: "Although a devout atheist, I have never bashed religion for others"
? "As a devout atheist, I still respect religion. For those with IQ's below 125, it summarizes morality," 5/21/10
?? "Would we all be better off, now, had the Roman Empire survived the internal, suicidal weakness brought about Christianity?
Would there have been the Dark Ages? Would there have been a Holocaust under the descendants of Roman law systems? …
How would people like to have science and technology be 1000 years ahead, which they would be without a 1000 years of the Dark Ages, imposed at the point of the sword by the Church?…"12/26/10
??? "The Romans should have executed Paul, James and Peter, summarily, after a trial for one hour. To deter. They should have offered Jesus the plea of a quick, painless poison, to avoid the attention getting drama and rallying martyrdom."
Posted by: Adamakis | Apr 11, 2012 2:39:14 PM
???? "I am a devout atheist, so I may have no place commenting. Religion executed millions to impose its sicko orthodoxies.
Religion was the source of the lawyer methodologies and business models, including parsing for gotchas on the smallest pretextual deviations from an infinity number of bogus, dumbass rules, the confiscatory nature of the system, the church like court and rituals." 3/26/10
????? "After that [9/11] attack, a million religious leaders, financiers and intellectual leaders should have been eliminated. To deter." 6/18/11
Posted by: Adamakis | Apr 11, 2012 2:40:21 PM
?????? "If Medieval methods are reprehensible, this atavism is from the tribes of Iraq and Biblical times…It violates the Establishment Clause coming from the Old Testament."
"Do you mean, the retribution aim of the criminal law does not originate from Iraqi tribal culture, via the Bible. placing that religious thinking at the center of the goal?"
?????? "Right now, we already have a church based jurisprudence. It is from 1275, in utter failure, and totally lawless. To anyone with the slightest interest in science, it is deeply shocking and repulsive. The analysis of crime is copied from the analysis of mortal sin (mortal sins violate one of the Ten Commandments)"
So, we are ruled by the mentality and morality of a small group of tribal types from Iraq of 3000 years ago, or Palestinians of 2000 years ago, or Euro trash of 800 years ago." 7/21/10
Good thing you're an atheist, not bothered by "lie not one to another" or "provide things honest", "lying lips are an abomination", etc.
Posted by: Adamakis | Apr 11, 2012 2:43:32 PM