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Tim Tebow has scheduled another speaking engagement at a controversial venue

Mar 6, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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Only this one will be closed to the general public. Tebow, who caused quite a few waves recently when he cancelled plans to speak at a controversial megachurch in Dallas, has another speaking engagement planned on Friday: this one at a conservative private college whose officials have criticized gays.

Tebow will speak at Liberty University in Virginia, during its “Convocation” series. Liberty was founded in 1971 by televangelist Jerry Falwell, and its vice president and law school dean, Mathew Staver, has supported the criminalization of homosexuality in Malawi and has said that “one of the gravest threats to our freedom is the sexual anarchy of the gay rights and homosexual movement.”

Tebow cancelled a planned speech at First Baptist Church in Dallas in April after scrutiny of its controversial pastor, Robert Jeffress, who has also been critical of gays and lesbians.

Huffington Post:

The late Falwell, too, was well known for his outspoken comments. After 9/11, for example, Falwell, along with fellow evangelist Pat Robertson, partly blamed gays and lesbians, among others, for “help[ing] this happen.”

Closing Tebow’s speech to the public has nothing to do with the Dallas megachurch controversy, said a Liberty University spokesman.

Liberty University spokesman Johnnie Moore said the school had long planned on making the engagement private because officials expect a big student turnout.

“The Tebow Convocation has been closed to the general public since we announced his visit months ago,” Moore told the Huffington Post in an email. “It is only closed to the public because of limited seating capacity in our basketball arena.”

There is more than controversy threatening the Tebow speech on Friday, however. Liberty University is located in Lynchburg, Va., where it’s snowing pretty good right now.

  1. skids003 - Mar 6, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    I guess he can’t speak anywhere that is criticaal of anyone. Only liberals can do that, and they are the biggest haters of all.

  2. guinsrule - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Why is this news? Does anybody really think Tim Tebow supports homosexuality?

  3. metalhead65 - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    the last time I checked you had the right of free speech in this country. not politically correct free speech but the right to say what you want and believe. just because his beliefs are different and you do not agree with them does not mean he should not be free to express them wherever and to whoever he chooses. I am sure you would be all for it if this was a person preaching the liberal gay rights agenda or if this were a muslin speaking about his faith and beliefs. and the last time I checked they did not support gay rights or woman’s rights or any of the liberal agenda yet you have no problem supporting their rights. let a christian like Tebow express his faith and he must mocked and ridiculed by the left wing tree huggers and their media supporters..

    • Rick Chandler - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      Mocked? By who? Where? Please elaborate.

      And if I did mock him (which I did not), that would be my right, as I have the same right to free expression that Tebow enjoys. By the way, that right means that the federal government can’t prevent me from speaking out. It has nothing to do with others expressing their opinions. Even in a blog.

      • metalhead65 - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:10 PM

        I am merely pointing out he is criticized constantly for his faith and the places he chooses to preach it. he had to cancel his last engagement because of all the flack the liberal media gave him over where it was at. now he is being attacked because of this venue and it being closed to the public. I do not even attend church but admire the guy for having the guts to not only stand up for his beliefs but actually doing what he preaches. until he is arrested for multiple DUI’S or busted for drugs or beating his girlfriend then he is a terrific role model, but he is mocked constantly in the press for his faith and for preaching. you can’t be serious when you ask for examples of the bias against him. just read any sports blog or article about where he was going to preach at in Dallas.

        • eightysixisback - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:34 AM

          he didn’t HAVE to cancel anything. He CHOSE to cancel that appearance and you should keep in mind that he did that because he did not want to damage his image. So basically he is willing to speak out for what he believes in, as long as it would damage his image.

          • metalhead65 - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:54 AM

            he would not have to cancel it if people like you had not dogged him about doing it. I guess it never occurred to you he chose that place because of the huge audience he would be speaking to and who get to hear HIS message and not that of the pastor of the church. but it does not matter to people like you because he does not share your views on the gay liberal agenda he must be stopped from expressing them. as for his image until he gets popped for the stuff other athletes do then he has nothing worry about. again if kids are going to choose role models I would hope more of them would choose him than the others they have to choose from. you know the ones that have multiple kids by different women and then do not pay for them or the ones who promote the gay liberal agenda or the ones who keep getting arrested.

            • eightysixisback - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:30 AM

              again, he CHOSE to cancel, he did not HAVE to. Personally if i really believe something and feel the need to speak about it, i would. I wouldn’t cancel because it hurt my public image.

              • eightysixisback - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:32 AM

                Don’t blame me bacause Tebow chose to cancel an appearance, lol. I had nothing to do with it. I don’t know the man nor did i ever express my opinion about it to him.

            • eightysixisback - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:50 AM

              i am not promoting any agenda i am just tired of people who use their BELIEFS to justify hate. People are born gay. There is evidence. It is not a question of opinion. And as far as his image and not having anything to worry about; apparently he did or he wouldn’t have canceled. why is he worried about his image? Could it have something to do with Money? If that was not the reason, why cancel? Why would he care what me and people who share my “gay liberal agenda” think about what he has to say? I

        • skids003 - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:22 PM

          Hey dude, only Rick and the liberals have the right to free expression, just ask them if you don’t believe it. They are the most intolerant of those who don’t share their beliefs, totally hypocritical.

          • cur68 - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:15 AM

            Gets this straight: no one is saying he hasn’t the right. We all think he can do whatever he wants. We’re saying he shouldn’t because its wrong to hate or to promote hatred of other people for being born different. That’s it. Its our opinion. Just like he has one, we have one.

  4. zerole00 - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    “one of the gravest threats to our freedom is the sexual anarchy of the gay rights and homosexual movement.”

    Wait, I don’t get get it. How does some dude boning another dude or some girl boning another girl, or either couple getting married threatening my freedom to marry or bone a girl?

    If anything, I’d appreciate the decreased competition. How the heck and I supposed to compete with a guy that’s ripped, knows fashion, AND cook? That’s not even fair.

  5. tomtravis76 - Mar 7, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    Tim Tebow a role model? Why would you want your children looking up to a guy who obviously is infavor of discrimination against people? Tebow would have been an icon in the 50′s, now he is just another white bigot.

    • metalhead65 - Mar 7, 2013 at 8:01 AM

      hey maybe if there where more white bigots out there then the country would not be in the shape it is in. maybe kids would not grow up with blatant disregard for authority like they do today and expect everything handed to them without working for it. maybe they would actually pay attention and learn in class instead of just barely getting by if at all and ending up on the streets with no useful skills and in gangs and on drugs. maybe you prefer your kids role models to be athletes who get busted for multiple DUI’s or beating their woman or multiple drug arrests or entertainers who promote young girls dressing like hookers and spew vulgarities a mile a min. and call that music. I certainly don’t and because he does not promote and approve a unnatural lifestyle does not make him or me a bigot and if it does then I am proud to be one. does this mean I approve of segregation like it was back then? of course not but life was much better before the tree hugging peace loving do anything you feel like generation took over.

      • eightysixisback - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:47 AM

        Where to even begin here? Explain to me exactly how more bigots in this country would fix all those problems. Unnatural? Do some research on homosexuality in the animal kingdom. It occurs frequently in nature actually. Also you may choose to ignore it but there is scientific evidence that people are BORN gay. I am sorry but your BELIEFS do not magically erase the scientific proof. You are entitled to your opinion about whether people being gay is right or wrong but whether people are born gay or not is NOT a matter of opinion. It is not a lifestyle. If people are born that way how exactly is it unnatural? How is it any of your business or mine what anyone else does in their bedroom? Oh i know i am a tree hugger because i don’t agree with you. Are you one of those radical right wing people who constantly cry about wanting less government but think that the government should decide who gets married?

  6. tomtravis76 - Mar 7, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Role models should never be some person you see on TV. A role model is someone directly in your life. The blatant disregard for authority is a direct reflection of the parents and adults in that childs life. If you allow a kid to be disrespectful then they will be disrespectful.

    Life might have been much better for white people,specifically white men, “back then”, but it was not a nice place for black people,women, many minorities and people of select religious beliefs and surely was not accepted if someone was gay.And this is only 50-60 years ago in America. The tree hugging peace loving generation are the baby boomers, and those are the folks who have destroyed this country. It went from peace to total greed and f everyone else take care of me for that generation.

  7. mgflolox - Mar 7, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Speaking out in favor of prejudice and bigotry in not a matter of opinion, it’s just plain wrong. It’s wrong when white supremacists do it, it was wrong 50 years ago in the segregated south, it’s wrong at any time and against any group. It’s a pretty sorry legacy some people are going to have to answer for to future generations when they want to know why certain people were so narrow minded and hateful towards another group of people who haven’t done them the slightest bit of harm.

    • cur68 - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      Sure its wrong, but they have the right to BE wrong. Then they have the right to competent legal defence if they are sued for spreading hatred and inciting violence against their fellow humans. Its their right.

      It’ll also be their right to explain their behaviour to future generations, especially a generation that will have all this archived recorded evidence to draw on. When the Tebow grandkids start asking awkward questions it’ll be with youtube movies, cellphone clips, and news highlites in-hand. Its going to be pretty hard to say “oh I never said that. That’s not true” when the grandkids have them standing there saying it. I believe a Mr. Romney found that out the hard way.

      If Tebow thinks no one’s going to be filming him speaking he is mistaken. People will be there with cameras in one form or another and they will record it all.

      I have no idea what this kid will say: he might surprise us all and preach tolerance and peace. Or not. We’ll see; that much I’m certain of.

      • metalhead65 - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        please show me where he preaches hate? oh I get it because he does not endorse the gay liberal agenda and instead expresses his devotion to God that makes it hate speech according to those of you who believe and preach the gay liberal agenda. he preaches good family values that do not include adam and steve and you get your panties in a knot. I want kids to look up to somebody who does not do drugs or have 10 kids with 10 different women or beats his woman. I want someone who shows good things can happen if you do the right things. role models should be at home but we all know kids admire and sometimes worship athletes and pop stars so I don’t see where it is wrong to want have a guy like Tebow who has morals and does the right things be someone kids can look up and not have to worry about it.