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Mike Organ of the NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN reports today that, “Tim Tebow was the featured speaker Saturday at an athletics banquet at Lipscomb University.

Tim Tebow Reacts To Comments Made About Him By Jerry Jones

(Tebow “Athletic Banquet” Appearance: $50 a Throw)

Tebow spoke to 5,200 people, each paying $50 apiece, inside Lipscomb’s Allen Arena. The event was described on the school’s website as “the second annual Don Meyer Evening of Excellence. The speech was the culmination of a full day of activities including Tim and his parents, Pam and Bob Tebow.

Tebow Parents At Lipscomb: $5

(Tebow Parents “Athletic Banquet” Appearance: $5 a Throw)

Tebow’s speech to attendees was described by the school’s website thusly:

Like most people who successfully follow their dreams Tim Tebow has accomplished his goals through his focus, hard work and his faith in Jesus Christ.

Tebow, who took time to provide his support to Lipscomb only a few days before the NFL Draft, plans to use his pro career as a platform for presenting his beliefs.

“The NFL is not the end for me. It is a means to an end. It will give me a platform to hopefully make a difference.”

Though he didn’t cover it in his speech, Tebow discussed the recent comment Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones made about him. Read more…

Video: Tim And Pam Tebow Anti-Abortion Spot

Here is the first of two anti-abortion ads from Focus on the Family featuring Tim Tebow and his mom Pam.

Tim and Pam Tebow Abortion Super Bowl Ad

Pam Tebow: “I call him my miracle baby. He almost didn’t make it into this world. I remember so many times when I almost lost him. It was so hard. Well he’s all grown up now, and I still worry about his health. Everybody treats him like he’s different, but to me, he’s just my baby. He’s my Timmy, and I love him.

Tim Tebow: “Thanks mom. Love you too.

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Tebow Fronts Group Known For Anti-Gay Agenda

David Goetzl of MediaPost.com reports today that CBS has “approved a script” for the Super Bowl ad produced by the group Focus on the Family. Tim Tebow and his mother Pam will be the centerpieces of the 30-second spot, which reportedly will fetch $2.8M.

Focus On The Family Tim Tebow

(Anti-gay press release on Focus on the Family official site)

Goetzl reports the Focus on the Family ad “will not carry a pro-life message — at least an overt one.” A spokesman for CBS said the network, “will review the video version of the spot before giving it the final green light, but does not anticipate any hurdles.

There’s been a lot of debate about the ad, given that many view religion-based Focus on the Family as a political advocacy group. The group’s leader, Dr. James Dobson, is well-known for his on the record opposition to abortion, gay marriage and homosexuality.

Much of Dobson’s widely-recognized political influence is chronicled by Washington Post website Slate.com in a 2004 piece by Michael Crowley titled, “James Dobson, The Religious Right’s New Kingmaker.”

Part of the concern for the approval of an ad from a group fronted by Dobson is that in 2004, CBS rejected a Super Bowl ad produced by the United Churches of Christ. CBS Executive Vice President Martin Franks said at the time, “The network simply does not accept any advocacy advertising of any kind.

That’s the context for the ad that you will see Tebow headlining on Super Bowl Sunday. For all I know, the spot will be a benign affirmation of family values - as interpreted by Tebow and his mom. No biggie.

James Dobson

(Focus on the Family Founder: “[gay marriage] will destroy the Earth.”)

A larger issue though is Tebow generating awareness for a group with a well-chronicled, aggressive anti-gay agenda. An agenda that is often interwined with political interests.

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