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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Buick Takes Courtesy Cars Away From PGA Tour

Oh, hilarious economy! When will you ever stop plummeting and making us cut back on everything that makes life worth living? First, Colorado-based Focus On The Family has had to trim their staff drastically - rumor has it that they hilariously “overspent” on their pro-Proposition 8 stance - but this latest news to hit the wires is the last straw! Because of budgetary concerns, Buick will no longer be providing courtesy cars to PGA tournaments.

Great Depression

(”Guess it’s back to the old fashioned way.”)

Buick, who has generally had their cars waiting at the airport when PGA participants came into town, is reportedly ending this luxury because “the business model has changed.” Or in layman’s terms, “the car industry’s in the toilet”. Players will now have to (gasp!) rent their own automobiles. Just like commoners!

This is what we call “rich people problems”. But calm down, prima donna golfers. The PGA is on the case!

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