In this week’s stand-off between Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow and Stamford, CT Conservative Rabbi Joshua Hammerman, I stand with the Tebows.
In a blog posting on Jewish Week,Hammerman wrote:
“Tebow’s mother, a Baptist missionary, became comatose during her pregnancy and was saved by drugs that nearly killed the fetus. Doctors anticipated a stillbirth and recommended termination to protect her life, but Tim’s mother refused to abort.”
Hammerman adds: “His mom’s decision to risk her own life rather than abort her fetus flies against my own — and Judaism’s — values.”
He asserts: “If Tebow wins the Super Bowl, against all odds, it will buoy his faithful, and emboldened faithful can do insane things, like burning mosques, bashing gays and indiscriminately banishing immigrants. While America has become more inclusive since Jerry Falwell’s first political forays, a Tebow triumph could set those efforts back considerably.”
To the board of Hammerman’s synagogue, I say: He’s a Rabbi in Name Only. Fire him.
To the millenial generation of Jewish women, I say: It is not without reason that non Orthodox Jews in America are not replacing themselves. Each new life, each potential life, is a treasure, and I weep for those never born.
To the rest of America, I say: Please excuse my coreligionist. I take my religion seriously, and the nation is a better country to the extent that you do likewise with yours.
Frankly, if my very existence had been so uncertain, if I had emerged to live a somewhat normal life let alone be so blessed as to quarterback an NFL team, I would be extraordinarily thankful. Some people are said to ‘thank their lucky stars’ for outcomes such as health and an NFL career. If Tim Tebow wants to thank his God and celebrate his religion, I say more power to him.