February 4th, 2010
02:25 PM ET
5 years ago

Tebow attends Washington prayer breakfast

Tim Tebow attended the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning.
Tim Tebow attended the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning.

Washington (CNN) – College football's Tim Tebow, a Heisman trophy winner, attended the National Prayer Breakfast with President Barack Obama Thursday and delivered the closing prayer, continuing his foray into the political spotlight.

Tebow recently came under fire for appearing in an issues-oriented ad that will run during Sunday's Superbowl game. The ad will feature Tebow and his mother Pam recounting the decision to continue her pregnancy with Tim despite recommendations from doctors to do otherwise.

The prayer breakfast was organized by the group, Fellowship Foundation, which has been linked to a controversial anti-gay law in Uganda.

Introduced by Rep. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, Tebow joked, "It is rather incredible that a Georgia Bulldog invited a Florida Gator, so you can see the hand of God here."

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who also attended the event, spoke of her own preference of adoption over abortion and told the story of opening a home for the children of unwanted pregnancies after a visit from Mother Teresa.


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  1. Carlton Evans, Pastor

    It's not surprising how much Politicians hate light, truth and the reality of GOD working through His people. When you are living and doing so many things in darkness, there are always going to be problems with those who are in darkness when the light (JESUS) exposes their darkness. GOD is going to be GOD whether people want Him to be or not!!!

    February 4, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. sonny chapman

    Sports can bring people of different backgrounds together. Using sports for religious or political gain is plain bad manners.

    February 4, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. Frank

    Tim Tebow is a breath of fresh air. Athletes are more often in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. I have an interesting question. If a survey was done and all women that had considered abortion in the past 25 years or so were asked if they were proud of the decision they made what would be the percent to say they were proud to have had an abortion. Even if the baby that was not aborted did not become famous I am confident to say most women that chose not to have an abortion are proud of that decision.

    February 4, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. Ankhorite

    Pander much, Ms. Clinton?

    I'm glad that she and President Obama both raised the issue of The Family's worldwide anti-gay jihad, but I wish she'd been more confrontational about women's rights to self-determination.

    Yes, adoption is common ground between people who are pro- and anti-choice, but The Family doesn't need a lecture on adoption. They need a vigorous education on the full humanity - and full citizenship - of women. The Family's take on women is as dystopic and anti-egalitarian as the oppressive religious leaders in "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood.

    February 4, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. Wendell

    Tebow is a wonderful Christian and a good ball player!

    February 4, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. Jim

    He can now run as a GOP congressman when he's 25...since he'll be out of the NFL by then

    February 4, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  7. mike

    Here we go again when someone does something that works for them
    they have this attitude that what they do is right and everybody else is
    wrong we as americans make decisions everyday by CHOISE AND
    I MEAM CHOISE thats what makes this country great if you think that
    by putting your way of life is going to dictate mine you are sadly
    mistaken remember one thing our america is global and you no longer
    have the power to dictate to others

    February 4, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. Harry8

    Look for the crybaby T-Blow to continue his path to a GOP elected office in FL, his own TV ministry or some rightwing talk-radio gig. He and Glenn Beck can take their crying jags on the road with the tea-baggers and Britney Palin!

    February 4, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. Joe Cotton

    HERE COMES ANOTHER PALIN....

    February 4, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. Julie Christian

    Tim Tebow...what a wonderful example for all people. He works hard, plays hard, studies hard and prays hard. And having met him a couple of times he is genuinely a nice, Christian man. He is the best example of a mother that made the right "choice."

    February 4, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Katie

    The bottom line is, this man is alive not by the grace of God, but because his mother made the choice and she beat the medical odds she was facing. She had the RIGHT TO CHOOSE whether or not to terminate her pregnancy and she CHOSE not to, and to accept all the risks and consquences of her CHOICE.

    Let us never forget that every woman should have the same right. Unfortunately, not every woman will have the same outcome – to come through pregnancy healthy and whole and to have a healthy and whole child - but they should ALL have the same CHOICE. To deny other women that right solely because this fine young man turned out ok is flawed logic and unfair.

    February 4, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. PJ

    I don't understand the controversy over this ad. Last time I checked, we are still a country where the citizens have a right to free speech (at least for now).

    February 4, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Tebow recently came under fire for appearing in an issues-oriented ad that will run during Sunday's Superbowl game."

    I don't think that's true. CBS is the one that came under fire....first, because it is running an issue ad during the Superbowl, which it has said it was policy to deny when it refused to run more liberal ones in previous years, and second, because it refused to run purely commercial ads involving gay dating sites. CBS is showing a definite conservative leaning an preference in terms of what it wants its viewers to be exposed to during the "big game." So much for that bilious "liberal media" vomit we're always having to step around when the GOPers see poll results or an article they don't like....

    February 4, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. guest

    tim tebow is a tool. He should be hanging out with sarah palin not playing football.

    February 4, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    Wonder if CREW will criticize him also. Doubt it.

    It's only BAD if you're a democrat.

    Hypocrits !!

    February 4, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. David Kimball

    The issue with the ad isn't with that it deals with anti-abortion sentiments. The issue is the propiety of having issues ads on the Superbowl after so many other issues ads were denied because they were dealing with issues.

    Also, there is the veracity of the ad in that doctors in the Philippines would never have advised having an abortion because it was illegal to have them and/or to participate in an abortion for any reasons (including health or rape).

    February 4, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. aaron

    I am glad that his mom had the choice to make all her own.

    February 4, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. Kathy Hess

    Tim Tebow is a wonderful young man. He has the right to speak about his life and the decisions his parents made. This world would have lost so much had aborted. May God continue to bless and use the Tebow family in the ways he would have them go.

    February 4, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. Danny

    I think Tebow realizes that he's not going to go far in the NFL so he needs to have a Plan B – a career in politics. I bet I know which party he'll be running as.

    February 4, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. Jim

    Look, I am all for Religious freedom. It's one of the principles this country was built upon. But there is absolutely no place for Religion in Government. None. If you want proof, look at Iran, Syria, etc. What do these states have in common? They are religious Oligarchies masquerading as Democracies. The Clergy are the only votes that count. And we know that those countries are sponsors of terrorism and hatred. So, let's keep religion out of Politics and Politics out of Religion. That way, we can all lead, safe, productive lives...

    February 4, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. Frank from Gilroy

    Tearboy setting his neo Christian conservative political train in motion.
    God will need to help us if these wacko's get to set agenda's again.
    Obama made a mistake attending this "The Family" prayer breakfast.

    February 4, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. Dave

    Johnny is a Senator, not a Representative. I live in Georgia.

    February 4, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. todd

    Kill gays. Yeah, real hand of god here. What a loser. Because we all know how legal abortion was in the Phillipeans, right?

    February 4, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. MasterGator

    Tim T.......distance yourself from this freakin cult....run......run now. They are a cult hate group, aimed at dividing and persecuting the less fortunate......hate is in every bone in their bodies.

    February 4, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Illini

    I don't understand these "Pro-Abortion" groups/people.

    They believe in abortion, but not the "waterboarding" of terrorist!

    Come on you nutheads.....explain that one!

    February 4, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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