February 4th, 2010
02:25 PM ET
4 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. Jdog

    All well and good, but when is CNN and the rest of the mainstream media planning on actually doing its job and pointing out that Tebow's mom cannot be telling the truth?

    Abortion was not legal under ANY circumstances in the Philippines at that time and was punishable by prison time. The point of the add, if they still want to run it, should be that she did not choose to carry to term, but rather that she didn't have a choice at all.

    February 4, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Taylor

    The is so pathetic. They want to outline Tim "s mom as having a choice to abortion or not. Yet they want to take the womans choice away. Get a life Repugs

    February 4, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. JDD

    "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."

    Wonderful name dropping. The reader may decide how much they think the motavations and beliefs of Clinton actually coincide with those of Mother Teresa.

    I too share Clinton's "preference" of adoption over abortion. By all means, please make it easier in this country to get an adoption than to get an abortion.

    February 4, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. robert

    well maybe is she had gone ahead with the abortion her next child would have actually WON a national title game.....

    February 4, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. Orange Curtain, CA

    Boycott the Superbowl. Enough of the Republican Taliban hijacking our sacred game with their activist agenda.

    February 4, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. The Other Michael in Houston

    This guy is a fraud.

    February 4, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Reggie

    Tiebow for President!!!!

    We've had enough of OBAMA!!!!

    February 4, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. William

    What on earth gives him the education to go into politics? That is the problem with the religious right. They grasp onto whatever current fad might get them some air time for their antiquated message. Football does not mix with religion.

    February 4, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. good_to_me

    Good for Tebow. Standing up for his beliefs and vocalizing his values...without obnoxious protests and relentless riots. Keep up the great example! Looking forward to the commercial!

    February 4, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. Brnmar

    Prayer gatherings are wonderful event. Hopefully there were people of all faiths in attendance, not just Christians.

    February 4, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Willy Brown

    Did he bring Urban Meyer too?

    February 4, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. geo1951

    Why did the president and secretary of state attend this right-wing, fundamentalist christian meeting? Why is the author of the article soft-soaping the fact that this "controversial" anti-gay Uganda law is actually legislation to kill people for being gay. And the point that the Fellowship Foundation, a.k.a. The Family, promoted and underwrote this heinous Ugandian law, only to then try and distance itself from the issue once the word got out, is also omitted. Obama is making a serious mistake in legitimatizing these people by attending. The news here is not that Tebow spoke at the event. He's obviously a brain-washed, confused kid who doesn't know any better. The news is that the president doesn't seem to know who's sponsoring the breakfasts he's attending. Or maybe he does...?

    February 4, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Diane

    I was shocked to see that CBS and the NFL are sponsoring a questionable religious and political "advertisement" promoted by one of the country's worst HATERS into an otherwise wholesome family event like the Super Bowl. This is NOT the forum for shoving religious hypocrisy into people's faces. Has Pam Tebow's story been thoroughly vetted? There are indications that parts of this story are invented or exaggerated. For every Pam Tebow (who got to make a “choice”) there are hundreds of young women leading marginalized lives because they are faced with an unwanted pregnancy. Abortion is a legal choice in this country. Is equal time being provided for counter arguments? I will not watch the Super Bowl this year and even my husband reluctantly agreed that this is not "entertainment", and will do something else next Sunday. Scott Roeder was just convicted of first degree murder for killing a doctor engaged in perfectly legal behavior. What if the next murderer who kills a doctor or abortion patient or shoots up an abortion clinic says, "Well even on the Super Bowl they said...."

    February 4, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. Dale

    Who cares what this guy thinks. He a football player for god's sake.

    February 4, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Ellen

    Go, Tim Tebow!

    February 4, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. Scott

    I would commend Tim Tebow for having principled positions. However, I would also like to remind him that what his mother did was exercise her right to choose. Pro-choice people are asking that all women have that same right.

    February 4, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. HTW

    The National Prayer Breakfast is a disgrace and President Obama absolutely should not have been in attendance. Read "The Family" by Jeff Sharlet to learn about the so-called Fellowship Foundation that organizes this event. If you think we have any vestiges of separation between church and state in this country, you'll be horrified.

    February 4, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. teddy from atl

    i will never understand why do we have to punish innocent babies,because,or may be one of their irresponsible parents made a mistake.if tebow's history is true?........... can you imagine how many tebow's are killed because of obama's abortion decision? ......................

    February 4, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Suzanne

    Kudos to Tim Tebow for being wiling to stand up for what he believes in. God Bless him.

    February 4, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. Dave Wyman

    "Tebow joked, "It is rather incredible that a Georgia Bulldog invited a Florida Gator, so you can see the hand of God here."

    I doubt Tebow was joking. This is, after all, a person who believes, or at least promotes the belief, that he can telepathically communicate with someone who was his own father and who died 2000 years ago.

    February 4, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. Death Panel Sarah

    I have not heard the reason for the recommended abortion.....was it to save the mother's life, or a possible problem with the infant? It DOES make a difference.

    February 4, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. Reagan raised taxes and tripled the debt.

    The Fellowship thinks its OK TO KILL GAYS,but dont have an abortion?

    February 4, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. Thankful for our Military

    God Bless you Tim Tebow! Finally someone in the main stream who will stand up for his religious beliefs and not just argue about it on a blog! Actions speak louder than words! That's a real man and a good role model! You can listen to Tim's message or turn a deaf ear, it's his right to speak out for what he believes! Even if you don't believe in the way he believes, his message is for all of humanity, including the unborn! I pray God give you strength to stand up to the bullies who think you shouldn't have your own beliefs but cry wolf when you step on theirs. We Love You Tim! God Speed!

    February 4, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. Dan Davis

    Funny, they were doing what every other animal does in the am...

    Eat

    Hand of God....bull

    February 4, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. Joe

    I don't know a lot about abortion and it may be too late but can we, somehow, abort Timmy now?

    February 4, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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