Bill Maher, Tim Tebow and SNL Skit: Fan’s Perspective

Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow is all over the media with his unconventional football and his religious beliefs. His kneeling in prayer started the tebowing craze that went viral. However, he has also been the topic for many jokes, both sport and religion related, and it is angering many across the nation.

The most recent occurred on Twitter when comedian Bill Maher tweeted, "Wow, Jesus just [expletive] # TimTebow bad! And on Xmas Eve! Somewhere in hell Satan is tebowing, saying to Hitler 'Hey, Buffalo's killing them.'"

This tweet set Twitter on fire and angered many. Fox's Eric Bolling tweeted his response by saying, "Bill Maher is disgusting vile trash. I can't even repeat what he just tweeted about Tebow..on Christmas Eve. #straighttohellBill."

Bill Maher was not the first to reference religion and its role in Tim Tebow's winning games. "Saturday Night Live" did a skit where Jesus appeared to the Broncos in the locker room and he basically said that they needed to do some work themselves because he can't be there all the time. The skit warned that the New England Patriots would be a tough game and said that Tom Brady must be God's nephew and then compared the Patriots coach, Bill Belichick, to the devil.

While many found humor in the skit, it did draw its critics as well. But in all honesty, both the tweet from Maher and the skit poked fun at the fact that people believe that Jesus is helping the Broncos win thanks to Tebow and his beliefs. If Jesus isn't around, they lose. Maher pointed out that Jesus wasn't there on Christmas Eve, just as the skit did when the actor playing Jesus said he wasn't going to be around so they were on their own.

I am a religious person and the daughter of a minister. I spent many years teaching Sunday school. I am also a fan of Tim Tebow. But at the same time, I can find humor in both the skit and the tweet. While I have my beliefs, I know others have different beliefs and I am able to accept that. This is what the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion is all about. You may not agree with what is said, but they have the right to say it. If it offends you, then don't watch it or read it. It is really just that simple.

Deborah Braconnier is a former athlete and avid football fan. She is a freelance writer and Featured Contributor for the NFL and Olympics. She has followed the Denver Broncos since she was a child and can usually be found yelling at the television during football season. Follow her on Twitter at @fwcdeborah.

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Updated Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011