Foolish frenzy fueled by ‘Focus’ on football fizzles
Posted: Friday, February 12, 2010 8:01 pm
Why were the National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood and other far-left groups so fired up about the pro-life Tim Tebow commercial that aired during the Super Bowl?
What did I miss?
In the days preceding Sunday’s Super Bowl, several pro-choice groups threw a hissy over conservative Christian group Focus on the Family’s ad starring former Florida Gator and Heisman Trophy winner Tebow and his mother, Pam. Before the spot even aired, NOW alleged the ad was offensive to women in sending its anti-abortion message.
News flash: I’m a woman. I’ve seen the ad. I was not offended.
Initially, the National Organization for Women (NOW) was all in a tizzy over CBS’ decision to air the pro-life ad because of the network’s policy of steering clear of advocacy ads. The group urged supporters to visit a Women’s Media Center Web site to stop the ad.
Planned Parenthood responded with its own online video featuring former NFL player Sean James and Olympic gold medal winner Al Joyner discussing the importance of women being able to make their own health decisions.
And the 30-second Tebow ad aired Sunday in spite of attempts to stop its debut. In it, Mrs. Tebow talked about her “miracle baby” who “almost didn’t make it into this world.” She told about having to be “tough” with all the family has been through. It ended with Tebow tackling his mother (through the use of special effects) and then the two of them hugging.
It was subtle and humorous — celebrating life and family, never using the word abortion and ending with onscreen words directing viewers to visit www.FocusontheFamily.com to see the full Tebow story.
And it’s a beautiful story. In an online video, Bob and Pam Tebow tell about son Tim’s birth. They were living in the Philippines as missionaries in the ’80s and already had four children when Mrs. Tebow became pregnant and fell ill with an infection. She said a doctor indicated it wasn’t a baby at all but rather a mass of fetal tissue and that she needed to abort him immediately.
“We really didn’t have to make a decision at that time. We had made it years previously because we were determined to trust the Lord with the children that He would give us. If God called me to give up my life, then He would take care of my family,” Mrs. Tebow said.
Bob Tebow said he prayed for his son long before his wife was pregnant.
“I was out preaching in the mountains,” he said. “I was weeping over lost millions of babies in America that were never given a chance and I prayed and said, ‘God, if you want another preacher in this world, you give me Timmy.’”
They named their healthy baby boy for Timothy in the Bible.
And when all was said and done, the much-anticipated Tebow ad ended up ranked in the Top 10 at SpotBowl.com’s Super Bowl ad rankings — even though it ended up drawing different criticism from both NOW and the Women’s Media Center because of Mrs. Tebow’s being tackled, which the Women’s Media Center now claims showed an undercurrent of violence against women.
Personally, I think all the pre-game outcry from the liberal groups just drew more attention to the commercial and made people want to see it more than ever. Perhaps we should thank them for all the extra publicity.
For its part, CBS earned a spot in NOW’s “Media Hall of Shame” before the commercial even aired.
NOW’s media “offender” analysis identified Focus on the Family as “an ultra-conservative group” and claimed that anti-abortion forces are on the offensive in seeking to “make abortion both illegal and unthinkable.”
If that’s all it takes to be inducted into NOW’s Media Hall of Shame, then count me in.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger 2.12.10