It’s not every day that a quarterback gets to hold a speech at a revival, as Christian and committed to religion he might be. Tim Tebow was suppose to give a speech at an event organized by controversial televangelist Rod Parsley, but Denver Broncos’ quarterback decided to cancel his talk. Wonder how televangelist Rod Parsley scared Tim Tebow away?
On Wednesday, Tim Tebow’s brother came to the press saying that the speech will be canceled. Robbie Tebow, acting as the quarterback’s rep, said that his brother’s speakers’ bureau didn’t know to what they were committing. It seems that the speakers’ bureau didn’t take the time to research the event, Tim Tebow was asked to talk.
During a phone interview, Robbie Tebow officially announced the cancelation of the event. “I know for a fact that Tim is not going to be a part of it. That’s being resolved”. But, things don’t seem to be that easy.
Mark Youngkin is a spokesman for Rod Parsley and according to his statement, Tim Tebow had signed a contract with the event organizers. He tried to put more pressure on the quarterback in an attempt to make him change his mind, saying that on Tuesday the national advertising for the event was approved.
It seems that the quarterback was asked to talk at a three day Columbus event in March, a revival called “Contending for the Faith Weekend” organized by the controversial televangelist Rod Parsley. Tim Tebow became Rod Parsley’s target both for his popularity and dedication to the Christian religion.
Rod Parsley is one of the most popular televangelist in the U.S. at the moment, and that’s likely due to the controversy around him. The Washington Post writes that Rod Parsley “teaches that God wants the faithful to be rich”. As a matter of fact, just last year, “he asked followers to donate more than $1 million to ward off satanic attacks”.
Parsley is also famous and under scrutiny for a statement he made during the 2008 presidential campaign. Republican Senator John McCain had to disown an endorsement from Parsley after the media found out the televangelist called Islam an “anti-Christ religion”.
McCain said: “I believe there is no place for that kind of dialogue in America …and I reject his endorsement”.