Even in defeat, Tim Tebow continues to be a polarizing figure. A popular skit on the latest edition of Saturday Night Live which focused on the Denver Broncos quarterback's obsession with religion has drawn a heated response from America's leading televangelist.
Pat Robertson claimed the SNL skit was "anti-Christrian bigotry that's just disgusting." Robertson, 81, told viewers on the Christian Broadcasting Network's 700 Club that had the skit been about another religion, things would have been much different.
"If this had been a Muslim country and they had done that, and had Muhammad doing that stuff, you would have found bombs being thrown off, and bodies on the street,” Robertson said, according to Mediaite. "We need more religious faith in our society, we're losing our moral compass in our nation."
Tebow has the full support of Robertson, a media mogul and powerful figure in the Christian Right. "I think he is a wonderful human being. And this man has been placed in a unique position and I applaud him, God bless him," Robertson said of Tebow.
Robertson wasn't the only one slamming Saturday Night Live's producers; Bob Beckel called the sketch "despicable" during an appearance on Fox News. The political commentator and columnist for USA Today finds nothing funny when it comes to lampooning Tebow and religion.
"First of all, it’s despicable to display Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, like that on Saturday Night Live and they should be ashamed of themselves, Beckel said, according to Mediaite. "And the fact that this keeps drawing attention to Tebow and Christianity and faith and Jesus and they make it into some sort of commercial operation ... there’s nothing funny about that."
Tebow's Broncos lost to the Patriots on Sunday -- something feared by the SNL version of Jesus, who playfully suggested New England coach Bill Belichick was the devil -- but the beloved quarterback has a 7-2 record as the Broncos' starter.
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