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Tebow steals Jesus’ thunder

There’s something untoward about Tim Tebow’s much-hyped appearance at a Texas megachurch this Sunday.

Tebow is scheduled to address the Celebration Church in Georgetown, north of Austin. Church spokeswoman Tara Wall told The Associated Press that Tebow reached out to the church about a month ago and said he wanted to speak.

People attending the non-denominational service will sit on lawn chairs and blankets. Wall said Friday about 1,100 volunteers are involved in running the event on the church’s 110-acre grounds. …

Wall says Sunday’s service will be like “an outside concert event.”

Note to church: Sunday is Easter, where Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, not the ascension of a middling quarterback.

For the record, I doubt Jesus would attend a church that owns 110 acres.

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Why Tebow?

He’s not the first telegenic Christian quarterback. Remember Steve Bartkowski? There’s been plenty more since, and most were much more accomplished than Tim Tebow.

So why all the fuss? The guy is totally scripted and not a very good QB. I’m sure he’s a nice guy but really, why is everyone so invested in a back-up?

At least Bart could go deep.

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Christianity’s biggest enemy? Christians

Today 33% of young people are religiously unaffiliated, as compared with 12% in the 1970s. In other words: Youth as such is not the only factor in making individuals flee the churches. What is more, this flight of the young is rapidly accelerating: In surveys conducted by the authors all “nones” grew by about 18% between 2006 and 2011, but young “nones” grew by about 90%–a truly remarkable difference.

The authors of “American Grace” place the blame on the religious right and it’s hard to argue. When I was kid in the 70s Jesus was viewed as a benevolent hippie, the subject of Broadway musicals and Doobie Brothers songs. Now he’s identified with the likes of Rick Santorum and Ralph Reed. The road from sandals and beads to sweater vests and all-you-can-eat buffets is one most young people would rather not travel.

To quote Max Van Sydow’s character in “Hannah and Her Sisters,”: “If Jesus came back and saw what’s going on in his name, he’d never stop throwing up.”