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Televangelist Pat Robertson blasts 'SNL' skit on Tim Tebow, Jesus

December 20, 2011 |  1:13 pm

Televangelist Pat Robertson is not laughing over "Saturday Night Live's" Tim Tebow skit.

The skit, which has racked up millions of online views since it aired on NBC Saturday night, depicts Jesus, in sweat socks, appearing inside the Denver Broncos' locker room via a cloud and a heavenly shaft of light. His message to Tebow? Ease up on all the Jesus stuff.

Robertson ripped into the skit (shown below) during an appearance on the Christian Broadcast Network, attributing it to a wave of "anti-Christian bigotry that is just disgusting."

For non-sports watchers: Quarterback Tebow genuflects during games and gives the Lord credit for his performance at every opportunity. Though that has endeared him to many Americans, it also has become a source of merriment for others.

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Robertson said Muslims would be outraged by a skit portraying Muhammad in such a manner. "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.

By contrast, Robertson said, in America, "We think it’s OK."

Robertson said that he believes Tebow is a role model to be celebrated. "The fact that he prays and seeks God, I think we ought to applaud him."

He added: "We need more religious faith in our society. We’re losing our moral compass in our nation and this man has been placed in a unique position and I applaud him."

The issue was raised during a question-and-answer session in which a viewer asks: "I don't understand why there is such a public outcry because of Tim Tebow projecting his faith. Does disaster have to strike for people to acknowledge God?"

Robertson last raised eyebrows in September, when he infuriated both Christians and non-Christians alike by endorsing divorce in cases where a person's partner has Alzheimer's.

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--Rene Lynch
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