It was probably Saturday Night Live‘s strongest skit last week, somewhat inexplicably buried in the last slot before the end of the show. But, if by airing the Tim Tebow sketch at 12:20 AM SNL was hoping to avoid controversy, it didn’t succeed. The skit, in which God asks the Denver Broncos quarterback, who openly professes his faith, to “tone it down a notch,” has gone viral. Yesterday it drew fire from televangelist Pat Robertson, who called it an example of “anti-Christian bigotry” in the country “that is just disgusting.” “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,” Robertson said during an appearance on the Christian Broadcast Network, posted online by Mediaite.com. Robertson called Tebow “a wonderful human being” who should be “applauded” for talking publicly about his religious faith. Robertson was not alone in its criticism of the sketch. Additionally, Fox News’ Bob Beckel called the parody “despicable” for its portrayal of Jesus Christ. Here are clips of the SNL skit and Robertson’s reaction:
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