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Bill Maher under fire for Tim Tebow tweet

Bill Maher speaks at the Summer TCA Tour held on July 28, 2011, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Getty

(CBS) Bill Maher's recent tweet about Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has sparked quite a bit of controversy.

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Tebow, known for his strong religious faith, often gets down on one knee to pray during the games - a move that was recently mocked by "Saturday Night Live."

So, after the Broncos lost in a landslide 40-14 game against the Buffalo Bills last Saturday, Maher poked fun at Tebow, tweeting, "Wow, Jesus just f***ed #TimTebow bad! And on Xmas Eve! Somewhere in hell Satan is tebowing, saying to Hitler "Hey, Buffalo's killing them."

Maher's comment has been gaining a lot of traction online. People are coming out against the comedian on Twitter, some even calling for a boycott of his HBO show.

Fox News personality Eric Bolling is among the people speaking up. "Bill Maher is disgusting vile trash," he wrote. "I can't even repeat what he just tweeted about Tebow..on Christmas Eve. #straighttohellBill."

For his part, Tebow hasn't responded. He has kept things light and all in good faith on Twitter.

"Tough game today but what's most important is being able to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Merry Christmas everyone GB," he tweeted after the Christmas Eve game.

The new season of "Real Time with Bill Maher" premieres Jan. 13 on HBO.

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