A painful admission for non-believers

Sep 29, 2015

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By Christopher Leelum

The word “confess” usually involves reluctantly admitting some wrongdoing — a secret, a lie, a crime.

So when Arian Foster, the star NFL running back for the Houston Texans, appeared in ESPN The Magazine under the headline “The Confession of Arian Foster,” I thought he might be conceding to being a steroid-using North Korean national living here illegally.

No, he’s an atheist.

The fact that this revelation of a simple personal belief came with a “confession” headline was troubling, because the discussion transcends that.


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4 comments on “A painful admission for non-believers

  • @link:- Foster’s decision to go public about his beliefs is a significant source of inspiration. Not for the NFL, a traditional bastion of American quasi-religious fervor. And not for other athletes, some of whom have proved intolerant by taunting Foster for his “devil worship.”

    A painful admission for non-believers

    Yes it can be painful when people you considered colleagues, are revealed as ignorant bigots, affected by the god-virus, crawling out of the woodwork spouting venom!



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  • It’s bemusing to see prayers before a game.

    Even if you believe in a god, it takes a herculean effort to believe in one who is idle enough to listen to your prayers – over a whole league of teams, believers all, all praying madly as well. And not over the war in the middle east, or perhaps a relative’s cancer, but … over the results of a (weekly) game?

    And if there actually were a deity, and that deity was inclined to meddle in something as petty as a game, and that deity did actually lend a helping hand … doesn’t that count as cheating?

    This could lead to the state of affairs where a team wins the game but is disqualified because they were seen praying beforehand. And everybody said that long kick was pretty miraculous…



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