Fitness Model Loves Jesus… and Gets Praised Because of It

Below is video of Anna Watson. She’s a cheerleader from the University of Georgia and she’d like to become a fitness model.

Also, she loves the Jesus.

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Reader Todd asks the same question that came to my mind as I watched the clip:

I give the young lady a great deal of credit for not falling victim to the pitfalls of becoming a fitness model by not succumbing to the pressures of taking legal steroids, but somewhere in all of this, Robin Roberts compliments Anna for wearing her faith on her sleeve and it made me think: I wonder how Robin would treat Anna were she Muslim and doing the same thing, or Buddhist or an atheist?

Anna’s faith is… a bit too Tim Tebowish for my tastes, and maybe I’m being a bit too harsh, but why is it that when people of Christian faith wear it on their sleeve, we instantly elevate their status and, in so doing, belittle the rest?

He’s right, and the implication that Christianity automatically makes you a better person is every bit as slanderous as saying there are no atheists in foxholes. It’s not true and news anchors/reporters should stop acting like it is.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • http://www.zazzle.com/atheist_tees The Godless Monster

    What a an obnoxiously person. One thing that doesn’t get mentioned enough is that underneath all of the platitudes and god talk are enormous egos at work. This isn’t about their god…it’s all about them.
    Disgusting.
    As far as how the media defers to clowns like that, all I can do is encourage young freethinkers to get into print and broadcast media and replace these fucking idiots as quickly as possible.

  • Basuracaja

    Why did God or Jebus let her get injured?

  • http://www.zazzle.com/atheist_tees The Godless Monster

    Oops: “What a an obnoxious person.”

  • Julie Watson

    Why is this on the news?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1068326917 Geanine Stanford

    Praise and pander go to the brainwashed, yet Jessica Ahlquist, and her friends, and her family, and her florist get horrifically vilified. There are so many things wrong with this. How can I change this?

  • Anonymous

    Some thoughts on Tebowish religiosity:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOhsdmatxmI

  • Anonymous

    If he won’t heal amputees, he isn’t going to care about a snapped tendon.

    This is variety/breakfast morning junk past off as real news. Who cares about some cheerleader and her delusional relationship with the invisible?

  • Jonezart

    She’s addicted to the Lord!

  • Swe

    There’s nothing especially noteworthy about this.  Despite what the faux-martyrs would have the public believe, blatant religiosity in republic is supported by the media, the right-wing establishment and now, in some states, even the law.  The only thing not supported is trying to make people aside from yourself captive to it.

    I’m sorry if I was supposed to find her inspiring, but I was far more impressed with a girl named Jessica Ahlquist, whose NON-RELIGIOSITY was condemned by the right-wing media and establishment.  Having a relationship with Jesus and being proud of it is almost a cliche these days, but addressing your atheism in a small community?  That takes real courage.

  • http://profiles.google.com/conticreative Marco Conti

    What I heard was : “Bzzzzzz, bzzzzzzzzz bzzzzzzzzzz bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz bzzzbzzz ” over and over. 

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    A conversation between two fictitious people:

    “I give as much money as I can to charities, and I also give blood.”
    “That’s very admirable of you.”
    “I’m very honest and conscientious in both my business and personal life.”
    “Good for you.”
    “I treat everyone respectfully, and I look for the best in people.”
    “A good philosophy.”
    I”ve won a Pullitzer Prize, a Nobel prize, and a Medal of Freedom.”
    “Very impressive.”
    “I also believe in weird things that are not supported by any evidence.”
    “WOW! My admiration for you just went through the ceiling!! You’re a wonderful and amazing person!!

  • Anonymous

    Wow, I wonder when they will allow her to have an original thought.

  • Bubba Tarandfeathered

    All that parroting of her religious indoctrination will never free her from narcissism.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    How can you change this? Keep pointing out the unfairness and absurdity of such things, especially to those who practice them, and also keep supporting worthy and courageous people like Jessica. Change will come. It just takes time, patience, and diligence. 

  • Kevin_Of_Bangor

    I know each to their own but she looks gross.

  • Xeon2000

    It didn’t seem like she really had anything interesting to say.  “Yes ma’am.  Yes ma’am.  Yes ma’am.  Yes ma’am.  Yes ma’am.  Yes ma’am.  Yes ma’am.  Yes ma’am.”

  • amyc

    Thanks for you input Kevin, but this thread (and the post) had nothing to do with her looks. Try talking about something that’s relevant (like what her thoughts and views are) instead of whether or not you think she is *hawt*.

  • Primasylph

    “He is pleased.” Did anyone get freaked out by that? 

  • Primasylph

    I meant “Did anyone ELSE get freaked out by that? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/aeisiminger Aimee Eisiminger

    The entire thing made me a little nauseous.  I would have had a little more respect if she had mentioned that her lord was the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aeisiminger Aimee Eisiminger

    She gave up a contract yes?  But maybe she is hopeful to get a more lucrative deal through Christian organizations.  This would have better potential for her in the long run.  I think she should be watched to see where she does go with this.  There is A LOT of money to be had in going around from church to church, especially if you single yourself out in this way.  

  • Kevin_Of_Bangor

    And yet I’m still allowed my opinion even if it is not a popular one.

  • Pure Guava

    Something about his plan and/or has her where he needs her…

  • Drakk

     Nobody’s saying you aren’t. I happen to agree. But it isn’t the topic at hand.

  • Pure Guava

    How did she arrive at her ZOMG position, exactly? 

    Who dictated that all fitness models had to take steroids?

    Can someone help her blink and come across as more human?

  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t get through the entire thing, because when the religio-babble/minute gets too high (and it is through the roof with this one) my brain starts shutting down in self defense. As deeply annoying and off-putting as I find this sort of thing, I try to remind myself that she is the product of deep religious indoctrination. She probably is utterly incapable of framing anything in her life outside the context of what “God wants” or what “God is calling me to do”. If she makes a decision about her life, any decision, she will automatically frame it as what she is called by God to do and busily find something in the Bible to back her up. The idea that she could do something on her own, using her own ideas and judgement, probably doesn’t even cross her mind. Such a fit body, and such a tragically weakened mind.

  • Anonymous

    When I was a kid I was forced to go see muscle heads (The Power Team) rip apart telephone books, bend bars and evangelize.  Maybe she could join them.  Her best move: tumbles for Jesus, leg splits for Christ, full faith flex?  How sad that “fitness model” has become a job young women aspire to. Good job University of Georgia!

  • Kevin_Of_Bangor

    So why are people making it into a topic? I knew someone was going to get their undies in a bunch over my comment.

  • BinaryStar

    Don’t be disingenuous. YOU made it a topic.

  • Catherine

    Because discussions of women in the public eye inevitably get tied to whether they have sex appeal. This phenomenon has the effect of belittling such women’s views, statements and conduct. As such, it is disrespectful.

  • Kevin_Of_Bangor

    So flag my comment for review.

  • Kevin_Of_Bangor

    No, I didn’t. I stated my opinion that I find her gross and I do. Someone else had to make a comment instead of just moving along and hence, it has become a topic.

  • Bo Tait

    That’s likely because your intention was to get someones undies in a bunch. Its called trolling.

  • Kevin_Of_Bangor

    I was not trolling but you are allowed to keep thinking that.

  • Keulan

    Well, that was annoying to watch, and I think my brain shut off for part of her Jesus-y babble there. I long for a future where people are praised in the media for their reason and evidence-based views, rather than for their irrational, faith-based beliefs.

  • http://yetanotheratheist.com/ TerranRich

    Still doesn’t make sense. Two articles (a, an). ;)

  • http://yetanotheratheist.com/ TerranRich

    You’re an idiot. You mentioned her looks. Somebody called you out on it. Get over it.

  • http://yetanotheratheist.com/ TerranRich

    Yep, not trolling in the slightest.

  • Seladora

    God wants her on that path so bad he tore her achilles heel. 

    Isn’t that what they call a SIGN?  

  • Nhills

    Woman with slightly larger than normal biceps = gross!

  • http://www.zazzle.com/atheist_tees The Godless Monster

     Yeah, I caught that RIGHT after I posted the damn thing. Not enough coffee. :-)

  • Parse

    The hilarious thing about that phone book trick?  It’s actually not that difficult.
    http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/mythbusters-adam-vs-jamie.html

  • TiltedHorizon

    “… and the implication that Christianity automatically makes you a better person is every bit as slanderous…”

    I guess that makes Alex Rodriguez & Manny Ramirez ‘great’ humans. Both used steroids and each found a way to attribute its use to god.

    Manny Ramirez, who retired after failing his MLB drug test (again) stated: “God knows what is best. I’m now an officially retired baseball player. I’ll be going away on a trip to Spain with my old man.”

    Alex Rodriguez, during an interview with ESPN’s Peter Gammons, was asked if he was upset that a supposedly anonymous drug test that was leaked to Sports Illustrated. He responded: “God Is doing this for a reason…”

    I wonder why these two are not held in the same esteemed? (rhetorical) 

  • TnkAgn

    Mmm. Her muscle mass may belie the no-juicing claim, I think.

  • T-Rex

    Ever notice how brain washed people like her and Teblow always talk very fast? It’s like they’ve said the same shit so many times that it just flies out of their mouths. It’s like their repeating their mantra. Delusional idiots.

  • T-Rex

    Says the idiot. She is gross. Bad hair, bad makeup and a manly physique. Bunch of hyper sensitive commenters that are easily offended. You dont have the right to not be offended by someone elses comments. Deal with it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003293001320 Diana Winters

    vomit

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003293001320 Diana Winters

    Why not?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003293001320 Diana Winters

    Thinking is hard to do and the masses find thoughts hard to understand. It’s only going to get worse.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RZ5VEXJ3IYNGQBHI5APT4DETJI FSq

    Man that chick is F-U-G-L-Y! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RZ5VEXJ3IYNGQBHI5APT4DETJI FSq

    She is just BUTT-ZIT ugly! I mean, that broad is NASTY.

  • Alantas

    You sound pretty sensitive about our reactions. Has our sensitivity offended you?

  • Kelly Lane

    LOL – I saw “Georgia” … and read  no more. The arrogance of those who “know” what happens when we die, yet are amazingly still livng. To me, admitting you have no clue what happens whenyou die, is humble and honest, as the Bible would so demand all people be.

  • Kelly Lane

    I’m certain Tim Tebow doesn’t pray in public right? That would be a big sin; he would be among the arrogant hypocrites EXACTLY as stated in THE BIBLE and he would be on a one way track to Satan’s Hell – False Prophet’s hell is actually worse than an atheists! So… I don’t watch football, but I know for a fact that a God loving, humble servant of the Lord Jesus Christ would not single himself out of the crowd, bow to his knee and pray during a nationwide televised event. By doing that, you INSTANTLY AND INDISPUTABLY lose the argument that you will obtain public admiration.

  • Kelly Lane

    She better get addicted to, and worship something/someone that can help her! God  LOL. What a pussy. Couldn’t even stop those california children from getting ass raped by their baptist preacher yesterday

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ Anonymous

     Not so much “gross” as… she looks like she’s been taking steroids. Those muscles don’t develop like that NATURALLY.

  • Rwlawoffice

    Kelly I am afraid you have a mistaken view of Biblical teachings which is what I as a Christian find so often on this blog.  The verse you are referring to about praying in public does not teach that public prayer is wrong or that all prayer should be in private.  It teaches that prayer should be sincere and not for show.  There is nothing that has been reported about Tim Tebow that shows that this faith is insincere or that when he prays in public he is doing it exclusively for show. As for the Bible teaching Christians to be humble, that has nothing to do with the Bible also teaching us what happens after we die.  It is not wrong to profess this as truth and at the same time be humble and know that all we have and accomplish is because of the grace of God. True arrogance is thinking that as humans we have the ability to know all the answers, even if they haven’t been discovered yet which is what humanist contend.

  • Kevin_Of_Bangor

    You are a fucking idiot if you think I’m trolling and if you still think I am go purchase a fucking clue.

    That is me telling you to go fuck yourself if you didn’t catch that part.

  • Anonymous

     I wonder what happened to Free Will? If she always only does what god wants, she isn’t really using her Free Will…

  • http://yetanotheratheist.com/ TerranRich

    “fucking idiot”, “purchase a fucking clue”, “go fuck yourself”.

    Like I said, no trolling going on around here, just innocent bating with insults and expletives, with no thought process behind any of it. Oh, wait…

  • Kelly Lane

    uh .. that couldn’t be less wrong. LOL  – FROM GOD’S MOUTH to  Rwlawoffice’s contradictory, not justifiable “Falwell” interpretation.  Yet, here it is from whoever took God’s dictation of the scriptures, as it is printed.
     (God created the universe in 6 days but the printing of a large book was out of the question).

    Matthew 6:5-6: “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men….when thou prayest, enter into thy closet and when thou has shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret….”

    -If these scriptures mean the opposite, then Christ DID NOT die for our sins. LOL You just can’t morph Jesus into an American racist, greedy bigot. If the USA was that important to anything religious, he would have spoke of trailer parks and wife beating in the “land we know not of” 

    and Jesus and I  said … “WTF is wrong with you people?”

  • http://yetanotheratheist.com/ TerranRich

    Who’s offended? Stop being ignorant.

  • http://yetanotheratheist.com/ TerranRich

    Man there are a lot of ignorant people commenting here. First of all, who cares about her physical appearance? That’s not at question here. The topic of discussion is the praise heaped upon her for her religious beliefs, which is idiotic. If you can’t follow the topic and stick to it, then you have nobody to blame but yourselves when you are called out on it.

    Secondly, why even go there? So you don’t think she’s attractive. Why go out of your way to comment on it, when nobody else mentions it? It’s such a non sequitur that it only serves to make you look bad.

    Finally, if you bring up her looks, and somebody calls you out on it, don’t accuse the second person of starting the conversation. That’s just plain ignorant.

  • Kelly Lane

    CHRISTIANS: Turning America atheist,  with hateful remarks against gays,   and a shit load of hilarious gay scandals of their own.
    ~ That’s adorable 

  • Kelly Lane

    Wrong. The problem is, you are not specifying which Bible and which God. 
    You forget, your convictions of being “right” were the same as those guys who took God for a little plane ride back in 2001.

  • Kelly Lane

    LAST INITIAL POST ON THIS MATTER: -   ** The next time the American people get together as they did in 2008, joined hands and promised all of us that their God is Just, he is Good and will reign, as they prayed for the “RIGHT” man to be elected President…… next time you might want to suppport God’s candidate, and not call him a socialist, n***** blah blah. It really discredits what you claim to beleive.

  • Kelly Lane

    Linking yourself with Christianity may not make you a better person, but Iassure you it will make you a prime suspect in a child rape case if happens close by.

  • Kelly Lane

    Hey .. if he Bible teaches us one thing, he hated poor people. bwhahahahahahahahaha

  • Kelly Lane

    and the ridiculous mystery continues …

  • Kelly Lane

    Hell yes! Grow back a severed limb for an Iraq vet, or miraculously begin instantly killing all pastors and priests, right before they ass rape a child .. and I’m in church Sunday. It won’t happen- he ain’t there, and if he is … what an asshole!

  • Kevin_Of_Bangor

    And once again….

    Go fuck yourself.

  • Kelly Lane

    Has anyone ever watched an episode of 48 Hours/Hard Evidence without hearing …”he was such a good, kind Christian man .. he was the last person we’d expect

  • Kelly Lane

    ALLOW ME TO HELP – What we mean is, ask your “Godlies” to please give the kids a break, and fuck ONLY yourself for a while. If you could go ahead and do that …. yea … that’d be great.

  • amyc

    (In reply to Kevin’s comments)

    The only reason I said anything is because every time a story about a woman is posted somebody somewhere feels the need to tell the world about whether or not that woman is fuckable, even (and perhaps especially) when it’s irrelevant to the entire post and the discussion in the comments.

    This doesn’t seem to happen when the op is about a man (no matter how hot or how disgusting that man looks). When a man speaks, people comment about what he says, when a woman speaks, people comment about what she looks like. This is belittling and degrading.

    I think it’s telling that you hid behind the “It’s my opinion” excuse. Just because it’s your opinion, doesn’t mean it’s relevant to the OP, and it certainly doesn’t mean that you are suddenly shielded from criticism.

    Also, you’re privilege is showing.

    (Again, this entire post is in response to Kevin–not wmdkitty)

  • amyc

    Thank you TerranRich.

  • amyc

    I didn’t do that because I like this thing called dialogue. You know, person A makes a comment and person B says whether or not they agree and why. That way people actually learn things about other people; flagging with no comment feels like censorship (unless the comment is obvious spam).

  • amyc

    Nobody said we have a right to not be offended. That’s not the issue. Nobody ever contested Kevin’s views on what she looks like. The part people have a problem with is that for no reason he felt the need to expound on how attractive she is to him–something that had nothing to do with the OP. In other words: his privilege was showing, and we’re just letting him know.

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ Anonymous

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RZ5VEXJ3IYNGQBHI5APT4DETJI FSq

    Oh you are so full of shit. You offer nothing but what you WANT that passage to mean, not what it SAYS.

    Typical of christian cherry picking. And of course, it is always offered in the “humble tones” of guidance to the heathen/atheist. Sorry, you could not be more wrong.

    As for accomplishments and the “grace of god” – how dare you sir, try and claim that what I have accomplished in life is due to some hidden, invisible sky-fairy and not my own efforts. How dare you sir?

    Shame to you and yours.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RZ5VEXJ3IYNGQBHI5APT4DETJI FSq

    That may be, but it certainly does not change the fact she is butt-zit ugly.

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  • Kelly Lane

    If the racism, hatred and rage get worse than it is now, we may need to seek a ban on Christians in US flight schools.Oh no! A Christian Conservative mocking a Muslim terrorist act? …… Well just that one time at the IRS building in Texas …. but other than that.. 

  • amyc

    Do you ever have anything of worth to add to discussions here? All you have done is objectify this girl over and over. Is Hemant going to have to stop posting pictures or videos of the subject if it’s about a girl or woman so immature jackasses like you can focus long enough to write a relevant and thoughtful response?

  • Elle

    Well she is free to obey Him, so she still uses her Free Will when seh obeys.

  • Elle

    I thought she had the right to freely express her opinion and beliefs. Had she been new-agy ala Eckart Tolle, or Buddhist, nobody would see a problem with this. She talks about Jesus and all of a sudden its a problem.

    I think she looks absolutely beautiful, extremely healthy. Both women anyway obviously workout. Women with such defined body always look like they have it all. They radiate. Keep up the Good Work Jess!


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