NFL Running Back Arian Foster Says He’ll Teach His Daughter About the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Arian Foster of the Houston Texans wrote an article for Yahoo! Shine explaining what he wants to teach his daughter Zeniah.

Most of it is what you might expect: Be kind, know your self-worth, handle money wisely… but then I got to the final item and did a spit-take:

6. The flying spaghetti monster. There are billions of people on Earth with hundreds of religions and sects that trickle off each other. I will never tell her what to believe in. I know parents are very influential on kids’ spiritual beliefs and that can be a positive or negative thing. I can give her a basic understanding of religions when she starts showing interest and asking questions. But I will remain silent otherwise. How can I make a young mind believe this is the truth for them when they don’t yet have the capacity nor the cognitive desire to delve into something like this? If she shows interest I would advise her to fully investigate a religion and see if it fits her. And if she chooses none of the above, I’ll be fine with that as well. The values I instill in her should guide her to her decision. What’s most important, I believe, is to support her decision no matter what.

Fantastic! Someone invite Foster to the American Atheists convention and have him join forces with Chris Kluwe.

And he plays in Texas, no less.

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