NFL Running Back Arian Foster: You Think God Made This Entire Universe Just for You?

We’ve seen a couple of stories lately involving sports personalities who happen to be Creationists.

So it’s nice to see an athlete promoting science.

Arian Foster, the Houston Texans running back who once wrote about how he plans to teach his daughter about the Flying Spaghetti Monster, posted this on Twitter last night:



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After Colleague Gives Him Darwin’s Book On Air, ESPN Broadcaster Says He Doesn’t Accept Evolution

What is it lately with sports personalities who don’t accept science?

It was only a month ago when former baseball star Curt Schilling tried to refute evolution on Twitter and Facebook. (He failed.)

And now, during a Thursday night college basketball game on ESPN, broadcasters Bill Walton and Dave Pasch got into a passive-aggressive argument about evolution as colleague Jay Bilas looked on.

It started when Walton congratulated Pasch on his “Arizona Sportscaster of the Year” award by giving him a copy of On the Origin of Species



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Arizona High School Softball Players Allege They Were Kicked Off Their Team for Refusing to Pray

A team captain and two other players on a Mesa, Arizona public school softball team are suing after allegedly being booted from the team for refusing to lead team prayers.

The students claim that local Mormon parents and students, as well as coach Joseph Gordman, painted the girls as bullies who were jeopardizing “team morale and unity” over religious issues. The supposed offenses included not conducting and participating in team prayers, playing hip-hop music that “offended [the] religious sensitivities” of one student at a tournament, and one plaintiff’s social media postings.

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A Bible-Thumping High School Football Coach Allegedly Threw a Student Off the Team for Not Praying With Everyone

Back in April, we found out that Middletown High School football coach Chris Wells didn’t know how to separate his preaching from his job. The Freedom From Religion Foundation ended up sending a letter to administrators at the Ohio school district:

In the letter from [Freedom From Religion Foundation] staff attorney Rebecca S. Markert, that was obtained by the Journal-News, she wrote the group with 20,000 members, including 550 in Ohio, was contacted by a concerned parent of a football player. She said the group was told Wells tells his players to bow their heads and “leads” them in prayer before team meals. She wrote that Wells also has encouraged his players to attend his church, invited them to church events and offered them rides.

Markert said the group was informed Wells told his players they would be “saved” if they attended the church events.

At the time, it seemed like that was enough.

Superintendent Sam Ison said the district took the letter “seriously and acted upon it promptly” Wednesday afternoon by having MHS Principal Carmela Cotter and Athletic Director Gary Lebo discuss the situation with Wells. Ison said while the district wants its players to maintain “high morale values,” Wells needs to respect others’ religious beliefs.

Wells, 41, was told to quit talking to his players about religion and he agreed to follow the district’s rules, Ison said on Thursday morning.

Turns out it wasn’t enough. This September, Wells was right back to his old ways:

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Humanist Group Sues Georgia School District After It Continues to Push Christianity on Student Athletes

Back in August, we learned that Christianity was the glue binding together the Chestatee High School football team in Gainesville, Georgia. The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center even had pictures of coaches involved in a team prayer, a Bible verse quoted on the team’s workout log sheet, and cheerleaders hoisting banners with Bible verses on them.



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