Former Baseball Player Says of Teammate Convicted of Sexual Assault: ‘I Was Fooled by Chad Curtis’ Religious Beliefs’

We post a lot of stories on this site featuring religious leaders who get caught doing immoral, illegal things — and we often get pushback for that. We’re told they’re one-offs. Just anecdotes of bad eggs that prove nothing. I disagree completely. I think those stories show how God is not synonymous with good. Religious people are still fully capable of doing awful things.

Gabe Kapler just realized that. He was a professional baseball player for twelve years, including a stint as an outfielder for the Boston Red Sox in 2004 when they won the World Series. In an essay for Fox Sports, Kapler — a secular Jew — writes about one of his former teammates, a guy he once had a lot of respect for:



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Blood Drive: After Crashing Into Church, God-Besotted Woman Stabs Her Husband at Altar for ‘Worshiping NASCAR’

On Sunday, like millions of Americans, Tennessee resident Stephanie Faye Hamman drove to church. The reason you’re reading about it is that she deliberately kept on driving when she got there — crashing right through the double doors.

Ms. Hamman could have walked; the church is across from the apartment she shares with her husband, Steven. But something — God, she said later — told her on Sunday evening to grab a knife, get in her Toyota Celica, drive through the church entrance, lay down by the altar, call her husband, and wait for him to arrive. And then:

Mr. Hamman stated he found his wife lying in front of the altar, and as he checked on her, she stated, ‘The devil is in me’, and stabbed him on the right side of his chest with a large kitchen knife, [police chief Mark] Johnson said. “Mr. Hamman stated he pulled the knife out of his chest and fled the scene. He went back to the apartment where he waited on police and EMS assistance.”


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NFL Prospect Skips Out on Scouting Combine Because God Told Him To

Over the past week, nearly all of the NFL’s top prospects have been in Indiana for the league’s Scouting Combine. It’s a chance for coaches, executives, and other decision-makers to check out what players have to offer in terms of speed and ability before the official NFL draft this coming May.

But Adam Muema, a running back from San Diego State University, didn’t stick around for the Combine. He arrived, but then left on Sunday (without working out) for an intriguing reason:

He said he was “following God,” who told him if he missed workouts, he’d play for the Seattle Seahawks.

Playing for Seattle is his “dream,” Muema said. NFL teams are aware of the decision.

“Can’t go wrong with God,” Muema said.

“(God) told me to sit down, be quiet, and enjoy the peace,” he said.

Funny how God didn’t tell him to break any records while his future bosses were watching…

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Christianity = Curling or: Not Even We Understand What We’re Doing

Which Patheos blogger said this?

I swear, we’ve probably watched eight rounds of curling during the Olympics and I still have no idea what the rules actually are. Are they trying to get all of their pucks (is that thing a puck?) on the bull’s-eye? Are they trying to just land one in the middle? I have no idea, and at the end of every match I’m honestly confused at why the team who won, actually won. No one in my family agrees on the rules either because the whole game is just straight up confusing even though it looks simple.

Now, I could solve this problem by looking up the rules to the game online, but I’ve never been one to take the easy way to do anything.

Christianity is a lot like this. No one completely understands how the game is supposed to be played. Everyone on the team has their own idea as to what the focus should be, and which rules are important. Folks watching from the outside? They’re just as confused as we are even if they don’t always realize it.

Sadly, we often settle for arguing about the rules while sitting in the bleachers rather than learning by taking a chance and just getting out on the ice.

Those of us on the ice? We’re all just trying to figure it out as we play, even when we talk a big game about strategy.


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UConn Assistant Football Coach Who Said ‘Jesus Christ Should Be in the Center of our Huddle’ Resigns

About a month ago, Ernest Jones, the new assistant coach for the University of Connecticut’s football team explained how faith was part of his team’s philosophy:



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