August 07, 2015

Texans RB, Arian Foster Publically Declares Himself an Atheist: “I get the devil-worship thing a lot. They’ll ask me, ‘You worship the devil?’ ” he told ESPN. “‘No, bro, I don’t believe there’s a God, why would I believe there’s a devil?’ ”

posted by ursus_comiter to football at 01:04 PM - 11 comments

Here's the source article from Tim Keown on ESPN if anyone else if having trouble with the WaPo Paywall.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:13 PM on August 07

Anticipating that Rev. Pat Robertson will weigh in with a divine interpretation of Foster's recent groin injury.

posted by beaverboard at 01:18 PM on August 07

I'm not surprised one bit! What else would you expect from someone named after the nazi super race of people?

posted by NoMich at 01:55 PM on August 07

Plus, his family name comes from a crappy could he not worship the devil, or in fact be the devil himself?

posted by MeatSaber at 05:26 PM on August 07

posted by beaverboard at 07:21 PM on August 07

Wasn't he a Buddhist like two seasons ago?

posted by yerfatma at 07:39 PM on August 07

@yerfatma: Buddhism "is a nontheistic religion or philosophy" so I'm not sure that's incompatible with his statement. If correct (that he said it).

posted by billsaysthis at 08:47 PM on August 07

He was/is(?) vegan and has done a Namaste pose as a touchdown celebration (which may or may not have been a response to "Tebowing") but I don't think he ever claimed to be a Buddhist or Hindu or anything in particular.

This article is about the best I can find from cursory Googling on his past spiritual philosophy.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:06 PM on August 07

Also, I'm glad this got published and a world as conservative as Professional Football has an outspoken atheist and maybe other atheist athletes won't feel obligated to pay lip-service to any higher power they don't believe in. I wouldn't put up with it in my workplace and I work (in a decidedly secular department) at a religious university.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:12 PM on August 07

Will he point at the ground when he scores?

posted by yerfatma at 11:12 AM on August 10

Oh man, I am so close to agreeing with the sentiment on that shirt...

posted by Howard_T at 02:38 PM on August 10

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