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(The Raw Story)   On one end you have the religious Tim Tebow, and on the other you have a star running back who tells his daughter to look at all religions, incl. Flying Spaghetti Monster   (rawstory.com) divider line 21
    More: Cool, Flying Spaghetti Monster, Arian Foster, NFL, running back, faiths  
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2013-09-12 02:37:11 PM
2 votes:

Killer Cars: Always thought Foster was a cool cat. I couldn't care less what his actual views on religion are, but any professional athlete who is not only intelligent but also willing to express himself beyond BS cliches is fine by me. Even if I disagree with them; it's 1,000 times better than listening to how they've had an excellent week of practice or how they can only prepare one week at a time for the umpteenth million occasion.


I literally thought Foster's smash-mouth philosophical statement gave 110%.  He's like a little kid out there, not enforcing any dogma, showing his theological defense can bend but not break.  He just wanted the speech more than other parents, and gave it with deceptive quickness.  A real throwback, giving the speech the right way.  Sure, nearly all children practice their parents' religion at least until adulthood, which implies that their affiliation is more a matter of happenstance than any conscious, rational choice, but anything can happen on Sunday, maybe he'll take a knee, and that's why they pray the games.  He had a game plan, and he executed.  That kid's gonna feel that one on Monday, but there's no quit in him.
2013-09-12 02:03:28 PM
2 votes:
Parenting. This guy is doing it right.
2013-09-12 01:55:36 PM
2 votes:

IAmRight: Wow, people have different opinions on religion? AMAZING


The amazing part is that he recognizes that telling a 4-year-old about the parents' religion isn't letting them choose, it's telling them what to believe.  A 4-year-old can't yet compare different beliefs to decide what makes the most sense.  So he's not telling her that any one religion is right (yet).  That's fantastic.  Too many parents, IMO, force-feed their own religious beliefs to their kids before their kids can make their own informed decisions.
2013-09-12 01:46:41 PM
2 votes:
More human beings like this, please.
2013-09-12 12:29:17 PM
2 votes:
media.screened.com
2013-09-12 12:21:14 PM
2 votes:
"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."

I love my Texans.
2013-09-12 07:36:35 PM
1 votes:

bulldg4life: That is a very level headed and reasonable statement. I am quite impressed.


I talk shiat about his college production (his inability to get yards or hold onto the football cost us the game against Cal where we forced, I believe, 4 picks in the first half), but he was a philosophy major. I have a sneaking suspicion that he's significantly more intelligent than he lets on.
2013-09-12 06:57:43 PM
1 votes:

darch: "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?" Foster asked. "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."


My goodness- an actual reasonable person who understands the inherent ridiculousness of indoctrinating a being who has NO ABILITY to understand what they're being forced to accept. I have the utmost respect for folks who come to some kind of religious/spiritual awakening ON THEIR OWN as adults. It is my contention that 99% of people who identify as "religious" were taught to be that way. There is a vast chasm between coming to some revelatory understanding of faith as an adult and being taught it by those who mean the most to you- i.e your parents.


I went through my youth attending a United Methodist church, abandoned religion by high school, and am now in a state of believing in God, but not having one whit of trust in *any* organized religion (who are they to tell *me* how to believe and when, where, and how to pray?). Arian Foster seems to have come to same sort of realization that I have, that it matters not *how* you pray to whatever Sky Pilot you pray to, only that it is *your* choice to pray, or not to pray, and how you choose to pray and who you pray to is up to you, and no one else.
2013-09-12 06:50:40 PM
1 votes:
Damn, I like his moxie. More power to him and his daughter, and one can only hope she ends up a reasonably well-balanced and productive member of society, regardless of whatever sky pilot she ends up worshipping.
2013-09-12 04:10:51 PM
1 votes:

Shame Us: Wikipedia: "Foster revealed his political affiliation during an NFL game, stating he is "in the Green Party", and voting for Ron Paul in the 2012 Presidential election. Ron Paul actually ran for the Republican Party nomination in 2012."

Damn. Had some hope.


You missed the real reason for this publicity stunt:

Wikipedia: Foster will also be appearing in the upcoming movie Draft Day starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, and Denis Leary.
2013-09-12 03:48:16 PM
1 votes:
"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?" Foster asked. "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."



My goodness- an actual reasonable person who understands the inherent ridiculousness of indoctrinating a being who has NO ABILITY to understand what they're being forced to accept. I have the utmost respect for folks who come to some kind of religious/spiritual awakening ON THEIR OWN as adults. It is my contention that 99% of people who identify as "religious" were taught to be that way. There is a vast chasm between coming to some revelatory understanding of faith as an adult and being taught it by those who mean the most to you- i.e your parents.
2013-09-12 02:55:15 PM
1 votes:

Dafatone: I really like Foster.

Now if he can pick up the production this week...


It seems like he and Tate are going to be splitting it 50/50. By the end of last season, a lot of the defenses had figured out how Foster runs and were able to counter it pretty effectively. Tate is a whole different beast though, and by switching them in-and-out it will mess with the defenses.
2013-09-12 02:52:53 PM
1 votes:
I strongly recommend clicking through and reading Foster's column in full.  It is awesome.
2013-09-12 02:20:38 PM
1 votes:
HERO tag on vacation?
2013-09-12 02:02:31 PM
1 votes:
Wait, a guy who was a philosophy major is teaching his kids to be open-minded? Inconceivable.
2013-09-12 01:59:46 PM
1 votes:

scottydoesntknow: "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."

I love my Texans.


That is exactly the type of openmindedness and tolerance that comes to mind when you think of Texas.  *snickers.
2013-09-12 01:52:29 PM
1 votes:

Shame Us: Wikipedia: "Foster revealed his political affiliation during an NFL game, stating he is "in the Green Party", and voting for Ron Paul in the 2012 Presidential election. Ron Paul actually ran for the Republican Party nomination in 2012."

Damn. Had some hope.


Prob was just voting with his bong.
2013-09-12 01:50:37 PM
1 votes:
Wikipedia: "Foster revealed his political affiliation during an NFL game, stating he is "in the Green Party", and voting for Ron Paul in the 2012 Presidential election. Ron Paul actually ran for the Republican Party nomination in 2012."

Damn. Had some hope.
2013-09-12 01:46:24 PM
1 votes:
And once his daughter becomes a teenager, he'll warn her about being touched by someone's noodly appendage.
2013-09-12 01:42:56 PM
1 votes:
That is a very level headed and reasonable statement. I am quite impressed.
2013-09-12 01:36:23 PM
1 votes:
Ramen.
 
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