Book explores evangelical monopoly in sports world
High-profile expressions of faith by athletes have become routine in pro sports since Lusk's October 1977 run. A new book by religion writer Tom Krattenmaker explores how it happened, and asks whether it's a good thing.
"Some love it, some really resent it. The comedians have a field day with it,'' said Krattenmaker, author of "Onward Christian Athletes.''
The influence of Christianity in locker rooms can be traced to people such as baseball pioneer Branch Rickey, the executive who brought Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1954, Rickey agreed to help college football coach Don McClanen found the influential Fellowship of Christian Athletes....
How interesting. I'm sure many people (atheists, etc.) can't stand it. Too bad. What are the owners going to do? Will they try to force a star quarterback or pitcher not to express his Christianity? Not hardly. They would be cutting their financial throats and they know it. Some of these guys are good role models for children. I'm certain that the Bible-haters are dreading Tim Tebow going to the NFL.